The Science Behind Tan Accelerators

Let’s talk science. Tan Accelerators speed up your tanning to get you the perfect glow, but how do they work? It’s easy to be confused by the idea of melanin production, and whether it’s going to damage your skin. But we’re here to help explain what’s in them, how they get you tanning quicker, and safer.


Skin colour is determined by your melanin, a pigment which is produced in specialized cells called melanocytes, but they’re different for everyone. The more melanin, the darker the skin, so those who don’t produce enough have light skin, and are more susceptible to sun damage. This is because melanin absorbs light and protect you against 99.9% of UV radiation. Which is why melanin is so important in fighting things like cancer and sun damage in general. When you tan (or burn) your body stimulates melanin, which inflames your skin to protect against sun damage.

So many of us lead lives where it’s hard to see sun all year round, but we go on vacation once or twice a year and experience intense UV rays for a couple of weeks at a time. Which is why encouraging your skin to produce more melanin is so important as it helps protect our skin when we do tan.

What they do

The key purpose of tan accelerators is to encourage your body create more melanin. So, the more melanin, the darker the colour. They can come in other forms, like pills and injections, but generally it’s much safer to apply it as a cream, straight on to the skin. By using tan accelerators, it means that you’ll see better results, and won’t have to spend so much time in the sun. Good for your skin, good for your busy schedule.

What's inside

Our tan accelerator also includes ingredients which nourish the skin to keep it healthy while you’re getting that dream tan. It’ll help your skin repair itself whilst you’re out in the sun, so you don’t have to worry about leaving the sunbed with flaky, damaged skin. And if your skin is hydrated, it’s easier to produce melanin.

In our Tanning Accelerator we’ve added:

Coconut oil. Coconut oil is well known for its moisturizing properties, but it also has a range of antioxidants which help block free radicals from the sun, to help prevent sun burn.

White tea extract, jojoba and vitamin E. These will all help keep your skin as hydrated as possible and soothe any damaged or irritated skin.


By helping your body produce melanin and helping your skin repair itself, you can make sure you get that tan quicker, whilst looking after your skin.

Tan accelerator is usually easier than reaching for the fake tan bottle, as you’re not left with streaks and it’ll last much longer. But it’s always good to use both, as once you’ve bagged that natural tan, you can keep topping it up with self-tanning lotion, so it you can make that tan last longer. It will also keep you moisturized, which is key in the aftercare of sun exposure.

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