Benefits of Using A Tanning Lotion When Tanning Indoors

Looking to achieve a beautiful tan this winter? If you live in Bedford, Nova Scotia, you are well versed with the temperature drops that can make it difficult to achieve and maintain a consistent tan throughout winter. This is the reason why most people are turning to indoor tanning in Halifax.

How do tanning lotions work?

Tanning lotions are sunless tanning products that can help you achieve a perfect tan without exposing your skin to harmful ultraviolet rays. Tanning products are available in the form of sprays, creams and lotions. Most sunless tanning products contain a compound called DHA or dihydroxyacetone as the active ingredient. As a color additive, DHA reacts with the dead skin cells on the outer surface to darken your skin temporarily and simulate a tan.

DHA is approved for topical application by most national and international regulatory agencies. In addition, premium quality tanning lotions also contain hydrating, healing and skin rejuvenating ingredients, such as peptides, vitamins, aloe vera and antioxidants. These ingredients in the tanning lotion protect the skin against dryness, burns, fine lines, and other aging effects.


Benefits of using a tanning lotion

1) A safer way to tan during the pandemic 

Most people in Bedford, Nova Scotia, look to head south for a sunny vacation to get the coveted tan. However, the ongoing health crisis has impacted all aspects of life, including travel. While entry restrictions vary across the world, most countries have imposed internal travel restrictions, closed borders entirely, or are not permitting tourists.

Some countries that do allow foreign visitors have imposed two-week quarantine, regardless of citizenship, for all arrivals. The United States has also closed its borders with Canada and discouraged non-essential travel. Anyone who is permitted to enter may have to self-quarantine for fourteen days. While there is a lot of uncertainty over when the health crisis will end, travel restrictions may not be lifted any time soon. Indoor tanning with a high-quality tanning lotion is the safest and the most effective way to achieve the tan of your dreams in this situation.

2) Tanning lotions are perfect for all season

Unprotected exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays can be harmful to the skin cells and can cause sunburn, eye damage, cataracts. It can also increase the severity of certain skin conditions such as melasma and rosacea. The extent of damage is directly dependent on the ultraviolet ray’s intensity - how harsh or strong the sunlight is - as well as how long your skin is exposed to UV rays without protection. 

Many people tend to associate UV exposure with summer when sunlight is abundant. However, you need to protect your skin against ultraviolet rays, even in winters and cloudy days. Fresh white snow can reflect 85 percent of ultraviolet radiation. If you are out skiing in March, for instance, while the reported UV index could be 4, the reflection from the white snow can boost it to 7.

Reflections off water, snow, concrete and sand can also boost the damage of UV rays. This means that whether you are swimming, skiing or heading out on cloudy days, you need to ensure your skin is protected from UV rays. 

People who are looking to get safe tanning in Halifax, and Bedford Nova Scotia, are fully aware of the fact that the region experiences plenty of wind, rain, and snow. Also, the weather fluctuates significantly in the winter months. A scientifically formulated tanning lotion offers a precise solution and can be used safely throughout the year to achieve the perfect level of indoor tanning.

3) Quicker indoor tanning 

Tanning is all about boosting the production of the skin pigment called melanin, which imparts the dark color to the skin, by exposing it to sunlight. Staying for a long time under the sun in the summer season can boost melanin production. The time taken to achieve the level of tanning desired depends on many factors, such as your skin color, the time of the day, duration of exposure, ozone cover, and latitude (how close the location is to the equator). The closer you are to the equator, the faster you can achieve the tan, while people with darker skin also need less time to get the tan. 

Cloud cover also influences the amount of UV rays that reach the surface of the earth. While dark clouds that are full of water absorb as much as 80 percent of the UV radiation, scattered clouds increase the amount of UV that reaches the earth because of reflection. 

The climate is another factor that influences the time it takes for tanning. If the surroundings are dry, it can take a longer time for your skin to tan.

UV radiation also increases at higher altitudes (height of a location above sea level) because less atmosphere is available to absorb the rays. For instance, the UV index in Edmonton is typically lesser than the index measured on a mountain in Jasper. UV radiation is about 30 percent higher at an altitude of 2,000 meters as compared to the radiation at sea level.

At the equator, the UV index can be as high as 12. In Canada, the highest UV index is recorded in southern Ontario, while the lowest is in the North Pole.

Most people with fairer skin tone will need to spend several hours under the sun to get the tan they desire.

When you use a tanning lotion that is purposefully ​designed for tanning beds and red light booths, you can achieve the level of tanning you want in a shorter amount of time. Our top rated indoor tanning salon and wellness studio in Halifax offers an effective tanning lotion that accelerates the effect of tanning beds. In other words, you need to spend less time on tanning beds to achieve the fabulous results that you seek. On an average, the time required to get indoor tanning with tanning lotions and tanning beds can be between 15 to 20 minutes.

4) Boost skin health

When you use a tanning lotion such as the one available at a premium Bedford Halifax tanning salon, you can not only experience faster, safer, and pleasing effects, but experience superior skincare. The peptides in the tanning lotion boost the production of skin health proteins such as collagen and elastin. 


These proteins are responsible for maintaining the skin’s strength, texture, elasticity, and tone. While youthful and healthy, moisturized skin has higher levels of elastin and collagen, the protein levels can drop with age or excessive sun exposure. Lack of these proteins in the skin contributes to the harsh aging effects of wrinkles, fine lines, creases, and folds. Replenishing the proteins through topical products such as a tanning lotion is a great way to nourish the skin and achieve anti-aging effects.

5) Moisturizing effect 

Your skin needs a lot of care to stay healthy, smooth, and blemish-free. One of the most important aspects of the skin care regimen is related to moisturizing your skin. The skin is made up of different layers called the epidermis (the outer layer), dermis and the inner layer. The skin cells are routinely shed and replaced with new ones. The entire outer layer of skin takes about two to four weeks to shed.  

While skin all over the body is sensitive to changes in the environment, the ears, neck, chest, and face are particularly vulnerable. These areas of the skin tend to shed cells rapidly as compared to other parts of your body. With age, the sebum glands that produce the oils that keep the skin hydrated lose their efficiency, leading to dryness and formation of fine lines and wrinkles. 
Adequate moisturizing helps accelerate the skin rejuvenation process, hydrates your skin, and prevents the formation of fine lines. 

The skin is prone to dryness, particularly after a hot shower, exfoliation, shaving, and sun exposure. These are the most important times when you should moisturize your skin, because heat, hot water, or UV radiation can strip your skin of natural oils and moisture, leaving it dry and parched. Skin dryness can lead to acne breakouts and increase the risk of certain skin conditions.

The tanning process may also dry out the skin, depending on the intensity and duration of UV exposure. A tanning lotion that contains a natural moisturizer such as aloe vera can not only maximize tanning but also moisturize the skin to restore its radiance. 

Aloe vera is a succulent plant and its leaves contain the clear gel that has traditionally been used to treat various skin conditions. Several studies have shown that aloe vera gel has antioxidant, wound healing, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and immune-boosting properties. Its wound healing and hydrating properties are the reason why it is a popular ingredient in many topical creams and lotions.

Choosing a tanning lotion that is infused with aloe vera is recommended to keep your skin hydrated and supple during and after the tanning process.

6) Even tanning 

While sun exposure gives you a darker skin tone, at times, the sun-exposed parts can be darker as compared to the areas that are covered. The sun can cause an uneven increase in melanin, which can cause patchy pigmentation, uneven tanning, and red blotches as a result of stretched blood vessels. 


When you apply high-quality recommended tanning lotions, you can be sure of achieving a uniform tan without the red blotches or blisters. Advancements in tanning products and new formulas in the industry make it possible to get realistic tanning results. Many times, these are better than natural sun tanning.

7) Ease of use 

One of the key advantages of tanning lotions is that they are very easy to use, making them the preferred option for people looking for DIY tanning. The lotion is applied just like any other moisturizer or lotion.


Tanning lotions look like moisturizers in terms of texture and formula. High-quality tanning lotions are infused with skin-healthy ingredients, such as peptides, vitamins, and aloe vera. These provide instantaneous in-depth hydration and skin rejuvenation. The fast-acting formula in these tanning lotions makes them the top sunless tanning option for those who have a hectic lifestyle.

8) Intensifies tanning 

Premium tanning lotions are designed to intensify and maximize the effect of tanning offered by tanning beds. These premium tanning solutions contain an optimal formulation of tanning and bronzing ingredients that amplify the tanning results to give you precise results. This is in addition to the skin hydration and rejuvenation effect achieved by skin health ingredients such as aloe vera and peptides.

9) Cools your skin

Whether you spend a lot of time outdoors or are looking to get indoor tanning done, investing in a professional quality indoor tanning lotion is a great idea. While harsh climate conditions can dry out your skin, tanning also exposes your skin to heat and radiation. A good quality tanning lotion provides a cooling and pleasant sensation thanks to the healing properties of pro-skin health ingredients.

Are you concerned about skin peeling, burns, and blotches after sun exposure or indoor tanning? Using the tanning lotion before, during, and after tanning is a perfect way to avoid these skin conditions. Aloe vera infused tanning lotions are ideal for preventing any burns or sores on your skin, given its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. While you can use the tanning lotion 2 to 3 hours prior to getting the indoor tanning done, experts recommend following the directions on the tanning lotion for the best results. 


While a high-quality tanning lotion gives you multiple benefits, applying them in the right way is also important to get optimum results. Cleaning and exfoliating your skin is the first step, while the second is to gently massage the product into your skin in sections. Ensure you wash your hands after applying on each section of your body to avoid discoloration of your hands.

Schedule your premium tanning session at Rehab Body Lab today!


Rehab Body Lab is one of Nova Scotia’s premier providers of tanning services. Our staff is fully-trained in safe tanning practices and smart tan certified.

We use best-in-class tanning beds that you won't find anywhere else in the Halifax area.

Our goal is to ensure you get the best experience and benefit from the most-effective results. For more information or to schedule a tanning session, contact Rehab Body Lab today. 

We welcome clients from Larry Uteck, Timberlea, Bedford, Lower Sackville, Kingswood, Tantallon, Halifax, Fall River, and Hammonds Plains. 

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