Whether you’re hoping to moisturize your skin or achieve a sun-kissed radiance, tanning lotion is a convenient solution. But to continue improving your complexion, your products need to be properly stored and cared for. Use the following tips to ensure your favorite bottle lasts for as long as possible.

How Best to Store Your Tanning Lotion

1. Opt for Room Temperature

While this beauty product might prepare your skin for the heat of UV lamps, the full bottle requires more careful treatment. To maximize its shelf life, keep your tanning lotion in a cool, dark place, such as your bathroom medicine cabinet. While it’s important to follow the storage instructions on the label, most lotions call for room temperature environments—around 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Make It Your Last Purchase of the Day

If you have several errands planned for the day, make shopping for tanning lotion the last stop before heading home. This will limit the amount of time the bottle has to spend in an unoccupied vehicle.

As your car sits in the sunlight on a hot day, temperatures can reach upwards of 170 degrees. This alone may result in a chemical reaction that ruins your tanning lotion. However, the sudden shift when you power on the AC will only make things worse. After a trip to the salon, double-check that you’ve brought the bottle back in your purse or pocket.

3. Ensure a Tight Seal

tanning lotionIf you leave the cap off or open on your tanning lotion, it’s bound to expire faster than a tightly sealed bottle. Especially if you keep your bottle in the bathroom or kitchen—where hot water produces steam—it’s easy for moisture to sneak into the opening and leave beads of condensation inside the bottle. Unfortunately, your tanning lotion won’t be as effective when watered down.

If you’re headed for vacation, remove the cap and place plastic wrap underneath it before screwing it back on. This will prevent air from getting into the product and prevent leakage during your travels.


If you’re looking for a new bottle of tanning lotion, head to Touch of Bronze Tanning Salon in Stillwater, OK. They carry a broad selection of top-tier bronzing and self-tanning lotions, which can be used to protect your skin before a session in the tanning bed or to preserve and enhance your existing tan. When picking up your bottle of Australian Gold® or Designer Skin®, you can also make an appointment for their spray or sunless tanning services. Learn more about their offerings by visiting the website or call (405) 533-1826 to speak with a staff member.