tanning lotion skincare ingredients

Tanning lotion skincare ingredients: The ABCs (M – Z)

A regular request Jade and Juli receive during training sessions is further information on different tanning lotion skincare ingredients. What do they do? What benefit do they bring to the skin as well as the tanning process? Therefore, below, Jade has listed some of the main key tanning lotion skincare ingredients featured in different tanning lotions. This also details how they improve the tanning process and overall feel and experience of a lotion. 

Check out the second part of our ABC of tanning lotion skincare ingredients…



Delivers a cooling, soothing sensation to tanning lotions. This makes it ideal for those who don’t enjoy a hot sunbed and also those with active lifestyles

Found in: Chiseled by G Gentlemen

Monoi de Tahiti

A natural colour enhancer, and long-lasting moisturiser, which works to improve skin’s smoothness and firmness.

Found in: Sinfully Black, Tiara


Hydrates your skin by creating a moisture barrier to prevent water from escaping. This also combats free radical damage and the signs of ageing. 

Found in: G Gentlemen’s Intense and Confident 

Macadamia Oil

The vitamin E present in macadamia oil has many properties that may benefit skin. For example, it absorbs easily, making it a good moisturizer for very dry skin. This additionally enhances lotion spreadability, making it ideal for delivering Delayed bronzers for even coverage.

Found in: Dark Side, Hot! Hot! Black, Beachin’

Mahakanni Extract

A premium skincare extract, that works to boost natural tan development and enhance deliverance of delayed bronzers for even coverage.

Found in: Guilty Pleasure, Midnight, Bronze Elements, Rock Culture


The addition of melanin into tanning lotions helps boost tan results faster. This is available in many tanning lotions, and is also essential for fair-skinned tanners to harness.

Found in: Dark Legs


Oat Extract

This nourishing ingredient moisturises, protects, exfoliates, and cleanses skin. Oatmeal also helps boost collagen production, improves your skin complexion, and reduces skin inflammation. This therefore makes it ideal for those with sensitive skin.

Found in: Shea You Love Me

Olive Fruit Oil

This extract contains vitamin E, anti-oxidants, and compounds such as squalene and oleocanthal which may prevent ageing and repair skin damage. Olive oil is also hypoallergenic and ideal for hydration and lengthening the life of your tan.

Found in: Most Australian Gold lotions

Omega Fatty Acids

Omega fatty acids offer incredible benefits for the skin. They act as building blocks in the skin cells, strengthening the skin’s surface layers for a smoother, healthier and younger-looking complexion. Topical application of omega fatty acids additionally helps strengthen and smooth skin’s surface.

Orange Extract

Orange contains citric acid that helps brighten the skin organically. This is also rich in vitamin C, making it ideal for combatting the signs of ageing. 

Found in: Hemp Nation Sparkling Citrus and Champagne


Panthenol makes for a great moisturising ingredient. Research has shown that it decreases transepidermal water loss (water that evaporates through the skin). Products containing just 1% of panthenol can rapidly hydrate skin, resulting in a more supple feel and appearance.

Found in: many Australian Gold tanning lotions as part of its base, such as the Biosine Complex

Pro-vitamin B5

Used in the skin to create further proteins for a stronger tanning canvas

Found in: Accelerator Extreme, Dark Tanning Accelerator Spray Gel with Bronzers


Propolis smoothes out wrinkles and also has anti-aging properties. A huge role is played by antioxidants such as phenolic compounds and flavonoids which neutralise free radicals on the skin, for a more youthful complexion.

Found in: Bronze Accelerator

Perfection Primer

A natural starch polymer is used to create a primer effect. This combines with brightening agents to fill in imperfections and fine lines for a even, glowing complexion with a velvety, smooth after feel 

Found in the Outback Collection


Raspberry Seed Oil

Rich in both essential fatty acids, raspberries are an excellent free radical scavenger, helping to protect the skin from daily environmental stress and prevent skin damage. Omega-3 fatty acids help the skin retain moisture, regulate oil production, and maintain elasticity.

Found in: Adorably Black

Red Algae Extract

Red Algae are rich in protein, vitamins and antioxidants, and are used in skincare to help clarify and clean the skin. This also has outstanding moisture-retaining properties and promotes a healthier skin barrier and helps replenish the skin’s natural hydration.

Found in: Australian Gold’s botanical sun cream, Making Waves


Safflower Extract

This non-comedogenic oil helps skin retain water, it leaves the skin radiant, soft, and smooth. Safflower oil also helps to enhance the texture and tone of the skin.

Found in: most tanning lotions

Sandalwood Extract

Sandalwood oil contains antioxidants that help maintain the buoyancy and structure of the skin cells. It also reduces dryness and replenishes the moisture in skin, increasing elasticity.

Found in: Hemp Nation Sea Salt and Sandalwood Tan Extender and Body wash

Sea Algae

Ideal for those with dry skin, Sea Algae has water-binding properties and is full of natural minerals and vitamins, leaving it moisturised, plumper, and more youthful-looking.

Anti-ageing, anti-inflammatory, skin strengthening and soothing.

Found in: Making Waves

Sea Salt

A major benefit of sea salt is the trace minerals it offers skin. The trace minerals in sea salt include magnesium, calcium, sodium, and potassium — all of which aid in optimal skin health and function

Found in: Hemp Nation Sea Salt and Sandalwood Tan Extender and Body Wash

Sesame Oil

Rich in linoleic acid and fatty acids, Sesame Oil is ideal for promoting brighter, more radiant skin. This also has anti-inflammatory properties,  and is rich in antioxidants for great skin care. 

Found in: the base of many tanning lotions

Shea Butter

High concentrations of fatty acids and vitamins make shea butter an ideal cosmetic ingredient for softening skin. Shea butter also has anti-inflammatory and healing properties. Using shea butter on your body, especially your face, can condition, tone, and soothe your skin.

Found in: the base of many tanning lotions

Shiitake Mushroom

Shiitake mushrooms are anti-inflammatory, which makes them perfect for calming the skin. They are rich in B vitamins, and prevent collagen deterioration to improves the structure, and quality of collagen, for firmer skin. This also acts as a melanin precursor, boosting natural tan development. 

Found in: Swedish Beauty Pink Spirit


Ideal for improve the spreadability of a tanning lotion for even coverage, deeper hydration and a lightweight feel to avoid matted body hair. Designer Skin is reputable for their premium silicone blends, ensuring lightweight, velvety-feeling lotions with no greasiness.

Found in: the base of many tanning lotions, namely Designer Skin

Sunflower Seed Oil

Sunflower seed oil is a great source of vitamin E, rich in nutrients and antioxidants, and is effective for combatting skincare issues like acne, inflammation, general redness and irritation of the skin. This also has emollient properties that help the skin retain its moisture.

Found in: the base of many tanning lotions, including Australian Gold’s Biosine Complex

Sweet Almond Oil

Sweet almond oil contains many nutrients that are good for the skin, including vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, and antioxidants. Using almond oil may help soothe and hydrate. Some also use almond oil to reduce the appearance of scars, stretch marks, and wrinkles and to treat skin conditions.

Found in: the base of many tanning lotions, Swedish Beauty Strike a Posey, Accelerator K, Rapid Tanning Intensifier




A key natural colour-booster which works to encourage deeper, faster melanin production for enhanced tan results. This is also rich in amino acids, to help build, repair and strengthen skin for  the best skin condition possible.

Found in: many tanning lotions as a tan-activated technology, Dark Legs, Designer Skin Vanish, Daringly Dark


Tea Tree Oil

This has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties to reduce inflammation and enhance healing, as well as being rich in antioxidants for enhanced skincare. What’s more, Tea Tree Oil is ideal for pH balancing. This combats natural bacteria on the skin, to prevent after-tanning odours for a fresh feel and smell post-tanning session. 

Found in: most tanning lotions as an After Tan Odour Inhibitor


Vanilla Extract

Due to a lot of antioxidants and Vitamin B6 found in vanilla, it proves to be an excellent remedy for treating dull and dry skin. Using vanilla essential oil regularly can help to protect your skin from several environmental factors and also keeps it moisturised for a long period of time.

Found in: Bronze Sunshine, Dark Sunshine

Violet Extract

Violet is good for any type of skin, but especially for oily skin and helps to gently tighten and refine pores and can help reduce the appearance of imperfect skin. What’s more, Violet has a colour-correcting effect, combating brassy tones in the skin for an overall enhanced golden glow. 

Found in: Trouble Maker, Charmingly Black


Walnut Extract

A popular immediate bronzing technology to deliver an instant glow on the skin. 

Also useful as a guide colour for Delayed Bronzer tanning lotions, to ensure an overall even application with no patches left bare pre-tanning.

Found in: many immediate bronzers, Color Crush, Deviously Black, Infamous


An obvious one, but an essential one! Water is key for lotion deliverance, and spreadability. This also ensures deep hydration, and refreshes skin. 

Found in: all tanning lotions

Wild Berries

These are essential for helping fight free radicals which makes your skin more radiant. Wild berries contain two main antioxidants that are in charge of detoxifying your body. They also hydrate, rejuvenate, and promote healthy hair growth.

Found in: Hemp Nation Wild Berries and Lavender Tan Extender, Party Animal

Witch Hazel

Witch hazel has many benefits for skin, including relieving inflammation, tightening pores, and helping with razor bumps. It may also help reduce acne, since it can cleanse your skin of excess oil.

Found in: Australian Gold’s sunless products, Infamous

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