14 September 2022

Tanning Myths Debunked


Sunscreen reduces your ability to tan

Sunscreen or an SPF product protects you against harmful UV rays, however you might still get a tan while wearing it. That’s because no SPF or sunscreen can block 100% of the sun’s UV rays.

For example an SPF 30 blocks 97% of UVB rays. Nevertheless, a sunblock significantly reduces your ability to tan. And all the experts agree that your exposure to sun damage will be much less if you wear it.

MYTH #1 “You need to use oil if you want to tan”

Tanning oil has been a trend for far too long, and the truth is, using it can be flat-out dangerous. While you may think that using an oil is helping accelerate the tanning process, what is actually doing is putting you on the fast-track to a sunburn (or worse). When your skin is slathered in oil it refracts UV light from the sun at the surface of your skin, thereby amplifying the intensity of the sun’s (already intense) UV rays.

While this refraction might appear to speed up how quickly you get color, your significantly more likely to burn than you are tan. (think of putting a magnifying glass between the sun and an ant).

Ditch the oil, reach for the true tan accelerator instead. Unlike fake tan, tan accelerators like base tan : optimizing body lotion works by stimulating melanin production in your skin to bring out your natural color when you re exposed to the sun.

Melanin is the pigment that gives your skin its color, and the more melanin your skin produces, the darker your tan will become.

MYTH # 2 “A Burn will fade into a tan”

There is a common miss perception that if you get a sunburn you shouldn’t worry to much, because it will simply fade into a tan, but this has to be the most dangerous attitude out there. Research indicates that just five severe sunburns in your lifetime increase risk of developing melanoma by 80%. While it might appear as though your redness is fading into a glowing bronze, it is not a tan to be proud of because it was only achieved after seriously damaging and weakening your skin. Prepare your skin with a tan optimizer, and never neglect SPF protection, even if you are trying to get some color.

MYTH #3 “Natural oils provide enough low SPF protection”

Many believe that putting on natural oils like coconut oil can provide low-level SPF protection, but this only provides a false sense of security. Natural oils such as coconut oil or raspberry seed oil might offer very minimal SPF ratings, however, this is completely counteracted by the refractive effect that oil has on UV light (see Myth#1). Much like how water refracts the sun’s rays and increases your likelihood of burning – without genuine UV filtering ingredients, coconut oils and such as will do nothing to protect your skin. If your after hydration, follow every period of sun exposure with an antioxidant-rich, soothing after sun.

When your skin receives a lot of UV exposure, it causes a lot of free-radical damage in the skin which eventually leads to sun-damage and pre-mature skin. You can help to strengthen your skin defense by recharging it with potent antioxidants such as sea berry seed fruit extract. This compound is known for its powerful healing an restorative properties

MYTH #4 “You can’t get a tan with sunscreen”

The reason why this myth is so widely believed true is likely due to a miss understanding of the term SPF and what it truly represents. SPF, or sun protection factor, is a measurement of how long we can stay out in the sun without getting burned, based on your skin type. For example, if you would normally burn in 10 minutes of sun exposure with no sunscreen, an application of SPF 15 would give you 15 times the amount of time before your would burn, or 150 minutes.

SPF formulas are tested in a laboratory setting and do not take into account the sweat, sand and frictions from towels that might rub off our sunscreen in a real-life situation. This is why reapplication is crucial.

  • SPF 15 blocks 93% of UVB rays
  • SPF 30 blocks 97% of UVB rays
  • SPF 50 blocks 98% of UVB rays

So while you may think that blocking 93% of the sun its rays is completely blocking your chance at a tan – do not forget that your sunscreen is being constantly worn down by sweat and clothing that some rays are absolutely getting through.

By preparing your skin with a tan accelerator, then layering on a SPF before heading out you will be surprised what a fantastic tan you can achieve. Mineral non-toxic sunscreen is the way to go in 2022 with protection you and nature at the same time.

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