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The Difference between our Bronzers

by Jade Newton |

The Difference between our Bronzers

Choosing just one of our lotions can seem like a daunting task. What collection do I choose? What lotion suits my skin type best? And namely, there are FOUR different categories of bronzer? What should I be using? Australian Gold products use a variety of different bronzers: Delayed, Tan Activated, Immediate, and DermaDark®. These all affect the tanning process differently.


What is a bronzer?

"Isn't is just fake tan?". Simply put, no! The main confusion when it comes to choosing a bronzer, is understanding what role they play in tanning lotions. Unlike a fake tan, bronzers come in all different forms and provide different colour developments depending on what you choose.

However the main similarity between them all is that unlike a fake tan, the bronzers in our tanning lotions look natural. In comparison to a fake tan, which is designed to provide an instant, dramatic change in colour, professional tanning lotions have lower levels of bronzer, ensuring your tan looks even and natural. These can be great for those looking for an instant hit of colour from their tanning session, or if you are trying to break through your tanning plateau.


☀️ Delayed Bronzers ☀️

Delayed bronzers provide a gradual colour development which takes places over a few hours after your tanning session. Our most commonly used delayed bronzers are DHA (dihydroxyacetone) and Erythrulose which both increase dark colour. These sugar cane extracts darken proteins in the skin to give an extra boost of colour for fast, visible results, only turning brown after reacting with the skin. Australian Gold only use the highest grade of DHA, ensuring your tan will look natural.

The more DHA is used, the deeper the tan becomes, meaning that the frequency of application affects the depth of colour achieved. Colour from DHA lotions typically lasts between four and seven days and results start to become visible within two to four hours after application (application is fully noticeable after 8-24 hours).

It is recommended to wash hands immediately after the application of a lotion containing DHA as this reacts differently on the palms of the hands compared to the rest of the body. By applying a DHA lotion, a tan's dark colour lasts longer.

The use of a delayed bronzer is great for tanners who are looking for deeper colour than just their natural tan. These are also ideal for those looking for a long-lasting colour. 


australian gold delayed bronzer tanning lotions



☀️ DermaDark® ☀️

DermaDark® is a blend of ingredients which increases the depth of colour in pigmentation due to the stimulation of melanin, even without UV exposure. It  encourages a bronze colour by stimulating melanin formation. It's easy maintenance, streak-free and lasts up to 9 days.

As this does not need UV exposure to encourage tanning, this is a great choice for people with fair skin.

australian gold lotions with derma dark 


☀️ Tan Activated ☀️

Colour boosters in this range are known as Accelerators and Intensifiers as they don't provide any immediate colour gratification. They consist of a blend of Melanin Activating Boosters which help you to reach your own natural, darkest bronze. This technology can only be activated when exposed to UV light. The melanin in these products speeds up the tanning process as it enables the skin to process melanin faster.

These lotions contain melanin, allowing the tanning process to kickstart faster than it would naturally. This makes lotions with tan-activated bronzers ideal for those with skin types 1 & 2 as they will lack high quantities of melanin. Therefore the melanin added to these will encourage a natural tan to develop faster, deeper and with better overall results. 

 australian gold tanning lotion intensifier accelerator



☀️ Immediate / Natural ☀️

All Australian Gold immediate bronzers are made from natural based extracts such as caramel, henna, banana, carrot oil and walnut shell. These add extra colour to the skin to give an immediate glow. This can last between one and two days whilst a natural tan develops underneath, but wash off with water. 

 These bronzers are ideal for those looking for that instant colour gratification.

australian gold immediate bronzer tanning lotions 


Many of our lotions contain a mix of these different types of bronzer to help you achieve the tan that is perfect for you. Many products will contain both an immediate and delayed bronzer as this gives both instant and gradual results, which ensures a long-lasting, developed tan. 

To see our full range of tanning lotions, click HERE to check them out!