The Best Tanning Lotion for Sensitive Skin 2021

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  • Prep your skin before tanning by using body lotions that help produce melanin in your skin
  • We recommend skipping the bottled bronzer and choose to darken your skin naturally with the sun— and SPF of course!
  • Chemical sunscreens tend to irritate sensitive skin, so make sure you are using a mineral SPF
  • Use an After Tan lotion to accelerate the healing process, reduce redness, and minimize scarring associated with injury and burns. 

Most of us with fair skin tones desire a golden glow during the warmer months, but what if you are worried about irritating your sensitive skin?

One glaring question comes to mind when you’re thinking of tanning for sensitive skin. To self-tan or suntan? 

While self-tanning may seem like the obvious choice, if you have sensitive skin, you will be prone to irritation. Redness, rashes, and breakouts are just some of the problems you could experience.

To protect your skin from irritation, we suggest investing in tanning products that are packed full of natural ingredients and specifically designed with sensitive skin in mind.

If you’re craving that sun-kissed look, without the irritation, then you’re in the right place! We have formulated one of the best tanning lotions for sensitive skin AND have done the work to complete your tanning routine with pre and post-sun exposure care!


How Do I Prepare my Skin Before Tanning

Catch the wave of taking care of your skin before tanning!

How so?

Similar to the phrase, you are what you eat, we believe you are what you put on your body. So if you want to achieve a darker tan try using body lotions that help produce melanin in your skin to help you reach that goal faster! 

Aside from tanning lotion, try our hydrating Base Tan that features our Tropical Phytocomplex™. Made up of 11 natural oils and butters that come from exotic tropical fruits and nuts, this antioxidant-rich formula is loaded with vitamin B to prepare your sensitive skin for tanning.

We are in love with the consistency of this lotion because its thinner formula makes it easy to smooth all over the body! Ingredients like coconut oil and Murumuru butter drench the skin with moisture, and Seaberry oil helps to soothe any irritation from acne, eczema, or dermatitis that you might have. No parabens, sulfates, or phthalates are incorporated into the formula, so it’s perfect for all skin types, including sensitive skin.


How Do I Tan Sensitive Skin?

If you’ve ever used a self-tanner and had an itchy, red, or burning reaction, you may be asking yourself, am I allergic to fake tan? While most people are not allergic to DHA (the tanning ingredient found in self-tanner), cosmetic allergies like contact dermatitis are quite common in people who have sensitive skin.

We recommend skipping the bottled bronzer and choose to darken your skin naturally with the sun— and SPF of course!

Similar to self-tanner, chemical sunscreens tend to irritate sensitive skin, (plus they can even worsen melasma and rosacea.) This is because chemical sunscreens allow UV light into the skin. “Once the light is absorbed, the chemicals in the sunscreen create a chemical reaction in which UV light is converted to heat, and the heat dissipates from the skin”, says Lauren Ploch, MD, a board-certified dermatologist in Augusta, Georgia.

If you’re looking for a tanning product that will create a radiant glow, while also protecting your skin from the elements, your sensitive skin is sure to be happy with all the natural ingredients that are used in our Smart Screen. The Smart Screen formula is fueled by 100% natural tanning agents proven to accelerate your tan, and it contains Zinc Oxide which is great for sensitive skin!

Along with its protective properties, Smart Screen uses Monoi oil and Kakadu Plum, which work hand-in-hand to delay signs of aging, restore elasticity and help minimize wrinkles and fine lines.

(Pro Tip: Don’t forget to apply it to your ears and feet. These areas are commonly overlooked when applying sun protection. Remember to reapply every 80 minutes, just as you would regular sunscreen.)

What Should I Put on my Skin After Sun Tanning

It's best to moisturize your skin after tanning. But moisture alone is not enough!

If you’re looking for a product that can not only be used on sunburns but also bug bites, razor rash, kitchen burns, and even calm eczema flare-ups, Over Exposed should be at the top of your list! This cooling gel formula helps your skin begin to recover as soon as you rub it in and relieves any redness and discomfort you may be feeling...RIGHT AWAY!

The secret?

Over Exposed uses a powerful blend of natural ingredients like Tasman Pepper extract and Seaberry seed oil that work together to accelerate the healing process, reduce redness, and minimize scarring associated with injury and burns. 

One of the BEST THINGS about this product is that it uses a unique neuropeptide specifically designed to penetrate deeply into your skin and reduce sensitivity and irritation almost instantly!

We hope to have shed some light on the best tanning lotions for sensitive skin and have helped you find products that work perfectly with your skin type. As with every tanning lotion, one size does not fit all. If you are interested in Tropic Labs products, but are worried about skin irritation, we recommend checking the list of ingredients for known allergies/sensitivities, or doing a small test patch on your skin beforehand.

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