Understanding The Types Of Indoor Tanning Lotions: Accelerators, Maximizers, Anti-aging, And More

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Learn about the different types of tanning lotions to use with tanning beds, and the dangers of tanning beds.

So you make a trip down the local tanning salon only to find that you need a PhD to select a tanning lotion? Of course the workers at the salons are suppose to know what works best but lets face it, sometimes they just dont know. Then you spend a fortune on a bottle of lotion that is a huge disappointment. Of the hundreds available, these are the most common features found in indoor tanning lotions and a description of what it does. All lotions do not contain all of this properties and the bottle should be labeled with which ones it does contain.

Accelerators: These are level one tanning products for people just beginning the indoor tanning process, designed to help people achieve a based tan. These usually contain a large amount of moisturizers because moisturized skin tans much better, faster and has the ability to hold tan longer.

Maximizers: These are level two tanning products for people who have reached a base tan and want to continue tanning. Unlike accelerators, maximizers do not contain high levels of moisturizers. For this reason it should only be applied directly before starting a tanning session.

Tingle: This is a special type of lotion that many refer to as a level three product however, some companies have different methods of naming the levels of their products. Usually found in maximizers it contains chemicals that cause reddening and increase blood flow to the skin. Available in heated and cooled. It speeds up the repair process of skin causing it to tan faster. Tingle can be very uncomfortable for many people although use over time does build up a tolerance to it. This should not be used on sensitive skin and some people are just simply not able to tolerate it.

Bronzers: This feature is found in accelerators and maximizer lotions. It is a sunless self-tanner that is mixed into the lotion for instant results. The trick is to give fake results while the skin tans underneath and plays catch up. Its best to find one that is streak free to avoid the orange or uneven look.

Hemp Seed Oil: This is added to many tanning lotions to help nourish and moisturizer the skin. A very beneficial and rich ingredient for hydrating the skin.

Body Blush: Very similar to tingle but without the heat and prickly feeling. Made for people who want the effect of tingle but have sensitive skin and low tolerance for tingle.

Anti Aging: These ingredients has properties and vitamins that protect the skin from premature aging.

Shimmer: This added feature give the skin a luminous glow. Some will have a glittery look.

Caffeine: Added to lotions to help reduce puffiness and energize the skin by reducing fine lines and wrinkles. Should not be used by people on caffeine free diets or sensitive to caffeine. It does absorb into the body.

Silicon: This is a mineral added to lotions to condition skin. It has moisturizing properties.

Beta Carotene: Vitamin A that supports pigment coloration of the skin.

DHA: This is usually found within bronzer lotions. It reacts with the skin to make a stain promoting a fake tan. It can be combined with other bronzers to enhance the skin and make it even darker. To reach a more natural bronze look select a bronzer that is DHA free.

Vitamin E: Renews and softens the skin and reduces fine lines and wrinkles.

Never use a product before your skin is ready for it. It's ok to use lotions to promote tanning but it shouldn't be rushed to the point of being a bigger risk. Tanning sun or sun beds increases the chance of skin cancer.

Tanning bed

The Dangers of Tanning Beds

There is more and more evidence that tanning beds can be dangerous. There is some hyperbole that a tanned skin is damaged skin, but for those that are outdoors during the summer can have a health tan, which comes from the sun.

But for those that use a tanning bed all year, just to maintain that so-called tanned glow all winter is not very healthy. Tanning beds can lead to over exposure of UV rays, and they do not provide any amount of vitamin D, like being out in the sun during the summer does.

There is enough worry today in 2017 about the dangers of tanning beds; many states like California have now outlawed the use of tanning beds for those under the age of 18.

According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, reports that the UV from tanning beds and tanning lights can increase the risk of melanoma (skin cancer) and are actually a cancer causing product.

Studies have shown that exposure to UV radiation during indoor tanning damages the DNA in the skin cells. Other studies have found that just one indoor tanning session can increase users’ risk of developing melanoma by 20 percent, squamous cell carcinoma by 67 percent and basal cell carcinoma by 29 percent.

Even more scary evidence from the Mayo Clinic has found that melanoma has increased eightfold among women ages 18 to 39 since 1970. "Melanoma is a new epidemic in young women," says Jerry Brewer, M.D., a Mayo Clinic dermatologic surgeon and author of the study, who admits even he was shocked by these findings. "Other studies have shown an increase, but this study found melanoma occurring in women 705 percent more often. It's astounding."

Other studies have found that tanning beds are twice as strong as the midday sun in the Mediterranean Sea. Another concern with tanning beds is that they can produce more than safe levels of UV, even though the tanning saloon states otherwise.

Tanning beds are just not worth the risks. In the winter when the sun is low and you don’t spend much time outside, there is no reason to have to maintain that summer glow, not with these types of risks.

Tanning beds are just not worth the risks. In the winter when the sun is low and you don’t spend much time outside, there is no reason to have to maintain that summer glow, not with these types of risks.

If you need to maintain some type of tan look throughout the winter months, there are safer alternatives like tanning lotions.


Posted on Jun 27, 2011
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