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Skin Experts Reveal Why Using A Sponge Scrubber To Apply Fake Tan Is A Terrible Idea

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Skin Experts Reveal Why Using A Sponge Scrubber To Apply Fake Tan Is A Terrible Idea

Sometimes the humiliation of fake tanning can be too much. Desperately trying to contort yourself to reach your back? Having to shuffle out your room to find someone to do it for you? Mortifying.

But people are now debating whether the dishmatic is the solution to all of this and we’ve asked a dermatologist for the definitive answer.

This person overheard a girl saying she used sponge scrubbers to apply fake tan (Credit: Twitter/@GeorgiaHH)
This person overheard a girl saying she used sponge scrubbers to apply fake tan (Credit: Twitter/@GeorgiaHH)

A Twitter user posted: “i was in aldi earlier & a girl in the middle aisle picked one of these up & was telling her friend that her housemate used one to put tan on??? sorry what?”

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The replies were filled with people debating whether this was a ridiculous idea or not.

“HAHAHAAHAH THAT IS GENIUS”, tweeted one convinced convert.

A skin expert explains why you shouldn't be using this cleaning utensil on your skin (Credit: Pexels/Shiny Diamond)
A skin expert explains why you shouldn't be using this cleaning utensil on your skin (Credit: Pexels/Shiny Diamond)

“Do not do the Dishmatic dirty like that! She’s a queen and deserves better treatment.”, defended one Dishmatic devotee.

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Another sponge scrubber fan tweeted: "How is somebody using our favourite cleaning utensil like this".

Someone else was a bit more concerned that this might be an over-exfoliating experience: “Tan ON and 3 layers of skin OFF?”

It might be smarter to let your sponge scrubber just clean the dishes (Credit: Dishmatic)
It might be smarter to let your sponge scrubber just clean the dishes (Credit: Dishmatic)

Tyla spoke to Celebrity Facialist & Skin Expert Chelsee Lewis about whether this was a brilliant or terrible idea.

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"I would absolutely not recommend using this to apply your fake tan with!" she said. "It may give you a good exfoliation, however it is also going to buff the tan off and not leave you with a smooth tan.

"Not only that, but these have not been designed for use on the skin and if used frequently, you will be over exfoliating and causing sensitivity to the skin."

Dr Ross Perry, the Medical Director of Cosmedics skin clinics, agrees: “Applying fake tan using a sponge scrubber is a terrible idea and you may as well be using sandpaper," he said.

"It is way too harsh to be rubbing onto the skin and could cause irritation, sensitivity and possibly even tear the skin which could end up leading to an infection.

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People were worried the sponge would be too harsh on the skin (Credit: Unsplash)
People were worried the sponge would be too harsh on the skin (Credit: Unsplash)

"Fake tan is meant to be applied using ‘gentle’ circular motions with a soft mitt for an even tan. A sponge scrubber will pull the skin and because of the material, it is unlikely you will get an even tan due to the texture. If anything it would work as an exfoliator rather than coating the skin with a tan.

"Not only that, the bacteria build up and residue left on the sponge scrubber, if used more than once could lead to blocked pores, in growing hairs and again lead to breakouts on the body such as nasty black heads and painful spots.”

There we go - if you're thinking about going to your nearest sponge refill to get that summer glow, perhaps think again.

Featured Image Credit: Twitter/@GeorgiaHH/Pexels

Topics: Beauty, Health

Charlotte Forrester
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