Tanning lotions can perform multiple functions, from helping you tan while you’re out in the sun to actually applying a layer of bronze to tan you without having to go outside. We cover all different types in this helpful guide for finding your perfect tanning lotion. Get that sun-kissed glow no matter how you want to do it! Here are some things you should know before we start shopping for tanning lotions.
Sunscreen: Does the tanning lotion include sunscreen? Most of the tanning lotions that help you bronze up in the sun will have a sunscreen component to protect you from sunburns and other UV damage while you tan.
Bronzer: A sunless tanner will often include a bronzing agent, which is how it helps you achieve the tan that you want without actually going out into the sun. We’ll let you know if the product includes a bronzer here.
Scented: Does the lotion have a scent? Some of them have an artificial fragrance that allows you to smell like something other than sunscreen when you use it. Some of them just have the sunscreen scent. We’ll let you know.
Water Resistant: Is the lotion water resistant? The general rule is that sunscreen tanning lotions will be water resistant to a certain threshold, while sunless tanning lotions won’t be water resistant until a certain amount of time has passed.
Paraben-Free: Parabens are harmful preservatives that can cause a variety of problems. Make sure that you’re checking to make sure that these aren’t in your tanning lotions, and we’ll let you know if they contain parabens here.
Weight: How much does the product weigh? This can tell you a lot about the product, including helping you to assess the value and figure out how much product you’re getting with your order, and how often you might need to repurchase.
Now we can start showing you some of the top ten tanning salon lotions, as well as tan accelerator lotions. We’ve done all of our research and reviewed the best tanning lotions on the market in order to help you make the best decision for you. Our top pick and budget pick are highlights, so make sure to check those out first before moving on to the rest of our list.