Indoor Tanning Lotion Options

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As opposed to sunscreens or sunblocks which are only made for outdoor use, indoor tanning lotion works by increasing the effects of ultraviolet rays rather than blocking them. Indoor tanning lotions do not contain any sunscreen and they will not keep you protected from the sun so it is best not to use them instead of a good sunscreen if you are going to be outdoors. Additionally using an outdoor lotion in a tanning bed will damage the bed so this should not be done.

The main benefit of using an indoor tanning lotion is to assist in moisturizing the skin. If you use tanning beds often, you will find that your skin will dry out from the UV rays. Using an indoor tanning lotion that helps moisturize your skin can help to prevent the dryness. It will also provide your skin with the valuable nutrients required to protect it from the elements around you.

Studies have shown that a moist skin tans better than a dry skin so a good tanning lotion will help improve the performance of your tanning sessions and could result in a cost savings to you as you might find that you need fewer tanning sessions.


Designer lotions ingredients will differ from brand to brand, but you will find common ingredients between lotions including things such as melanin, tyrosine, copper, green tea extract and many other oils that are natural. A typical bottle will usually run 7 to 8 ounces in size although some are larger. You can assume that you will use roughly one ounce of lotion per tanning session so a 7oz bottle should be good for roughly eight sessions.

One thing to consider is whether you want to use a tanning lotion that smells or not. When you are inside a tanning bed, it is a closed area so the perfume of the lotion is going to be wafting around with you. It is a good idea to smell the lotion before you buy it to decide if it something you will be able to deal with for 15 or 20 minutes in a confined space.

If you are going to be tanning inside it is critical that you use a good quality tanning lotion. Outdoor tanning lotions contain SPF which will prevent you from getting any tan if used inside.


Tanning lotions may be made for the whole body or for specific areas only. Also, not all lotions are made for the same part of the body. Some lotions may cause a reddening of the skin that will last for several hours depending on your skin type and how many tanning sessions you have already had.

Some lotions are specifically made for just your face. Others are made only for your legs. A few lotions may serve as a cooling agent that will make the tanning experience soothing to your skin when you are lying under the hot lights. Be sure to examine the label carefully before buying any indoor tanning lotion product.

For the people who are regarded as experienced tanners the saying 'you get what you pay for' applies. If you want a really superb tan, you should stay away from cheaper products. Also be sure to use a good moisturizing lotion after tanning so your skin gets replenished as this will help to maintain your tan longer.

If you are tanning for the first time at a tanning salon, be aware that as little as five minutes can have an impact on your skin. If you opt for a stand-up booth, keep in mind they are typically stronger than the lie down style of tanning bed. It is essential that you wear eye protection wherever you are tanning so your eyes are not damaged by the UV rays. It is best to purchase your own and bring it with you. Sharing eye protection could potentially lead to skin and eye problems for you. Infections might also occur with sharing eye wear.

The benefit of using tanning beds compared to tanning outdoors is that you receive a much safer and controlled dose of ultraviolet light. When you are outside you have no control over the ultraviolet light that your body is receiving. So it is a wise choice to tan indoors where you can control the amount of time spent tanning.

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