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FAQ's Tanning Lotions

1. Why should I use an indoor tanning  lotion?

The primary functions of indoor tanning lotions are to moisten the skin. Simply,  moistened and nourished skin tans better. Tanning lotions help counteract the  drying effects of tanning and ensure a longer lasting tan. The active  ingredients in tanning maximizers and accelerators also help in the production  of additional melanin in your skin. Dry skin acts as a barrier, reflecting  tanning rays so for best results, drench your skin with lotion prior to  tanning.

2. What is the best  tanning lotion?

The problem with that  question is there is no answer. The best tanning lotion for you isn't  necessarily the best lotion for the next person. Everyone has their preferences  as to what they expect a tanning lotion to do and the results they expect to  receive. Also the skin type, tanning experience, oily skin, dry skin, the type  of tanning bed bulbs and tanning bed equipment used etc. etc. There are simply  too many factors involved to determine what is the "best" tanning  lotion.

3.  What is an  accelerator?

An accelerator is a product, which  boosts the level of tanning cells in your skin. With the application of an  accelerator after you shower in the morning, your skin is generating the tanning  cells prior to your tanning session. This way when you enter the tanning unit  you immediately start to tan the cells rather than having to create them  first.

4. What  is an amplifier?

An amplifier is a  product that creates a moist barrier on your skin, which traps the tanning rays  that may have otherwise been reflected away. This allows you to  absorb as many tanning rays possible when in the tanning unit.

5. What is a  bronzer?

Tanning Bronzers are  a dye that changes the color of your skin instantly. Some people love them and  others hate them. Products with "browning", or "bronzer" in the  name usually have a really heavy (dark) bronzer. You have to be careful when  applying tanning lotions that contain bronzers as some will streak if not  applied evenly, also real dry areas of the skin will absorb more of the tanning  bronzer and leave the skina different color.  Elbow, knees, between fingers, and palms of hands are the most common spots. 

Many people that use bronzers will take wipes with them to clean these areas and  hands immediately after applying tanning lotions with bronzers.

6. What is this tingle, I hear about?

Tingle, Hot, Fire,  Heat, and Tingle Factor... It's the same principal. Different lotion  manufacturers just call it different names. A tingle is a stimulation of the  epidermal layers of your skin. Most people feel their skin heat up or tingle  after applying these tanning lotions. The stimulation (irritation)  brings blood closer to the  surface of the skin.

 The blood brings melanin with it and you may receive a  better tan. The tingle factors range from 1 to 30+ with some tanning lotion  manufacturers and others use words like hot, hotter, hottest, max reddening. The  higher the number is, the more intense the tingling. It is  recommended you start with a tingle of 1 or 2 to become accustomed to the  stimulation then gradually work up through the different levels.

7. What is the  benefit of using a moisturizer?

The final ingredient  essential for a deep wholesome tan is a moisturizer. The constant use of a  moisturizer allows your skin to retain the tanned layers while subsequent layers  are added. This combination of multiple layers is how your tan continues to  darken with future tanning sessions.

8. Can I use my  indoor tanning bed lotions outdoors?

This is not a good  idea. Indoor tanning lotions usually do not contain SPF. You will have no sun  protection outdoors. Outdoor UV rays can vary daily even hourly in intensity. It  is recommended you use a SPF while tanning outdoors. Outdoor tanning lotions are  not recommended for indoor use, as they can cause a film on the acrylic and will  inhibit the tanning process.

You do want to use a SPF lotion if a certain part  of your body is susceptible  to burning. Sunburns are bad and you never want to tan to the point you get sun  burnt. If you do burn after an indoor tanning session you need to decrease the  tanning time of your tanning sessions or use an SPF lotion to prevent this from  happening in the future.

9. Can I use outdoor  tanning lotion in a tanning bed?

Outdoor tanning  products are made to address the specific needs of tanning outdoors  (uncontrolled conditions). These products can cause a film on tanning bed acrylics and actually inhibit your body from tanning.