Want to get a natural tan that makes you look extremely attractive? Go to a tanning booth. Want to bring that tan to a whole new level? Use indoor tanning lotion.

Read on to find out why…

Why Use Indoor Tanning Lotion?

Let’s face it. No matter how good you look to begin with, you’ll always look better with a nice tan. If your goal is to get the best tan as fast as possible, then indoor tanning in a bed or booth is the right way to go. The concentrated UV rays allow you to get a fast tan in a controlled environment, allowing you to tan faster without burning.

While indoor tanning is great, it’s essential that you use indoor tanning lotion. It increases the production of melanin, which is responsible for making your skin darker. It also contains moisturizers to keep your skin healthy and tan for longer amounts of time. Also keep in mind that you should never use outdoor lotion in a bed or booth because it can often damage the bed due to its chemical content.

One of the biggest differentiators between various lotions is the bronzing materials in them. Bronzing materials can come from a number of different ingredients. If you want your tan to stay darker for longer, we recommend a lotion with a DHA or silicone bronzer.

Many lotions also have a “tingle” effect that reports to increase the blood flow to the skin. This is more marketing hype than anything, but some people swear by it. If you like the idea of the tingle effect, then it certainly won’t hurt to buy a lotion with it, but in our experience, it’s not going to help you tan any better.

Top 5 Lotions

Without further adieu, here’s our top 5 list for this year.

#1: Australian Gold DARK TANNING ACCELERATOR Lotion

There are many reasons why this is our number 1 indoor lotion, but the feature that stands out the most is that it’s a lotion and tan accelerator all in a single bottle. This means that you don’t have to worry about buying multiple products to get the perfect indoor tan. Most people love the simple fragrance which is good for both men and women. It has moisturizers, vitamins, and oils which keeps your skin in tip-top shape in order to maintain the longest tan. It’s also good for people at all stages of their tan, whether you’re working on a base tan or trying to take your tan to the next level. It also doesn’t turn your skin orange like many bronzers. This is the jack of all trades as far as indoor tanning lotion is concerned. It’s hard to go wrong with this choice.

#2: Devoted Creations Trust Fund Baby Tanning Lotion Champagne Infused Ultimate Silicone Bronzer

People say not to judge a book by its cover, but in this case, we beg to differ. This lotion is every bit as glamorous as the bottle on the outside. This lotion uses a silicone bronzer instead of the common DHA bronzer. If you’re one of those folks that hates DHA, then this could be the right choice for you. In addition to the advanced bronzer and moisturizers, this lotion also has anti-aging ingredients to keep your skin looking young and firm. It also does a great job reducing streaking which is so common among cheap lotions. We’re also especially happy with the way it makes your skin shine after application.

#3: Devoted Creations Black Bronzing Lotion

There are lots of lotions that attempt to protect your tattoos, but in our opinion, this is the best of all of them. This product uses a variety of bronzers in it so you can get the best of all worlds. Make sure not to use this outside, because it’s been specifically designed to be used as an indoor tanning lotion. We especially recommend this lotion if you’re a guy. It also includes anti-aging ingredients to prevent wrinkling of your skin which often increases after getting a tan.

#4: Ed Hardy Coconut Kisses Tanning Lotion

This lotion is the most unique of all of our choices, so if you like being unique, then this could be the right one for you. Unlike most indoor tanning lotions, this product uses coconut milk and coconut oil, and it also doesn’t have bronzing materials in it. Your skin might take a little longer to get dark, but it will also look more natural with this lotion due to the absence of the bronzer. Beginning and advanced tanners tend to love the moisturizers in this product.

#5: Solid Black Tanning Lotion

If you want a fast, dark tan, then solid black tanning lotion could be right for you. It’s got a silicone bronzer and tan enhancer which enhance your tan in virtually no time. We love the orchid blush scent of this product, but just be aware that some people may not fancy it. This product can leave streaks, but you can avoid that by applying it evenly and with care. It’s great for both men and women, and like we said before, it produces very fast results. You should consider this product if you have an important event coming up soon and you need to look tan for it.

Buy a Tanning Bed and Save Money

If you tan in a salon a lot, then you should consider buying your own tanning bed to save you money in the long run. Most people probably don’t realize how inexpensive tanning beds actually are. You can probably find one with just about any budget. Tanning beds require very few maintenance costs, and the bulbs usually last for 1000 hours. For most people, that means they can tan for about 7 years without replacing the bulbs. When you do need to replace the bulbs, then check out our review to learn more about it.

We suggest considering how often you go to the tanning salon and how much you’ll pay for it. Consider the cost of the tanning salon, your time spent driving, and the cost in gas in the next 10 or 15 years. You don’t need to consider the cost of indoor tanning lotion because you’ll be purchasing this either way. If the cost is higher than a tanning bed, then you would be doing yourself a favor to just buy a tanning bed instead. There are usually financing options available if you don’t have the money right now.

Other Options

If you’re not sure that indoor tanning is the right thing for you, then check out our other tanning options. We want to match you with the perfect solution for your needs!