There was a time when everyone was afraid of tanning and there is still quite a stigma when it comes to indoor tanning. At the same time we are appreciating how a tan looks and feels more and more, and most of us wouldn’t think about going for a night out without some on.
Tanning is done in a number of ways but it’s where your body is exposed to light (ultraviolet light) for a prolonged period of time. In this time the ultraviolet rays have an impact on your skin and the melanin in your skin cells. More melanin is produced as a response which leads to a darkening of the surrounding area. This is what we call a tan.
Tanning is what we do to make ourselves feel sexier and better looking. It gives us an even skin tone and makes us look generally a lot healthier and well maintained. It even makes clothes look better on us!
Aside from the aesthetics, tanning can also make us healthier too. When exposed to sunlight or UV light our bodies are encouraged to produce vitamin D. This is one of the most important vitamins for our body and has been proven to provide numerous benefits.
Vitamin D is used by our body to fight disease. It’s been shown to help with various forms of cancer, specifically liver cancer, and also with arthritis and hypertension. Interestingly vitamin D has also been linked to preventing obesity as it stimulates the thyroid gland which is associated with the metabolism.
Tanning makes us look and feel great. It’s an important part of our style and something we consider alongside our clothes and haircut.
There’s a number of ways to get a tan, but unless you’re lucky enough to live in a sun kissed area you’ll need to hit the sunbeds. Even for those who live in those sunny areas often indoor tanning can be more effective and take less time to produce results.
Indoor tanning is a great way to get an even tan, but if you’re looking for the best results you should consider selecting a tanning lotion. Tanning lotions are specially designed to help with the tanning process. There are a number of them on the market, with outdoor tanning lotions helping you tan but also containing sunscreen to protect the skin.
Indoor tanning lotions don’t have any sunscreen but instead are specially designed to be used in sunbeds, encouraging an even tan which lasts but also so they won’t have any effect on the beds themselves.
There are two main types of indoor tanning lotion. Basic Tan Accelerators are used for those who are new to tanning and just want to establish a base tan. These are simple and often contain moisturizers which hydrate and soothe the skin so it’s protected.
Bronzers are the more common variety of tanning lotion. These work with the melanin in your skin to encourage more to be produced. This brings out the deep, natural looking color of the skin pigment. When these first came out there were a number of reports of orange staining on the skin but the formula has since been perfected and now that’s not an issue.
Finding the Right Tanning Lotion
There are a lot of different Tanning lotions made specifically for sunbeds and indoor tanning. You’ll want to find one which will be effective and suitable to your skin.
For more information and a list of the best tanning lotions check out:
- HYDRATE & SMOOTH: Our everyday moisturizer contains clinically proven 12% lactic acid to boost the skin’s natural renewal process through gentle exfoliation. It leaves skin feeling smooth & hydrated.
- EVERYDAY AHA LOTION: AmLactin’s powerful Alpha Hydroxy Acid body lotion is gentle enough for daily use. AmLactin Daily gently exfoliates, deeply hydrates & helps the skin retain moisture.
- DOCTOR RECOMMENDED: AmLactin is the #1 dermatologist-recommended moisturizer brand with AHA. Our therapeutic exfoliant lotions help lock in moisture & relieve dry, flaky, rough, or bumpy skin.
- SMOOTH & SOFTEN: Our formulas combine a gentle AHA exfoliant with moisturizers to boost the skin’s natural renewal process through gentle exfoliation & deeply moisturize for younger-looking skin.
- MORE THAN MOISTURIZERS: AmLactin’s therapeutic formulas go beyond traditional lotions & creams. We combine the power of Lactic Acid with emollients & humectants to help reveal smoother, healthier-looking skin with daily use.
- Ultra-Darkening Skin Hydrating Intensifier: Contains coconut milk, coconut oil, and cocoa butter to improve skin hydration. Delivers a dark golden tan without the use of bronzing agents.
- Tattoo Fade Protecting Formula: Helps prolong the life and radiance of your tattoos and tanning results.
- Quad Tyrosine Blend & Melano Bronze: Stimulates and increases melanin formation to accelerate the tanning process.
- Coconut Paradise Fragrance: An intoxicating light coconut fragrance with a faint scent of vanilla will make you dream of a day in paradise.
- Ed Hardy tanning products are part of the Tanovations company. The Ed Hardy logo was replaced by the Tanovations logo, which has a palm tree.
- SELF TANNER BODY LOTION: Create a flawless deep bronze tan with gradual, natural-looking color while nourishing and hydrating dry and extra dry skin
- GRADUAL SUNLESS TANNING: Our Jergens Natural Glow +Firming moisturizer will gradually enhance and deepen your natural skin tone to provide hassle-free, streak-free color
- FIRMING TAN LOTION: Infused with antioxidants and Coconut Water, Jergens +Firming Moisturizer’s hydrating blend of nutrients boosts moisturization for healthier looking skin and daily skin hydration
- CELLULITE REMOVER: Infused with collagen, elastin, and green tea infusions, our fast-acting, anti-cellulite formula will help reduce cellulite appearance within 7 days
- FRESH SCENTED SUNLESS TANNING: Jergens Natural Glow sunless tanning daily moisturizers will keep you feeling fresh with a light and fresh scent
- 【LUXURIOUS SOFT TOUCH VELVET SELF TANNER GLOVE】Unlike many cheap foam mitts, this luxury premium velvet tan mitt is both soft and luxurious to the touch, helping your self tan glide onto the skin beautifully. Long-lasting fully re-usable and washable velvet self tanning mitt perfect for delivering totally even self tan applications time and time again.
- 【DOUBLE SIDED SELF TANNER MITTEN WITH THUMB】The sunless tanner mitt is double sided so you can use them on either hand. Plus, the thumb area gives you extra control in keeping the mitt right where you want it so it doesn't slip off of your hand like straight self tan mitt tend to do.
- 【HIGHEST QUALITY STITCH CONSTRUCTION】GAIYAH self tanning mitten is carefully sewn together with highest quality stitch construction. This creates a mitt which will outlast any on the market in durability and use.
- 【HIGH QUALITY WATER-PROOF ISOLATING LAYER】GAIYAH self tanning mitt for self tan has an high quality water-proof isolating layer on the inner side, which protect your hands during application to prevent your palms from tanning.
- 【MULTI-USE】GAIYAH tan mitt applicator is amazing for self tanning / sunscreen / body lotion application and blending. It will work effortlessly with all tanners, creams, mousses, tinted moisturizers, body lotions, and sun block lotions/sprays on the market including.(Not good for liquid tanner)