Most people that are new to tanning do not realize that you actually tan from the inside out. All those tanning lotions that they are slathering on really do not do the job. Your body produces melatonin which causes the coloration of your skin from the sun. Melatonin is a naturally occurring chemical in your body that has among many of its function the duty of darkening up the pigment in your skin to protect you from the sun.
This hormone is produced by the pineal gland and has many functions. It is found in all mammals and other animals and even in some plants. Melatonin helps to regulate the sleep cycle as well. This potent hormone is the key to a darker deeper all natural tan not tanning lotions.
Putting on The Lotion
When you use tanning lotions it may be more for your belief benefit than it is actually for your tanning benefit. There is a lot of research that goes into how to protect the body from the sun that backs up tanning lotion claims but if you take a minute to read the list of things that makes up your tanning lotion it quickly becomes clear that maybe it is not as effective as you once thought it was.
As a matter of fact putting on lotion may actually be not so great for your skin when you consider that you are clogging your pores and using chemicals that may ultimately be harmful to your skin.
If you tan from the inside out than what is the point of putting something on the outside of your skin that is meant to make you tan?
Don’t throw your lotions out just yet. Of course tanning lotions should not be completely discounted they do good things for your skin too. Most act as an excellent moisturizing agent some contain antioxidants and you may even be able to find all natural options as well.
Lotions with high SPF numbers can also protect people with fair skin from sunburn. There are benefits to using sun tanning lotions but they are not exactly the benefits that are advertised since you do tan from the inside out.
A good rule of thumb is to not overpay for a lotion. Read the label and understand the ingredients and keep your expectations in check because you do tan from the inside out!