If you are a fan of self-tanners and have now decided to get a tan by utilizing the sun’s UV rays or sunbed, you are sure to have a few questions.
One of these questions would be if you can still get a natural tan while wearing a self-tanner and how safe it is to tan if you are already wearing a self-tanner.
The short answer is that you can still tan if you are wearing a self-tanner. This article will discuss what self-tanners are and how they can be combined with regular tanning to achieve the best tan ever.
What Are Self-Tanners?
Self-tanners usually come in the form of lotions, gels, mousse, sprays, and cosmetic wipes. The main ingredient that is used in self-tanners is dihydroxyacetone (DHA). Although the self-tanner may look real, the darker color is formed from a reaction between dihydroxyacetone (DHA) and amino acids.
This compound is a sugar compound derived from plant sources and can also be used as a color additive.
When this compound is absorbed by the epidermis, otherwise known as the top layer of the skin, it stains it and gives it a look of darkness, creating the appearance of a tan. Unfortunately, most self-tanners only last a few days if they are not reapplied and are only a temporary fix when trying to achieve the golden tanned skin that you desire.
Self-tanning is a highly different process than tanning by exposing your skin to UV rays from the sun. Sun tanning causes melanin to spread to the surface of your skin so that it can protect it from getting damaged by the sun’s rays.
Can You Still Obtain A Tan from the Sun If You Are Wearing Self-Tan?
Of course, you can! Self-tanners make your skin look much darker after just one application, and lazing out in the sun will add to that golden glow!
Here are some tips on how to tan even if you are wearing self-tan:
# 1 Remember the Sunscreen
Apply your sunscreen before you go outside into the sun to block harmful UVA and UVB rays. The sunscreen need not be a high SPF; you want to prevent yourself from getting sunburnt.
# 2 Move Around Frequently
Move from your back to your front and sides to avoid burning on just one part of your body.
# 3 Use Oils with Natural SPF Protection
There are certain natural oils such as avocado oil and coconut oil that can be used for SPF protection while at the same time keep your skin moisturized.
# 4 Don’t Stay Outside for Too Long
The pigment in our body called melanin is what makes us tan. There is usually a cut-off point where your skin will not get any darker after a few hours. Try not to go for more than 2-3 hours at a time in the sun.
# 5 Take a Break in The Shade
Giving your skin short breaks from the sun’s UV rays will make it less likely for you to burn. If you have very fair or pale skin, it is best to tan in the morning or after 3 pm to avoid sunburn.
Is Self-Tan A Substitute for SPF Protection Products?
Bear in mind that a self-tanner is no substitute for sunscreen and does not protect the skin from sunburnt. It is always advisable to use sunscreen with a low SPF for the best results.
Remember to reapply the sunscreen regularly as the darker color on your skin from the self-tanner might make sunburn go unnoticed. Try and choose oil-free sunscreens that won’t break down your self-tan color too fast.
Is It A Good Idea to Get A Fake Tan Before Going on Holiday?
Getting a fake tan before you go on holiday is an excellent idea if you have fair skin that tends to burn quickly. The fake tan will not stop you from achieving a natural tan. When used together with sunscreen, you can slowly ease the skin into tanning.
Make sure to get your fake tan done at least 1-2 days before you go on your holiday, and then maintain the self-tan by keeping it moisturized while you gradually get a natural tan from the UV rays the sun.
By the time your holiday is over, you would have graduated from a fake tan to a real base tan even after the self-tanner has faded.
Steps to Take to Go from A Fake to Real Tan
In Winter, a fake tan is a way to go if you want to have a golden glow to your skin all year round. When Summertime arrives, it may be time to give your skin a break from fake tanning products and transition your skin into achieving a real tan.
By keeping your skin hydrated and wearing a light sunscreen under your fake tan, you will build up a beautiful base color and have a natural tan on your skin.
Tips to remember when transitioning from a fake to a real tan:
- Keep your skin moisturized so that your skin does not go flaky.
- Use a tan accelerator while you are out in the sun to develop a natural tan more quickly.
- Remember that the solution used in spray tanning or fake tanning products offers no protection from the sun’s UV rays.
- Wait for a certain amount of time after you have had a spray tan done before you start to apply SPF protection products.
- You can use a tanning bed when you have a fake tan, but it is normally suggested that you use the tanning bed before applying the fake tan.
- Using a water-based sunscreen will stop your skin from developing ugly streaks or patches.
- Tanning in the sun after using fake tanning products can allow your fake tan to fade flawlessly while achieving a great base tan.