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What is the difference between Accelerators and Maximizers?
What about are the benefits of hemp seed oil, tyrosine, copper and other ingredients found in indoor tanning lotions?

With all the different formulas of lotion available, it helps to know what key ingredients to look for when selecting a quality indoor tanning lotion. In this article we will help you define the top ingredients and decipher the language behind the indoor tanning lotion industry.

Accelerators v. Maximizers

Accelerators are level one tanning products for people just beginning the indoor tanning process. These lotions are designed to help people achieve a base tan and usually contain a large amount of moisturizers because moisturized skin tans much better, faster and has the ability to hold tan longer. Maximizers: These are level two tanning products for people who have reached a base tan and want to continue tanning. Unlike accelerators, maximizers do not contain high levels of moisturizers. For this reason it should only be applied directly before starting a tanning session..


This feature is found in accelerators and maximizer lotions. It is a sunless self-tanner that is mixed into the lotion for instant results. The trick is to give the immediate illusion of bronzed skin while your skin underneath develops a tan and plays catch up. It is best to find one that is streak free to avoid the orange or uneven look. A good one to try is “Getting Even” by California Tan. You can get this hard-to-find lotion at tanning salon in Henderson.


This is usually found within bronzer lotions. It reacts with the skin to make a stain promoting a “fake” tan or bronze color. It is usually combined with other bronzers to enhance skin color and make it even darker. To reach a more natural bronze look select a bronzer that is DHA free. For darker bronze color, DHA is appropriate.

Avocado, Shea, Cocoa Butter

Also added to many tanning lotions to help moisturize, hydrate, and protect the skin.

Hemp Seed Oil

This is added to many tanning lotions to help nourish and moisturize the skin. It is a very beneficial and rich ingredient for hydrating the skin.


A combination of Tyrosine, Collagen and Vitamin B-2, added to tanning lotions to boost melanin production and boost natural skin bronzers.


An amino-acid derivative, added to tanning lotions to produce melanin. Also helps the body produce the mood-influencing chemicals serotonin and dopamine. Because people who are depressed often have low levels of tyrosine, researchers have thought that tyrosine might help treat depression. However, more research is needed.


This is a mineral added to lotions to condition skin. It has moisturizing properties and make skin feel silky smooth to the touch.

What Does Tingle Do?

Tingle products deliver a warming, reddening effect on the skin. Tingle products increase the skin cell’s microcirculation and oxygenation to produce deep, dark tanning results. Tingles are for your advanced tanners and are not recommend for beginning tanners or individuals with sensitive skin. Tingle products are also affective on hard-to-tan areas such as women’s legs. As with all tingle products, extra care should be taken when handling children and pets as the reddening effect could be transferred to skin even hours after use

Got a Reaction?

You might be tempted to use water but don’t. Water
will reactivate the tingle. Instead try using a
product with aloe to neutralize the sensation.

– After sun products help relieve tingle feeling


This is a special type of lotion that many refer to as a level three product. However, some companies have different methods of naming the levels of their products. Tingle lotions are usually found in maximizers and it contains chemicals that cause reddening and increase blood flow to the skin. They are available in heated and cooled formulas and act to speed up the repair process of skin causing it to tan faster. Tingle can be very uncomfortable for many people although use over time does help one build up a tolerance to it. These lotions should not be used on sensitive skin as some people are just simply not able to tolerate it.

Body Blush

Very similar to tingle but without the heat and prickly feeling. These lotions are especially made for people who want the effect of tingle but have sensitive skin and a low tolerance for tingle.


These ingredient has properties and vitamins that protect the skin from premature aging. Also aids in keeping the skin supple and firm.


This added feature give the skin a luminous glow. Some will have a glittery look. Shimmer lotions add dimension to your bronzed color.


Added to lotions to help reduce puffiness and energize the skin by reducing fine lines and wrinkles. Caffeine should not be used by people on caffeine free diets or sensitive to caffeine. It does absorb into the body.

Beta Carotene or Retinyl Palmitate

Vitamin A that supports pigment coloration of the skin.

Vitamin E or Tocopheryl

This ingredient renews and softens the skin, reducing fine lines and wrinkles.

The bottom line – never use a tanning product before your skin is ready for it. Visit your local tanning salon and check out their selections but make sure the indoor tanning lotion s are fresh and from a reputable source. If you’re in the neighborhood, stop by tanning salon and one of their knowledgeable staff will be happy to assist you and provide you with more information. Remember, it is beneficial to use indoor tanning lotion to promote and accelerate the tanning process but it should not be rushed to the point of becoming a bigger risk – lotions and oils that are not specifically made for indoor tanning will ruin the acrylics in tanning beds and may also increases the chances of developing skin cancer prematurely. As always, tan wisely and always use eye protection. Happy tanning!

The Benefits of Tanning Lotions

Most professional tanning lotions are available at Tanning Salons or Salons with a licensed “brick and mortar store” with online retail. What are aware of the benefits of using lotions when tanning? If you are one of those people that rub suntan lotion on yourself before you go out in the sun and don’t know why, we are going to share the benefits of using lotions while tanning on this page.


When you are tanning exposure to UV light can dehydrate your skin. Tanning lotions contain moisturizers, essential oils, botanical extracts, antioxidants, and other ingredients prevent skin from drying out and also protect skin from wrinkles and elasticity loss.

Get a base Tan Faster

Tanning lotions accelerate the tanning process and contain useful ingredients the work synergistically with UV light. This is done by delivering nutrients and vitamins that accelerate the tanning process. I you have sensitive skin and plan on using a product that accelerates the tanning process, make sure that you limit the amount of time you spend exposing your skin to ultraviolet light. Gradullay increasing is the safer better tanning option than going all out on the first attempt, you can cause skin damage and or burn quickly.

Longer-Lasting Darker Tan

Most tanning lotions are designed to enhance the production of melanin. Some lotions like tingles are designed to help increase blood flow to the skin which brings more melanin to the surface. More melanin means a darker, longer lasting tan.