That gorgeous golden glow when you spend a few days chillin’ by the pool is absolutely amazing, isn’t it? Beachy waves and sun-kissed skin are a match made in Bahamas heaven! But what about those months when you can’t catch a break and go on a vacay? How do you make your pale skin look sun-kissed? We’ve got the perfect solution for you. No matter where you live and what your skin colour is, faking that post-vacation tan just got easier. Let us introduce you to the world of self-tanners. There’s a variety of tanning products you can buy such as indoor tanning lotions, sunless bronzers and tanning oils. All of these products will help give your skin that bronzed glow, minus the sun. Sounds amazing, doesn’t it?
Here’s everything you need to know about indoor tanning oils and lotions!
A tanning lotion is a quick and easy way to give yourself a tan even if you’ve not been out in the sun. It basically induces the look of a tan. If you like the look of bronzed skin and don’t want to risk sunburn, tanning lotions will be your best friends. Tanning products work by increasing the amount of melanin present on the surface layer of your skin. This is what gives your skin that ‘tanned’ look.
If you like the look of bronzed, sun-kissed skin, using a tanning lotion is safer than spending a few days out in the sun. When you spend time in the sun, it’s hard to tell whether your skin will tan or burn. Sometimes when you least expect it, your skin looks like a red-hot burnt mess. That my friends is sunburn, and it’s not cute. But when you use tanning lotions, there’s no UV damage because you’re not spending time out in the sun. Depending on the intensity (colour) of tan you want, you can choose a tanning lotion that works for you.
Bronzers, tanning lotions, oils and sprays are some of the types of tanning products that you can buy. Some products like bronzers need to be re-applied every day while others give you results that last up to a week. Now that you know different types of tanning lotions, let's have a look at the products that are worth the investment.
Looking for some best indoor tanning lotions and oils? Here we have got it for you. Have a look!
Forgot to tan? No problem, this wash off bronzer will save you when you’re in a pinch. It’s ideal for giving your body that last minute glow, it’s got avocado, chia and coconut oil to hydrate your skin. It washes off under the shower so you needn’t worry about it being permanent either. It’s also vegan, paraben, sulphate and cruelty-free.
This hassle-free tanning lotion comes in a spray bottle form so you can quickly spritz yourself for a streak-free tan. The tan lasts about 5-6 days, feel free to re-apply in between. The formula is quick drying, so it’s going to make the application process an easy one.
If you have dry skin, this buttery tanning lotion is perfect for you. It will hydrate your dry skin while giving you that gorgeous bronzed-goddess glow. The tan takes 4-6 hours to show up on your skin so you have to be patient.
This indoor tanning oil is godsent for anybody with dull, dry skin. It’s got subtle luminous shimmer with a hint of colour to reveal that golden tan. The formula is quick drying and leaves your skin moisturised for days. The essential oils of natural neroli, lemongrass and grapefruit essential oils are going to leave your skin feeling and smelling wonderful. The shimmer washes off to reveal that beautiful tan! It is recommended to use a tanning mitt for application.
This night tanning lotion is deeply moisturising and it’s going to help you build a gradual tan overnight. It nourishes all types of skin and helps oily skin balance sebum production. Apply it every night liberally until you’ve achieved a tan that you are satisfied with.
This mousse-based tan is perfect for someone who doesn’t like to feel sticky and greasy. It’s non-sticky and transfer resistant. The mousse based formula is meant to be applied and massaged into the skin. A few hours later you can rinse it off while your tan develops over the next few hours. Exfoliation is recommended before application. It’s also paraben-free!
This is definitely the tanning lotion that every lazy girl needs in her life. It takes a mere 3 minutes to apply this into your skin. It’s an in-shower lotion which means you massage it into your skin like shower gel and rinse it off. Keep repeating the process over a few days until you’re happy with the tan. It’s got sweet almond oil that will leave your skin feeling soft and looking radiant.
This tanning lotion needs to be applied and left on to dry for about an hour or so. It’s recommended that you exfoliate and moisturise your body with oil-free products before applying this lotion. Use it once or twice a week until you’re happy with the results.
Another hassle free tanning lotion is this one from Banana boat, it’s oil-free and has aloe vera and Vitamin E to nourish your skin. Apply it all over your body and leave it on for 2-3 hours, it will adjust the tan depending on your skin tone. If you want to be more bronzed, apply a little more and allow it to dry. The tan with this one lasts several days!
If you have a fair to medium skin tone, this tanning lotion is perfect for you. It builds a gradual tan and makes your skin look bronzed and glowy. The formula provides streak-free, buildable coverage. You can apply it every day until you get the colour you’re happy with.
Want a tan minus the effort of massaging your entire body? This run-free tanning lotion-spray is going to be your best friend as it is one of the best indoor tanning lotions for olive skin tone. It’s going to give you a gorgeous tan without the effort. It makes your skin look up to two shades darker than your original skin tone. It dries down in less than 5 minutes, just hold it 6 inches away from your body and mist on the perfect tan.
Wearing a short dress and want your legs to look like a Victoria’s Secret model? This is perfect to cover up any varicose veins and strawberry legs. Apart from giving your skin a gorgeous glow, it’s also going to make your legs look irresistible. Quick tip, spritz a little extra on your shins for that goddess-like glow. It’s a temporary tan that washes off with soap and water, so don’t spray it on areas where your clothes might rub your body.
Most tanning products have an ingredient called DHA (Dihydroxyacetone) that reacts with the surface layer of dead skin cells present on your skin and causes a reaction in them that basically increases the melanin production in your skin. As a result of increased melanin, your skin looks like it has more colour.
This depends from brand to brand, specific instructions are usually written on the package. Generally, every time you are applying a false tan, you can expect to spend about 1-3 hours on the application and drying process. Results are instant.
A tanning lotion makes your skin appear bronzed with that vacation glow. If you are extremely pale, it adds colour to your skin.
Yes, most tanning lotions don’t have an added SPF protection in them, and even if they do, it’s not substantial enough to protect your skin from sun damage. Please use an SPF of 30-50 depending on your sun exposure for the day.
Typically, results last about 7-10 days depending on the product you use. If you want to maintain that tan, most people recommend you keep reapplying the product every 3-5 days. Some bronzers fade evenly from the skin while others don’t. You just have to find a tanning lotion that works for your skin, it might take some trial and error.
Yes, you can, but tanning lotions are notorious for causing acne. It’s best to use a product that’s designed specifically for use on the face. There are a number of brands mentioned above that create tanning products that are non-comedogenic. If you don’t want to apply a tanning product to your face, invest in a foundation that’s the same shade as your (tanned) body.