Whether you’re going away for a sunny vacation, spend a lot of time in the salon or prefer self-tanning products, you know that making sure you are adequately protected from damaging radiation can be very expensive. Fortunately, there are places where you can find name brand, high-quality cheap tanning lotions.
There are different types of cheap tanning lotions for different situations:
For outdoor use, there are products with and without protection from ultra-violet (UV) radiation. Formulations that do contain UV protection are classified by a numeric sun protection factor (SPF). The higher the SPF number, the longer the user is able to stay in the sun without burning. For people who do not want protection, oils are formulated that actually concentrate the sun’s rays on the surface of the skin.
Parents should always ensure that small children and babies are protected by high-SPF cheap tanning lotions when playing in the sun. Anybody with freckles or pale skin is also susceptible to damage from UV rays and should also wear a product with a high SPF rating. Skin cancer is becoming more common, so everyone should consider using even low-SPF cheap tanning lotions for some of the time when they are out in the sun or at a suntan salon.
There are some people who prefer to work on their sun tan indoors on special beds or in booths. Indoor cheap tanning lotions work by facilitating the synthesis of melanin, a dark pigment that the skin produces naturally when exposed to sunlight in order to protect the body from absorbing too much Vitamin D. Vitamin D is essential for healthy bones, but it is toxic at high levels.
Cheap tanning lotions that are formulated for indoor use do not contain sunscreen. Consequently, they are not suitable for use in natural sunlight. Another way they promote tanning is by increasing the rate of blood flow to the skin’s surface.
Some of the ingredients used in indoor cheap tanning lotions are L-tyrosine and melanin. L-tyrosine is a non-essential amino acid. Extracts of green tea, copper and tea oil may also be found in these products. It should be noted that tanning beds all use a protective shield made from 100 per cent acrylic. The types of oils that are found in cheap tanning lotions designed for use when working on an outdoor suntan damage this acrylic surface and should not be used indoors for this very reason.
There are also products available that help the user mimic the appearance of a suntan without exposing themselves to harmful UV rays from the sun or from an indoor source. These cheap tanning lotions are gaining popularity as reports linking UV exposure to skin cancer and other types of damage continue to appear in the popular press. Many of these products use carotenoids, chemicals that occur naturally in fruits and vegetables, especially carrots.
Lycopene is a carotenoid that is safe at high chronic doses and may offer a protect effect against some kinds of cancer. Other carotenoids may not be so safe. All products are available in the form of cheap tanning lotions. The foregoing has been written for the purposes of information only and should not be construed as medical advice.