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Sun protection and fake tan

There are a lot of myths and questions around whether or not wearing fake tan acts as a barrier and protects your skin from the sun.

In today’s post, we’re going to bust the myths and give you a couple of tips!

So firstly the myths go something like this:

“fake tan darkens your skin, which improves it’s ability to protect itself from the sun”- FALSE.

“fake tan adds a layer onto your skin which acts as a barrier”- FALSE

“it’s impossible to get sunburnt with fake tan on”- FALSE

And that’s just to name a few..

While all of these are false (fake tan doesn’t protect you from the sun), there are tanning products that include an SPF, like our gradual tanning lotion and our face tan.

Both of these products include an SPF 15, which WILL protect you from the sun while they gradually tan your skin. They do however need to be reapplied like a regular sunscreen if you intend to be in the sun for longer than 2hours. But we recommend trying to reduce the amount of time your skin is exposed to direct sunlight by wearing protective clothing or sitting under a great umbrella.

As a fake tan and skin care company, we are advocates for sun safety and taking care of the skin you’re in. That’s why nothing is safer than a faux glow!

We are Australian, and we are beach lovers, but we don’t sit in the sun to get a tan. We bronze ourselves up with one of our favourite tanning products (at the moment its the new Xtreme 30 Minute Tan!) so that we can enjoy our time outdoors and at the beach, but with a limited amount of time spent in direct sun, or in the comfort of the shade. We’re also obsessed with these amazing umbrella’s from Sunday Supply Co. at the moment.


So to wrap things up, here are a few facts:

  • Fake tan doesn’t act as a barrier to the sun. You can definitely get sunburnt if you’re wearing fake tan.
  • Some tans, like our gradual and face tan, do include an SPF protection. However, you need to either reapply the lotion every 2hrs in the sun OR use a nice lightweight sunscreen.
  • Be sun smart- limit your exposure to the sun, wear a hat, get yourself a great beach umbrella, and don’t intentionally sunbake.
  • Rock a faux glow! Our tans are natural looking and easy to apply with a streak-free formulation. We recommend applying with one of our application mitts for a super flawless finish.