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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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