What does tanning oil do?
If you're looking to get a beautiful, rich suntan, using a tanning oil product can help. This oil is specially formulated to give your skin a warm glow and a rich-looking, even tan. You'll find tanning oil in a range of formulas made by many different brands at CVS Pharmacy. Whatever type you choose, tanning oil helps give your skin a rich, deep tan that lasts.
How does tanning oil work?
You may wonder how tanning oil works. This product attracts and focuses the UV rays from the sun directly onto your skin. Even if you live in a sunny part of the world or spend a lot of time outside, the ingredients in tanning oil will help to speed up the tanning process. It works by intensifying the rays of the sun to help you get a tan faster than you would without it or if you used traditional sunscreen. When the UV rays from the sun penetrate your skin, they accelerate the production of melanin, which is what gives your skin color. The more melanin that is in your skin, the darker it will look. Using tanning oil attracts the sunlight to help increase the production of melanin for a darker tanned look.
Is tanning oil bad for you?
Most tanning oil products do not include any SPF protection, although some brands are starting to add this feature. Using a tanning oil product alone will not protect your skin from the damage caused by exposure to UVA and UVB radiation. Most tanning oils only provide an SPF level of 4 protection or less. This doesn't mean that tanning oil is bad for you, but it does mean that you should include additional protection as part of the tanning process. Look for a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher when you're out in the sun. Reapply this every two hours in addition to your tanning oil to protect your skin from sunburn, premature aging, and skin cancer.
How to use tanning oil
To use tanning oil, pour the desired amount into the palms of your hands. Spread and rub the oil evenly over the parts of your body that you want to get tanned. It's best to cover as much surface area as possible to ensure an even-looking tan. Re-apply the tanning oil every two hours, or more frequently if you sweat or you're active while outdoors. You should also re-apply it after you go swimming. Don't forget to apply a sunscreen in addition to the tanning oil to protect your skin. For a softer, gradual tan, apply the tanning oil every three to five hours.