How to Tan Fast Without the Sun Damage
There are few things that feel better than laying outside feeling the sun on your skin. Even as hard-core sunscreen advocates, we can admit that the warmth, sunshine and glowy bronze that it gives your skin afterwards is an instant mood booster. Unfortunately, sunbathing has some serious negative consequences. Spending too much time exposed to the sun can lead to premature signs of aging and in severe cases can lead to certain skin cancers, especially if you neglect wearing sunscreen daily. If you love tanning and the bronze effect it gives your skin, rest assured that there are plenty of ways of achieving a glowing complexion sans sun damage. Here, we’re talking about why you should skip sunbathing and offering alternative ways to get a quick, easy and, most importantly, safe tan using self-tanners.
Are There Safe Ways to Tan in the Sun?
Unfortunately, there’s 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, Edward (Ted) Lain, MD, 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?” He also explains that the more you lay out in the sun, the more negative consequences you may experience. “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.”
So, How Can You Get a Faster and Safer Tan?
Your best bet for getting a safe, bronze glow? 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 four of our favorite self-tanning formulas.
L'Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze Properfect Salon Airbrush Mist for an Airbrushed Finish:
If you frequent the spray tan salon, take a breather and turn to the 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.
L'Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Lotion for a Sun-Kissed Glow:
For that instant streak-free tan, reach for this medium self-tanning lotion. Its formula — enhanced with vitamin E and AHAs — offers an instant glow with subtle shimmer that leaves the skin feeling smooth and soft.
L'Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Gelee for a Gradual Tan:
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 Water Mousse for a Hydrated Finish:
If you need a formula that works wonders but still offers a comfortable, hydrating finish, the L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Water Mousse is a no brainer. The formula is a lightweight consistency that instantly gives your skin a natural-looking tan and a sunkissed glow with an even finish.