Why should I use indoor tanning Lotions when I tan?

Lotions help you tan MUCH faster!

Lotions keep your skin hydrated, which also makes your tan last for a lot longer. If your skin is dry, 70% of UV rays just bounce right off your skin. Only 30% of rays would penetrate, making you need to tan about four times to get the results that one tan would give you if your skin had moisture.

Indoor tanning lotions work differently than outdoor lotions. Indoor lotions are scientifically bioengineered to maximize your tanning performance, while moisturizing your skin.

Today’s indoor lotions deliver nutrients that your skin cells need to induce the tanning process. It’s literally like feeding your tan. These special ingredients, only found in indoor lotions, can help you attain a darker tan in fewer tanning visits, saving you money, while taking care of your skin.

You maximize your tan, your time, and your money when you use indoor lotions. Going without just doesn’t make sense.

We sell Designer Skin, Australian Gold, California Tan, and Swedish Beauty lotions. Some of the things to think about in choosing a lotion are whether they have bronzers added, whether they are hypoallergenic, whether they are scented and do you like the scent, whether they have a tingle (for advanced tanners only) and, of course the cost. Stop in today and we can help you find the tanning lotion that’s right for you!

These are some of the lotions we carry. If there is a lotion you’d like that we don’t carry, we can special order it for you.

Frequently asked questions about lotion

Q: Will the tanning lotion speed up the tanning process?
A: The products that we sell are designed to topically provide vitamins and skin care ingredients that may be depleted during tanning and many contain cosmetic bronzers to help you look darker, faster.

Q: How are professional tanning lotions better than what I can purchase at the drugstore or supermarket?
A: Over-the-counter lotions do not contain the necessary ingredients that will maximize your tanning results and extend the life of your tan. Moreover, mass market products do not replenish as effectively any lost moisturization that occurs during the tanning process. These lotions are “bio-engineered” specifically for indoor tanning.

Q: I think I tan better without a lotion. So why should I use one?
A: Indoor tanning and UV exposure can be dehydrating to the skin. Tanning lotions will help to replenish any moisture that has been depleted during the tanning session, thereby improving your results. Not only will you get a darker tan, you will tan more quickly and it will last longer. In addition, tanning lotions contain specific ingredients that promote tanning and melanin synthesis.

Q: How does tingle work? What does it do?
A: Tingle products deliver a warming, reddening effect on the skin. The active ingredient in tingle lotions is Benzyl Nicotinate. Tingle products increase the skin cell’s microcirculation and oxygenation to produce deep, dark tanning results. Tingles are for advanced tanners and are not recommend for beginning tanners or individuals with sensitive skin. Tingle products are also effective on hard-to-tan areas such as legs. As with all tingle products, extra care should be taken when handling children and pets as the reddening effect could be transferred to skin even hours after use.

Q: How can I stop the tingle action on the skin?
A: You may try using a moisturizer to mitigate the heat sensation. This will not stop the tingle, but it will alleviate it to a certain extent. Taking a shower with “cool” water and mild soap will also help ease the tingle. Never use warm or hot water as this will open up the pores and cause an even greater, intense tingle sensation.

Q: I can’t feel the “tingle” anymore from my lotion. Why is that?
A: If you are an avid tingle tanner, oftentimes your skin acclimates to the tingle and you won’t feel the sensation anymore. Despite this fact, the tingle is still working even if you are not feeling the heat. As with hair care products, we recommend switching products from time to time to “jump start” your skin.

Q: How does a dual bronzer work?
A: Dual bronzers provide bronze gratification from immediate cosmetic bronzers such as caramel and walnut extract as well as from DHA sunless tanning agents, which oxidize over a few hours with the natural proteins in the skin to develop even deeper, darker results. It recommended waiting at least 4 hours after tanning with any bronzer to ensure results.

Q: What is a good lotion for the male tanners?
A: Some of our most popular sellers among the male clientele are Gentlemen and Hardcore Black. These lotions seem to appeal to our male clients because of the unisex packaging and fragrances.

Q: Can I use lotion on my face?
A: The facial area is much more delicate and more likely to have allergic reactions in comparison to the rest of the body. In fact, fragrance is one of the most common reasons for cosmetic allergic reactions on the face. That is why we recommend using products specifically designed for the delicate facial area. Designer Skin does have facial accelerators and bronzers that are fragrance free and/or hypoallergenic that is specifically designed for the face.

Q: Does showering affect a tan?
A: Some clients have been misinformed about taking a shower after tanning. They were led to believe that, somehow, their tan would get washed down the drain. A shower, like a tanning session, may tend to dry out the skin. While you can’t necessarily wash your tan off, moist skin tans and retains a tan better than dry skin. On the pH scale of 0-14, the skin registers slightly acidic (about 5.6). Most soaps are well above the neutral pH, or about 7 on the scale. Using a typical over-the-counter soap with this higher alkaline pH can strip your skin of its essential acidic oils. Those oils lock in your skin’s moisture. We recommend using Tiny Bubbles shower gel, as it is specially formulated to protect your tan. Always apply a good quality moisturizer after a shower to help preserve your tan. While showering after a session tends to dry out the skin, there is evidence that showering before a tanning session may actually enhance tanning results. First, the heat from a shower opens your pores, enabling the skin to breathe and take in oxygen vital to the tanning process. Second, a shower will wash away dirt and dead skin cells that may impede ultraviolet penetration when you tan. Removing those dead cells also allows the active ingredients in lotions to work their way into the live skin cells more easily.

Q: How do I protect a tattoo?
A: It is important not to expose a fresh tattoo to sunlight or indoor tanning equipment, while the tattoo is still healing, since chemicals sensitive to UV exposure have been injected into the skin. Cover the tattooed area completely or don’t tan until the skin has healed. After the skin has healed the chemicals have lost their sensitivity to UV, but continue to take moderate protective measures. Tattoos will continue to lose their brilliancy with exposure to UV light, whether it comes from indoors or from outdoors. Using a good lip balm with SPF, such as Designer Skin’s Lip Smoothie with SPF 15, will protect and preserve the brilliancy of your tattoo. Plus it is small enough that you can precisely apply it to smaller tattoos. It can also be used on nails, to prevent yellowing.