There has been so much conflicting information on how to get a good tan!
Each decade had its own take on tanning; the '70's it was baby oil & basking in the sun's natural rays, the 80's it was went indoors to tanning beds, the '90s it was cool to avoid the sun & wear sun screen, and in the early 2000's it was spray tans.
Now we know that too much sun (including tanning beds) increases the risk for skin cancer, that wearing sun screen reduces our vitamin D levels, and that spray tans can have harsh chemicals... so how does a girl get a tan these days?!
Answer: Organic self tanners + vitamin D regularly (especially if you wear sun screen daily) + natural, mineral based SPFs.
Organic Self tanners typically use beet sugar and natural oils to gradually darken the outer layer of skin leaving out icky parabens, synthetics, fragrance, colorings and dyes.
It's very important to maintain a good level of vitamin D (especially if you live above 37 degrees latitude) because vitamin D is critical for immune and mood health.
It's a good idea to get your vitamin D levels checked before you start taking a supplement to make sure it's in a adequate range.
Sunscreen can be the key to prevent wrinkles and sun damage but it is also important to get a sunscreen that is natural and mineral based. I personally love this Seattle-based company called True Naturals that require their products to be free of parabens, sodium laurel sulfate, synthetic sunscreen actives, and artificial dyes or fragrances.