The Importance of SPF & Tanning Alternatives

Though many may believe sunscreen is only needed for the occasional pool and beach days in the scorching summer, the truth is that sunscreen should be essential to your daily skincare routine - all year long. You should wear SPF whenever you go outside. Yes, even on cloudy days and quick trips out. Not only will it protect you from the very visible (and short term) sunburn, but it will prevent long term effects of wrinkling, premature aging, and other forms of skin damage, including skin cancer. Another tip is to remember to put SPF on your neck, chest, and the back of your hands. This will guarantee protection all over, allowing your skin to stay youthful and glowing, longer! states, “The earth has a natural shield, too: the ozone layer, which protects the planet from most of the sun’s ultraviolet rays. However, the ozone layer is not as thick as it once was, meaning we have less natural protection from UVA and UVB rays. In fact, using sunscreen is more important today than it ever was before.” If that doesn’t convince you to be better about wearing sunscreen and implementing SPF products into your skincare and makeup routine, I don’t know what will!

Our Picks for SPF Products:

For Face & Lips

  1. REN Clean Skincare Clean Screen Mineral SPF 30 (Mattifying)
  2. Biossance Squalane + Mineral SPT 45 (Extra Benefits)
  3. Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense Sunscreen
  4. Chanel UV ESSENTIEL Sunscreen
  5. Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40
  6. Aesop Avail Facial Lotion with Sunscreen
  7. ILIA Balmy Days

For Body

  1. Aesop Avail SPF 50 Body Lotion
  2. Supergoop! Forever Young Body Butter

Protecting our skin from the sun and its harmful rays does mean that we won’t tan as much. We get it, a lot of people like a sunkissed look. That is why we have created a list of alternative options that will result in you looking like a bronzed goddess, with your skin still being protected. 

Our Picks for Self-Tanning Waters & Oils:

  1. Isle of Paradise Self-Tanning Water
  2. Sun Bum Tanning Oil
  3. Tan-Luxe Body Illuminating Self-Tan Drops
  4. Vita Liberata Invisi Foaming Tan Water

Our Picks for Self-Tanning Mousses:

  1. Loving Tan Self-Tanning Mousse
  2. St. Tropez Self-Tan Bronzing Mousse
  3. Bali Body Self-Tanning Mousse

Our Picks for Self-Tanning Lotions:

  1. Loving Tan Gradual Tanning Lotion
  2. Beauty by Earth Sunless Tanning Lotion
  3. Kora Gradual Self-Tanning Lotion
  4. The Original Pharmacy Self Tan
  5. Sisley-Paris Self Tanning Hydrating Facial Skin Care

Other Self Tanning Products We Like:

  1. Ulta Tanning Mitt
  2. Vita Liberata Organic Tan-Infused Cloths
  3. TAN-LUXE Illuminating Tanning Butter

Keep your skin glowing and healthy, all year round. What are your favorite sunless tanning alternatives? Let us know! We love hearing from you.



Cry Baby

Written by @tyrahdae

Edited by Esma


  • Coming from a ginger who is prone to sunburning easily, yes ma’am! Pro tip, if you do sunburn… yes we all know aloe, but vinegar works great too. I’ll soak paper towels and blot or leave them on my skin to soak. And then I smell like vinegar 🤤 (and as other people are posting yes, nutrogena is a great sunscreen to prevent sunburn in the first place 👌🏼)

  • Thank you so much!! i’ve wanted to use a sunscreen in my daily routine for a long time now, but i couldn’t find one that didn’t make my face so pale! love these blog posts 💕

  • Yess!!! wearing SPF is so important! It frustrates me when people say they don’t need SPF on a cloudy day, the cloud can’t protect us from the Sun’s UV Rays. Thanks for informing/ reminding everyone.

  • SPF is very important. I keep telling my friends and family that they should wear SPF no matter what everyday and that is should be 30 and up. They don’t listen to me though. 😩😭

  • YES! THIS! Thank you so so much for sharing the importance of SPF EVERY DAY! My personal favorite is Neutrogena’s HydroBoost SPF 30🖤🤍

  • this is so perfect! currently planning a trip somewhere sunny and needed good spf options!!

  • How often should we be re-applying? I’m pretty diligent with my sunscreen but am never sure how long may be too long, and how long may be too short :)

  • Deffffffinitely need to try alternatives for tanning this summer. i live somewhere already so sunny i can’t be laying out to get a tan ☀️☀️

  • Honestly love adding stuff to my skincare routine 😘😘

  • I BEEN SAYING THISSSS. people don’t know how bad the sun’s rays are for our skin!! thanks for being the voice to tell others about this and the alternatives to tanning, this helped me too omg

  • Omg I’ve been looking for better self tanner so this post is perfect! Also a great idea to make sure you put sunscreen on your neck, chest and back of your hands every day for full protection 💕

  • I started running out of my facial spf today lol, perfect timing

    Gwen Flores

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