But after seeing instant results, she now can’t be without it. Emma said: “I didn’t expect it to work for me because I had tried all the skincare products under the sun and nothing would help my sore red skin.”
The paediatric nurse suffered from acne since she was a teenager. “My skin got so bad I ended up going to the doctors aged 14 and was put on antibiotics and a steroid cream over the next five years, but they made my skin dry and didn’t do much to get rid of the acne,” she explained.
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“And I never used to tan my face with self-tanner, as it would always cause breakouts, which put me off self-tanning.” Emma, who would never leave the house without wearing a heavy make-up, wouldn’t even go barefaced in front of her boyfriend of eight years, Bradley, 24, with whom she lives in Glasgow.
“I used to worry about not having make-up on around him so much,” she said. “I worried I would be judged for my skin.
“I didn’t let him see me without make up at first. Eventually I did, but it definitely made me self-conscious.”
Then, in 2020, when she was 21 and in second year at Glasgow Caledonian University studying nursing, Emma heard friends talking about utan x Jamie Genevieve CBD Tanning Water. She said: “I thought I’d give it a go because I’d tried everything to fix the problem and at that point I had nothing to lose.”
The results took her by surprise. “I was really shocked that after one time using it, my skin was already clearer. Within a few uses, I started to see so many improvements and, after a few days, my face was completely clear of spots. I feel free for the first time in seven years.”
Now she uses it all the time, even though it means her face is always tanned. “I wouldn’t be without it,” she said. “Even family members have said what a difference there is with my skin.
“A few of my friends have commented that I seem so much happier and brighter. Even Bradley has remarked on the change. He’s been so supportive of me through everything and I think he’s just glad that I’m happier now.”
Emma still gets the occasional spot, but says her skin is now much more manageable. She said: “Now for my routine I use my tanning water and moisturize every night and it’s made a huge difference.”
The tanning water facial mist costs £18 for a 100ml bottle, which Emma says lasts her six months. She said: “I apply it daily which does mean my face looks more tanned than it used to as it is a self-tanner, but I don’t mind.”
Emma says the biggest difference has been with her confidence. “I don’t shy away from social events and there are often days in the week where I don’t wear any make-up to work, which never would have happened before,” she said.
“Wearing masks at work would dry my skin out and definitely make it worse but now, even in masks, my skin is so much better. I do feel better around the patients too – I don’t feel like I need to constantly hide my skin anymore. The most important thing is that I now feel so much better about myself.”
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