Pros & Cons About Tanning Towels


Tanning towels are a relatively new product in the self-tanning market. Tanning towels contain self-tanner to create a bronze glow in about 2 to 4 hours. Tanning towels are popular because they are UV-free, but still deliver a tan similar to one you'd receive in the sun or a tanning bed. However, like all products, there are both pros and cons when it comes to using tanning towels.


  • Tanning towels have the same time development for a tan as self-tanning lotion. You should expect color within 2 to 4 hours after application. Many people view this as a pro because a real tan takes much longer to develop. For instance; if you tan indoors at a salon, you need at least two to three visits before your skin develops a tan. However, a negative aspect of using a tanning towel is that you cannot expose your skin to water 2 to 4 hours after you apply the tanning towel. If the skin comes in contact with water, it can cause the tan to become blotchy.


  • Tanning towels are very easy to apply. The tanning lotion is already saturated inside the towel, so there is no mess of squeezing the lotion from a bottle. Tanning towels also make clean up easy. Simply discard the towel when finished. A down side of using a tanning towel is that most people often need to use two or three. A standard tanning towel covers 1/3 of the body. Depending on your size, you may need to use more than three.


  • Tanning towels can range anywhere from $20 to $200. Towels tend to be a bit more expensive than regular self-tanning lotion. A bottle of self-tanning lotion can be purchased for as little as $10. You may look at this price as a negative, but when you factor in the benefits of using a towel over lotion, it may be worth the extra money.

Length of Tan

  • The tan from tan towels lasts about a week. The darkest color appears in the first three days, then the tan gradually fades. The amount of time a tan lasts from a tan towel is the same as from a self-tanning lotion. The reason is only lasts a couple of days is because the skin naturally exfoliates and loses the top layer which contains your tan. Tans from the sun or a tanning bed last a little longer because the UV rays penetrate further.

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