Lotions Explained


If you’re new to tanning or have pale/sensitive skin, we would recommend beginning with an accelerator/maximiser lotion. 

Most beginner accelerators contain great anti-aging elements such as CoQ-10. Ideal for building up a base tan, beginner accelerators are non-tingle and don’t contain DHA.  

These are used to speed up the natural pigmentation process, accelerators are used to get faster and darker results.


The next step up and most popular type of tanning accelerator is the bronzer. 

There are two types of bronzer; the immediate and delayed. The great advantage of bronzers is that they combine DHA (the DHA is what can stain your hands or clothing depending on the concentration of DHA in the particular lotion you are  using) and active ingredients to give instant dark results and long-lasting colour, yet continue to develop after a tanning session to continually improve your tan.

 With bronzers, you need to ensure you apply the lotion evenly or you can end up with a patchy tan. 

Tip – Ensure you wipe your hands thoroughly after applying a bronzing lotion to ensure you don’t end up with hands darker than the rest of your body!

Tingle / Hot Action

Named after the tingling sensations they cause when coming in contact with human skin, tingle lotions are cooling and refreshing.

Tingle lotions do what they say on the tin – they give your skin a tingling sensation after applying the lotion. Why do they do this? Basically, the lotion brings the blood to the surface of your skin to boost the effect that UV rays have, thus allowing you to achieve a deeper, darker tan much quicker. 

Tingle lotions are perfect for people who are looking to achieve an extremely deep tan and are not at all suitable for beginners. Be careful – as tingle lotions should not be used by people with sensitive skin and as a result we do not recommend the use of a Tingle lotion.

Tip – If you do use a tingle lotion, don’t be shocked if your skin is red after application, as it will be for roughly a few hours.   It may look like you’re sunburnt, but the redness will fade quickly.

Sunless Tanning Lotions

The application of either a self-tan product, or spray tan to your body. When applied, DHA (the active ingredient in sunless tanning products) reacts with the proteins in the skin’s superficial layer to form a golden-brown color. 

Your skin begins to darken 2-3 hours after application and reaches its peak color within 24 hours. 

The color will gradually fade through natural exfoliation, just like a tan from the sun.

JAVA Tanning Studio carries NORVELL Sunless products that you can use in the comfort of your own home at a fraction of the price of spray tans at a salon.

Teeth Whitening System

Cosmetic teeth whitening has become a worldwide multi-billion-dollar industry that is growing exponentially. This rapid growth has caused a vast diversity of whitening products to be created, from in-home use of pastes, strips, and films to clinical-use at the dentist office or kiosk in the mall, and everything in between.There is a confusing array of options available at your local pharmacy or big box store. Plus, dental offices and mall kiosks that offer teeth whitening services can be expensive and time consuming. 

Twilight Teeth is here to help clear up your confusion! You can purchase Twilight Teeth kits from many tanning salons worldwide to use either at that salon or at home. We at JAVA Tanning Studio are proud to announce that Twilight Teeth kits are now in-stock!

Having a pristine white, bright smile is a major contributor to looking younger, healthier, and feeling more confident in yourself. 

Twilight Teeth is easy to use and now comes complete with the P6 Whitening Light! This powerful little light makes using our P6 Whitening Gel convenient to use at home, for touch ups, or while you are on the go.

Don’t spend another dollar on expensive teeth whitening trips to your dentist or messy pastes and films from the drug store. Each Twilight Teeth kit gives you up to 12 applications and is guaranteed to deliver whitening results, superior to any over the counter product you can buy (or, Twilight Teeth company will give you your money back!)  Click the link below to see their video.


This is usually found within bronzer lotions. It reacts with the skin to make a stain promoting a “fake” tan or bronze color. 

It is usually combined with other bronzers to enhance skin color and make it even darker. 

To reach a more natural bronze look select a bronzer that is DHA free.  

CAFFEINE:  For darker bronze color, DHA is appropriate. is often added to lotions to help reduce puffiness and energize the skin by reducing fine lines and wrinkles.  Caffeine should not be used by people on caffeine free diets or sensitive to caffeine as it does absorb into the body.

Specialty Leg Lotions:  Legs on women do not seem to keep their color because we are always shaving (which exfoliates your skin faster & the faster you exfoliate, the quicker you lose your tan). Keep your skin very well moisturized & use high quality body washes instead of bar soaps (which dry out your skin). Using lotions specially made for legs contain melanocyte boosting ingredients.  Ask our staff at the salon for their recommendations.

The Benefits of Using Lotions

Rev Up Your Tan! Unlike sun block, which filters the sun’s rays, specially formulated indoor tanning lotions can help you tan better and faster. They are great for helping you reveal a deeper, darker tone. Working with the skin, lotions increase the rate at which you brown, helping you get the most out of every tanning session. 

Moisturize. Tanning lotions include moisturizers that keep your skin soft and smooth. Dry skin looks unhealthy, old, and dull. Moisturizing your skin while you tan will help you maintain a healthy glow. Look for items that contain aloe or hemp seed oil.

Nourish. Indoor tanning can take a toll on your skin. Look for lotions with skin-nourishing ingredients designed to slow down aging.  There are many options formulated with skin firming compounds and vitamins.

Prevent Burns & Uneven Tanning. Let’s face it, the whole reason you are tanning in the first place is because you want to look and feel better about yourself. Without the aid of tanning lotion, you may be at risk of burning or peeling. Uneven tans don’t look natural, and it can take a long time to fix the damage once it’s done. 

Our knowledgeable staff will be happy to assist you and provide you with more information. 

We only sell lotions that are fresh and from a reputable source.  

Remember, it is beneficial to use indoor tanning lotions to promote and accelerate the tanning process but it should not be rushed to the point of becoming a bigger risk – lotions and oils that are not specifically made for indoor tanning will ruin the acrylics in tanning beds and may also increase the chances of developing skin cancer prematurely.