We all want bronzed, glowing skin this season, but some of the ways people are achieving their tans are seriously scary!

Everyone knows that outdoor tanning carries lots of risks, but you should keep in mind that a tan is actually a form of sun damage. Skin cells respond to sun injury by producing more pigment. Anytime you get bronzed from the sun or from UV lights (a.k.a. tanning bed), you are contributing to the formation of fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots, and skin cancer. And we probably don’t have to tell you that tanning beds are dangerous, but do you know just how dangerous they really are? According to the Center for Disease Control, if you use indoor tanning before the age of 35, you will increase your risk of melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer, by a whopping 75%.

 

So how can you get the sunkissed glow without the risk? Rather than resorting to expensive, orangey spray tans, try a great bronzer, self-tanner, or tinted moisturizer! Just be sure to apply sunscreen every day, no matter what option you choose.

Diorskin Nude

 

Bronzers are fantastic for adding some subtle glow to your face. Many people even use bronzer as their go-to foundation, so you don’t need to put on layer after layer of makeup.  Try a multi-toned one, like Diorskin Nude Tan Healthy Glow Enhancing Powder.

Dior Bronze

 

To quickly get a deep, natural color, try an at-home self-tanner. Just make sure you exfoliate your and moisturize your skin before use to prevent streaking. Dior Bronze Self-Tanner Natural Glow for Body or Face is fantastic, and gives you long-lasting, natural looking color.

Jergens Natural Glow 

For a more subtle option, tinted moisturizers are the way to go. Try one that gradually gives you color over time and that has broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection, like Jergens Natural Glow & Protect Daily Moisturizer. You won’t notice a drastic difference right away, but that’s the beauty of it!