I am often allergic to things too but have been OK with this. Everyone is different however. One of the greatest things about Sephora is that if you go to a store they will put a small amount of the Self-Tanner into a little pot for you to take home. When you get home, try it on the inside of one of your arms, between the wrist and elbow area. Don't put it right into the elbow crease because products are always absorbed more there and if you are going to have a reaction - you don't want it there.
If you can't get to a store, order the product on line and do the same thing and return whatever you have not used within a week or so and you will get a refund or credit (not sure).
I'm not sure what kind of reactions you have had in the past, but if they are serious, like throat swelling etc, I wouldn't even risk it. If it's itching, wash it off immediately with warm soap and water, dry and apply a mild hydrocortisone cream. Hope that helps.
answered 5 years, 9 months ago
I had no reaction to this product and have extremely fair and sensitive skin
answered 5 years, 10 months ago
I have very sensitive skin too and have not had any reaction to this product. My legs tingle a little bit but no rash.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
I also have sensitive skin. I've had very good luck with Clarins self-tanners. This year I tried Hampton Sun brand and have had no problems with their self-tanning gel either.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
Look for products that contain as few chemicals as possible. The all natural ones are going to be the best for sensitive skin. Although, it's going to be impossible to find a self tanner that is completely natural because self-tanning is in fact, a chemical process. The Sevin Nyne self tanner is purported to be formulated without some common irritants. Having sensitive skin myself, I did notice some rashes and bumps while using the product, but those could have also been due to shaving (which always makes my legs break out in tiny red bumps--even with a new razor head and lotion applied immediately afterward. I would look for tanning products with botanicals and moisturizers. Green Tea extract (found in some lotions and tanners) may act as an anti-inflammatory for sensitive skin. It's definetely full of antioxidants and is very good for you when ingested (not sure about applying it topically). It certainly cant hurt. I've done Mystic tanning sessions at tanning salons before and found the color natural and the lotion highly moisturizing. They used to sell the Mystic lotion at Sephora, but they discontinued it. Im not sure if the products they sold from the Mystic line where the same thing they spray on you at the salon when you go in for Mystic Tan, but its worth investigating. Mystic Sessions are $30 per at most salons, but the lotion that was sold at Sephora (possibly still available here on the website. Thats where I saw it not too long ago) was $30 for an entire bottle.
Unfortunately if you are sensitive to the active ingredient in self tanners (DHA) we would not suggest using them to avoid an allergic reaction.
Please contact us at 877-SEPHORA (877-737-4672) if you would like recommendations for body bronzers (which rinse off in the shower and do not contain DHA).
answered 6 years, 2 months ago
(San Francisco, CA)