Let’s talk tanning lotions. When it’s time to purchase a new tanning lotion most people, unless they have worked in a tanning salon or have been tanning for quite some time, need a little guidance when it comes to finding the perfect lotion for their skin type and tanning goals.
So, if you are in search of a good tanning lotion, this will hopefully help to point you in the right direction. I am going to cover the basics of tanning intensifiers, bronzers, and tingles.
What is an intensifier?
A tanning intensifier is a lotion that simply helps users to build a natural tan. Now, this does not mean that other lotions don’t help to build a natural tan but intensifiers do not have bronzers in them so the color that the tanner will see is only their natural tan. Most intensifiers are packed with moisturizing ingredients that help to hydrate and condition the skin.
Tanning intensifiers are great for users that are just starting to tan, perfect for users that do not care for bronzers, and helpful to break tanning plateaus. Tanning plateaus occur when tanners use the same tanning lotion and same tanning bed over a period of time. A few intensifiers we recommend are:
What about these bronzing lotions?
There are different types of bronzing lotions. There are lotions that are natural bronzers and lotions that are delayed bronzers or DHA bronzers. Overall, bronzers help to enhance the tanning process and give tanners faster, darker results.
Natural bronzers are lotions that contain ingredients such as black walnut extract, henna, caramel, and black tea. Natural bronzers give tanners immediate color without worrying about streaking.
Natural bronzers are great for any type of tanner. A few natural bronzers we recommend are:
DHA bronzers are lotions that contain DHA (dihydroxyacetone). DHA provides tanners with extra color when left on the skin for at least two hours, ideally four hours. Tanners are encouraged to allow the lotion to sit on their skin so that it can oxidize. DHA can continue to develop over a 24 hour period. It is very important to know that when you use a lotion that has DHA in it, that lotion needs to be rubbed in evenly and you need to wash your hands after your tanning session. DHA is also the bronzing ingredient in spray tan solutions that makes the skin tan. Obviously, the percentage of DHA in spray tan solutions is much higher than what is in tanning lotions.
Tanning lotions that contain DHA are great for tanners that have a tan and just want to maintain the tan by only tanning once or twice a week. These lotions are also great for tanners that want more color than what an intensifier or natural bronzer will give them. Some DHA bronzers we recommend are:
What are tingle tanning lotions?
Tingle tanning lotions are tanning lotions that, when applied to the skin, create a tingling feeling. This is because the lotion increases blood circulation and oxygen on the surface of the skin to enhance the tanning process. Tingle tanning lotions cause the skin to become red and itchy, hence why they are called tingle tanning lotions. Despite the reddening and tingling feeling, some tanners like to use tingle because they like the tan the lotion gives them.
Tingle lotions contain the same ingredients as other lotions, some may have natural bronzers and some may have DHA bronzers. The difference is the benzyl nicotinate, which causes the tingle, has been added. Tingle tanning lotions are for experienced tanners. If you are interested in using a tingle but have never tried one, we recommend using a tingle lotion that has a low tingle factor and trying it on a small patch of skin. Please do not ever use a tingle tanning lotion on the facial area. It is also very important to note that if you use a tingle tanning lotion we do not recommend handling pets or children because the tingle can transfer. Users should shower before coming into physical contact with children or pets. Some tingle tanning lotions that we recommend are:
It is important to remember to use salon quality tanning lotions. When you purchase tanning lotions online or from an outside source, you risk purchasing a product that could have been tampered with or expired. Tanning lotions purchased at places like Wal-Mart or your local drug stores are NOT good for tanning beds. The product may say that it is for indoor tanning beds but the ingredients are not good for the tanning bed acrylics and they definitely are not good for your skin.
When you purchase tanning lotions in a tanning salon, you are supporting your local salon and you can be sure that you are purchasing a quality product. Remember, healthy, moisturized skin tans darker and stays longer.
Happy Tanning! XO