A Guide to Clean Self Tanner: Everything You Need to Know About Sunless Tanning

A Guide to Clean Self Tanner: Everything You Need to Know About Sunless Tanning


Nothing makes us feel quite as good as having glowing, healthy skin. Keyword being *healthy*, babe. While we know just how fab a tan can make you look and feel, we’ve never been fans of putting our (or your) precious skin at risk. And while staying out of the sun and opting for a self tanner seems like a no-brainer solution to getting your glow on, it actually isn’t that simple! Not all self tanners are created equal, and you deserve to know why. If you’ve been searching high and low for a holy grail guide to a clean self tanner, look no more and keep reading for everything you need to know about sunless tanning.

Image of a woman in a tropical setting holding up the BBE self-tanner.

Alright, do I really need a self tanner? How bad is tanning for your skin?

In a nutshell: bad, real bad. Don't panic though! I mean, that is exactly why we created this guide to clean self tanner with all you need to know about sunless tanning, the safe way.

Despite how good it may feel to lay out in the sun and come out golden, the truth is that every time you do so you are exposing your skin to both UVA and UVB rays that can cause cancer. The sun can seriously damage your skin cells, and make your immune system weaker to fighting off those dangerous cancer cells. We get that this might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you’re laying out with that piña colada, but it’s the truth!

In case the info above wasn’t enough to turn you off, we need to also mention what tanning does in the realm of premature aging. Wrinkles, dark spots, and leathery skin are all direct results of overexposure to the sun, which is why we are constantly reminding you to wear your SPF every single day.

apply spf - self tanner doesnt protect against the sun

Aside from damaging your skin, most people also fail to realize that laying out in the sun for extended periods of time is also way bad for your eyes. Prolonged sun exposure can cause cataracts and photokeratitis, which is essentially a sunburn on your cornea. So while our self tanner isn’t meant for your eyeballs, it can definitely save you from having to expose them to harmful rays, just to get bronzy skin!

Image of a woman sitting pool side with a glowing tan.

Ok, ok, you’ve convinced me! I’ll buy a self tanner!

Not so fast girlfriend. We’re not trying to get you down here, but before you click add to cart on just any old self tanner you find online - hear us out! There are some pretty toxic, not so cute ingredients in mainstream self tanning products. Unfortunately, that includes your beloved spray-tan too. Let’s break it down.

Before and After - Beauty by Earth Best Self Tanner 2021

The active ingredient in so many self tanners is called DHA. To keep it short, DHA is a sugar derivative that interacts with the amino acids and protein that rest in the top layer of your dead skin cells. When applied, there’s a chemical reaction that takes place and produces pigment, a.k.a. that dark, luscious, tanned look you crave. There's good news though! Sugar cane derived DHA is harmless to you and considered safe to use. However, the parabens, sulfates, DEA, and TEA that often accompany it in mainstream self tanners are not. We should also mention the dyes that are used as a color guide, not good stuff. We knew this was a serious issue, so we developed the best self tanner out there!

Before and After Images of Beauty by Earth Self Tanner

I’m stumped. What CAN I use to get a glowing and safe tan then?!

Girl, we got you. You know BBE wouldn’t present you with a serious beauty issue without having the best clean alternative for solving it! Get ready, and queue the drum rolls please: enter our cult-favorite, highly coveted, self tanner.

If you know us, you know all of our products hold special spots in our (and your) hearts, for different reasons! But our self tanner, well, it gives us all the feels. Mostly because you, our favorite people, just love it so much. For real, your reviews astonish us, and your love for this standout product of ours really makes us feel all kinds of good.

What makes our self tanner better than the rest?

Glad you asked! First off, you already know that around here we are obsessively natural and organic ingredient focused and this gem is no exception. Our self tanner is not only free of toxic ingredients, but it’s also a cinch to apply and delivers impressively *non-orange* results. Want to check out just how easy we’re talking? Click here.

Our self tanner is formulated with organic coconut oil, organic aloe vera, and organic jojoba seed oil - impressive, we know! Which means you will be a tanned goddess after using it, and your skin will be nourished and ridiculously soft. Talk about beauty product multi-tasking.

Beauty by Earth self tanner lotion

For real though, the reviews and results speak for themselves! BBE’s self tanner is a fave amongst so many self tanning junkies. Oh right, and it’s also saved thousands of babes from the dreaded oompa loopma effect.

What’s more, we’ve gone ahead and taken all of the guess work out of getting that perfect at-home tan. No need to stress about what you have and do not have, babe! Our self tanning bundle provides you with an exfoliating mitt, face and body self tanner, and an application mitt. We know, we know, #overachievers.

So instead of adding another thing to stress about before a big event, take a breath! You can chill knowing your self tan game is on lock. BBE’s got all of the advice, and all of the best tips and tricks for a streak-free application. And of course, all of the glow factor you need.

Image of a happy and glowing BBE customer.

Alright babe, time to apply!

Like we previously mentioned, getting the perfect at-home tan with BBE’s self tanner is seriously easy and anyone can master it. Especially with the help of this guide to using clean self tanner, if we do say so ourselves.

  1. First thing’s first: EXFOLIATE. We can’t stress how important this first step is. Whether you choose to use our trusted exfoliating mitt or a luxurious body scrub doesn’t matter! You just need to be sure you’ve buffed away all of that dead skin, babe. You know, to avoid any chance of an uneven application.
  2. Once you’re smooth, SHOWER, RINSE, & DRY OFF. You’ll want to make sure your skin is squeaky clean, and free of any residue or remaining product you might have used to exfoliate. Finally, make sure your skin is nice and dry. Good to go? Perfect. Here comes the best part: you're ready for your self tan cream to be applied!
  3. APPLY TANNER, and wait 15 minutes. Do a little dance, watch a YouTube vid, surf the BBE website, check out our stuff on TikToK, you know – whatever it is that makes 15 minutes just fly by!
  4. And just like that, 6 hours later you’ll be enjoying the GLOW. We suggest completing this self tan ritual before bed, so you can wake up one tanned beauty.

It’s really that easy! But if you’re not feeling confident yet or you’ve just never self tanned, don’t sweat it. We’ve got all of the videos and visual aids you could possibly need, right here. Trust us, you’ll be a self tanning pro in no time.

Image of the BBE self-tanners, and an exfoliating brush.

We see you, glowing up a storm over there.

If you’ve gotten this far in this guide to clean self tanner, you now know everything you need to know about sunless tanning! Congrats, girl! And with a little practice, you’ll be showing all of your friends how getting a beautiful bronze complexion doesn’t have to be difficult, expensive, or harmful.

It’s no secret that we are super proud of our self tanner (with all of its clean, natural and organic ingredients) here at BBE. So show us your TikTok’s! Tag us on Instagram! And don't forget to let us know down below how much you love to glow! I mean, you were already glowing from within – so it’s only natural that your skin on the outside matches. And with that, we’re glad to help. Keep glowing, keep smiling, and as always babe – keep it natural. <3


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