A Few 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.

In previous days, sunless tanners were ridiculed. After all, it was easy enough to get the real thing, and people didn't know about the harmful side effects, yet. Now, they are pushed as a much healthier way to get that bronzed look that people want. Of course, application and choice of type makes a big difference in whether the final results look natural or not.

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.

All sunless tanners use essentially the same ingredients, which are safe but somewhat smelly. They can be applied in lower or higher doses, which correlates to gradual or instant products. They can also be applied as a spray, lotion, or gel. Some come on towelettes, which can be rubbed across the skin.

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.

Although all tanners use the same ingredient for darkening the skin, some smell stronger than others. Some have added fragrances, too. It is recommended that potential users give their product of choice a sniff-test before applying it, because sometimes the smell of one or all products is intolerable to the person considering using it.

The right shade is not always easy to find, either. Tanning lotion reviews caution that there is a need for trial and error in most cases, which means using a new product on an out of the way body part to see how it turns out, before slathering your whole body in it. This will ensure the final result is flattering and natural-looking.

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