NEVER TAN WITHOUT A LOTION!
Using a tanning lotion is an essential element to achieving the deepest, darkest, longest lasting tan possible. The tanning lotions that we carry also have an immense amount of skin care ingredients. Did you know that UV light bounces off of dry skin? It takes 6-7 minutes for UV light to penetrate dry skin and only 30 seconds to penetrate moist skin. Moisturized skin tans better and keeps your tan longer. If you are not using a tanning lotion, you are only getting 30% of your tan!
There are 4 main types of tanning lotions: bronzer, intensifier/accelerator, coolant and tingle. This page will describe the different types of lotions available and some examples of each type. We have the largest lotion display in the area so you can find the perfect lotion for your individual needs. If you ever have any questions, please email us or ask a salon associate.
Check out our 2022-2023 lotions
There are many new 2023 lotions that will give your skin the hydration and color you want.
You wouldn't wash your hair without shampoo -
so don't tan without a lotion!
You wouldn't brush your teeth without toothpaste -
so don't tan without a lotion!
Designer Skin Lotions
We carry the largest selection of Designer Skin Lotions. Designer Skin has all 4 types of lotions. Please follow the link below which
will bring you to their website. There you will find in detail Designer Skin lotions and the benefits of each.
BRONZER with SELF TANNERS
Self tanning lotions are basically the same as bronzers EXCEPT they are stronger, and designed to use less frequently. Typically once per week or two. The advantage of a self tanning
lotion is that it works very quickly and requires less maintenance. The advantages of a bronzer with self tanner is that it is almost impossible to get streaks and the added moisturizers enhance your skin and leave it feeling much more supple because
you use it daily, just as you would a regular moisturizer.
An intensifier/accelerator lotion is a lotion that has ingredients in it that will hydrate and tan your skin. There are no bronzers in this type of lotion. It has
ingredients that work with the melanin in your skin. You will only see the color that your melanin produces. There will be no bronzers to darken your tan while your tan develops naturally.
Bronzers are often added to tanning products to enhance and darken the tan, blend unevenly tanned areas, and enrich the tone (color) of the tan.
Many moisturizers now contain bronzers. Today's bronzers work to give you a "HEALTHY GLOW" when used daily. Streaking is virtually unheard of because the effects are gradual. This concept is extremely popular. These are effective for people who tan indoors, outdoors, or don't get any UV exposure at all.
How the bronzers work varies by brand depending on the ingredients used. Australian Gold has created a bronzer called Derma Dark. Derma Dark is a colorless, ordorless, streak-free bronzer. Generally, they are temporary, but regular use will promote a healthy tan color with less (or no) exposure. We offer a variety of tanning formulas so you can choose the type that best suits your skin. The more bronzers in the product, the longer your tan will last.
Which is best for you depends on your tanning goals, although we generally recommend a bronzer. You are less likely to get any streaks, and the better skin care is a plus.
INTENSIFIER / ACCELERATOR
An intensifier/accelerator lotion is a lotion that has ingredients in it that will hydrate and tan your skin. There are no bronzers in this type of lotion. It has ingredients that work with the melanin in
your skin. You will only see the color that your melanin produces. There will be no bronzers to darken your tan while your tan develops naturally.
Tingle lotions contain ingredients which cause micro-circulation. Micro-circulation brings blood to the surface of the skin. When the oxygen in your blood rises to the surface of the skin, the UV light can reach it much more easily. This process will deepen your tan to a new level.
When using a tingle lotion, you may experience any or all of the following that may last approximately one hour, although these effects may last longer based on your skin type:
Mild to intense tingling of the skin
Slight to intense reddening of the skin
Mild to intense heat on the surface of the skin.
You should NEVER use a tingle lotion on your face. The skin is much too thin and this could result in the popping of a capillary. If you want to lessen the tingle feeling of the lotion, mix it with an accelerator or bronzer. You will have an amazingly dark tan because it will push you beyond your tanning plateau.