Do tanning lotions work?

You might be a bit apprehensive when it comes to the effectivity of tanning lotions. Different brands of tanning lotions are widely available for use when undergoing tanning sessions at salons or in your own home and can be very effective when used and applied properly.

Tanning lotions darken your skin

Tanning lotions have substances and ingredients that interact with the dead skin cells in the top layer of the epidermis, causing the color of the skin to change or to darken upon application. The tanning effect achieved from the use of tanning lotions will usually last for an average of five or seven days from the first application.

Tanning lotions helps your skin

Tanning lotions are formulated to perform certain processes during the tanning process, some of them are for moisturizing the skin, conditioning the skin while intensifying the tanning process, cooling down the skin to prevent burns, improving the skin’s circulation and some are specially formulated for use around the eye area to protect the sensitive skin from burns.

Tanning lotions contain ingredients that can shorten the exposure time needed to get a good looking tan. These ingredients, such as hemp seed oil and other essential oils intensify the tan and help produce better results in a lesser amount of time.

A great looking tan needs healthy skin for its foundation. Tans last longer on healthier skin, so most tanning lotions are designed to give the skin the important levels of moisture needed before and after each tanning session

Some tanning lotions are formulated to condition the skin and intensify the tanning process. Most contain ingredients that aid in the tanning process, ingredients such as tyrosine, natural butters, vitamins, essential oils and other minerals meant to amplify the efficiency of the tanning process and intensify the tan while maintaining the moisture levels of the skin.

Ingredients like cucumber and mint are infused in some tanning lotions to aid in cooling down the skin to prevent any burns that might occur during the tanning process.

Elevated concentrations of some botanical oils and selected natural vitamins are mixed into tanning lotions to stimulate the circulation of blood in the skin, forcing the melanin to the surface and aid in the enhancement of the tanning results.

The formulation is the key

The effectivity of tanning lotions is dependent on the type and quality of the ingredients used to manufacture the lotion. Here is a list of some common ingredients used in the formulation of tanning lotions:

  • DHA or dihydroxyacetone is the most common ingredient found in tanning lotions. DHA is derived from sugar. The effectivity of tanning lotions is a result of the interaction of DHA with the surface layer of the skin. The DHA oxidizes and creates the tan. Lotions with DHA are also known as bronzers.
  • Tyrosine is present in most tanning bed lotions. Tyrosine is an amino acid that can accelerate the production of melanin.
  • Vitamin E can also be found in tanning bed lotions. Vitamin E has the same effects as that of antioxidants and can work to avoid the development of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Copper is another frequently used ingredient in tanning bed lotions. Copper reduces the visibility of blemishes and scars.
  • Bioecolia is a common ingredient in tanning lotions. It is a sugar complex occurring naturally and can hamper the growth of unfavorable types of bacteria.
  • Free Radicals are another regularly used ingredient in the production of tanning lotions. Free radicals are antioxidants that work against the substances that cause wrinkles and fine lines.
  • Liposomes are a unique ingredient present in tanning lotions. Liposomes act as a delivery system, encapsulating the moisturizing components to help achieve a great looking tan.
  • Hyaluronic acid is another ingredient that can help in moisturizing the skin. It absorbs moisture present in the air and uses it to hydrate the skin.
  • Primerose oil are used to replenish the moisture that is wasted during tanning, aiding to minimize the flaking and peeling of skin.