Can You Tan with Sunscreen? Is It Safe?


For many of us, summertime is synonymous with sunshine, time outside, and getting a tan. 

Whether you're hitting the beach or lounging by the pool, chances are you'll be working on your summer glow. But what about sunscreen? Can you still get a tan if you're wearing sunscreen? And is it safe to do so? 

Before you head out into the sun, it's important to separate fact from fiction when it comes to tanning and sunscreen. 

In this blog post, we'll explore 8 of the most common myths about tanning and sunscreen. By the end of it, you'll have all the information you need to make informed decisions about sun protection this summer!

Myth 1: Sunscreen prevents you from getting a tan

This is one of the most common myths about sunscreen. 

In fact, while sunscreen protects your skin from the harmful effects of ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun, your skin is still exposed to these UV rays.

This means that you can still get a tan (your body’s natural response to UV rays) but the sunscreen helps to protect your skin from damage.

The amount of protection that sunscreen provides depends on the SPF (sun protection factor). The higher the SPF, the more protection the sunscreen provides. 

So, if you are looking to achieve a beautiful, natural-looking tan while still protecting your skin, Australian Gold's SPF 30 Spray Gel Sunscreen With Instant Bronzer is the perfect choice for you.

This unique formula contains an oil-free bronzer that helps to give your skin a natural-looking tan while still providing SPF 30 protection from the sun's harmful UV rays.


Sunscreen will indeed protect your skin from the harmful UV rays that cause sunburn. However, it won't completely block out all of the UV rays, meaning you can still get a tan while wearing sunscreen. 

Myth 2: It’s safe to tan without sunscreen

This is one of the most dangerous myths about tanning. There is no such thing as a "safe" sunscreen-less tan. Any time you're exposed to UV rays, you're putting your skin at risk for damage. UV rays can cause several issues, including sunburn, premature aging, and skin cancer. 

So, even if you don't burn easily, it's important to always wear sunscreen when you're going to be in the sun. For everyday use, our SPF 50 Sunscreen Lotion can help you provide broad-spectrum protection against the sun's harmful rays and allows you to build a healthy tan.


There is no safe way to tan without sunscreen. Your skin is susceptible to damage any time it's exposed to UV rays. So, make sunscreen a part of your daily skincare routine!

Myth 3: It’s not safe to tan with sunscreen

One of the most prevalent myths is that it’s not safe to tan with sunscreen. It is believed that sunscreen prevents your skin from perspiring and stops it from releasing toxins. The result is that the skin can’t “breathe,” which can lead to clogged pores and breakouts. 

Some people also think that sunscreen prevents your skin from getting the UV exposure it needs to produce vitamin D which is essential for good health.

However, there is no scientific evidence to support any of these claims. In fact, just the opposite is true. Wearing sunscreen is one of the best ways to protect your skin from the harmful effects of UV radiation while still getting the vitamin D your body needs.


Wearing sunscreen with at least SPF 15 is one of the most effective ways to get a safe tan while still getting the vitamin D for your body's needs!

Myth 4: Base tanning protects you from the sun

This is a myth that needs to be put to rest – getting a “base tan” does not protect you from the sun’s harmful rays. 

When you tan, your skin produces more melanin, which is the pigment that gives your skin its color. Melanin is also your skin’s natural defense against the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays.

However, melanin does not provide complete protection from UV rays. This is why, despite popular opinion, it’s important to wear sunscreen no matter your skin tone

So, if you’re looking to protect yourself from the sun’s harmful rays while still getting a bit of color, your best bet is to use Australian Gold’s SPF 4 Spray Tanning Oil. This oil provides SPF 4 protection, while also giving you a natural-looking tan.


Any amount of UV exposure can increase your risk of skin cancer. In fact, people who use tanning beds to gain a base tan are 74% more likely to develop melanoma, the deadliest type of skin cancer. Stay safe by wearing sunscreen every time you go out in the sun. 

Myth 5: Sunscreen is not necessary when using cosmetics with SPF

This is another myth that needs to be debunked! Just because your foundation, BB cream, or powder contains SPF, doesn’t mean you can skip out on applying sunscreen. 

Most cosmetic products contain a very small amount of SPF, which is often not enough to fully protect your skin from the harmful effects of the sun. Plus, cosmetics aren’t usually applied to all exposed skin, so it’s important to apply sunscreen to any exposed areas not covered by makeup.

So, be sure to always apply sunscreen before heading outdoors, even if you’re wearing makeup. And don't forget to reapply every 2 hours, or more often if you're swimming or sweating.


You still need to wear sunscreen underneath your makeup as most cosmetics only contain SPF 15 or lower.

Myth 6: You can stay in the sun longer if you're wearing SPF50+ sunscreen

Many people believe that they can stay in the sun longer if they're wearing high-level sunscreen, but this is actually a myth.

The truth is that SPF only measures the sunscreen's ability to block UVB rays, which are the main cause of sunburn. However, UVA rays still penetrate the skin and can contribute to skin cancer.

As a result, it's important to choose a sunscreen that offers broad-spectrum protection against both UVB and UVA rays. And remember, no sunscreen is completely waterproof, so be sure to reapply every two hours – or more often if you're sweating or swimming.

Our Plant-Based SPF 70 Lotion is a great choice for broad-spectrum protection. Made with Aloe Vera and Coconut Oil, it provides safe, effective sun protection without any synthetic ingredients.


A high SPF sunscreen can’t completely block all UV rays to prevent your skin from getting damaged. 

Myth 7: Sunscreen causes cancer

There is no scientific evidence to support this claim. Studies have shown that sunscreen can help to prevent skin cancer. The sun emits ultraviolet (UV) rays that can damage the DNA in skin cells. This damage can lead to the development of skin cancer.

However, sunscreen helps to block UV rays, protecting the skin from damage. What's more, sunscreen also helps to prevent sunburn, which can further increase the risk of skin cancer.

So, don't let the fear of sunscreen cause you to skip it. However, if you are concerned about the potential for sunscreen to cause cancer, mineral-based sunscreens are a good option. 

Australian Gold's Botanical SPF 30 Mineral Sunscreen Lotion is a perfect choice for those looking for a chemical-free, natural sunscreen.


Sunscreens are regulated by the FDA and are safe for use. In fact, sunscreens can help to prevent skin cancer.

Myth 8: You can't get a sunburn on a cloudy day

Many people believe that you can't get a sunburn on a cloudy day, but this is a myth. Though clouds do block some of the sun's rays, they don't provide complete protection from UV radiation.

In fact, the American Academy of Dermatologists estimates that up to 80% of the sun's UV rays can penetrate through clouds, meaning that you can still get sunburned on an overcast day. UV rays can also reflect off of surfaces like water and sand, increasing your risk of sunburn.

So next time you're headed to the beach on a cloudy day, don't forget to pack the sunscreen!


Cloudy or not, sunscreen is always a good idea when spending time outdoors. The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can cause skin damage and lead to skin cancer, no matter the weather. 

Get bronzed (safely) with Australian Gold’s natural suncare products!

There you have it, eight tanning and sunscreen myths debunked! Now that you know the truth about sunscreens, you can enjoy the sun while keeping your skin safe. 

And don't forget to stock up on Australian Gold's natural, mineral-based sunscreens for protection against both UVA and UVB rays. Whether you want something light and sheer or something more heavy duty, we’ve got you covered.

Also, don't forget about aftersun! We have lotions, creams, and oils to keep your skin looking healthy and hydrated long after your day in the sun is done.

Visit Australian Gold now to stock up on your favorite sunscreens, bronzing lotions, and self-tanning products. We know you’ll love our all-new line of vegan and cruelty-free options!