A warm weather holiday is just the thing to rejuvenate body and soul. If you are planning to take a vacation to the topics this winter, then surely there is suntan lotion on your list of things to pack. If you’ve already shopped around you know that tanning crme can cost a pretty penny; but it doesn’t have to. Discount tanning lotions are just as good at protecting skin as their more expensive counterparts.

The Truth About Generics

There is a little known fact about generic products that many people do not know. Some generic products are inferior and you can tell the difference as soon as you open the package. However, more often than not, generic products are identical to the brand name product and simply have what is known as a “private label.”

The way to ensure you are getting the same product with discount tanning lotions as with brand name ones is to read the label. The label has to tell you what is in it and what percent of the active ingredient in this case the sunscreen ingredient-is in the lotion. They way to know if the formula is the same is the order in which the ingredients appear. Those that are in the highest quantity will be listed first.

Another tell-tale sign that your discounted lotion is the same as the expensive brands is the statement on the front of the package. Often a generic or private label product will say “compare to xyz brand” or “same active ingredients as xyz brand.”

Sunless Tanning Products You Can Rely On

Sometimes we foolishly think that just because something costs more money it must be better. That just isn’t true! Take sunless tanning lotions for example. There are many different products on the market and some are quite inferior. However, there is a wide range of reasonably priced products that are equal to the task. The most important consideration is that they have the ability to pigment the skin evenly and with natural looking results. These can be used on a small area of skin, maybe even the stomach, to test them. Then if they were not good, you can keep that fake tan under wraps until it fades in a few days.

Sunless tanning using a tanning bed or booth can also produce a natural looking and lasting tan using lotions. The specially formulated tanning bed lotions do not provide the same sun screen as outdoor lotions, but help condition the skin and prepare it for the ultra bright UV rays the bed’s bulbs produce.

When using any tanning product, be sure to use it on your face as well as your body. The skin on the face is exposed year round to the sunlight, even through rays are stronger in the summer months when the weather is hotter. Part of any beauty routine should be a moisturizer with sunscreen for the face either alone or under makeup.

Next time you visit the drugstore or supermarket remember that these discount tanning lotions can hold their own up against the expensive department store brands.

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