Best Tanning Lotions of 2016 – Reviews & Top Picks

Best Tanning Lotions of 2016 – Reviews & Top Picks

Woman-half-tannedI have learned a lot about tanning since starting my very own tanning salon many years ago. Over time, I’ve come to know quite a lot about the benefits of tanning and how it can be used to cure Acne, Psoriasis, and a variety of other skin conditions. I’m here to tell you that there is indeed such a thing as ‘healthy tanning’ but in order to achieve a perfect balance between a good-looking tan and a healthy one, you will need a bit of help.

I am, of course, talking about tanning lotions. You see, there are so many tanning lotions to choose from that people often give up trying to find the one that best suits their skin type, ending up buying whatever lotion they first set eyes on. As we are about to find out, each lotion has its own perks and you would do well to learn as much as you can about each of them before making any sort of decision.

We already established that each tanning lotion has its own attributes and unlike some people would be inclined to think, they are very much different from each others. To help you find a tanning lotion that best suits your needs, I’ve put together a list of the five best tanning lotions that I believe are a class above most of the tanning lotions on the market nowadays.

Top 5 Tanning Lotions Reviews

Designer Skin Luminary Bronzer, 25X

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Designer-Skin-Luminary-BronzeDue to its silicone emulsion formula, Designer Skin Luminary Bronzer offers a great tan without the streaky orange bronzer that most tanning lotions leave behind.

It contains aloe vera extracts and a multitude of vitamins to ensure that you achieve a dark tan while moisturizing your skin in the process.

Like you may have already imagined, this tanning lotion does not contain sunscreen, although its nurturing formula will moisturize the skin enough for it to provide all the protection you require.

Millennium Tanning Paint It Black Tanning Lotion, 50X

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Millennium-Paint-it-Black-Tanning-LotionIf you are looking for a dark tan and a moisturized skin at the same time, then you might want to give ‘Paint it Black’ a try.

It contains a 50X auto-darkening tan technology which turns your skin dark bronze almost immediately.

Thanks to its silicone emulsion blend, your skin will be left smooth and moisturized for days after using it.

It also leaves behind a fresh and clean cotton blossom fragrance that you will absolutely love.

Australian Gold JWOWW Black Bronzer Tanning Lotion

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Australian Gold JWOWW Black Bronzer Dark Tanning LotionDesigned to be used on tanning beds, this dark tanning lotion from Australian Gold is strong enough to help you create a base tan in less than three months.

It does so without using any substances that could be in any way consider harmful, except, of course, its lack of sunscreen.

This black bronzer offers superior hydration due to its multivitamin blend of currant and kukui oil, leaving behind a strong yet pleasant berry fragrance.

Millennium Tanning Solid Black Tanning Lotion, 100X

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Millennium Tanning Solid Black Tanning Lotion, 100XThis very strong 100X silicone bronzer contains an auto-darkening technology that will provide you with a strong dark-colored tan faster than pretty much any other tanning lotion out there. It does so with the help of its powerful tan enhancing silicone solution that despite its tanning strength, poses no health risks whatsoever.

Furthermore, this dark tanning lotion is blended with extreme bronzers and ultra moisturizers, thus not only tanning your skin in a timely fashion but doing so while moisturizing your skin at the same time.

Millennium Tanning Black Storm Tanning Lotion, 60X

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Millennium Tanning Black Storm Tanning Lotion, 60XMillennium is known for making extreme dark tanning lotions and Black Storm is no different. Due to its 60X auto-darkening tan technology combined with its extreme silicone bronze skin-darkening agents, Black Storm can help you achieve a very natural-looking tan in no time.

It contains a powerful sunflower seed oil emulsion which moisturizes your skin, making it smooth and soft for days after every use of the lotion.

It also contains a pleasant fruity honeysuckle fragrance that you will undoubtedly enjoy.

Best Rated & Best Selling Tanning Lotions Brands

Just because tanning lotions are safer than exposing yourself to UV rays doesn’t necessarily mean that all tanning lotions are 100% safe. You often hear about the dangers of indoor tanning but nobody ever talks about the long-term benefits of tanning which I think deserve to be mentioned.

You see, apart from a select few products from reputable manufacturers, most tanning lotions contain chemical compounds that are more or less harmful to your general health.

This is precisely why you should always purchase tanning lotions made by either Designer Skin, Australian Gold or Millennium Tanning. These brands are internationally recognized as being the best in the business and rightfully so. Their lotions are manufactured using state of the art technologies to ensure that they are safe to use repeatedly over long periods of time.

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Tips When Using Tanning Lotion

Unlike most people believe, applying tanning lotion takes quite a bit of practice. You don’t just rub the lotion all over your skin like you otherwise would when applying sunscreen.

For instance, you should always exfoliate for a few days before applying the lotion to get the lotion deep into your skin. Here are a few other things to consider when applying tanning lotion:

Stay Away from Steam
Moisturize Daily
Be Thorough
Use Gloves

What to Consider when Buying a Tanning Lotion

Because tanning lotions are so popular nowadays, you are likely to have difficulties finding one that best suits your needs. Depending on what type of tanning you aim for, you can always choose between accelerators, bronzers, tingle lotions, facial tanners, and after-tan moisturizers. If you are lucky, you’ll find a tanning lotion that features at two or more tanning perks contained in a single product.

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If you are looking for a quick tanning product that you can apply within minutes, then bronzers are the way to go. A bronzer will darken your skin tone either immediately or at a later time depending on the type of bronzer you purchase. With bronzers, you always have to make sure that you wipe your hands after applying it on the skin. Also, look for tanning lotions that contain basic accelerators with anti-aging elements like CoQ-10.

Unless you’re aiming for a quick tan that you can wash off at a later time, make sure you get a tanning lotion that features after-tan moisturizing characteristics. They usually contain extracts from different types of seeds, oils, or multivitamin compounds. It is important for a tanning lotion to contain mineral oil based moisturizers that will hydrate the skin after being applied, leaving it soft to the touch for days afterwards.

If possible, try to get samples of each lotion you consider buying before making any sort of purchase. Remember, however, that it often takes more than one application to see any real results, so make sure that each sample contains enough lotion to give you a good idea of how well they work. Speaking of application, make sure to always follow each lotion’s application instructions to the letter.

It isn’t just about getting good results from an aesthetic point of view. Improper application can also cause health problems, especially when applying tanning lotion to the face that wasn’t designed for facial use.

Last but not least, determine which of your selected products fall within your budget and choose two or three that best meet your needs. You might not think of it as being much of an investment or expense, but tanning lotions have to be applied constantly. Over time, the costs of applying tanning lotion on a daily basis will rack up quite a bill.

Want more? Don’t forget to check out the top 10 best tanning lotions.

This being said, try to purchase more than a couple of bottles at once if possible, especially if their manufacturer is having a sale.