The Honest Truth About Tanning Lotions

Aug 28, 2020 | Blog

We care about your skin, your tan, and the product you use or don’t use. That’s why we want to debunk some common myths and set the facts straight.

Active Ingredients in UV Tanning Lotion 

Myth: People think the only reason to use UV lotion is to get darker.

Fact: While it is true that tanning lotion can help you get a darker tan, that isn’t the only reason to use a lotion. A good lotion also activates your tan. When you aren’t using lotion, it takes about 7-10 minutes for your skin to coincide with the UV rays and start producing more melanin. For some of us, that 7-10 minutes is the entire time we are in the tanning bed. When using lotions, the ingredient called Tyrosine cuts down that 10 minutes into 30 seconds for melanin production. You can lose up to 50% of your tan if you aren’t using quality lotion. The lotion helps your skin absorb the UV rays and will help you get the most out of your tanning session.

Bronzing Color in UV Tanning Lotion 

Myth: All lotions are the same and make my skin darker in the same way. 

Fact: Lotions activate your tan much more quickly! DHA is the main ingredient found in tanning lotions that help bronze your skin. DHA stands for dihydroxyacetone, but our Beaches Tanning Consultants will refer to it as DHA. Depending on the amount of DHA in the lotion determines how much color you will get during your session. Some lotions will be anywhere from a 7x DHA bronzer to a 60x DHA bronzer. Most importantly, you need to find what lotion works best for you. Some people LOVE Stardom from Designer Skin because of that 60x bronzing factor, but there are others whose skin doesn’t react to it the same way. And that is okay! You always have the option to try out a lotion before you buy it in any of our locations. 

Finding the Proper Ingredients in UV Lotion for Your Skin

Myth: Certain ingredients in lotions strip your skin of color. 

Fact: All of the lotions we sell will keep your skin moisturized before, during, and after your tan. There are some lotions that have extra moisturizing factors that will leave your skin feeling silky smooth. Ingredients like natural oils, minerals, anti-oxidants, natural botanical extracts, and aloe vera will do the moisturizing trick! These vital ingredients help your skin stay nourished and healthy. Then, there are other lotions available that will have vital vitamins in them that will do nothing but help and protect your skin. Avocado, shea, and cocoa butter will do the same, and also help protect your skin

Healthy skin is important for getting a dark tan, which is why the lotion you use is so important. You’ll achieve that dark tan you’ve been longing for all while keeping your skin moisturized, hydrated, and looking good.

Stop into any of our Beaches Tanning Center Locations to see how you can earn up to 20% off lotion.