Natural bronze vs. Self-tanning: which one is better?


A lot of people love tanning and it would be great if we could enjoy it all year round, but in a healthy way, without exposing ourselves too much to the sun. Often, however, a good self-tanner can be the solution for beautiful and tanned skin.

What are the benefits of self-tanning?

When summer is gone and the sun is nowhere to be found, your tan is slowly returning to normal skin tone. So what can you do to keep it? There are two solutions: tan at the salon or use self-tanning products.

While the first option is not recommended by dermatologists due to the serious risks of exposure of the skin to UV rays and the possibility of skin cancer, the second can be a fairly healthy solution, provided you choose the right products. Not only will you have the lushest tan imaginable, but your skin will also be hydrated and supple.

Self-tanning products are widely available and are becoming an increasingly popular choice when you want to avoid harmful UV rays and sunbeds. In the past, self-tanners have had a reputation for giving an unnatural orange color and leaving streaks, but modern products have more natural colors and can have very good results.

According to some experts, one of the advantages of using a self-tanner is that the color can evolve, so you can intensify it through several applications. Self-tanners leave the skin soft and smooth and will not stain clothing, so you can wear quiet white clothes. Self-tanning products improve your skin tone, creating a natural tan, without shades and orange stripes.


  • Self-tanning tan is taken after a few showers and requires reapplication every two to three days.
  • Chlorinated pool water, sea salt water and perspiration quickly degrade the color obtained with self-tanner and lead to unsightly stains.
  • Before using the self-tanner it is necessary to exfoliate and moisturize the skin, to avoid its hyperpigmentation in the rough areas – elbows, knees. The application technique is very important to obtain a result that is pleasing to the eye: apply the self-tanner carefully so as not to miss any part of the skin and massage until it is completely absorbed. Use special gloves or wash your hands thoroughly after each application.

How long does the bronze last?

Applied correctly, a good self-tanner can last almost as long as a real tan without the risk of skin cancer. After all, one of the advantages of a natural self-tanner (as opposed to a real tan) is that the skin retains its youthful appearance for much longer. It will be much faster to sunbathe and relax if you tan like that than if you use a sunbed to lie in the sun.

Bronze from the sun

Bronze is essentially the skin’s shield against the aggression of the sun’s rays. While we relax on the sun lounger, the skin is fighting a real fight. Under the action of UVA and UVB rays, it begins to produce melanin.


The tanning obtained by gradual, moderate exposure to the sun lasts a long time and has a pleasant color. To tan evenly, without burns and without peeling, alternate the exposure for ten minutes in the sun, on each side, with ten minutes in the shade, to allow the skin to cool and regain its strength to self-protection. The cream with the highest sun protection factor is mandatory.

The sun facilitates the assimilation of vitamin D (but we only need ten minutes of daily exposure to sunlight through a short walk, we do not need to tan)

Sunbathing relieves joint pain and inflammation.

Following sun exposure, the secretion of endorphins, the hormones of well-being, is stimulated.


  • Abusive sun exposure, no breaks, and no creams with SPF lead to skin burns, sunburn, premature aging, worsening of skin problems, risk of developing cancer cells.
  • The tanning obtained from the desire to “take all the sun” in one day at the beach is uneven, does not resist, peels quickly. To help your skin retain its chocolate hue for as long as possible and as evenly as possible, be sure to moisturize it abundantly both before and after sun exposure.



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