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More About The Particular Ingredients Of Tanning Bed Lotions

By Haywood Hunter

People who wish to have healthy-looking tan skin year round are taking advantage of tanning beds. This allows them to forgo the pale 'winter' look and exhibit the appearance of time spent in the sun. These beds are found in spas and other locations and use special tanning bed lotions to insure an all-over sun-kissed look.

The beautiful result is produced by means of ultraviolet radiation (UVA), also found in rays from the sun. Fluorescent lamps produce this radiation. Protective shields made of acrylics are located in the beds. Outdoor suntan creams cannot be used, as they would cause damage to these shields.

Concerned about the effect of these rays on the human body, the Federal Food and Drug Administration Agency has put certain regulations regarding these beds into effect. Regulations cover things such as lamp compliance, eye protection, and warning labels. States also have their own regulations, requiring things such as proper operator training, additional labels, bed sterilization, and so forth.

The lotion used in this process is not the same as the lotion purchased at the corner drug store. There are ingredients in these special products that speed up the bronzing process. Some of the brands cause a 'tingling' in the skin. This brings the blood to the surface and increases the amount of tan obtained.

Some lotions also contain what is called bronzer, also identified as DHA. This liquid is a chemical which comes from glycerin and speeds up the process by interacting with the amino acids found in the skin. 'Hot Bronzers' induce tingling, while 'Cool Bronzers' contain menthol.

Other ingredients that are found in various types of tanning bed lotions include copper, tea oil, melanin, L-Tyrrosine, green tree extract, and other natural oils. Obviously, not all brands are the same. Using this process to obtain a tan tends to dehydrate the skin, so all brands have moisturizing elements, the most popular of which is hempseed oil.

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