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Here is the importance of using indoor tanning lotion as well as tips for keeping your skin as healthy as possible. It’s first important to realize that indoor tanning lotions are very different than typical suntan lotions that were formulated to use outdoors. You should NEVER use a regular suntan lotion in a tanning bed. You can only use indoor tanning lotions.
There are major differences between indoor and outdoor tanning. UVA rays in a controlled environment compared to outdoor tanning that consists of both UVA and UVB natural rays in a widely varying environment. Because of these different conditions in outdoor and indoor tanning, different solutions for protection and tanning enhancement should be used.
While most regular suntan lotions contain a sunscreen, indoor tanning lotions do not. The belief is, with indoor tanning, you don’t need SPF protection due to many other helpful ingredients found in indoor tanning lotions. Think of it this way: with indoor tanning, your tan time is set to limit your exposure to UV rays, whereas with outdoor tanning, you limit your skins exposure to UV rays by selecting the appropriate SPF.
Indoor tanning lotions are specifically formulated to enhance the effect of UV rays (typically 95% of UVA and 5% of UVB which largely counteracts the benefits of indoor tanning.
Regular suntan lotions are designed to protect you during long periods of exposure. Indoor tanning lotions are designed for shorter, more intense indoor tanning sessions- resulting in a deeper, quicker tan.
Regular suntan lotions will damage the acrylic material that tanning beds are made of. The acrylic hoods are porous and expand when the bulbs heat up. In addition, using regular tanning lotion in a tanning bed creates a film on the acrylic that ultimately restricts the tanning process and limit’s the tan you obtain.
Here’s how indoor tanning lotions work. Products formulated specifically for indoor tanning enhance and stimulate the body’s natural tanning process. Indoor lotions protect the moisture levels in your skin, allowing your pores to open up, and magnify your UV exposure. By controlling your tanning process thru magnification, moisterization, and skin conditioning, you will get a deeper and longer lasting tan. Skin conditioning may just be the most important and often overlooked part of the tanning process. This is what really makes one tanning lotion better than another. Tanning is a biological process requiring a specific sequence of reactions in your skin and having the right nutrients available is crucial to this process. That’s the real benefit to indoor tanning lotions.
Many of the high-quality indoor tanning lotions have a refractive prism of natural oils that cause a magnification of the UV light, this helps intensify your tan. Indoor tanning lotions that contain vitamins, natural oils, minerals, anti-oxidants, natural botanical extracts, and aloe vera give your skin the extra moisture needed to achieve a deeper tan that will last longer than dry, unhealthy skin. Dry skin reflects UV light, so if you are not using an indoor tanning lotion, you can be wasting up to 50% of your tanning session. According to a 14-day study done by the American tanning Institute, 100% of those using indoor tanning lotions showed and overall improvement in tan-ability.
Be an informed tanner
4 Reasons to Choose a Custom Airbrush Tan Instead of A Spray Tan…
1. Personal Certified Technicians
While walking in to a spray tanning booth may give the appearance of getting a professional spray tan, the lack of personal attention means that your “professional” spray tan is going to be only as good as the machine that gave it to you! With a custom airbrush tan you have a certified airbrush tanning technician applying your tan with a custom solution to match your skin tone.
2. Attention to Detail
The personal attention in #1 also explains why the smallest detail is never missed when you come in for a custom airbrush tan. With the custom application by one of our certified airbrush technicians, you won’t end up with those irritating circles under your buttocks where the automatic spray tan booth didn’t spray. Custom airbrush tanning also means that your tan will be applied evenly so that you don’t wind up with an uneven tan or dripping streaks that sometimes happen in automated booths. Your certified technician can tend to any concerns about your tan or answer any questions you may have.
3. The Ability to Take Care of Certain Areas!
Everybody has areas of their body that could use a little extra tan – did you know that many body builders give the illusion of having much firmer abs by the method in which they apply their airbrush tan? Automated spray tanning booths are unable to give that type of attention to detail.
4. The Ability to Customize Your Tan
When you step in to an automated spray tanning booth there are no questions about areas that you would like a little darker, or areas that need a little touching up from your last spray tan, instead there is one flat tan that is applied all over your body. When you get a custom airbrush tan your airbrush technician will ask you certain questions that will help them learn what you would like to achieve during your airbrush tanning session. From there they will be able to customize your tan to meet those needs!