The tanning lotions used in tanning salons are a bit different than the products you would typically find in the sun care isle of your local retail establishment, and for good reason. Knowing the three product types may help clear any potential confusion.

Accelerator and Maximizer Lotions

An indoor tanning lotion will allow you to tan darker and faster than you would lying in the sun. These tanning products are formulated to help you achieve a good base tan and are ideal for those beginning their indoor tanning adventure. Accelerator and maximizer lotions typically provide high levels of moisturization. Some of the additional benefits of accelerator and maximizer lotions include:

  • Intensifying the UV light to accelerate the tanning process
  • Protecting your skin from burning
  • Your color continues to evolve after your session ends

Hot Action and Tingle Lotions

Tingle and hot action lotions increase the blood flow to your skin while promoting cell oxygenation. These products contain active ingredients such as nicotinate and benzyl that result in a warming or tingling sensation. You may also notice a mild flush on your skin. Hot action and tingling lotions are not typically recommended for those who are tanning for the first time. Tingle and hot action lotions typically:

  • Produce a cooling or tingling sensation
  • Boost the effects of UV rays
  • Increase melanin production, turbocharging your results
  • Moisturize to allow uniform tanning

Self-Tanning Bronzers

Self-tanning bronzers are among the most popular type of lotion because they give you the option of an instant tan. You will immediately benefit from a sun-kissed look that intensifies for several hours following your session. Self-tanning Bronzers typically contain dihydroxyacetone (DHA), a chemical that darkens skin. Some of the benefits of bronzers include:

  • Works with your skins natural amino acids to darken skin
  • Increases melanin production
  • Moisturizes to enhance the appearance of your skin

The Beneficial Ingredients in Your Tanning Lotion

When it comes to selecting your ideal tanning lotion, you may wonder which products are best for your skin. Understanding some of the ingredients may help you make an informed decision. Just a few of the potentially beneficial ingredients include:

  • Silicon – A moisturizer to help condition your skin
  • Hemp seed oil – To nourish, protect and moisturize
  • Caffeine – To eliminate puffiness and energize skin
  • Beta-Carotene (vitamin A) – Enhances pigmentation
  • Vitamin E – Reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles
  • Shimmer– Light reflecting particles that give skin an added glow

You will want to begin your tanning adventure with a tanning accelerator or maximizer lotion.  Once you achieve a good base tan, you are free to boost your experience with a bronzer or tingle lotion.

For a premier tanning experience, in Clayton and Brentwood, MO, contact Bronze Tan. We offer the best mix of tanning beds in the area and the latest in tanning technology.

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