Sunscreen and self-tanner: things to know


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Sunscreen and self-tanner? No, they are not the same! Here, then, are the characteristics of these two products allies of the tan and how to use them correctly. For a truly irresistible, healthy-looking (and complexion) skin.

With the arrival of summer also the desire for a tan and to show off a beautiful golden complexion it gets bigger and bigger. So much so that some of us just can’t wait for the action of the sun to take its course, leading us to want to anticipate the times with a little beauty trick: theself-tanner.

A product that helps the skin to color, guaranteeing a10 and praise tan in a very short time. Obviously if you use it correctly and if you don’t make the mistake of thinking that sunscreen and self-tanner are the same thing. Here, then, is what is important to know about these two products, for use them in the right way and at the right time, obtaining an even and healthy tan. For a sure wow effect.

How sunscreen works

The first thing to do is understand what it is. When it comes to Sun protection we mean all those products, in cream or spray, whose function is precisely to “protection ”of the skin against damage caused by the sun’s rays. Although, in fact, the sun is good for our body for many reasons (for example the activation of vitamin D, the strengthening of bones, muscles or joints, the reduction of stress, etc.), it can cause a lot of problems too including:

  • dehydration;
  • formation of redness;
  • rash or irritation;
  • skin aging (including wrinkles);
  • to the formation of skin diseases;
  • tumors.

The purpose of sun protection, therefore, is to shield the skin and keep it safe from harmful rays (UVA and UVB), regardless of the level of tan or the natural complexion of the complexion. And to do so it is important evaluate the SPF factor well.

Sunscreen cream

What is the SPF factor?

The SPF or Sun Protection Factor, is none other than the degree of protection that the product in question can donate to the skin, throughout the day.

Specifically, the SPF indicates the number of times UV exposure is reduced. For example, if you opt for a factor of SPF 15, the time in which the skin will react to the action of the sun’s rays must be multiplied by 15. If normally, therefore, it takes 15 minutes to burn you, with SPF 15 sunscreen this time will be approximately 3 hours and 45 minutes.

What is self-tanner and how does it work

When we talk about self-tanner, however, we refer to a type of product (lotion, gel, cream, drops, spray, foam, wipes), whose main purpose is to color the skin, simulating tanning for a limited time. But how exactly does it work?

The self-tanner contains DHA, a particular molecule that derives from sugar cane. This, in contact with the skin it changes color, increasing or decreasing its strength depending on the amount of product used. In fact, therefore, it does not go to stimulate the production of melanin (responsible for tanning) but simply colors the most superficial layer of the skin, called corneum, as a kind of paint.

A safe method for get in a short time (within a few hours) a nice tan golden, albeit short-lived. To the maximum from 3 to 5 days. That’s why, self-tanner is great as an aid if you don’t have the opportunity, time or desire to sunbathe but still want to show off a perfect tan.

Self-tanning sunscreen effect

When to avoid it?

Be careful though! There are cases where it is better avoid using self-tanner, for example in the presence of:

  • vitiligo;
  • very dark skin spots;
  • skin or acne-prone reactions.

In these cases it is better to leave the skin free and “clean”.

Vitiligo sun protection

Sunscreen and self-tanner: are they interchangeable?

As seen, therefore, the sunscreen and self-tanner are two different products, with different functions and, precisely for this reason, not at all interchangeable. For those who have thought even for a minute that having put a good layer of self-tanner (and therefore have the skin already “tanned”) can eliminate the need to protect the skin with sunscreen, it is good to know that this is not the case.

The self-tanner, in fact, unlike sunscreen, it does not prevent the skin from suffering the harmful effects of the sun’s rays. For this reason, if you choose to sunbathe after putting on the self-tanner (not immediately of course) it is important to remember to put on sunscreen anyway. And always taking into account your natural color (not that obtained with the self-tanner).

How sunscreen and self tanner are applied

Two products that also differ in their application. And that it is good to know to increase its effectiveness and the desired effect.

In fact, sunscreen must be used about 15/20 minutes before exposing yourself to the sun. And it is important to put it back several times during the day (every about two hours). Especially when you decide to spend all your time on the beach or in the pool, including swimming, naps in the sun and beach volleyball games. Plus it’s good put the cream back after each bath (or shower).

Sunscreen application

For the self-tanner, however, it is good start with the preparation of the skin, eliminating dead cells with a sbrub or exfoliant and smoothing the skin. This is to guarantee the product a homogeneous application over the whole body.

sunscreen scrub

Once done (obviously not two minutes before but at least the day before) yes apply the product from the bottom up with circular movements. Or, if you opt for a spray formulation, it is better to perform a longitudinal movement over the whole body, except the heels. Without forgetting to moisturize the skin first (self-tanners tend to dry out).

Each part of the body has its own product

Although sunscreen and self-tanner have notable differences, there is one point in particular that they both follow the same rule: each part of the body needs different attention and care. In short words it is not good to use the same product for the body and face.

The skin, in fact, can be more or less thin and sensitive depending on where it is located (simply think of an elbow and cheeks, or a heel and eyelids). For this it is important to use different products, targeted and specific according to the part of the body to be treated.

In the case of sunscreen, for example, one should always be used high protection for the face (SPF 50), for protect health and preserve skin from the appearance of dark spots or wrinkles.

skin sunscreen

Same thing goes for self tanner. Use the same product or formulation for body and face it’s never a good idea. Also because, the latter, needs more care and requires amore precise application, especially in places like the nose, eyebrows or hairline.

self-tanning sunscreen

Both of these products, therefore, need the right attention when they are used. And this only to ensure that you always show off a healthy skin, beautiful to look at and that make you feel at ease at any time of the day and your fantastic summer.

Both during the day, at the beach and in swimwear and in the evening, with a beauty look and that dress that you have been waiting for so long to wear and that with your tan makes you absolutely irresistible.


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