If you happen to find yourself currently living in the northern hemisphere, you are experiencing some form of winter. The degree of cold and darkness will vary, but one thing is for certain, and that is the fact that your summer tan may seem like months and months away as either a passing memory or a future wish fulfillment. While tanning lotions have yet to be invented that can offer us the feeling of pure bliss of lying in the warm sun, being kissed by the sea, they can slowly help us to coherence our body’s summertime glow.
Indoor tanning lotions have one major advantage over the real sun, and that is that they can be used in any weather conditions to help you achieve that summer tan glow. You could technically be caught in the middle of a snow blizzard, and still in fact be working on your magnificent tan right now. Tanning lotion should not be confused with sunscreen which sometimes the case. Tanning lotions does not protect against UV rays. Tanning lotion, much like tanning oil, helps to speed the process of tanning by increasing the production of melanin in the skin, as well as rushing blood to the skin at the same time. Indoor tanning lotions are designed to be used while inside a tanning bed or booth.
Indoor tanning lotions use active ingredients like melanin, L-Tyrosine, and naturally occurring oils like tea oil. Some indoor tanning lotions include bronzers to provide a natural look boost of color to the skin through the use of riboflavin and caramel. Deep moisturizing agents are also present in indoor tanning lotions as the skin has a tendency to become easily depleted of moisture during the tanning process. Most tanning lotions will contain less alcohol than other moisturizing creams so as not to dry out the skin. To aid the skin in retaining its moisture, tanning creams are known to include essential oils and hempseed oil. It is also very likely that your tanning oil will also contain vitamins and antioxidants that can be readily absorbed into the skin, which is also the body’s largest organ.
So, now that we know there are other options besides linger over summertime photographs and allowing our pale complexions to reign supreme for the next few months, let’s find some of the best options for indoor tanning lotions available. Here are my top 5 available online from Amazon.com (but the other 3 are also pretty good :)):
#1. Australian Gold Accelerator Lotion 8.5 ounces
A miracle tanning lotion loaded with excellent tanning stimulants, capable of achieving even and dark tans while delivering the skin a healthy does of Vitamin E and native oils. It works magic on all skin tones, and delivers a natural looking tan with without the use of bronzers.
#2. Designer Skin Body Bronzer, Conceited, 13.5 Fluid Ounces
There is no super shiny residue left over with this tanning lotion. It comes in a matte finish that delivers tanning results more quickly than thought possible. Results can be seen a minute after it has been applied. This lotion is best applied on skin that already has a bit of a sun kissed glow to it.
#3. Designer Skin Luminary Bronzer, 13.5 Ounces
This is the lotion for those who are not afraid to go bold and deep with their tan. It works beautifully on the skin and never ever leaves a residual orange look. The lotion is incredibly hydrating but won’t leave your skin feeling greasy.
#4. Millenium Tanning New Solid Black Bronzer Tanning Bed Lotion, 100x
Combines and excellent tanning formula created especially to be used with tanning beds with a bronzing effect. With a luscious fragrance, several moisturizing agents, and tan that is not going to fade, this may just be the perfect tanning lotion.
#5. Black & Tan 75x Indoor Tanning Bed Bronzer, 13.5 Ounces
Another tanning lotion perfectly formulated to work specifically with the use of a tanning beds, this one is a keeper. This lotion needs to be rubbed into the skin vigorously to produce a deep tan that is never orange. The warming beads cause the blood to rush to the surface quickly and the tan begins to develop almost instantly.
So Get Your Tan On, Right Now!
After reading this list, there is really no reason why the winter cool needs to be draped across our skin for the next few months. The summer time glow is available year round, and without the hassle of actually getting out to the beach, tackling large crowds and the elements of nature.