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Tan removers and oil: The reason my skin is softer than ever this week


by Aisling Keenan
25th Mar 2020
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Tan removers never really were my ‘thing’ for whatever reason. But this past fortnight? I’ve discovered their beauty, and my skin feels like silk after I tried a new process…


I wear tan pretty much constantly. Now, to clarify, I actually love being pale. But what I do not love is being multicoloured. I have red bits, brown bits, spackled bits, white bits, patchy bits… I don’t have that beautiful, alabaster and even complexion that some people are blessed with. I am pale and not interesting in the least.

So with that in mind, I use a light shade of fake tan regularly just to even myself out. Just so I’m vaguely the same shade. So it’s been a long time, in truth, since I’ve seen my natural skin colour in all its patchwork quilt-y glory.

This past fortnight, having been in self-isolation, I’ve stopped caring about the patchwork. I wanted to unveil, to myself, my natural colour once again. So, I turned to tan erasers to help.

tan removers

Iconic Bronze Self Tan Eraser

€14 from boots.ie

I also looked to exfoliators to remove the really deeply set-in pieces of tan. Elbows, knees, ankles, wrists. In spite of my tan not being very dark, it still gathers at those bits. I asked for recommendations and got so many back for Tough Stuff from Cocoa Brown. So that’s what I used. I scrubbed the hell out of my crustier parts with the bright pink mixture and watched the leftover tan fade away.

tan removers

Cocoa Brown Tough Stuff

€7.99 from cocoabrown.ie

The last step in embracing my real skin? Softening it. I have keratosis pilaris pretty much everywhere, so maybe three or four days a year do I feel like, hey, my skin is good today.

After all the scrubbing and dissolving done by the tan remover and scrub, I absolutely slathered on layers of this new Nuxe oil. It’s a floral take on the original, and it can be used on skin, hair and face. It’s got a stunning but really subtle floral aroma too which I went to bed smelling like. Dreamy.

Since then, I’ve avoided tanning and kept oiling. It’s made my skin so soft and smooth, and I am finally getting back used to the patchy but reliable nature of my own skin.

tan removers

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Florale (launching in April)

€33 from cloud10beauty.com


Read more: The tan that works in just nine minutes

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