Best Indoor Tanning Lotions Reviews 2018

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If you are new to indoor tanning or currently going to an indoor tanning salon I would definitely invest in a good tanning bed lotion. These greatly enhance your tanning efforts as well as moisturize your skin. Here is a list of the best indoor tanning lotions out there. This guide is based on the best lotions that have consistently held great ratings over the years with plenty of reviews to read (at least 100 and up). I only included lotions that met this guideline since I wouldn’t want to drop money on a product unless I know it works!

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Best Indoor Tanning Lotions Comparison Chart

Picture Product Type Use Our Rating
Millenium Tanning Paint It Black 50X Bronzer Indoor 4.1
Australian Gold Sinfully Black Bronzer Indoor/Outdoor 4.2
Designer Skin Adore Bronzer Indoor 4.4
Australian Gold Dark Tanning Accelerator Lotion Accelerator Indoor/Outdoor 4.5
Designer Skin Obsidian Bronzer Indoor/Outdoor 4.4
Australian Gold Cheeky Brown Tanning Lotion Accelerator Indoor/Outdoor 4.4
Ed Hardy Coconut Kisses Enhancer/Accelerator Indoor 4.2
Jwoww Black Bronzer Bronzer Indoor 4.5
Millenium Tanning Solid Black Bronzer Indoor 4.8
Designer Skin Luminary Bronzer Indoor/Outdoor 4.3

Reviews of the Top 10 Best Indoor Tanning Lotions

Millenium Tanning Paint It Black 50X

Millenium Tanning Paint It Black 50X is no stranger to the tanning world. This lotion has made a name for itself over the years as one of the best tanning lotions on the market. If you don’t believe me, check it out for yourself! I promise this lotion won’t disappoint.

Millenium Tanning Paint It Black delivers dark bronzing results using the 50X Auto Darkening Tan Technology. It is infused with an Extreme Silicone Emulsion Blend that leaves your skin feeling silky, soft and smooth all day long. While keeping your skin moisturized and firm, this lotion gives you a dark, long lasting tan by using a unique blend of bronzing and accelerating properties. Have no fear when it comes to that musty, after tan smell. This tanning lotion leaves your skin smelling fresh with its vanilla blossom fragrance.

Pros

  • Extremely moisturizing
  • Affordable
  • Quick results
  • Smells great
  • Plenty of reviews!

Cons

  • Some people have reported no noticeable change in tanning results

Australian Gold Sinfully Black

Be sure and check out Sinfully Black –  another tanning hit by the popular and well known company, Australian Gold. You really can’t go wrong with Australian Gold as it’s one of the longest leading companies in the tanning world. So don’t be afraid to indulge in Sinfully Black and make all those around you envious of your gorgeous, dark tan!

Brewed with an infusion of skin nourishing vitamins such as Hemp Seed Oil, Black Currant Oil and KuKui Nut Oil, this product leaves your skin feeling ridiculously soft and smooth. When it comes to giving your skin a dark, golden tan, Australian Gold Sinfully Black does just that. It is packed with 15X Deviously Dark Bronzers that provide immediate results. Advanced conditioning ingredients such as Aloe Vera provide a long lasting dark color by supplying your skin with intense moisture. Last but not least, this lotion is great for those looking to build a base tan and smells amazing with its decadent Temptuous Berry fragrance.

Pros

  • Smells amazing
  • Can be used indoors and outdoors
  • Great for building a base tan
  • Affordable
  • Quick results
  • Very moisturizing

Cons

  • Some people have reported a bad after tan smell

Designer Skin Adore

Designer Skin Adore aims at breaking through the maximum tanning potential barrier. This lotion is on top when it comes to indoor tanning. It is infused with dopa, a melanin precursor, which triggers the natural tanning process in skin while keeping the skin hydrated with a silicone cream. This tanning lotion also has a powerful bronzing agent called melanin bronzer which is a natural form to give you an instant tan while also promoting a dark, rich color. It smells of sweet vanilla musk and leaves your skin feeling very soft and luxurious.

Additionally, this product does not include DHA (dihydroxyacetone) which is mainly found in sunless tanners. So if you are having problems tanning, feel like you’ve reached a color barrier, or are just looking for a deep rich tan, you should check this lotion out.

Pros

  • Uses a natural, powerful melanin bronzer instead of DHA
  • Minimal and light vanilla musk scent
  • Quick results – noticeable color after first use!
  • No streaking
  • Great starter lotion

Cons

  • If you are already dark, this probably won’t do much for you as far as tanning plateaus.
  • Pricey

Australian Gold Dark Tanning Accelerator Lotion

Australian Gold Dark Tanning Accelerator Lotion is one of the most popular tanning lotions on the market. If you are looking to quickly reach a base tan then this is the perfect lotion for you. This tanning lotion is a good blend of Vitamins E and A which aids in protecting cellular damage caused by ultraviolet exposure. Infused with natural oils from plants native to Australia, this lotion is great for all skin types looking for a golden tan. You can also use this product indoors and outdoors.

Another attractive thing about this tanning lotion is the price. Let’s be honest, the tanning market is not always known for the most cost effective products. This one stands out however because it is affordable and more importantly, it works!

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Smells great
  • Great for building a base tan
  • Great for all skin types – esp fair skin!

Cons

  • You can burn quickly if you aren’t careful
  • Some peope say they didn’t notice a difference when using this lotion

Designer Skin Obsidian

Next up is Designer Skin Obsidian. Similarly to the black legacy, the Matrix variant uses the Silicone Emulsion system as well and to great success I might add! The main benefit of this solution is skin complexity – a level of smoothness that’s hard to achieve without the genetic gift for it. What’s different compared to the Black Legacy is the minerals you can find in this lotion. This variant uses volcanic minerals to give you a youthful and vibrant appearance, giving your skin an exotic feel. This lotion creates a unique heating sensation that relaxes your body, but don’t be fooled – this is not a tingle lotion! Instead this product uses Thermal Geo-Energy! It also comes with the unique SunStay Technology, which works with the skin to increase the intensity of the bronzing. In addition, the technology helps to extend the duration so the skin stays tanned.

Like most Designer products, the Matrix doesn’t really leave you with any “after odor”, allowing you to go about your day without having to worry giving away your secret to that bronzed body. If anything, you will smell like you just got back from a vacation in the Caribbean…if only it could take you there!

Pros

  • The volcanic minerals are an exciting addition to a strong Designer base
  • Quick results
  • Great for breaking through tanning plateaus
  • Great for all skin types

Cons

  • Although this is not a tingle lotion, it does heat up a little. Those with sensitive skin should be cautious!
  • Pricey

Australian Gold Cheeky Brown Tanning Lotion

Sometimes even those of us who love to dwell inside must venture out and for those instances we have a great indoor/outdoor option from one of the top names in tanning lotions, Australian Gold! Australian Gold Cheeky Brown will not only give you a great tan but will improve the complexity of your skin.

This product comes loaded with native Australian oils and an assortment of vitamins. It provides excellent tanning results through its vitamin formula that incorporates Vitamin A and E, creating a fantastic skin-hydrating effect without leaving an oily residue. In addition, the lotion is quickly absorbed and is designed to prevent skin burns when using a tanning bed. With its cocoadreams fragrance (mmm…chocolate….), this lotion feels like a dream come true. Being a tanning accelerator, the Cheeky Brown can be great for anyone just getting into the tanning game, or for those who are looking to step it up, say G’day Mate and give this Aussie a try.

I must say, this is one of my personal favorites and highly recommended! Not only is it very affordable but if you have fair skin like I do then this lotion would be a perfect fit. With the help of Australian Gold, you will have a base tan in no time! 🙂

Pros

  • Very affordable
  • Great for all skin tones – esp fair skin!
  • Quick results
  • Smells amazing
  • Can be used indoors and outdoors

Cons

  • A little greasy
  • Not as moisturizing as some lotions

Ed Hardy Coconut Kisses

Not a fan of bronzers? If so, check out Ed Hardy Coconut Kisses. This tanning intensifier will give you a dark, golden tan without the use of bronzing agents.

There are so many benefits when it comes to Ed Hardy Coconut Kisses. Firstly, this lotion is packed with an intense hydrating concoction of coconut oil, coconut milk, and cocoa butter. This keeps your skin moisturized and smelling like a coconut paradise without having to worry about that gross after tan smell. Secondly, while keeping your skin hydrated, this lotion also promotes skin firmness and fights off the appearance of cellulite with Body Fit™. Ed Hardy Coconut Kisses also helps to prolong the life and radiance of your tattoos by offering a tattoo & color fade protector.

When it actually comes to tanning, this lotion provides three significant benefits. It uses Quad Tyrosine Blend + MelanoBronze™ to stimulate and increase the formation of melanin. This helps to accelerate the tanning process while Melactiva™, a melanin synthesizer, gives your skin darker and longer lasting results. Lastly, Ed Hardy Coconut Kisses is infused with Nouritan™ which stimulates tyrosine activity to create an even tan and long lasting tan.

Pros

  • Extremely moisturizing
  • Smells amazing
  • No gross after tan smell
  • Affordable
  • Great for those who do not like bronzers

Cons

  • Does not help with tanning plateaus
  • Without the help of bronzing agents, it can take longer to develop a tan

Jwoww Black Bronzer

The Jwoww Black Bronzer is a very strong tanning lotion, possibly the strongest product of Australian Gold as far as tanning prowess goes. As is often the case with powerful tanning lotions, the key factor is careful application. These lotions are more advanced and work quicker, therefore you have to be more careful with them. While the Jwoww Black Bronzer is especially ideal for tanning beds, you can use this product outdoors as well!

This lotion is packed with an extreme blend of Black Currant, Carmel, Monoi de Tahiti, Walnut Shell extract and dark natural bronzers to give you the best tan possible. Offering a rather distinctive but still fresh scent, the berry fragrance seems to be an excellent choice for this lotion. The Black Bronzer uses a superior hydration system which allows your skin to remain soft and silky, even after prolonged tanning (in beds or under the Sun). This skin blend is made up of a combination of vitamins such as sunflower oil and Kukui Nut Oil, sure to keep your skin sexy and vibrant!

Pros

  • Black walnut, one of the most proven and effective tanning ingredients
  • Very moisturizing
  • Affordable
  • Indoor and Outdoor use
  • Great for breaking through tanning plateaus
  • Quick results

Cons

  • Some people have said their tans faded quickly
  • A few people have experienced allergic reactions so please be aware!

Millenium Tanning Solid Black

The Millenium Tanning Solid Black is not for the faint-hearted! But don’t be scared, this is one of the few tanning lotions that manage to combine skin moisturizer and stellar tanning properties.  In just one or two sessions, one can expect to see superior tanning results.

With a remarkable “100x Tanning Prowess”, this product offers you an extreme bronzer that is great for giving your base a kick in the pants. It’s an ultra moisturizer and that is why it works so well and so quickly, driving your base color into something much darker while keeping you from becoming a dried up leather bag. The ingredients include walnut, seed oil, pecan and even sunflower, in addition to the caffeine which is an essential ingredient in most tanning lotions.  All of these ingredients are superbly blended together to leave the skin feeling and looking healthy. It also comes with a great orchid scent that lingers on after one lives the tanning bed. If you are still not convinced, just check out the staggering amount of positive reviews for this product; you will not be sorry you did!

P.S. – We told you so!

Pros

  • A bunch of top notch ingredients including several natural compounds that has proven health benefits
  • Great for breaking through tanning plateaus
  • Affordable
  • Quick results – and I mean QUICK!
  • Plenty of reviews!

Cons

  • The smell is not the best. It’s more of a unisex fragrance – almost like a cologne. However, this is all personal preference.
  • Can cause streaks if not applied properly

Designer Skin Luminary

Most online reviews will agree that Designer Skin Luminary is one of the best tanning bed lotions on the market. The Luminary Bronzer is capable of boosting your overall skin tone, leaving you with a glowing color even after the lotion wears off.

Designer uses its Silicone Emulsion system in most of their products which is crucial in moisturizing the skin, so it’s not a surprise that the Luminary Bronzer uses this particular solution as well. When something works, you stick to it! This product is effective yet provides a gentle chemical approach. The Luminary Bronzer is a 25x lotion that will create a nice base color for you after the first use. Even the fairest skinned tanners (kinda what we are all about, huh) will find that this product works great for them! This should mean no marks even after prolonged use. In addition this lotion uses “Soft Celestial Stardust” so if you use this, you are basically an astronaut, go ahead and tell your friends…

In all seriousness, this complex allows for a glowing after your application so you look younger and more refreshed.  As far as the fragrance go, the champagne is a nice touch.  Don’t worry you won’t be going around smelling like Drunk Uncle!  The fragrance gives more of a hint of fresh fruit.

Pros

  • Quick results
  • Great for all skin types – esp fair skin!
  • Smells amazing
  • Very moisturizing

Cons

  • Pricey

Why Use Indoor Tanning Lotions?

Indoor tanning lotions are lotions used to accelerate the tanning process. These lotions increase blood flow to the skin, which in turn stimulates the production of melanin. They lack sunscreen and hence do not offer protection from the sun. These lotions are used with a UV source such as tanning bed. Some of the active ingredients in tanning lotions contain L-Tyrosine and melanin with other common ingredients such as copper, tea oil and green tea extract.

That’s great and all by why use them? Well tanning lotions give better results. They are a crucial part of the tanning process and keep your skin healthy and radiant. Below are some reasons why you ought to invest in an indoor tanning lotion.

Moisturizes the Skin  Indoor tanning lotions comprise of moisturizers that keep the skin soft and smooth. Moisturizing your skin during tanning will help maintain a healthy glow. Additionally, moist skin tans faster compared to dry skin which in turn gives better results. Lotions that contain hemp seed oil or aloe are great moisturizers.

Nourishes the Skin  Indoor tanning can have adverse effects on your skin. However, using tanning lotions with skin-nourishing ingredients can help to slow down aging and keep your skin tight. Look for lotions formulated with vitamins and skin firming compounds.

Speeds Up the Tanning Process  Indoor tanning lotions plays an instrumental role in speeding up the tanning process by increasing the production of melanin. These lotions help your skin tan faster and better. They increase the rate at which your skin tans, helping you achieve your target within the shortest time possible.

Feel Great – It can get uncomfortably hot under the tanning bulbs. Luckily, tanning lotions help you feel cool because they contain elements that offer a cooling effect as well as a tingling sensation. There are formulas that contain “sizzling” ingredients that help cool the skin.

Before you undergo indoor tanning make sure you are aware that there can be setbacks or adverse side effects. Identify the best indoor tanning lotion that suits your skin in order to achieve the best results. Failure to use a tanning lotion can be detrimental to your skin’s health.

Types of Tanning Bed Lotions

There are 3 basic types of indoor tanning lotions: Bronzer, Tingle, and Accelerator. It’s hard to say which is the best because it really depends on your preference. These lotions can also be combined to include 2 types in a single bottle. There are also differing ingredients per bottle such as anti-aging, hemp, caffeine, etc. which also depends on what you’re looking for.  So let’s define the 3 basic types.

Accelerator aka Maximizer

Accelerator lotions are great for adding that extra boost to quickly achieve a base tan. Most people begin with accelerators and gradually move up. They also help to create deep, long lasting tans while keeping your skin fresh and moisturized. Essentially every tanning lotion is an accelerator except beginner accelerator lotions normally do not contain tinglers though some do contain bronzers. If you are new to indoor tanning or have fair skin, I would recommend starting off with an accelerator. Australian Gold Accelerator Lotion is a great example of an accelerator lotion to start off with.

Bronzer

Bronzers can be included in any type of tanning lotion and are currently the most popular type on the market. As soon as you put on an indoor tanning lotion that contains a bronzer, you will immediately notice a difference. These are meant to give you an instant glow that can last a few days up to a week or so after your tanning session. Some tanning salons recommend waiting a couple of hours after your tanning session to shower in order for the bronzer to reach it’s full potential. Be advised that it can stain materials very easily and be sure to wash your hands immediately after application. Also be sure to apply it as evenly as possible to avoid uneven tanning. Millenium Tanning New Solid Black Bronzer Tanning Bed Lotion, 100x is a great example of a bronzer lotion.

Tingle

Tingle lotions are considered to be the advanced tanning lotions and only recommended once you have acquired a decent tan. If you have never tried a tingle lotion before then I would advise testing it out a small portion of skin first. These bad boys can cause quite a disturbance especially if you have fair or sensitive skin. It gives you a tingling feeling on your skin, hence the name, and causes reddening. Tingle lotions cause blood flow and oxygenation in the skin which improves tanning results. These lotions definitely work the best at giving you a deep and long lasting tan but are not for the faint of heart. The good news is that there are different tingle levels to chose from so you can decide the intensity. New Jwoww (MAD HOT TINGLE BRONZER) Tanning Lotion is a great example of a tingle lotion.

Risks Associated With Indoor Tanning

Indoor tanning is the use of tanning bed, sunlamp, or booth to get a tan. The past few decades have seen the popularity of tanning salons rise accompanied by the immense growth of the tanning skincare market. Most tanning salon patrons use different indoor tanning lotions such as bronzers, tingle lotions, and accelerators. Unfortunately, there are several risks associated with indoor tanning including skin cancers, cataracts as well as cancers of the eye.

Causes Cancer – Ultraviolet radiations from tanning beds and sunlamps are known to be carcinogenic. The indoor tanning equipment such as artificial sources of light, lamps, tanning beds, and booths emit both ultraviolet A (UV-A) and ultraviolet B (UV-B). The amount of these harmful radiations produced during indoor tanning is not only similar to that emitted by the sun, but can also be stronger. UV radiation emitted during indoor tanning leads to increased risk of both melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer. This includes basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. Those with lighter skin, family history of skin cancer as well as skin that freckles, burns or reddens easily are more likely to develop skin cancer after undergoing indoor tanning.

Premature Skin Aging – If one is exposed to excessive UV radiation he or she can experience premature skin aging. Tanning causes the skin to lose its elasticity and wrinkle prematurely. Apart from causing wrinkles, the UV radiations can also cause dark spots and skin rashes.

Eye Damage  Ultraviolet radiation can also lead to ocular melanoma and cataracts. The effect can turn out to be extremely dangerous if eye protection (certified protective eyewear) is not used, exposing the one undergoing indoor tanning to potentially eye blinding diseases.

Other Risks  Other risks include allergic reactions, immune suppression as well as worsening existing medical conditions.

Ultraviolet B (UV-B) has the ability to suppress proper function of the immune system as well as the skin’s natural defenses. This leaves you more vulnerable to skin diseases. Those who are sensitive to UV radiations are likely to develop itchy red rashes and other adverse effects.

For a more in depth review, please check out the dangers of indoor tanning.

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