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Comprehending the various types of tanning lotion

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The market for tanning solutions is swamped with many varieties of
tanning lotions. Selecting a proper tanning product is certainly
difficult when so many competing brands are on offer. Each brand
promises to deliver the best tan you’ve ever dreamed of but rarely are
you told about which particular product is suited for you. The advice of
a professional tanning expert is thus very useful and especially for
those who are new to self-tanning. Self-tanning products are formulated
differently; it’s important for you to know what is contained in a
bottle of tanning lotion before you buy it. Broadly speaking, indoor
tanning lotions can be categorized as bronzers, accelerators, tingles
and coolants.

Bronzers are lotions that contain tanning agents such as
Dihydroxyacetone (DHA), caramel and walnut extracts which work to deepen
the color of your skin. Bronzers work fast and do not require frequent
application. Always look out for bronzers with moisturizers as they will
give a more durable tan. While most bronzers contain DHA and other
bronzing agents that provide a durable tan, you can also use a tanning
lotion that you can wash off at the end of the day if you only want a
few hours’ tan. As such, consider the concentration of the active
ingredients as these will determine the extent of the tan and for how
long it will endure.

Another type of tanning lotion is the accelerator. Accelerators,
sometimes called intensifiers, contain a compound called tyrosine or
unipertan. These are amino acids, the building blocks of the substance
called melanin which gives color to our skins. Individuals with very
pale skin have less melanin than individuals with olive skin. This type
of lotion will darken your skin by increasing the amount of melanin
produced in the skin cells.

The next type of tanning lotion is what we call tingles. These lotions
contain an ingredient called benzyl nicotinate that will increase blood
circulation in your skin thus bringing more blood closer to the surface.
You will feel a tingle (hence the name) and your skin will appear to
redden after you’ve applied them. Tingles are not recommended for the
face because the skin on your face is too thin. You will get a deeper
and darker tan when your skin comes into contact with UV radiation after
applying tingles.

Finally, we have coolants. Coolants contain substances such as menthyl
lactate which produce a refreshing cooling sensation. Coolants are said
to be the opposite of tingle lotions. You will typically apply them
after tanning sessions to cool down and sooth your skin.

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