What are private label tanning products?

What are private label tanning products?
Is it hard to create private label tanning products?
Ingredients tips for private label tanning products!

As we towards summer, don’t you hear the word “tanning products”? There are a lot of “whitening products” in the market, but at the same time there are demands for tanning products as well, and in this article, I will explain what are they and introduce some of their types. Let’s get started!

Examples of private label tanning products

When we heard the word “tanning products”, I think a lot of you think of lotions, but there are so many types of them. In this section, I would like to give you a brief explanation of tanning products and give you some examples of tanning products in the market.


“tanning products” also known as self-tanning products are products that make skin look as if it has been tanned, rather than actually tanning your skin with ultraviolet rays to create color.
As a lot of you may already know, it has been medically proven that sunburn caused by ultraviolet rays can lead to skin aging, including skin cancer and future skin spots and wrinkles, but at the same time, tanned skin can make your self looks healthy and toned, so without having the risk of getting skin damages, you can have tanned skin by using them.

Also, it is well used for those people who get red skin when they try to tan their skin, so it is quite usable and well demanded.

Products type:lotion

Probably the lotion type is the most popular one in the market because it is quite easy to use. It is recommended to use on the skin after bathing or toning, as dry skin will not glide easily and will be dyed darkly. When applying, use cotton wool or special gloves, and apply by gently sliding them over the skin.

Once the area to be dyed is coated, wait until it dries. Repeat the process of applying and allowing it to dry until the desired color is achieved. Since joints and areas where skin tends to become hard, such as elbows and knees, tend to accumulate dead skin cells, it is best to remove dead skin cells with an exfoliator or scrub to make the skin soft and clean before applying the dye for a clean dye job.

Products type:supplements

Supplements are not really popular as other types but it keeps your tanned skin but there are a few in the market.
The most common active ingredient in tanning pills is a food-coloring additive called canthaxanthin. When you ingest this color additive, it purportedly releases pigment-changing compounds in your skin, and long-term use will make your skin turn darker, however, compared to other products, it appears slowly.

Products type:mousse

Mousse type is also quite easy to use as well. Tanning mousse is a lightweight, foam-based formula that is typically easy to apply and dries quickly. The way of using them is quite similar to the lotion type, it is important to use them after you clean your skin.

Is if safe to use?

When you hear “self tanning”, I think a lot of you wonder if it’s safe to use but it is said to be almost risk-free and cause little damage to the skin. The common ingredients that almost all of the tanning products use are well-known and it is natural ingredients, so you don’t need to be scared of using the.

Since it does not stimulate melanin pigment, there is of course no need to worry about wrinkles or spots!

Popular ingredient for private label tanning products

In this section, let’s get more focus on the ingredients side. There are a lot of tanning products in the market, but there is an ingredient that all of them use which is “DHA”.
Let me explain what that is and give you some other ingredient tips.


DHA (dihydroxyacetone) is an amino acid and amino group of skin keratin to form brown compounds and turn the skin brown. Since this reaction occurs in the outer layer of the epidermis, it does not wash off with water, but it gradually disappears after about two weeks due to skin turnover.

DHA is the most popular ingredient of tanning products, but if you use a product that also include “Erythrulose”, it is said to provide deep, natural wheat-colored skin without unevenness, dryness, or desquamation.

Is DHA safe to use?

DHA is made from sugarcane and sugar beets.
Although it is not a major product in Japan, tanning lotions were already available in the U.S. in the 1960s, and their safety was proven by the FDA in the 1970s.

Exposure to ultraviolet rays and trying to actually darken the skin through sunburn is very damaging to the skin, and there is a high possibility that you will get wrinkles and blemishes in the future. Considering this, DHA, which does not stimulate melanin, may be less dangerous!

Some hydrating ingredients

Although it is said to be safe, in addition to this ingredient, when you are buying self-tanning products, it is important to check to see if they contain skin-beautifying, moisturizing, and skin-conditioning ingredients at the same time.

Here are some examples of them:

  1. ・Aloe Barbadensis
    It works on fibroblasts deep within the skin to stimulate the production of collagen and  
    hyaluronic acid, which keep the skin firm. Actual experimental data has also demonstrated
    its effectiveness in improving wrinkles.
  1. ・Hyaluronic acid
    It has such a high water-holding capacity and it can moisturize the skin so well. It is said
    that 1g of hyaluronic acid can hold approximately 6L of water, and when dissolved in water.
  1. ・Ceramide
    Ceramide strengthens and regulates the skin’s barrier function.
    When your skin has a sufficient amount of ceramide, it gives you fine and plumped up
    skin. The skin is less prone to dryness and the plumping of the skin also has the effect of
    reducing the appearance of pores.
  1. ・Collagne
    It is said to stay on the surface of the skin and keep the moisture it holds. By keeping the skin moist in this way, it is also said to soften external stimuli.

Besides these, there are a lot of moisturizing ingredients so maybe it is important to check the ingredients before you decide to buy, and if you are worried about having allergic, it is also important to do a patch test before you use them.


In conclusion, in this article, I introduced tanning products and there are many different types of tanning products, ranging from lotions to supplements. A good place to start would be with lotions, which are easy to start with and easy to manufacture compared to other type of tanning products.

The main ingredients have been proven safe, however, it cannot be guaranteed that all people will not get allergies, so those who are concerned should perform a patch test or check the ingredients before using them.

I hope this article has helped those who are considering manufacturing tanning products!



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