Tanning is a big part of the summer. It keeps us looking bronzed and feeling good all season long. But, there’s one question that always pops up: Can You Still Tan With Self Tanner On? We’re here to answer your questions!
Yes, it is possible to tan with self-tanner on. There are a few things that you need to consider before heading out into the sun, but all in all it should be fine. The biggest thing is applying your product correctly!
Can You Still Tan With Self Tanner On?
Skin care is a very personal thing and some people like to get bronze naturally while others use sun beds. But what if you want the benefits of both, can you do tan with a self tanner on? The simple answer is yes, as we have mentioned above. It is possible to tan with a self tanner on.
- Apply lotion evenly over the body twenty minutes prior to tanning outside or using a tanning bed.
- Allow self-tanner to dry completely for at least five minutes.
- Wear loose, breathable clothing after applying self-tanner to avoid staining your clothes with the bronzing agent.
- Apply sunscreen before going outside or using a tanning bed for added protection against sun damage and burning .
- It is important that you do not go out into the sun right after applying self-tanner. As a general rule of thumb, you should wait at least twenty minutes to allow it to dry before going outside or tanning in a bed. Also, wearing loose clothing will help avoid staining any clothes with the product.
At Home Options:
- Use an indoor sunless spray instead! These products are designed for use on skin that has already been tanned. These products are not dangerous for use with previously self-tanned skin!
- If you’re interested in both a tan and moisturizer, go with an oil . Oil is non-comedogenic (meaning it does not clog pores), so there’s no need to worry about breakouts. It also works just as a moisturizer.
What About Tanning Beds?
While it is possible to use self-tanner before going in a tanning bed, we don’t recommend it! We always encourage you to add sunscreen when you’re planning on being outside for long periods of time. It is important that if you do decide to go ahead and use self-tanner before using a bed, you remember to apply sunscreen first.
Is it Safe to Tan Under the Sun Even If You Have Self-tanned?
No, it is NOT safe! Self-tanners are NOT substitutes for actual tanning–– they do not give you the same protection against sun damage.
As mentioned, when under the sun’s rays, it is important to use sunscreen even when you have self-tanned, which will protect your skin from aging or carcinogenic effects brought about by the sun’s UV rays.
Some notes to take:
- To avoid aging prematurely, do NOT go under the sun for at least 12 hours after applying self-tanners. Remember that the skin continues to be exposed to sunlight even if you are indoors or under shade; hence, it is important to wear good quality sunscreen every time you step out of your house.
- In addition, it is advisable to wear wide brimmed hats or clothes that have been treated with UPF (ultraviolet protection factor). If you choose to use a parasol when you are out, ensure that the size is big enough to cover your face and skin areas which you will not be able to cover with sunscreen. For instance, if you are wearing a bikini, make sure that it is big enough to cover your torso and thighs.
- When going under the sun, keep in mind that shady areas may not necessarily be safe. It is advisable to use sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher when you plan on being out for more than 8 hours.
- If you plan on tanning outdoors, make sure to cover every part of the body with sunscreen (minimum SPF 30) at least 10 minutes before going under the sun.
Also, if you feel like using a self-tanner indoors or in an air conditioned room, keep in mind that light from fluorescent and LED lights can easily damage your skin, even if you have self-tanned. Hence, it may be a good idea to apply sunscreen on top of the self-tanner or after using a cream that has been treated with UPF.
Why Does Over-tanning Damage Your Skin?
Over-tanning is a common mistake many people make. It’s easy to do when you want that bronzed skin but it can damage your skin. Here’s why:
Your Skin Responds To The Sun
The sun may have a great effect on your skin, giving you a tan, but it’s also bad for it. That’s because ultraviolet rays are hitting your skin. The sun emits UVA and UVB rays which are both linked to the development of different types of skin cancer.
Your Skin Attracts Damaging Rays
The pigmentation in your skin is what determines your skin color. The more melanin you have the darker your complexion will be and vice versa. All this happens so that your skin can protect itself from harmful rays.
When you tan, it’s because your skin is responding to damage and trying to repair itself so that it doesn’t get damaged any further. But if you over-tan the damage to your skin increases.
Your Skin Takes In Too Many Rays
If you know that tanning causes damage then it’s logical that not tanning at all would be healthier. However, it isn’t like that. When you don’t get a healthy amount of sun exposure, your skin doesn’t produce melanin and this can increase your risk of rickets.
When your skin isn’t getting any sun, it doesn’t repair itself as it should and that increases your risk of sun damage, including cancer.
Your Skin Loses Its Natural Protection
Your skin is already damaged when you start to tan so the protective layer on your skin is gone. This makes it more susceptible to damage from the sun.
The skin starts to repair itself but that process makes your skin vulnerable and damages can occur quickly.
Your Skin Thinks You’re In Danger
Your body tells your skin that it needs to protect you, so it produces melanin which is what gives your skin its color. The more you tan the darker your complexion will be.
Over-tanning results in skin damage because of the way that it reacts to ultraviolet rays. It goes into self-repair mode and that causes your skin to suffer more damage. If you don’t have enough melanin in your skin, then you’re at increased risk of sun damage which can cause problems with your health.
As a final note, make sure that you know how to protect yourself from the sun. That means wearing sunscreen at all times and covering up with clothes, hats, sunglasses etc.
If your skin is already damaged then it’s important that you get damage control advice for your situation like using a self-tanner instead of going under the sun or using sunscreen to protect your skin before using a self-tanner.