Unlike traditional suntan lotion, accelerators are specifically designed to aid in the indoor tanning process. These lotions promote the production of melanin which is what our skin uses to give it its color. Furthermore, indoor tanning lotions don’t actually provide protection from the sun but rather are formulated to help your skin better absorb the UV rays from the tanning bed.
Most tanning beds have an acrylic surface, and using traditional suntan lotions can damage the acrylics. These lotions often contain mineral oil which is harmful to the acrylics whereas tanning accelerators are composed of natural oils like tea oil or green tea extract.
Accelerators also serve to help keep the skin moisturized. Tanning of any sort has a tendency to dry out the skin, and the lotion can help keep the skin feeling smooth and looking healthy. The ingredients used in these lotions are quite similar to hand and body lotions, with the exception that they contain much less alcohol.
Accelerators can sometimes be expensive and it never hurts to ask for discounts. Many salons will sometimes give discounts depending on how many sessions are purchased. Salon employees can also provide recommendations on the best type of lotion for your skin and how to accomplish your desired tanning goals.
It is important that you look for a quality tanning salon. Good tanning salons have high quality rooms with locking doors. Most new tanning salons prefer modular construction which gives them the luxury of a green, environmentally friendly product that is also cost efficient. Modular walls are built off site in a factory under controlled conditions. Once the walls are completed they are shipped to the salon where they are assembled. Because the majority of the construction work is done in a factory, onsite installation is very quick; often twice as fast as traditional construction methods. One of the best parts of modular construction is that the walls can be easily moved or reconfigured. Furthermore, modular construction offers some great tax deductions.