Tanning lotion is an important part of achieving a bronze glow. Healthy, moist skin tans best and also keeps a tan longer than dry skin. The tanning lotion industry is a multi-million dollar industry offering a variety of different products each year. Lotions enhance the tanning process both indoor and outdoor. There are many different brands and types of lotions. The most popular tanning lotions are accelerators, bronzers, tinglers and after-tan lotions. Each of these lotions boosts the tanning process, but are very different from one another.


Accelerators are a very basic tanning lotion. They contain ingredients which assist your skin in achieving a keeping a tan. They do not contain any self-bronzing ingredients. Accelerators are the best type of lotion to use indoor and outdoor. California Tan, a lotion company that has been in business since 1987, offers a wide variety of accelerators. CT Seven is one of their highest-selling lotions and focuses on the seven key ingredients of getting a bronze glow. CT Seven can be used in both indoor tanning salons and outside.


Bronzers are a very popular lotion because they contain a small amount of self-tanner. The self-tanner develops immediately, so users will look tan before those who use a basic accelerator. Different levels of bronzers are based on how much self-tanner is in the tanning lotion. You should already have a base tan when using a bronzing lotion; otherwise you might come out of the tanning bed looking orange. A very good high-end bronzer to use is Helix Bronzer by California Tan. After using Helix Bronzer in a tanning bed, you should see a darker tan develop in about 2 to 4 hours.

Tingle Lotions

Tingle lotions are lotions that help increase your blood circulation while tanning. While using a tingle lotion enhances your tan greatly, many people find it uncomfortable because it causes the skin to get red and “tingle.” The tingle feeling disappears about an hour after tanning. A very popular tingle lotion is Bombshell by Designer Skin. Bombshell also contains a bronzer for an extra boost. Tingle lotions are not recommended for outdoor use.

After-Tan Lotions

One of the most important things to do while keeping a tan is to keep your skin moisturized. Dry skin will flake off and with the flakes goes your tan. The more moisture your skin holds, the longer your tan will last. Many companies offer after-tan lotion. These lotions contain vitamins to keep your skin healthy. Australian Gold offers a daily moisturizer called Forever After. Users can apply this lotion in the morning for moist skin all day long.