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Is Tanning Lotion Neccesary & How is it Different from Regular Lotions?

Asked by desiree333 (3206points) May 23rd, 2009

I plan on going tanning sometime this week and I don’t know what kind of tanning lotions I should get. And also why do some tanning lotions have bronzer in them when I am going to get a tan from the tanning bed anyways?

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DrasticDreamer's avatar

How fair/pale is your skin, naturally? Don’t let the people who work at the salon scam you into something extremely expensive if you can’t really afford it, because it isn’t necessary. Some lotions will give you more of a brown color, others will give you a more golden color.

If you’re not very pale to begin with, you may not need a lotion. Some people tan easily and so never buy them. One reason I would recommend a lotion though, is that tanning isn’t good for you in the first place, and without some kind of moisturizer, your skin can dry out and burn more easily.

If you don’t tan that well or often or if you have naturally light skin, do not get an oil, get a lotion. If you get an oil, you will burn. Also, if you’re naturally pale and have not tanned before, do not start out at more than 12 minutes, because again, you’ll burn.

The reason some lotions have bronzer in them is to cut back on the amount of times that you actually have to tan. Bronzers in lotions basically add to the “oomph” and speed up the process of looking tan.

chyna's avatar

If you are going to a tanning bed, make sure the lotion you get is made specifically for tanning beds. The others mess up the glass on the tanning beds.

desiree333's avatar

@DrasticDreamer yes I am naturally fair, and I don’t tan very easily. Thats why I am going tanning because I can’t get a tan just by the sun even in the summer. Also I went yesterday and I just put a moisturizer on. Can I just buy a good moisturuizer or is an actual tanning lotion neccesary?

DrasticDreamer's avatar

Because you say you have fair skin, you may want to buy an actual tanning lotion. Before you buy some though, tan a couple more times and see if there’s any difference in the color of your skin. If there isn’t, I would think about buying a tanning lotion.

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