Natural self tanners can give you a worry-free bronzed hue, and they’re much better for your skin than laying out in the sun. Rather than being a sign of good health, a natural tan from sunbathing or using a tanning bed actually means your skin cells have been damaged and puts you at greater risk of developing skin cancer, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. When UV rays penetrate the skin, melanin is released to try to protect it from further harm. Much like a sunburn, tanning speeds aging and can lead to age spots, leathery skin, loss of firmness, and wrinkles.
But you don’t have to put your skin and health at risk for a golden glow. Natural sunless tanning products are a safe, effective way of keeping your skin tone bronzed year round. Here’s how to use natural self tanners to get an even, streak-free tan that doesn't leave you looking like a walking cheese puff.