Tanning Oils & Lotions


As the summer sun lights up the world, tanning enthusiasts everywhere hope to get that same golden glow on their skin. But with so many tanning options on the market today, how do you know which to choose? And how do you apply them correctly?

Panama Jack makes it easy to get the bronzed, back-from-the-beach effect you’re looking for.

Prefer a tanning lotion that is ultra-luxurious and multi-functional? You can’t go wrong with our SPF 8 Sunscreen Lotion—a unique water resistant (80 minutes) formula with a light, irresistible tropical fragrance. If you're looking for a 0 SPF tanning oil and the convenient application of a continuous spray, we recommend our best-selling Trophy Oil. Whatever you want from your tanning product, be it a bit of color or a deep tone, we have the perfect oils or lotion for you!

Before you set off in search of that summer glow, here is all the information you need to know about tanning products.


The feel and consistency of tanning oils and lotions may differ, but they both work the same way. Unlike standard SPF sunscreens, these products attract and focus UV rays onto your skin, which activate your body’s melanocytes and cause them to produce melanin at a quicker rate. The more melanin your skin has, the faster it will tan.


Tanning oils and lotions aren’t designed with the goal of protecting your skin, so there are plenty of products that come with zero UV defense. But if you do want some level of sun protection, opt for a tanning product with SPF, or instead, grab a bottle of Broad Spectrum sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher to use while you sunbathe.

When deciding between an oil versus a lotion, you don’t need to worry about the end result, as they work the same way. Instead, shop based on your personal preferences. For those that prefer a fast-absorbing product, a tanning lotion is a great choice. Want that just-out-of-the-water glisten? Tanning oils offer ultimate luminosity. You should also consider the level of moisture you’re looking for. Oils, though water-free, form a barrier over the skin to effectively lock in moisture. Lotions, which generally contain water, are great at adding more hydration.


For best results, apply your tanning oil or lotion similar to how you’d apply sunscreen. Pour a generous amount onto the part of the body you’re covering and spread the product with your hands to form an even layer. When using any of our pump or continuous spray tanning oils, you should also distribute the product by hand after spraying liberally. Be sure to reapply every two hours, or more often if you’ve been swimming or sweating.

No matter which tanning product you choose, there are a few rules of thumb you should follow. First, consider that products with an SPF of less than 15 (including 0 sunscreen products) may not adequately protect against sunburn, and do not offer protection against UVA/UVB rays which may increase the risk of skin cancer and early aging. To decrease this risk, regularly use a sunscreen with a Broad Spectrum SPF of 30 or higher and take other sun protection measures including wearing hats and sunglasses. Additionally, be extra cautious about any areas on your body that are sensitive to the sun, such as your face. Make sure to sunbathe in moderation – ideally seeking shade between 10 am and 4 pm, when the sun's rays are the strongest. If you are heading out for a full day under the sun, consider bringing extra protection like a hat, sunglasses, and umbrella.

By delicately combining nourishing ingredients like cocoa butter, aloe vera, antioxidants, and moisturizing oils, Panama Jack® tanning oils, lotions, and sprays are designed to help you reach your maximum tanning potential as you soak up the sun. View our entire collection of tanning formulas to find the perfect combination for your next day in the sun.

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