7 Self-Tanning FAQssing self-tanner can be tricky. Here, find answers to seven frequently asked questions:
Q. I tan easily in the sun, should I apply less of the self-tanning product?
A. Your natural tanning ability won't come into play using a self-tanner. Self-tanners work by dyeing the top layer of your skin, which is made up of "dead" skin cells. Your natural tan comes from stimulated melanin pigments found in the lower layers of your skin. So tanning quickly does not mean you will also self-tan quickly, or darker.
Q. I use Retin-A to treat acne breakouts. Can I use self-tanner on my face?
A. Yes, but don't apply both products at the same time; it may irritate your skin. Wait until one dries before applying the other.
Q. My self-tanner smells sour when it's on my skin. Will the smell go away?
A. The sour fragranc you smell coming from your skin is the scent of the chemical reaction, which is what dyes your skin. Different products contain varying degrees of effective "masking" ingredients to minimize the unappealing scent. Several hours after you've applied the product, the sour scent will fade, though it won't go away entirely until you shower.