If you have gone indoor tanning a few times you have probably noticed that you can buy indoor tanning lotions with hot sizzling tingling or cooling effects. Like most people you are probably wondering why these products exists. The answer is the that tingling tanning lotions have lots of benefits for increasing tan exposure to hard to tans spots and to aid in darkening existing tans. However, beginners be weary as tingling tanning lotions are not for everyone.
First of all, if you aren’t familiar with tingling tanning lotions you are probably wondering what they are. Well, tingling tanning lotions basically come in two different kinds, hot tingling or cooling tingling. When these tingling tanning lotions are applied they make your skin feel like it’s tingling, either hot or cool depending on the type of lotion that you are using. If you are wondering what this tingling feels like, it is comparable to the tingling feeling you get when your foot falls asleep.
How these tingling lotions work is actually pretty simple. Although the tingling effect may be different for different tanning lotion manufactures, the tingle effect is produced in the same way. That is, by a chemical reaction between your skin and a certain chemical in the lotion. This chemical reaction stimulates blood flow to your skin more quickly than normal. Also, the tingling effect will vary among people this is because the intensity of the tingling effect depends upon your own skin or body chemistry. If you are thinking about trying out a tingling lotion it might be best to ask your tanning salon for a sample, to see how it reacts with your own body chemistry.
In more technical terms, this increased blood flow is actually an increase in the microcirculation and oxygenation of the blood vessels in your skin. This draws the blood closer to the surface of the skin, and in essence stimulated increased melanin production. As you blood contains melatonin this increase blood flow closer to the surface, results in your skin having a higher than normal concentration of melatonin or in other words skin pigment.
This increase in melatonin can be beneficial in tanning certain hard to tan parts of the body, to darken existing tans, or darken those few white spots. This is because the melatonin when exposed to the UV light will cause you to tan darker and faster. If you have reached a tanning plateau and have noticed you are not getting any darker then you might want to try a tingling lotion. Also, it is recommended that only tanners with developed base tans use tingling lotions. So if it is your first time tanning it’s probably best to stay away from the tingling lotions.
When you do use tingling lotions for the first time there may be some side effects such as your skin turns slightly reddish, blotchy or a burning feeling. Don’t worry this will go away within an hour or so. If you find the tingling sensation unbearable you may want to have a shower to wash the lotion off. Also, it is best to try tingling lotions in moderation. So the first time you use tingling lotions you may want to use a very little amount or mix it with an existing lotion. Then each tanning session increase the amount of tingling lotion you use.