The skinny on Indoor Tanning Lotions

April 29, 2014

Tanning beds are used to provide an environment that allows for cosmetic tanning. Many people believe they look good and feel better when they have a tan. Indoor tanning, if you can develop a tan, is an intelligent way to minimize the risk of sunburn while maximizing the enjoyment and benefit of having a tan. We call this SMART TANNING because tanners are taught by trained tanning facility personnel how their skin type reacts to sunlight and how to avoid sunburn outdoors, as well as in a salon.


Indoor tanning lotions are pecifically formulated for indoor use they enhance melanin production, as well as hydrate and condition your skin. When tanning, dry skin reflects light, not allowing UV rays to be adsorbed as quickly as when using a lotion. By using a lotion, you are allowing more UV light to penetrate your skin more quickly, which can develop a more natural looking tan at Total Tan up to 60% faster. Dry skin is not healthy skin; by keeping your skin in optimum condition, you will tan darker, faster, and stay tan longer.


  • Natural or Immediate Bronzers: This technology uses natural based extracts to provide immediate color to the skin that lasts one-to-two days. Examples of natural bronzers are walnut oil, walnut shell extract, caramel, henna, carrot oil, banana, or black tea extract. These natural extracts are considered immediate bronzes because they add additional color to the skin, mush like a cosmetic bronzer.

  • Delayed Bronzers: This technology uses the self-tanning agent (DHA) to increase dark color. It is a sugar cane extract that chemically darken the protein in the skin, the more the DHA used the darker the shade of brown. The color typically lasts for four to seven days and is seen with in two-to-four hours after application. Hand washing is required with the use of DHA tanning lotions.

  • Tingle Power: Do not use tingle products on the face. Tingle products are for advanced tanners who like to experience a warming sensation during tanning and see a reddening effect on their skin after tanning. These products are not recommended for sensitive skin tanners.


Sunshine is free – it has no marketing department for its life-giving benefits. If a pharmaceutical company patented and sold sunshine, the public message we receive about it would be completely different. Instead, the professional indoor tanning community is the only entity in a position to challenge the $35 billion anti-UV industry’s total sun abstinence messaging. This explains why indoor tanning is under attack from this powerful coalition of industries who profit from the exaggerated and largely unsubstantiated anti-UV message.


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