There are many benefits to using an indoor tanning lotion when you go to a tanning salon, most notably the ability to make the tan you receive last longer. This is going to help you maintain that perfect bronzed look for several more days as well as reduce your expenses for tanning because you will not need to go back to the salon as often to help keep up the tan appearance. Using the correct lotion will also help protect your skin and keep your skin looking healthy.
Ingredients in a Tanning Lotion
Not all tanning lotions are made the same and it pays to check out the ingredients on each bottle before purchasing it. The number one ingredient to look for when purchasing a lotion is Tyrosine. Tyrosine is the only amino acid that is used to produce Melanin in your body. Melanin is what gives your skin its color and it also helps to protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun. In addition, you should also be on the lookout for elastin, natural oils, collagen and vitamins A, B, E and F. Some cheaper type lotions that you may find in a convenience store are more water based and may even contain drying agents which do not help moisturize your skin. Ingredients to avoid include alcohol (which dries the skin out), nicotate and niacin (both which may irritate the skin).
Finding the proper pre-tanning lotion is going to help make sure the tanning process is enhanced and gives you the best color for your skin as possible. Products that exfoliate and moisturize the skin help prepare it before you use tanning beds or tanning booths.
The tanning process does not stop once the session is over. Research has shown that tanning will still continue up to two days after the session, making it important to use a post-tanning lotion, also known as a “finalizer” to help extend the life of the tan. Using a lotion after the process is over will help your body gain back moisturize that was lost during the tanning.
Additional Tanning Lotions
Depending on the stage you are at in the tanning process, there are other lotions that can be used to help you maintain a bronzed look. If you already have a tan but cannot seem to get darker, using an “intensifier” type lotion can help you achieve a darker tan.
No matter where you are in the process, using the right indoor tanning lotion is very important not only for getting and maintaining the right tan, but it is also very helpful to help treat and protect your skin for possible future damage or even worse, skin cancer.