As we are all aware, a sun-kissed glow has long been associated with health, beauty and vitality. However, as our understanding of the risks associated with sun exposure has grown, so too has the appeal of safer alternatives. From the potential dangers of UV radiation to the rising popularity of self-tanning products, we’ll help you make informed decisions about your tanning routine.

Read along as we delve into the age-old debate of sun tanning versus self-tanning, exploring the benefits and drawbacks of each method.

Why is sun tanning a bad idea?

Increased Risk of Skin Cancer

Prolonged exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun may elevate the risk of developing skin cancer, including melanoma.

Premature Ageing

Sun exposure can lead to premature ageing of the skin, leading to wrinkles, age spots, and loss of skin elasticity.


Sun tanning often involves prolonged periods of sun exposure, which can lead to sunburns.

Uneven Pigmentation

Sun tanning can cause uneven pigmentation, leading to the development of sunspots, freckles, and patches of darkened skin. This can result in an uneven complexion.

Why should I choose self-tanning instead?

Safer Alternative

Self-tanning products offer a safer alternative to sun tanning by providing a sun-kissed glow without the need for exposure to harmful UV radiation.

Prevents Premature Ageing

Sun-tanning helps prevent premature ageing by avoiding the damaging effects of UV radiation on the skin, such as wrinkles, fine lines and age sports.

Even Pigmentation

Self-tanning products allow for more control over the tanning process, resulting in a more even and consistent pigmentation compared to sun tanning, which can often lead to uneven tan lines and sunspots.


Self-tanning can be done at any time and in the comfort of your own home, making it a convenient option for achieving a healthy glow without the need for outdoor sun exposure.

Variety of Options

There is a wide variety of self-tanning products available on the market, including lotions, mousses, sprays, and wipes, catering to different preferences and skin types.

Dos and Don’ts of Self-Tanning

Mastering the art of self-tanning requires more than just choosing the right product- it’s about understanding the dos and don’ts of application.



Prior to applying self-tanner, exfoliate your skin to remove dead skin cells and ensure a smooth, even application.

Moisturise Dry Areas

Apply moisturiser to dry areas such as elbows, knees and ankles to prevent the self-tanner from clinging to dry patches and creating uneven colour.

Use a Mitt

Use a tanning mitt or glover to apply self-tanner evenly and avoid staining your hands.

Start Light

Begin with a light application of self-tanner and gradually build up the colour to achieve your desired shared, preventing over-tanning and streaking.

Blend Well

Take your time to blend the self-tanner thoroughly, especially around joints and edges, to avoid streaks and patches.

Allow Time to Dry

Allow the self-tanner to dry completely before dressing to prevent smudging and transferring onto clothing.


Skip Patch Test

Always perform a patch test before applying self-tanner to check for any allergic reactions or adverse effects.

Rush Application

Avoid rushing the application process as it can lead to uneven results and streaks.

Overlook Preparation

Skipping exfoliation and moisturisation can result in patchy and uneven tanning.

Forget about Hands and feet

Pay special attention to blending self-tanner on hands and feet to avoid telltale signs of artificial tanning.

Apply Too Much Product

Using too much self-tanner can result in an unnatural and uneven tan, so apply sparingly and build up as needed.

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As we conclude, it’s clear that self-tanning offers a viable alternative to sun exposure, providing a healthy glow without the risks. By adhering to the dos and don’ts of self-tanning, you can achieve a flawless tan while safeguarding your skin’s health and vitality.

Remember, proper preparation and technique are key to achieving natural-looking results. And if you’re looking for a professional touch, we recommend trying a spray tan at Peace & Quiet Day Spa for a luxurious and effortless bronzed look. Embrace your glow responsibly and enjoy the benefits of radiant skin all year round.