Want to Tan Faster? This Is How to Get a Quick (and Safe) Tan
With summer in full swing, we can’t think of a more appropriate time than now to discuss importance of sun safety. A favorite pastime for many once the temperatures rise is to lay out and get a suntan. And while that’s one way to achieve skin that looks more bronzed, it’s not necessarily good for your skin. Sunbathing can put your skin at risk for premature signs of skin aging, as well as some cancers, especially if you neglect to apply broad-spectrum sunscreen and take other sun protection measures. Unfortunately, sunbathing can bronze your skin fairly quickly, which is why many people aren’t so keen on abandoning it for good. But what if we told you there was a way to achieve that coveted bronze glow faster than sunbathing alone? And what if we told you this method wouldn’t put you at risk for damaging your skin? Below, we’re sharing exactly how to get a quick (and safe) tan. Spoiler alert: Grab a self-tanner!
IS IT POSSIBLE TO TAN SAFELY?
There is no such thing as tanning safely. In fact, a tan is actually just your body’s response to injury. “Sun exposure causes changes at the DNA level of the skin cells, triggering the cells that produce pigment to increase their output of melanin,” board-certified dermatologist, and Skincare.com consultant, Dr. Edward (Ted) Lain says. “The melanin is then transferred to the skin cells to act as an umbrella over the DNA. Therefore, if you consider that a tan represents damage to your DNA, how could any tan be safe?”
WHY DOES YOUR SKIN LOOK DARKER AFTER LAYING IN THE SUN?
Let’s break down the science for you. Dr. Lain explains that people with darker skin tones have a greater number of cells that produce pigment in their skin. This is called melanin. When skin gets damaged by the sun, the body produces even more melanin to try and protect the skin from further damage.“Since sun exposure causes the cells to produce more pigment, the greater the number of these pigment factories the darker the skin will get in response to sun exposure,” Dr. Lain says.
WHAT CAN HAPPEN TO YOUR SKIN IF YOU TAN IN THE SUN?
By now you’re well aware that sunbathing can lead to a multitude of skin concerns, be it visible signs of aging—or worse, some skin cancers. But what exactly is happening to your skin as it lays under those rays? “The accumulation of sun damage leads to pigment anomalies in the skin, either as dark spots or white spots,” Dr. Lain says. “Fine lines and wrinkles soon develop, then skin sagging, and finally pre-cancers and skin cancers.”
HOW TO GET A FASTER (SAFER) TAN THAN SUNBATHING ALONE: APPLY SELF-TANNER
Your best bet for getting a safe, bronze glow this summer? Turning to self-tanners that can work just as well, if not better (and faster) than laying out in the sun for hours. Here, we list three of our favorite self-tanning formulas from the L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze collection.
For Airbrushed Finish: L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze ProPerfect Salon Airbrush Mist
If you frequent the spray tan salon, take a breather and turn to L’Oréal Paris’ Sublime Bronze ProPerfect Salon Airbrush Mist. These airbrush-inspired tanning mists can offer you a natural, even-looking tan. Plus, you can count on its superfine mist applicator to access those hard-to-reach places, like the backs of your arms, legs, and upper back.
For a Sun-Kissed Glow: L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Lotion
For that instant streak-free tan, reach for this medium self-tanning lotion. Its formula—enhanced with vitamin E and AHA’s—offers an instant glow with subtle shimmer that leaves the skin feeling smooth and soft.
L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Lotion, $8.05 MSRP
For a Gradual Tan: L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Gelee
Sometimes we want to take our sweet time getting to that desired level of bronze, in which case a gradual self-tanner like this one fits the bill. The ultra-lightweight formula will help you develop your ideal sunless tan with continued use. Apply it once or twice a day to reach your tan goal.
L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Gelee, $10.99 MSRP
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