4 Expert Recommended Facials that help with Tan Removal

What do sailors, scuba divers, nature lovers, and sunbathers share? Perpetually tanned skin. And an endless stock of SPF or aloe to boot. While many wear their tan with ...

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What do sailors, scuba divers, nature lovers, and sunbathers share? Perpetually tanned skin. And an endless stock of SPF or aloe to boot. While many wear their tan with immense pride, some might struggle with the resulting hyperpigmentation and melasma. In reality, we’ve all been there. Enter expert-recommended facials for tan removal.  Not only does a tan-removing facial successfully reduce the appearance of a tan, it also boosts hydration and calms the tender facial skin while addressing additional skin concerns.   

Here are 4 facials experts recommend to tackle a stubborn tan once you are no longer nursing an active sunburn.

  1. Laser or Photofacials 

The OG of all facials for tan removal, the laser or photofacial, has endured a bad rep owing to the general perception that laser treatments are very harsh, lead to burns, and are unsafe.

This couldn’t be further from the truth. Fact is, lasers are a very gentle, non-invasive treatment option to remove impurities from the facial skin while stimulating natural collagen and elastic fibre production in the skin when looking to address a facial tan, age spots, and hyperpigmentation from exposure to the sun.

While an expensive option, a laser facial will give you visible results and is by far the most effective way to tackle a facial tan. It is extremely safe if you are doing it with a certified dermatologist or trained expert who understands the process well. 

Not just that, lasers can also be safely used to tackle tan appearing in other areas of the body where you notice discolouration and dark patch formation from spending too much time in the sun (or water).

  1. Microdermabrasion

A non-surgical, minimally invasive treatment, microdermabrasion is your answer to renewing overall facial skin tone and texture. And to get rid of a stubborn tan, of course. But before you begin your microdermabrasion treatment, it might be a good idea to avoid waxing, exfoliating masks or creams, sun exposure, and tanning creams due to the slightly invasive nature of the treatment.

This type of facial for tan removal involves using a special tool or applicator with an abrasive surface to carefully sand away the top layer of the facial skin and address fine lines, acne scars, hyperpigmentation, brown spots, and age spots to reveal skin that is no longer dull or uneven in tone.

While this is a safe procedure, common side effects of a microdermabrasion treatment may include redness, swelling and tenderness in the treated area — but this goes away after a few hours, so the downtime is almost next to none.

Post-procedure, the results can be noticed almost immediately after, and it is advised to use sunscreen generously and regularly and stay hydrated. Check with your specialist for maintenance sessions depending on the severity of your tan and expectations from the procedure. 

  1. Chemical peel 

Today the beauty industry is rife with countless at-home chemical peels. Getting the right cocktail of chemicals for a facial peel can be a real game changer based on your specific skin type and the intensity of your facial tan. Glycolic and salicylic acid are both effective and safe expert-recommended facials for tan removal. Your doctor should begin with low levels of the chemicals to check suitability for your skin. The chemical peel can be adjusted for maximum effect depending on how the skin reacts. But how does it work, you ask? The chemical solution breaks down the bonds between the cells, allowing the dead skin to slough off. The result: Even toned skin that is brighter and visibility less sun damaged. If it is your first time trying a chemical peel on your face, it is always a good idea to do a patch test, like the inside of your wrist or arm and wait for at least 48–96 hours to notice any (delayed) reaction. 

  1. Hydrafacial

Generally accessible at a medical spa facility, Hydrafacial is an increasingly popular facial for tan removal. Hydrafacial applies a patented treatment that includes dermabrasion and a very light chemical peel. The treatment cleanses, exfoliates, hydrates, and rejuvenates facial skin that feels rough, dry and damaged. The multi-step facial helps to remove a tan, gives you instant results, and there is absolutely no downtime post-treatment. The facial is also safe for most ages, with the exception of those experiencing an active rash, sunburn, acne or rosacea. Wait until these conditions have subsided before opting for a hydrafacial for best results.   

  1. Galvanic facial

A galvanic facial is a deep cleansing technique that promotes skin rejuvenation while removing dead skin and impurities and increasing the concentration of oxygen in it. This is done by stimulating the facial muscles and tissues using direct low or medium-level currents to introduce water-soluble substances to the skin’s surface — thus improving absorption and rehydrating dry or parched skin.
Although an eclectic therapy, Galvanic facial is absolutely painless and can be combined with other treatment options to effectively tackle a facial tan while providing long-lasting results across skin types, including sensitive skin.

A galvanic facial will fight dullness, help boost blood circulation, minimise wrinkles, and stimulate collagen production — leaving your skin supple, hydrated, and radiant. Make sure to get an in-depth consultation with an expert because while it is a safe option, a galvanic treatment is not recommended for those who are pregnant, diabetic, epileptic, use a pacemaker, have a heart condition, or have metal implants. Before scheduling your treatment, you should wait two weeks if you’ve had a chemical peel, dermabrasion, facial waxing or injectables. 


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