People react differently to the ingredients, and one lotion that has no tingle effect on one person may cause mild pain in another. This is why it is impossible to create a system of rating tingle that is objective. Some companies do offer ratings that offer some guidance to the consumer, but it is not standardized. Most companies produce lotions with and without ingredients that tingle, as many do not prefer this method of tan enhancement or find it uncomfortable.
Most products come in 8 to 9 oz bottles, although some come in 16.9 oz (500 ml) or larger for wholesale salons. The user typically uses between .5 and 1.0 oz per tanning session, spreading liberally over all exposed areas.
While fragrance offers no advantage in tanning, it is often one of the most critical elements in which brand a person prefers. This is because most people use tanning lotions in a tanning bed, which is a closed environment, so the aroma of the lotion is much more pronounced than lotions used outdoors. To some, the right lotion will have aromatherapy benefits.
Indoor tanning lotions are usually designed to only use ingredients that will not cause damage or build up on acrylic surfaces. This is because all tanning beds use 100% acrylic in the protective shields. Acrylic is used because of its transperancy to UV, relative ease to mold and moderate cost. This is one reason people should not use outdoor tanning lotion in a tanning bed, as some common ingredients such as mineral oil (also called baby oil) will damage the surface of the acrylics.
One of the most popular moisturizing elements in tanning lotions is hempseed oil. This oil is THC-free, so it is legal in the US and has no drug reactions. Because it is high in fatty acids, it helps to seal in moisture and maintain the effects from tanning.
There are a few products, unofficially known as "All-In-One" that have no tingle and limited amounts of the active ingredients that can be used outdoors, but still offer no SPF in them. These are used primarily for their moisturizing benefits as well as mild to moderate amount of boost to the tanning process. They are designed to be used before and after tanning or as everyday moisturizers for people who tan frequently.
It's the time we all dread. The holidays over, bikinis and shorts put away. Those unflattering shots have been weeded out from digital cameras. All those bottles of suntan lotion thrown in the bin. And, oh, just another 11 and a bit months to go until your next summer holiday.
Aug 13, 2011; It's the time we all dread. The holidays over, bikinis and shorts put away. Those unflattering shots have been weeded out from...