There’s a plethora of fake tanning products on the market these days, all promising varying shades of bronzed, shimmering or sun-kissed skin. For a while now, self-tanning or gradual-tanning products have been touted as safer alternatives to sunbathing and tanning beds (and yes, we agree they definitely reduce your skin cancer risk!).
But are fake tanning products safe to use? Can they cause skin problems? And is it safe to put fake tan on your face or use it if you’re pregnant?
Well, actually, on that front, the news looks pretty good. Dermotologists agree that as long as they’re used as directed (i.e. topically), there is no indication that self-tanning products are harmful.1