A Brief Overview Of Tanning Lotion Reviews

By Haywood Hunter

Being tan is associated with being healthy in western cultures, but more and more people are realizing that it is also associated with increased risk of skin cancer, wrinkles, and other sun-related damage. While some of these are only aesthetic, others are far more serious. Tanning lotion reviews can help people find a better alternative to excess sun exposure.

Sunless tanners have existed for a long time, but they didn't work as well as the real thing and people didn't know about the dangers of sun exposure back then. Now, they work better and there are many more scientifically proven reasons to avoid getting too much sun. Some work better than others, of course, and just like hair dye, they won't fool everyone all the time.

For the person who doesn't want anyone to know that they are using a sunless tanner, there are even varieties that will darken your skin a little at a time over a period of days. This mimics the natural process that occurs when out in the sun, and allows people to hide what they are doing from everyone. However, using a sunless tanner is not the stigma that it used to be.

Maintaining a sunless tan is required, unless you want to let it fade away. The darkening is accomplished by using a safe chemical which binds to the dead skin cells which make up the outer layer of your skin. These cells are constantly shed and replaced, and so is your sunless tan. It takes about four to six days for the tan to start to fade, in most cases.

The ingredient in sunless tanners is pretty much the same, no matter what type or brand you buy. It is safe, but has a somewhat pungent odor. Applying it in lower doses allows a gradual darkening of the skin that appears more natural, and higher doses creates an 'instant' tan. The compound can be applied as a gel, lotion or spray, or saturated into a towelette.

People who use the instant versions sometimes find it strange to look at themselves in the mirror at first. This version is also prone to streaking, since it is easier to miss an area during a single application than during the several required for the gradual versions. For maintenance, a lotion with a low dose of tanner included is a great, easy way to keep your tan intact without extra effort.

There is only one ingredient currently used in sunless tanners, and this means that they all smell essentially the same. Some add fragrances, and some are stronger than others, however. Experts recommend giving any product you are considering the sniff-test before buying it, because the smell is intolerable for some people.

Finding the right shade is a process of trial and error for most people. This means that using the product on a hidden piece of skin to see how it turns out is essential. Tanning lotion reviews state that there is really no way for a person to know what a product will look like on their skin without doing this.

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