10 Best Tanning Lotions (2019 Updated) – Who Else Wants a Tan?

You probably clicked on this article because you want that sun-kissed glow but without the sun. I get it! Sitting under the sun just to get a tan can be quite irking, plus the possible sunburns and harmful effects of ultra violent rays. It sometimes just isn’t worth the hassle.  Thankfully there is a way out.. Yay to science for saving us from pale uninteresting skin.   The solution is easy, INDOOR TANNING, aka tanning saloons but first you need a tanning lotion to get the best result and that’s where it gets tricky .There are a lot of options for tanning lotions but not to worry we have gone through the hassle to find the absolute top 5 tanning lotions you need to get that amazing golden tan . 

First !

Let’s get educated on some terminologies.

If you are new to the world of tanning saloons, and the different terminologies confuse you then you have come to the right  place, let’s have a break down on what the different categories of tanning lotions do 

  1. Accelerators ; these are great to use when visiting a tanning saloon for the first time. They help create a beautiful tan base after one session. They are also great moisturizers 
  1. Enhancers ; these are used when a tan plateau has been reached. Once you have a great base tan but you want to go darker these products will help you achieve that 
  1. Tingle lotions ;  these lotions contain ingredients that increases blood flow to the skin this causing a tingling sensation, hence the name . This enables products to be absorbed faster. People with sensitive skin may not be able to tolerate it 
  1. Bronzers ; these are quick fixes, they don’t actually give you a tan, they just give the illusion of one. Their effects can last up to 5 days.

Here are our top 5 picks for tanning lotions 


This product is everything it says it is and more, the silicone based consistency allows for easy application and a full coverage. 

It is has both enhancing, accelerating and bronzing properties. Which makes it awesome for indoor tanning and achieving that instant “FAKE” tan

It is also fast acting, 10 to 20 minutes in a tanning booth should leave a great tan base, that’s long lasting.

 It is super hydrating and moisturizing to the skin. 

Why this tanning lotion stands out

  • It is a heavy duty tanning lotion, the results gotten are quick, intense and  long lasting 
  • It can be used to achieve that instant fake tan
  • The smell is pleasant 
  • It moisturizes the skin 

               Cons of this tanning lotion 

  • It can be oily because of its moisturizing properties 
  • The graphics of the bottle can be a turnoff for some people . I mean why is there a skull on a tanning lotion bottle ?
  • It can irritate sensitive skin

This tanning lotion is a crowd favorite and for good reasons.

It is an accelerator which results in a deep golden tan after just 10 minutes in a tanning booth.

It also contains some ingredients that makes it unique, it contains the Bodyfit patented ingredients that deal with cellulite and let me be the first to say that it works!

The formula also has special ingredients that protects tattoos from fading, and  also enhances the appearance of tattoos .

              The faint coconut scent here is heavenly, just the smell alone is enough reason to buy this product. It is also a great moisturizer.

 Reasons we love this tanning lotion

  • It is  a great for indoor tanning
  • It is fast acting and provides long lasting results 
  • It fights cellulite 
  • It protects tattoos and enhances them 
  • It smells amazing 
  • The packaging is so cute 

Cons of this tanning lotion.

  • It can irritate sensitive skin 

This lotion is great for sensitive skin and is an accelerant for your tanning process.

It contains natural ingredients like hemp that contains antioxidants like vitamin E and C, fatty acids. Hemps can also help reduce stretch marks. 

They are  also gluten free and nut free.

It is a great moisturizer that isn’t greasy . It isn’t a bronzer so you need to actaully tan before seeing any effects. 

Reasons we love this tanning lotion 

  • It is great for sensitive skin
  • It fights stretch marks 
  • It is gluten free
  • It is nut free
  • It is  a non greasy moisturizer 
  • Contains antioxidants 
  1. Australian Gold cheeky brown accelerator plus bronzer 

Tanning lotions with bronzers are usually tricky because they can give an orange hue but that isn’t the case with the Australian gold, it gives a beautiful golden tan instantly! It can also function as an accelerator which just makes this lotion amazing.

It contains a blend of natural extracts that your skin will love, it also  contains vitamin A and E which acts as antioxidants and provide anti ageing properties.

The consistency is alright , it isn’t oily and it applies well on the skin

The smell is similar to all Australian Gold products, it has that signature cocoa scent that smells so good 

The packaging is quite cute 

This is a product worth trying out if you are looking for an instant tan 

 Reasons we love this tanning lotion 

  • It contains a bronzer 
  • Contains antioxidants 
  • It is non greasy 
  • It smells amazing 

Specially formulated to protect delicate facial skin during tanning.

It utilizes brown seaweed, IPF defense complex which helps to protect against oxidation

It contains a cosmetic  bronzer form instant color which washes away with water

It is fragrance free

 Reasons why we love this tanning lotion 

  • It protects the delicate facial skin!


You have probably decided on which lotion to go with, here are some tips  to optimize your purchase.

  1. Most tanning lotions do not contain spf because they were designed to be used in a tanning saloon. Using this on the beach may lead to skin burns so take that into consideration, a number of people mix them with sunscreens but I don’t recommend mixing products that weren’t formulated to go together.
  1. Exfoliate a day before your tanning appointment. This helps removes dead skin cells and allows the lotion to be better  absorbed into the skin giving a healthy tan that will last longer 
  1. If you have an important event and you want to look your absolute best, we recommend your first tanning session to be a couple of weeks before said event. 
  1. Do not shower for about 3 hours after a tanning session 


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