As a first step when choosing a tanning lotion is determining what format you want it is. You can get it in a creme, an oil, lotion, or possibly even a spray. Oils are easier to see on your skin to ensure coverage, while whipped cremes offer lightness that won’t be greasy. Thicker oils may be better for sessions where you can wash it off afterward.
Skin sensitivity is an important factor in choosing a brand as well. It may not matter, if you are not particularly sensitive to irritants. However, most people are sensitive to fragrance or other common additives, so it’s necessary to avoid certain lines or formulas.
Once you have determined the format you want, and the ingredients you don’t, then you must consider how you plan to tan. Tanning in a bed requires very different formulas from in a booth, as your skin will be in contact with the ingredients. Some may damage the plastic of the equipment, so be sure you have a bed or booth specific formula.
The added benefits we are discussing come into play in the forms of anything from bronzers to scent. You can buy products that include artificial bronzing agents to boost your color. You may enjoy the cooling touch of tea-tree, or want a papaya scent instead of coconut.
While the options aren’t endless, some details are more flexible than others. Organic compounds would have very different additives and a different shelf life than synthetics. By avoiding synthetic materials, you may be eliminating some benefits like coloring agents or stronger conditioners. However, what you would trade by eliminating certain synthetics like bronzers, you would make up for in healthy ingredients and the knowledge your skin is protected naturally.
You may need to test a few different brands before settling on the best indoor tanning lotion for your needs. The best way to know for certain is to test a brand over the course of a few sessions to really familiarize yourself with what it offers. Then, switch brands and note the changes in your skin, in terms of conditioning and color. It may take a few weeks or months, but once you find the right one you’ll be glad of having experimented.