Although indoor tanning lotions are largely acceptable today for many years they were the subject of ridicule. The whole notion was seen as strange and the unsuccessful results experienced by many were seen as proof that indoor lotions were a bad idea. In actual fact the reason for such a high mess up rate with indoor tans was because the public didn’t know how to use indoor lotions correctly.
In recent years the perceptions of indoor tanning lotions have altered and are on the whole a lot more positive. This is due predominantly to the fact that people are now more educated in how to use them properly and the lotions themselves have developed.
The key ingredient behind the vast majority of indoor tanning lotions is Dihydroxyacetone – or DHA. DHA utilizes the natural amino acids in your skin to produce melanoids, which are the substance responsible for turning your skin brown. Sunless tans are comparatively short lived lasting in most cases less than a week.
One of the main side effects of using indoor tanning lotions the wrong way is the occurrence of orange hands. This can be a rather embarrassing if harmless side effect. The cause of this is that the hands are overexposed to the cream due to the fact that people use their hands to apply it to their whole body.
Avoiding orange hands from indoor lotions is easy. Probably the simplest solution is to make use of disposable plastic gloves when applying to your body to prevent overexposure. However, don’t forget to take off your gloves once done and to apply a little to the hands as well.
One of the biggest problems people come up against when using indoor lotions is streaks. These are clearly obvious lines that appear on your skin due to the fact that the lotion hasn’t been applied properly. The two keys to avoiding streaks is to apply the lotion swiftly, and in circles.
This ensures that the lotion is more evenly applied to all areas of the skin so that they end up with the same amount of DHA exposure resulting in a uniformly even tan.
It’s best to start putting on the indoor tan lotion from the top of your legs down to your feet. Once this is done do your arms starting from the hands and moving up to your shoulders. Lastly you apply the lotion all over your torso including your neck and back.
Before applying the lotion you should give your skin a thorough scrub in the shower. This takes off as many dead skin cells as possible, which means when the lotion is applied you are likely to see the effects for a few days longer.
We are always shedding dead skin cells and growing new ones. DHA only works inside the live skin cells so that once they are dead the tan is gone. By scrubbing before you tan you know that you have new cells that will be alive for a few days longer than the ones on the surface of your skin before scrubbing.
If you are just starting out with indoor tanning creams do not go overboard. These creams come in different strengths that will give you varying tans. It is advisable to choose a relatively soft lotion to begin with and see how you get on with that before going for something more bronze.