Tanning Tips​

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Tanning Lotions Explained


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. 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.


Self tanning lotions are similar to 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 has ingredients that will hydrate and tan your skin. There are zero 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. The lotion is white so it doesn’t have bronzers to darken your tan while your tan develops naturally.


Lotions with coolants are the opposite of tingles. Coolants give you a cooling sensation and feels refreshing. They also cool you down faster after a tanning session. Our coolants have exhilarating cooling agents that refresh and soothe the skin for a wondrous tanning experience.


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. Make sure you wash your hands after applying it.

Keeping the best colour long term

If you plan on tanning long term, the best way to keep a nice bronze glow is going between 20-30 Minutes a week! Upkeep is the most important thing for a natural glow!

Understanding your skin

Know your skin.

Before tanning, make sure you know your skin type. Think about how your skin has reacted to sun in the past and listen to it so you don’t burn! Those with lighter hair and eyes most likely burn easily. Start with a small amount of tanning time and slowly work up to more. 

Do I need to wear tanning lotion?


This is not a sales-pitch. When you go to the beach, do you lay out with no sunscreen, oil or lotion on? NO. Because you get darker when your skin is moisturized. It is 100 times more important to wear tanning lotion when tanning indoors. It is harmful for your skin to lay without wearing an indoor tanning lotion. Sunless tanning products and tanning lotions are especially formulated to help you acquire superbly tanned skin while offering protection against the adverse effects of the sun.

Contrary to the popular misconception that indoor and sunless tanning products are just money-making scams, these products do offer benefits that are more than just cosmetic. In fact, these indoor and sunless tanning products offer you good value for money by allowing you to tan while still maintaining a healthy and younger looking skin and by maximizing your indoor tanning efforts.

Getting even colour

As with most things, starting with a clean slate is a smart idea for getting a clean, fresh, beautiful look. Take a shower and exfoliate the dead skin from your body. This enables you to get an even, clean tan, and it helps it last longer, too!

How long does it take to notice results

Generally, you will begin to notice results after a few tanning sessions, but it may take several weeks of regular tanning (about three times a week) to acquire a good tan. Results will differ person to person, due to different skin tones, different lotions, and beds selected. If you are developing a base tan before going on a winter vacation, please start tanning two to three weeks before you are scheduled to leave.

Avoiding tan lines in any bed

Lying or standing in one position in any tanning bed can cause uneven tan lines. Start on your back, then rotate to one side, then your front, then the other side. If you do not feel comfortable lying on your side in a small tanning bed, raise your arms above your head. Always remember to exfoliate a few days before a tanning session.

Impoartance of protective eyewear

The main reason we ask you if you have a set of goggles when entering our tanning salon is for the safety of your eyes. These goggles protect your eyes from the harmful UV rays. These ultraviolet rays are the same as the UVA and UVB rays from the sun, which are dangerous. Your eyelids alone won't protect your eyes from the rays.

Do Tanning Lotions expire?

Yes! Similar to makeup and other cosmetics, you can find the expiration date on the back of your bottle! The expiry date looks like an open jar w/lid and will show the expiry date in terms of months after opening (18M, 24M, Etc;) You can find the expiry date on the back of your lotion, listed below the ingredient/manufacturing list.

High pressure VS. Regular bulbs

The difference between high pressure beds and regular/low pressure beds is the amount of UVA/UVB. Regular pressure beds emit more UVB, which is the ray that stimulates melanin production and causes sunburn. High Pressure beds emit very little UVB, so you can tan longer without burning. 

The reason not everyone uses High Pressure beds is because of the lack of UVB. Many people tan in order to help prevent burns outdoors (a tan is your skin's natural sunscreen). And the base/regular/low pressure beds help build your tolerance to UVB.

But, there are other reasons people continue to use low pressure beds. Tanning is relaxing - like a mini vacation during the day. They use the lower beds because they want to tan more often.

How long should I wait between tanning sessions?

We recommend allowing at least 2 days in between tanning sessions, whenever the time allows. Although to build an awesome tan, keep up a routine! Allowing too much time between sessions will cause your colour to fade!