Okay, so I've made that deal with devil and signed up for membership to get some fake sun, but much like movie theaters it would appear that they make their actual profit on concessions, or in this case lotions. I'm willing to play along with that in spite of the horribly gaudy packaging. I swear every single bottle seems to be designed to look like it should appeal solely to those working in the adult entertainment industry. But every single lotion for sale there had chemicals that I am unwilling to put on my skin, or the natural ones have aloe which makes me red and itchy. I need an alternative.
I used to use Alba brand dry tanning oil (which still has many more chemicals than I would have liked) at another establishment that has since gone out of business, but they won't let me use it at the current tanning salon because it is oil based and they are worried about it cracking the acrylic on the bed (probably bs, but oil based is also harder to clean up, which I can respect having cleaned up after others for a number of jobs).
I was thinking of making my own lotion, but they also strongly frown on that because it would not have been "indoor tanning approved" (but mostly lost profits I'm sure) and could result in cancelling my membership without a refund. Would it just be best to go lotion free when I get there, and put coconut oil on many hours in advance so it would have time to absorb fully, and wouldn't leave any oil on the beds and maybe follow up with an apple cider vinegar or witch hazel mist when I get home?
asked byHappy_Now (24553)
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on February 14, 2012
at 11:46 PM
Tanning oil cracks acrylic. Don't use anything with oil. Tanning lotion helps your skin in many different ways. Some have Shea butter in them and others are juice based for those with dry skin. Acrylic is very expensive and cracking it with oil would cause you to pay for the damage.
on December 22, 2011
at 04:18 PM
I find coconut oil works great as a sunscreen and tanning oil, as well as a damn good moisturizer.
on December 22, 2011
at 11:20 AM
It may sound backwards, but if your Vit D intake is where it should be, you'll have difficulty burning. Also, while probably not very paleo, a tablespoon or two of tomato paste will increase your resistance.
If you absolutely feel you need a lotion/oil, maybe a blend of coconut, macadamia, or olive oils?