In the salon and spa industry, clients are regularly offered the use of tanning lotions before stepping into an ultra violet bed or booth. Most salons have a wide selection to choose from. Brands will have some similar qualities, and some added benefits depending on their intended use.
Most tanning lotions are sufficiently safe for all-over application. But, whenever possible it is important to use a blend designed especially for faces. Facial tanning lotions have gentler ingredients, are safe to use around eyes, and may offer added benefits such as ingredients to firm the skin.
Tanning lotions and oils are used as preparation for UV beds or booths. They are comprised of ingredients that moisturize the skin and increase the amount of melanin in the skin. This may be accomplished by increasing blood flow to the surface of the skin, or by increasing the melanin itself. This boosts the speed with which a tan sets in, as well as effects the quality of the color.
Tanning lotions meant for indoor use are almost always made of ingredients that will not harm plastic surfaces. Because they are worn on one’s skin, and skin comes in contact with the beds, this is an important feature. Anything that would have a corrosive effect on the equipment would be unwise for regular use.
Frequently, there will be additional benefits to using tanning lotions before exposure to UV lights. Many brands include a quality moisturizer in their blends. Others may have a bronzing formula that boosts color over time. And nearly all smell great, due to the high quality scents added.
Sunblock and tanning lotions are not to be confused for one another. Sunblocks are meant to protect one’s skin from the harmful side effects of UV light from the sun. However, tanning lotions and oils are intended to help ultra violet light affect skin. Using sunblock before using a UV bed would not only negate the effects, but may also cause surface damage to the parts of the machine in contact with the customer.
Sunlight and the lights in ultra violet beds or booths are not exactly the same. So, it is important to have tanning lotions that are used separately in each situation. The compounds found in products that are meant to be used outdoors will not react reliably when used under concentrated lights. Tanning lotions intended for spa or salon use will not be as effective when used under the sun.