California Tan Tanning Lotions

Understanding California Tan’s Step System and Getting to Know Their Tanning Lotions

Hello Tanners.  Over the last few weeks we have received several questions regarding the step system from California Tan.  So we thought we would take a few minutes to explain about the California Tan brand, break down their step system and discuss some of their new 2012 tanning lotions. Let’s get started with their mission statement.

The Sexy Side of Science. Inspired by the carefree, sun-kissed lifestyle of the golden state, California Tan tanning lotions let you live reminiscent of the beaches and playgrounds of the rich, chic and famous. Infused with superior tanning and skin care ingredients, the California Tan scientifically proven, ultra hydrating formulas are available in a patented system that is designed to provide outstanding dark color with advanced skin care that produces luxurious, pampered golden skin.

The Step System is actually very simple. There are three steps and I have broken them down for you below and provided definitions for their various technologies…


Scientifically formulated to jump start the development of a rich, golden-brown base tan. The California Tan Research and Development team believes that Step 1 ingredient VitaTan  is vital to color by providing the skin nutrients and energy to optimize tan development.

VitaTan Defined: This exclusive California Tan ingredient aids in enrichment of the skin’s biological composition through nutrient supplementation. It moisturizes and energizes the skin so that it can efficiently deal with the tanning rays in sunlight or artificial UV light to rapidly build a base tan. VitaTan helps prevent the skin from drying out and allows an even tan to develop by providing a package of “complementary” nutrient moisturizers and activators that are normally present in the skin.


Developed to break through your tanning plateau . California Tan Step 2 products offer your skin a combination of two technologies: CU02 and TRF. These technologies are rich in copper peptides and oxygen to produce break through darker color results.

CU02 Defined: Copper Peptides and oxygen blend to produce this exclusive California Tan ingredient. Both elements energize the skin and contribute to the production of tyrosinase, which plays an essential role in the production of melanin for dark tan development.

TRF Defined: This exclusive and boosted California Tan ingredient increases the elasticity, healthy appearance and general well-being of skin. Tissue Respiration Factors (TRF) have excellent moisturization qualities and promote oxygen intake in the living cells while also enhancing collagen productionand the development of a deep, dark tan.


Scientifically formulated to extend the life of your tan. Infuse your skin with intense hydrating ingredients including VitaTan and CT Protect to drench your skin in nutrients that extend, enhance and complete your look.

CT Protect Defined: Shields skins youthful appearance with nutrients to prevent damage.

OK, so there you have it. Now let’s move on to some of their latest formulas.  California Tan released nine new products this year. We are going to cover our top five favorites but you can check all out by clicking here.

It may seem off subject considering that we just discussed their step system but our first few favorites are not part of a step system. They are killer new tanning lotions though and must be included for that reason. They are part of an all new, hypo allergenic line called Bare Science. Our favorite is called…

Skinny – This is a Dual Use Body Sculpting Intesifier.  It contains Vitamin E which calms and moisturizers the skin, it also tones and tightens using both caffeine and coffee bean extracts. The fragrance, Underwater Garden.  We love the glitter in the tube too!  So pretty :)

Here’s more on Skinny – Not ready to bare it all just yet? Skip the gym and hit the salon instead! This potent hypoallergenic dual use intensifier gives you a boost of flattering bronze color, while SkinniDip Technology sculpts and tones, leaving your skin looking seductively slim.






FirmWe love, Love, LOVE Firm. This bronzer is also in the Bare Science Collection. The packaging is so adorable that it has been submitted for a Design Award but it’s what’s inside that has us completely infatuated with this formula.  It is hypo allergenic and has an amazing mandarin mint fragrance and it gets you so dark but it’s the anti-aging formula we adore above all. They’re calling it UnderAge Technology we are calling it Amazing.

Here’s more: Get ready to get carded! Firmer bronze skin equals younger looking skin. This spectacular hypoallergenic blend of bronzers with DHA provide the darkest results possible, while our Under-Age™ Technology works to take years off the appearance of your skin. Feel the cooling mint and caffeine work to firm and tighten the skin, while a refreshing blend of vitamins and antioxidants fight to neutralize free radicals diminishing the signs of aging.




HD Millionaire Step 3 High Definition Tan Extender– This stuff is unreal.  Anybody who has already tried an HD product (such as HD Ava, HD Bridget, HD Moxie) doesn’t need to be told about how wonderful technologies like High Definition MelaPixel Tanning Technology are. For those of you who haven’t had the pleasure yet, you are missing out. Millionaire is their first tan extender in this line and they refer to it as a Gradual Golden Tan Extender. Another cool thing about it is the fragrance. It has the Sass and Spice scent that was California Tan’s 2011 most popular fragrance. This fragrance is also in their HD Fab lotion.

Here is more on Millionaire: Moisturizing formula infused with DHA and antioxidants to gradually build a stunning golden glow while making your
skin shine in any light. *Moisturizing formula infused with DHA and Antioxidants to gradually build a stunning golden glow while making your skin shine in any light. *CT-Protect™ shields skins youthful appearance with nutrients to prevent damage. *Possess flawless bronze color with High Definition Tanning™ Technology *Achieve even, peak bronze performance standards with streak-free Melapixel™ perfect color technology.



Cypher Face Instant Bronze– This is not a product designed for use in the tanning bed. It is for daily use and it replaces your moisturizer, your primer and your foundation. It uses CellSpeak Technology which is an age defying code that supports optimum skin rejuvenation. In essence, it’s amazing stuff and it goes a long way.

Here’s more: Cypher Face Instant Bronze – Gentle blend adds an Instant Flattering Bronze Glow while softening the appearance of skin imperfections including a lack of skin pigmentation Lightweight concentrate Dries Quickly for perfect results and Washes Off  *Gentle blend adds an Instant Flattering Bronze Glow while softening the appearance of skin imperfections including a lack of skin pigmentation *Lightweight concentrate Dries Quickly for perfect results and Washes Off when you desire *Non-Comedogenic formula will not clog pores *Fragrance Free to accommodate all skin types *Supports optimum skin rejuvenation with advanced age-defying code of Cell Speak Complex™ *Approx. 138 pumps per bottle. 2 pumps per use lasts 66 uses (2+ months), 1 pump per use get 138 uses (4+ months)



Expose Au Natural Bronzer– Step One Tanning Lotion with Bronzer. It’s no secret that I am a huge fan of the Expose Moisturizer and Body Wash so take a moment to imagine my face when I first learned that they finally had added a lotion to the line and a lip product too.  It was a happy day for me.  All smiles :)  I absolutely love the scent and the feel of these products. This contains the Renovage Age Reversing Technology which helps to rebalance skin’s functions for prolonged color and natural bronzers plus shea butter. It’s simply wonderful.

Here’s more on Expose Au Natural Bronzer: Flaunt your bold, bronze, bare-it-all side and bask in the rich, skin nourishing hydration of Exposé™ Luxe Body Collection. *Reveals a perfect bronze glow with All Natural Bronzers that speed up dark results *Luscious Shea Butter delivers healthy skin-soothing benefits *CT-Protect™ shields skins youthful appearance with nutrients to prevent damage *Accelerate and build the ultimate golden color with Vitatan™ 2010 *Packed with anti-aging Nutrients to neutralize free radicals. *Sexy Pomegranate Fragrance

So there you have it tanners, everything you need to know about the Step System, the brand and the best of the newest tanning lotions out there. We welcome your input. Comment awaya nd have a beautiful day!

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