Having a good tan gets you noticed but many think that tanning is just as easy as sitting out in the sun, or going to a tanning salon. Granted, it could be that easy, but don't you want to protect your skin while you do it? It is also a much better thing to get a nice tan that doesn't require you to tan every single day.
Tanning Bed vs Sun Lotions
There are some lotions on the market that are made specifically for tanning on beds. These are made to help you get a protected tan, with the fastest results that you can. The first thing you can do is talk to an educated tanning consultant to find out which lotion is the best for skin type. When you can find this, you will get a better tan than if you just pulled one off the shelf randomly. Since some lotions feature a tingly effect, you will want to buy from trusted sources only. There are many sellers that give you lotion for cheap because they are expired, watered down, or fake. Do your research first.
These lotions often give you a bit of color as you apply them, and sometimes for a few hours after your tanning session. This will not last long however, and is just to help protect your tan and extend the life of it after you leave the booth. You will want to apply the lotion generously and evenly to all parts of your body. I would suggest that you don't try to use body tanners on your face. There are facial products that are made specifically for the skin on your face. Don't fret if you are slow to tan; many lotions start out slow but then give you longer lasting color.
Odor is a big factor when buying tanning lotions. Many smell delicious but if you are sensitive to scents, then a lighter smelling one will do you better. Check reviews for any lotion you are considering since many people will comment on the smell. You should be well aware that because the melanin in your skin is brought to the surface, to ensure a tan, you can often stink after your tanning session and might want to opt for a shower. While there are a few lotions on the market that mask this odor they are a bit more expensive.
When Should You Apply Tanning Lotion?
It is a good idea to apply your lotion about 30 minutes before you hit the bed. This will give the ingredients time to sink into your skin so you get a better tan.
A Good Men's Tanning Lotion for Bronzing
Bronzers help your get a darker tan while you are tanning, but are basically normal tanning lotion with a bit of tint. This way, you can wear it out and about and not just at the tanning salon.
You usually need to be careful when applying so you don't end up with streaks or missed spots; you also need to wash your hands after applying so you don't have orange paws.
Millenium Tanning Paint It Black
My favorite option is Millennium Tanning's Paint it Black for men. This 13.5 ounce bottle houses some of the best color you can get. This is great for guys who don't want to smell like bronzer when they're done using it. It does smell a little like tanning lotion, but it's not strong or overpowering.
Even though the lotion seems a bit thick, a little goes a long way so beware. If you make sure not to overuse it, it should last you a long time. The one thing I noticed that I liked most was that it does not leave my skin greasy; I can apply it and have it soak in within just a few minutes. My tan got significantly darker in just three uses, now I use this for maintenance a few times a month.
Information About Tingle Tanning
If you’ve never used a tingle tanning lotion before, you need to be aware of what they are and how they work. The main ingredient that makes your skin tingle is benzyl nicotinate which causes the tingle that you feel. It increases the blood flow to the outer skin layers which bring more oxygen to the oxidation process of melanin.
Some lotions can give you a pleasant tingling feeling, while others make you feel like you’ve been sunburned from head to toe. You will want to start out small first to ensure how much tingle you can handle. Check all the labels for lotions you are considering; some state that they feature high tingle, or low tingle.. These types of lotions are used when your tan has reached a plateau and you want just a bit more color.
Supre Domination Black Bronzer Mens Tanning Lotion 12 oz.
What I love about the Supre Domination line is that they typically don't leave you feeling greasy or clog your pores. This one won't get you super dark. That being said, it's just right for those looking for a more moderate tan.
#2 California Tan Hd Mann Quartus Decimus 14x Bronzers Tanning Lotion
Because of the brand, some guys really like the California Tan Hd Mann Quartust Decimus Bronzing Lotion. This costs about the same, or more, as the others we've talked about but it only comes in a 7 ounce bottle.
It states it will give you a 14x bronzing effect. This brand of tanning lotion is known best for the smell. It smells great for guys and leaves you feeling like you've just bathed in some nice cologne. Even after tanning, the smell remains and it's quite enjoyable. Of course, it all depends on if you like cologne type smells; many guys prefer the typical tanning lotion scents. I have found that some of those smell more subtle than this one.
Now, as far as tanning effect, this is a good lotion but probably not as good as some others we are discussing. I would recommend this for guys that like subtle tans and don't mind the light color achieved with this lotion. I love that it absorbs well and is easy to apply because it's not overly thick or greasy.
Supre Domination Dark Maximizer Tanning Lotion
For Extra Dark Results
If you're looking for something that will get you even darker, consider the Supre Domination Dark Maximizer Tanning Lotion in a 12 ounce bottle. I used this twice and almost got too dark! It works very well, that's for sure. This is not a bronzer, so it will go on white.
It is a bit thicker than I like and can be hard to spread, but if you put some on your skin and let it warm up from your body heat for a minute or two, it helps a bit. Like the other Domination lotion we just discussed, a little goes a long way. The smell is also nice but not overpowering like others on the market.
Tan Inc Brown Sugar Stamina Tanning Lotion
Another great option for men is the Tan Inc Brown Sugar Stamina Tanning Lotion. This comes in a 13 ounce bottle and gives you 45x the bronzing power! It makes my skin so soft that my wife is actually jealous. The color I get from this product seems more subtle and realistic than some others I've tried.
The fragrance is quite masculine with Italian bergamot, white cedar, and tonka bean. It definitely does not smell like your typical tanning lotion fruit basket. It soaks into skin quickly, so if you don't have time to apply it a half hour before your tanning session, at least you can put it on just before and not be too slippery on the bed. Since it has bronzers in it, your hands can be stained orange after application, so make sure to wash it off your hands when you're done!
Devoted Creations White 2 Black Supre Advanced Bronzer Tanning Lotion
My favorite overall is the Devoted Creations White 2 Black Supre Advanced Bronzer Tanning Lotion. I only need to use this about once a week to maintain my subtle tan. The manufacturer claims that you can go 3 shades darker in one use and this might be a bit over inflated since it took me about 3 uses to get 3 shades darker. However, not everyone will get the same results; I am very fair skinned so color can show up on me very quickly. I love the color that it gives because it seems very real, not orangey like many others.
The smell seems to be a mix of traditional tanning lotion scent with citrus undertones, and a more masculine type of smell. Because this is a bronzer, you need to be wearing it to get that extra color of tan; otherwise when you shower, it is just washed away. However, you can still use this as a tanning aid by itself.
Pro Tan Pyronic Blaze Sizzling Hot Cream Oil Mens Tanning Lotion
For an insane amount of tingle for your tan, consider the Pro Tan Pyronic Blaze Sizzling Hot Cream Oil Mens Tanning Lotion. The tingle in this lotion is actually quite intense, so if you have sensitive skin, I would not recommend it. I noticed a significant tan after using it just once!
Claiming to give you 20x dark color with a stain free bronzer, this is a good product to have on hand. I love the creamy oil texture since it smooths on the skin quite well and absorbs quickly. The smell is not too bad and has more of a fresh scent, than a beachy fruity scent.
Smoke Black Bronzer - One of my Favorites:
Another popular model is the Supre Smoke Black Bronzer which is my choice for men's tanning lotion in 2016. It's self-tanning, smells great, and gives you a very dark glow after using it consistently.
What Tanning Lotion do You Use?
stevo3009 on April 03, 2017:
I use OC Oh So Crazy and it hasn't made me orange... just a suggestion... good luck..
andrewc6688 on February 04, 2014:
which one wont make me orange? im looking for a tanning lotion that stays too,and doesn't leave when i shower. thanks im a male if that helps.