As the name suggests tanning lotions are meant to induce tanning of skin. Tanning as we all would know is pigmentation in skin which is the result of the melanin produced. Tanning of skin can happen to all people, except albinos. Tanning lotions have an intrinsic effect (their site of action is the Stratum Corneum of the epidermis). They aim at intensifying the natural tanning action of skin either by stimulating melanin formation or increasing blood circulation to skin.
Tanning lotions can be sun less or irrespective, it is important to know that they contain melanin (hence, most of them have deep tan like hue themselves) and also tanners most likely do not contain sunscreen as that comes against its performance as a tanner.
Much like tanners there is another class of colour producing agent called bronzers. These have surface action as compared to tanners and are themselves tinted which is what is responsible for the tanned appearance of the skin. Let’s look at five designer sun tanning lotions of 2012.
Designer Skin Tanning Lotions 2012
Sun Giesee’s, Instant Self Tanning Lotion
Is a product of Sun Laboratories by Giesee. It is a sun less tanning lotion. You could either use the self tanning lotion individually or along with Sun’s exfoliating body gel and the tan moisturizer maintainer. This product is available in large volume and comes in a white bottle while the product itself has rich, dark colour.
Delivers a golden bronze tan. In order to maintain the tan a regular reapplication is recommended. The product smells great and has a rather thick consistency, hence needs a lot of effort during application. The product is Paraben and sunscreen free.
Swedish Beauty’s Enchanted Beauty
Enchanted Beauty by Swedish Beauty is more of a bronzer than a tanning serum. This product causes tanning without the sun‘s help and hence is a sunless bronzer. The product arrives in sea blue tube packaging denoting the marine touch of its ingredients.
The marine ingredients provide excellent moisture to skin. This is available in five different fragrances. It helps in the enhancement of collagen in skin which means that it adds to the skin’s youth. Contains melanin boosters which ensure a long lasting and effective tanning.
SANTE Soleil’s Self-Tanning Lotion
Is another sun less skin tanning lotion by Sante Soleil. This formulation is developed for the entire body skin and for the skin of sensitive regions. This product comes in 150 mL packaging. Consists of numerous natural agents such as grape seed oil, jojoba oil etc. which are responsible for replenishing and moisturizing the skin. Does not contain sunscreen.
St. Tropez’s Gradual Tan Everyday
Unlike conventional tanners this tanning lotion gradual intensifies with time. It works best if used in combinations with St. Tropez’s Body Polish that acts like an exfoliator.
The lotion has smoothing effect on skin and helps in building a gradual golden tan.
Playboy – Boost Black Tan
Is actually a daily tan-moisturizer. This product is meant to provide an even tanning effect on partially tanned skin for the sake of evenness. The main target of this product is moisturising and thereby increasing the feel of skin. It is suitable to be used with tanners of all kinds.