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Know Your Lotions!

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Know Your Lotions!

February 13, 2015

The 4 Main Types of Tanning Lotions


Using a tanning lotion is an essential element to achieving the deepest, darkest, longest lasting tan possible. The tanning lotions that we carry also have an immense amount of skin care ingredients. Did you know that UV light bounces off of dry skin? It takes 6-7 minutes for UV light to penetrate dry skin and only 30 seconds to penetrate moist skin. Moisturized skin tans better and keeps your tan longer. If you are not using a tanning lotion, you are only getting about 30% of your tan!

There are 4 main types of tanning lotions: bronzer, intensifier/accelerator, coolant and tingle. This post will describe the different types of lotions available. If you ever have any questions, please ask a salon associate.


Bronzers are often added to tanning products to enhance and darken the tan, blend unevenly tanned areas, and enrich the tone (color) of the tan.

Many moisturizers now contain bronzers. Today’s bronzers work to give you a “HEALTHY GLOW” when used daily. Streaking is virtually unheard of because the effects are gradual. This concept is extremely popular. These are effective for people who tan indoors, outdoors, or don’t get any UV exposure at all.

How the bronzers work varies by brand depending on the ingredients used. Some lotions use natural bronzing agents, where as some use specific chemicals like DHA to help achieve healthy color. We offer a variety of tanning formulas so you can choose the type that best suits your skin. Typically, the more ‘bronzers’ in the product, the longer your tan will last.


An intensifier/accelerator lotion is a lotion that has ingredients in it that will hydrate and tan your skin. There are typically no bronzers in this type of lotion. They have ingredients that work with the melanin in your skin to produce color. Accelerators are often suggested to people just starting their tanning journey, or people who feel that their tan has plateaued.


Lotions with coolants are the opposite of tingles. Coolants give you a cooling sensation and feels refreshing. They also cool you down faster after a tanning session. Our coolants have exhilarating cooling agents that refresh and soothe the skin for a wondrous and chilling tanning experience.


Tingle lotions contain ingredients which cause micro-circulation. Micro-circulation brings blood to the surface of the skin. When the oxygen in your blood rises to the surface of the skin, the UV light can reach it much more easily. This process will deepen your tan to a new level.

When using a tingle lotion, you may experience any or all of the following that may last approximately one hour, although these effects may last longer based on your skin type:
*Mild to intense tingling of the skin
*Slight to intense reddening of the skin
*Mild to intense heat on the surface of the skin.

You should NEVER use a tingle lotion on your face. The skin is much too thin and this could result in the popping of a capillary. If you want to lessen the tingle feeling of the lotion, mix it with an accelerator or bronzer. You will have an amazingly dark tan because it will push you beyond your tanning plateau.

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