Using sunscreen can help prevent sunburn, but it does not completely block all UV rays. No sunscreen can block UV rays 100%. Therefore, it is still possible to tan while wearing sunscreen, especially if you spend a lot of time in the sun.
When we get a tan, it means our skin has darkened due to exposure to the sun.
This happens because our skin produces more melanin, a pigment that gives colour to our skin, in response to sunlight. Tanning is the skin's way of trying to protect itself from the sun's harmful effects, but it's still a sign of skin damage, and prolonged or excessive exposure to UV radiation can lead to various health issues, including sunburn, premature aging, and an increased risk of skin cancer.
To avoid tanning altogether, it's best to seek shade, wear protective clothing and use sunscreen with a high sun protection factor (SPF) regularly, especially during peak sun hours. Remember to reapply sunscreen every two hours or more frequently if you are swimming or sweating heavily.
Frequently asked questions
The best sunscreen for tanning?
A tan is not a sign of good health; it's a response to skin damage. No particular sunscreen is 'best for tanning', while it's true that using sunscreen reduces the intensity of tanning, it's important to understand that there is no completely safe way to tan. Tanning is a sign of skin damage caused by exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation. UV rays can prematurely age your skin and increase the risk of skin cancer.
Can I tan, safely?
Tanning is a sign of skin damage caused by exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation, whether from the sun or artificial sources like tanning beds. There is no completely safe way to tan because any change in your skin colour as a result of UV exposure indicates damage to your skin cells.
Excessive exposure to UV radiation increases the risk of skin cancer, premature aging, and other skin-related issues. Therefore, it is essential to protect your skin from the sun. If you want to achieve a tan appearance, consider using our tinted moisturisers, which can give you a radiant glow without the risk of skin damage.
What about Vitamin D?
Vitamin D is essential for bone health and overall well-being. While sunlight is a natural source of vitamin D, there are other ways to obtain it without direct sun exposure such as diet and supplements. Please refer to the NHS website for more information regarding Vitamin D: