Water retention causes sore, dry skin
Water retention is dangerous (for many reasons) after a bodybuilding show, and can make your skin feel like it's going to tear or pull apart. Exfoliation is also another reason for sore, dry skin after a bodybuilding show.
Exfoliating causes sore, dry skin
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Before applying tanner it's important to exfoliate your skin. An exfoliant will help slough off dead skin and create a smooth surface for the tanner. After the show, you will have to exfoliate your skin in some fashion to remove all of the tanner, posing oil or Pam cooking spray.
This amount of exfoliating can irritate and dry out skin. It is very painful to the touch and can take days to feel normal.
Use a good moisturizer
A good moisturizer will help soothe sore, dry skin. Everyone has their own preference, but I opt for Eucerin cream, which is very thick. I also use Bag Balm. Bag Balm was created for chapped utter conditions in livestock. The ingredients are 8-Hydroxy Quinoline Sulfate 0.3% in a petrolatum, lanolin base. It smells awful and is greasy, but works wonders on dry, irritated skin. It's $6 at Wal-Mart and is found in the pet section.
Lansinoh HPA Lanolin is what nursing moms use on their nipples to reduce pain and cracking while breast feeding. You can also use this, but it comes in a much smaller container than the Bag Balm or Eucerin.
Apply the moisturizer throughout the day until the pain reduces and subsides. If you use the Lansinoh or Bag balm wear dark clothes.
******White is not a doctor. This is just what she prefers to use.