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Why You Should Use Sunless Tanning Lotions for Glowing Skin

There is no need to bake under the sun to get that golden glow that you have always wanted. You can have a realistic dark-looking tan just by using off-the-shelf sunless tanning lotions.  Why bake and run the risk of skin damage and sunburn, when you can fake a tan with far better results? With all the research studies that focus on the subject of excessive sun exposure, it is quite obvious that sunbathing is not the best way to get a tan, but sunless tanning with the use of lotions is the best way to go.

In essence, sunless tanning products generally fall into two categories namely bronzers that wear off after a few hours and sunless tanners that stain the skin and last for a week or even longer! Cosmetic bronzers are ideal if you only want to achieve a sun-kissed glow for an event or gathering. They are generally waterproof but can be easily removed like makeup. Sunless tanning solutions on the other hand contain compounds that react with the skin to develop darker skin pigmentation. 

Wellness experts and physicians encourage men and women to sunless tanning lotions in that they do not pose health risks.  With sun exposure, you run the risk of developing skin cancer. Also, overexposure to the sun immediately brings about painful and irritating sunburns. The long-term effect of exposure to the sun’s UV rays is skin damage or photoaging. You will notice that the skin will lose its suppleness and elasticity. The development of wrinkles is at a faster rate if you do not protect your skin from the sun. Of course, sunbathing will bring about skin colouration, but the drawbacks outweigh the benefits that can be derived from such an activity.

Sunless Tanning Lotions

Among all the sunless tanning products available today, those that come in the form of lotion is recommended for do-it-yourselfers. Of course, spray tanning done in a professional tanning salon delivers the best results, but for those with limited budgets or those who only desire a little tan will not need spray tanning altogether. Also, spray tanning is very inconvenient since you will be required to strip down to your underwear or even naked if your goal is to achieve an even tan all over the body. 

Sunless tanning lotions contain DHA, the active ingredient which can be found across all sunless tanning products. Dihydroxyacetone or glycerol is a clear, transparent formula which is used to stain the outermost layer of the skin. It was originally used as a colouring agent for X-ray procedures and is included in the treatment regimen for children suffering from glycogen storage disease. Nowadays, the staining effect produced by DHA upon contact with the skin’s amino acids delivers the skin darkening result that may range from yellow to brown tan. As dead skin cells slough, the tan will fade away as well. Sunless tanning with the use of lotions can be done regularly and is known to generally be safe provided that the instructions are followed to the letter. One exceptional sunless tanning lotion that we recommend is the Moroccan Tan Flawless Instant Tan that ensures a smooth, flawless, and streak-free application. It contains ingredients that deliver nourishing benefits that prolong the tanning effect, too.


Sunless tanning lotions may or may not contain sunscreen and moisturizer. If your choice of sunless tanning lotion does not contain these additional compounds, it is best to purchase separate products to further protect your skin from sun damage. 

Lotions are the most preferred sunless tanning systems in the market. Aside from its easy accessibility quality, tanning solutions in lotion form are easier to apply to the skin. They go on smoothly and feature subtle but lovely fragrances too. One of the best-selling tanning lotions on the market is the Moroccan Tan Luminous Lotion. It provides a gradual and beautiful tan with each application. If you’re new to sunless tanning, this is the best way to introduce the activity to your regimen. It has a lightweight formula enriched with nourishing ingredients including rosehip oil, argan oil, and various skin vitamins that will leave your skin naturally glowing. 

Another reason why many people prefer sunless tanning lotions is that they are relatively safe for health. Even pregnant women who yearn for a beautiful tan to boost their self-esteem can use sunless tanning lotions. Spray tanning at a salon poses risks to pregnant women since inhalation may cause problems with breathing. Since there are not enough studies that point to the high level of safety of sprays, pregnant women should not try out spray tanning to achieve bronze skin. Even obstetricians recommend patients who would like to get a tan to use sunless tanning lotions instead of spray tanning, use of tanning beds, or sunbathing. Although the negative risks related to tanning beds and spray tanning are minimal, it is always better to be safe than sorry, especially among pregnant women.

Lotions also deliver fast acting tanning. Sunless tanning lotions can create a bronze glow in as little as two to three hours. Also, lotions are fast drying so you do not have to wait a long time to get your clothes back on. Lotions are also known to contain moisturizing ingredients to make your skin feel hydrated and supple.

If you are a beginner in sunless tanning, it is advisable to start with the use of sunless tanning lotions. All sunless tanning options deliver gradual tanning, which means that darker or more tanned appearance will only be possible after a few layers of the application. In this way, you will have full control of how dark or light the tan will appear. 

Lastly, sunless tanning lotions are very affordable. You can use a full bottle for a long time too! Going to a tanning salon will cost you 50AUD or more! You can get the same professional results with tanning lotions provided you follow the directions to the letter and that you are patient in applying the lotion daily if your goal is to get a sun kissed tan for a longer period. 

Check out our wide array of tanning lotions, tools, and accessories at any of our Beauty Warehouse locations located in Our locations in Mortdale, Caringbah, Five Dock, Leumeah, and Wollongong. We are open Monday to Friday, from 8:30 am till 5:00 pm. For all of our sunless tanning, beauty, and wellness needs, Beauty Warehouse is your one-stop-shop selling affordable and superior quality beauty products.