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What is the difference between a "bronzer" and an "intensifier" when it comes to tanning lotion?

Last Updated: Sep 29, 2017 12:01PM PDT
Intensifier/Accelerator:

These are use to naturally build your base tan. An intensifier(or sometimes called accelerator) is a lotion that will boost your melanin production to help develop your colour quickly. It has skin benefits like anti-aging, skin firming, and moisturizing. This lets you get the absolute most out of the tanning session you just purchased. This type of lotion is good for beginners.

There are 2 types of bronzers.

DHA Bronzer:

DHA (dihydroxyacetone) is a naturally derived ingredient that typically stems from sweet beets, and sugar cane. When applied to skin, this type of bronzer will give your skin instant colour and can help extend your tan to seven to ten days. DHA is clear and takes a few hours to develop on skin which is why it is recommended to wait a few hours before you shower . Even with a great starter lotion, it’s possible for your tan to plateau. This type of lotion is great for advanced tanners who may or may not be "plateauing".

**Many DHA lotions also have cosmetic bronzers added to them for a "right away' tan.

Cosmetic Bronzer:

A natural tan can take 24-48 hours to develop . Many people do not want to wait so long to see their tanning results. Products that include a cosmetic bronzer supplement a tan with a light self-tanner to deliver colour right away, as your natural tan develops underneath. This type of bronzer washes off in the shower. Don't worry! Your tan that is developing from the UV tan will not wash away with it! Great for beginner and/or advanced tanners.

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