Now, I have always been cautious of fake tan as I hate looking like a tangerine, however I have found THE BEST fake tan! It's affordable, you don't smell like a bakery and it doesn't make you go orange! Brilliant!
No 7's Quick Dry Tinted Lotion is a wear off fake tan that can be used for both the face and body. I purchased this from Boots about 3 months ago and I still have loads left! I even use it on my face I am that confident with the product!
It is about £12 normally but I recommend getting it when Boots have the £5 off No7 voucher! Bargain!
It says that you can rub it on with your hands but I always recommend a fake tan mitt as firstly is stops your hands from going an odd colour and secondly it creates an even appearance on your skin. And another advantage is that is can be washed off easily too!
So my tip for using this product is to put it on after a bath/shower at night, sleep on it and in the morning have a shower/bath. Do this a few days before a night out or whenever you feel like having a tan and you will have a natural glow to your skin!
After searching high and low for the perfect fake tan- i finally found it! Beleive me i have tried them all too- from cheap tan wipes to st tropez! Below i will try to give you a quick rating of each- to save you time and pennies searching for the perfect tan.
* Johnsons Holiday Skin- This is a gradual tanner, comes in two differant colour tones for fair and darker skin. In my honest opinion this is terrible, it smells disgusting and when you rub it in it crumbles together and rubs of your skin in little lumps! Also, it is very patchy and sticky, someone with darker skin could probably pull it of- but at about £3 a bottle i found it a waste of money and time!
Boots Spray tan- This is a fairly decent tan, sprays on in a light mist.. doesnt smell too bad and gives decent coverage. It is a bit pricey at £6 a bottle too.
Nivea Gradual self tanning lotions- This is simlar to Johnsons, however even patchier if that is possible!
Banana Boat Instant Tanning Mousse- this is brilliant, you get instant colour to see where you are applying it and blends in great. The only downside to this is that it doesnt wear of very well- after 3 days or so it wears of in patches. Cost me £1 from pound shop and was well worth it- a true bargain.
St Tropez- Does what it says, but beware- will ruin your bed sheets and is very costly at about £20 a bottle! You do get a very natural looking tan from it however and its long lasting.
The Avon Range- Dont even go there with this one, im an Avon Rep yet i wouldnt even reccomend it to my customers for commision! Barely any colour change at all and very sticky. The price rang starts at £3, however its not worth it.
Now for my two ultimate favourites- St Morez and Quick and Easy tan wipes. Beleive me when i say this, i have tried them all and these are the best.. and cheapest too! St Morez i tried in the mousse and spray- both are fantastic.. instant colour and long lasting too. No streaking as you get the instant colour to see where you have applied it. St Morez costs £2.99 and i get about 5 full body applications from each bottle. The tan wipes are perfect for the face and body- you get a natural colour, which if you apply over days builds up into a beautiful even tan and at a £1 a pack for 25 wipes they are a bargain!
Also a little tip here for fellow self tan fanatics... if you make a mistake and end up with patches or orange hands.. apply tootle paste to them and leave for a minute then rinse and wipe. I dunno how it works but it does, i use it on my hands and the odd time i get dark elbows.
Well I'm addicted to self tan so having tried most and failed, I was tempted to try a new product called Unreal Body Bronze by my friend who tops up her spray tan by the same company. Different packaging from the usual brown and golds too. As usual I was very nervous but as I had a hen night to go out on I decided to give it a try. I've basically tried the lot and I am mainly orange afterwards - not a good look! Very easy to apply and I did exfoliate beforehand, I applied once and was amazed at the colour - not too dark and definitely not orange - hurray! It didn't smell as bad as Fake Bake and St. Tropez which really stink on me so that was another very big plus. I'm now hooked on this stuff and am sticking with this one - for now anyway.
After trying many different fake tans from St Tropez to Fake Bake each with their ups and downs, I thought I would try the Vita Liberata's Rich Silken Chocolate recommended to me by a friend. It claimed to counteract every hate I've encountered with tans, i.e streak free (aren't they all!) dries instantly, doesn't smell but the best quality of all is that it is organic!! This means it doesn't damage the skin as it's alcohol- free or contain the potentially cancerous parabens which apparently most other tans do. I am not a big user of fake tan, so if I am going to use it I will be safe when I do. I have told all of my friends (especially the ones who wear it all the time, as that paraben thing has scared me) who all agree with me that that Vita Liberata is the Best!!!
I am a fake-tan addict! I live in a little town in the South West of Scotland near the coast where we only get sun once or twice a year (okay, I'm kidding but it's pretty miserable weather here). My skin used to be ghostly white all year round until my 2 weeks away in the sun where I might go the tiniest little bit bronze-ish and then back to my normal white.
Well, one day (a few years ago) I bumped into my cousin while on the beach and commented on her lovely golden tan and asked if she'd been on holiday. Turned out she'd gotten from a bottle and it put the idea into my head. I forgot about it for a little while until I had a big party for a friend I hadn't seen in months coming up. Was far too afraid to fake tan myself so instead I went into a salon and booked myself in for a spray "Fake Bake".
On the day of my Fake Bake I was a little nervous - I couldn't imagine myself standing semi-naked in front of a stranger while she studied me and sprayed me all over. I didn't have anything to worry about! I went into the salon, was shown into a little room with a screen and a big fan and asked to strip down into my underwear. I kept my bra on this time and just tucked my straps into the front being the shy girl I am! Then she knocked and came back in and started talking away to me as she sprayed me. It only took me a minute or two to relax and all I had to do was hold my legs and arms out here and there and it was over and done within 10 minutes. Afterwards she told me to stand infront of the fan for 5 minutes and then get dressed and go back through to the front of the salon. Easy peasy!
The tan was flawless and gorgeous and became the start of a (so far) 3 year long addiction! I've been to different salons and found the experience pretty much the same although there's quite a difference in price and the brands of fake tan. Price seems to range from £15.00 - £30.00. My favourite brands are Fake Ban and California Tan. I also like Xen Tan but it's pretty much the same results for a bit more expensive.
I soon realised that I really couldn't afford to have my tan done professionally every time and decided to have a go at DIY. I went to see my usual beautician who sold me a bottle of Fake Bake and gave me some tips. I went home and tried it out and the results were actually pretty decent. I then went on to try different brands and types of tan. I only ever get a professional tan applied when I'm going on holiday now! My top 3 for applying at home are -
1) St Moriz mousse - Only £2.99 a bottle in TJ Hughes, it's a nice light brown mousse and a bottle lasts ages. You can see exactly where you are applying and if you have any streaks. I really like this because you can choose how thickly to apply it and see exactly how dark it will go. Your tan will develop into the same colour as the guide colour on your skin.
2) Fake Bake lotion - This would be my No1 if it wasn't for the price! It costs about £15 a bottle although cheaper if you can find it on the internet. It's dead easy, just slap it on as thickly and messy as you want before you go to bed and shower it off in the morning. Looks a bit like a mud pack when first applied but well worth it in the morning.
3) U-Glo spray - Again, I found this in TJ Hughes for about £3.00 but I haven't been able to find it cheap since. It's a small spray can and usually lasts 1 application plus 1 light top-up application. Unlike my other favourite products it doesn't have a guide colour but it does leave a mist on your skin so you can see if you've missed any places. I like this one because you don't have to rub it in and it only takes a few seconds to dry.
Hopefully one of these works for you! I also have a few tips which will help you to get the hang of fake tanning and stop wasting money at the salon!
Day before tanning day - take a long hot shower/bath and exfoliate well using a loofah on body and a face scrub. Shave/wax - do not do this on the same day as you'll get funny patches! Moisturise.
Immediately before tanning - put gloves on or use a tanning mit. Put moisturiser thickly on knees, elbows, feet and the back of your hands (not your palms). Dont rub it in.
Apply the tan in circles all over avoiding the moisturised places and your face. Rub a tiny bit of tan into your hands and mix it in with all the moisturised places. Mix the tan half and half with moisturiser before applying to your face or you'll go orange! Also rub in moisturiser between your wrists so you can't see a line between your palms and arms!
Get dressed when your skin is touch dry (speed it up with a hairdryer if you want). If you're using a tan with a guide colour put old clothes on as it DOES stain no matter which brand you use. It will wash out of most things except whites where it goes a funny pink colour.
Rinse off next day/8 hours later and you'll have a lovely tan! Moisturise every couple of days to keep your tan and top up once or twice a week.
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I was looking for a fake tan that wouldnt mke me look like i was a umpa lumpa. in other make me look orange!!
i am quite pale so want to have a bit of colour for the summer!
i have tried so many fake tans in the past it is un real!!
i also wanted to try to find one that didnt smell horrible.....you all know the sort of smell i am talking about. my boyfriend hates the stink, especially in the morning as it seems to get worse!!!
anyway i decided to splash out a bit to get a good one.
i was looking in BOOTS at all the wonderful fake tans on offer.
then the brand MAKE BELIEVE caught my eye.
i read the gradual self tan bottle and thought the would be the best one to get at first then i would look tanned staight away which would make it obvious i had just slapped the fake tan on!!
i also bought the mini pack which includes -
Night Time Tan that you put o your face before bed
Gradual Seld Tan that you can put on anytime
Self Tan this is the tan that develops in 2 hours
i have tried them all and have to say they are fab!! the smell is lovely and the net morning you can barely smell it!!
it gives you a lovely tan colour.
so even though it is expensive it is definitly worth the money. i would buy it again
I must have tried every single Fake Tan there is over the last 6 or 7 years and have only really found one that is any good "St Tropez".
I'm not mega white I do have a little bit of a Spanish or Italian look people have always said but always wanted a really good tan to make me feel that i am looking my best.
Now when I was 18 for about a year I used sun beds frequently like 3 -4 days a week for 15 minutes at a time, it was expensive £3 for 3 minutes from what I can remember but I did get a really nice tan but soon stopped when I saw what the sun beds were doing to my skin, making me get wrinkles in-between my chest although I haven't used sun beds for a very long time, (im 28 now) I must say im very temped to go back on them again mainly because the colour you get and the way it makes you feel. But it's simply not worth it with the risk of skin cancer, and I also don't want to look like im made out of leather when I hit my 40s.
I since have had a worrying mole on my toe, It was never there before but hasn't really changed and I have had it seen by 2 doctors at 2 different times and they both said just to come back if anything had changed although it still worries me as it was never part of me before.
So self tanning is the way to go they say, well in my experience its not the greatest thing to do to yourself either, Now what I mean by that is I always thought it was me who was putting on the tan wrong that's why it was patchy, streaky at times, too orange because of certain products so ended up buying more expensive ones but last week I decided to get a lady around to do my nails and fake tan.
It's all about trial and error I was about 17 when I tried my first fake tan, not really paying attention to what I was doing I woke to find I was bright orange, had the brightest orange palms you had ever seen as I hadn't washed my hands afterwards oh I must have looked a right mess.
I did it again and again to myself for the last 7 years and I think only on one occasion was I happy with the result and that was when I used St Tropez self tan, I Exfoliated and washed the day before and then before bed I put it on and went to bed, It was messy and smelled a bit of that tan smell you get but when I had a shower the next day the tan was even and nice, not orange.
But a few days after I had the tan it was going patchy and I never knew how to get my hands looking normal without them going orange as I have very dry hands even more so in winter, more then the normal person it seems.
I have now found the best fake tan product ever and that's St Tropez every day it's about £11 for a big bottle and you can get it from www.fragrancedirect.co.uk which I have done a review on.
There are 2 strengths Fair to Medium and Medium to Dark, now I've tried the darker one and I found it was a bit too dark for me as I want a natural glow.
It's a tinted self tan moisturiser like Johnsons Holiday Skin which is another awful product which makes you orange and feels greasy don't recommend it at all.
So go for the tinted self moisturiser and the fair to medium if you have white skin and see how you get on! It's the best one I've ever tried and I've tried a hell of a lot of fake tans and tinted moisturisers.
****STAY AWAY FROM****
And the cheaper brands I have used and they have always made me orange and streaky, it's worth paying more if you want a more natural look. In fact I wouldn't touch a self tan again only the tinted ones that build up slowly that you can put on every day.
**** MY SPRAY TAN****
The beautician came last Monday and very professional so I had no worries she popped up the tent and I stripped off to just my undies!! But once you have been through child birth bearing your breasts does not really bother you.
She sprayed me all over very well and I had 2 choices of the strength of tan I wanted, I said give me the strongest.
She was using Fake Bake and I knew that had a good name so I was not worried but wow it was dark but didn't look bad, well not until the morning when I got up and washed It off to reveal I still had really dark skin that just seemed a bit too un natural.
I did tell her I had really dry hands but she said it would be ok as the tan has moisturiser in, but the problem I had was my hands were just so orange, it was awful and for the last week i have been covering them up wearing gloves and long sleeve tops.
When I look in the mirror the tan is disappearing slowly, however its patchy and doesn't look good at all, I would be very disappointed even more so if I had this sort of thing done for a special occasion like my wedding! Ekkk here comes the orange tangoed bride! Urmmm no not a good look.
I paid £20 for this tan and thought with it being done by a professional that it would turn out fabulous but I just looked too Jodi Marsh it was untrue! I also prepped my skin all week with exfoliating and making sure it was in tip top condition but it still didn't work out well.
So my conclusion with self tans is they are messy even when done professional it didn't turn out good.
It's hard to fake your skin colour!
I've tried so many different fake tans and I definitely think this is the best one. I'd much prefer this type of developing tan rather than an instant one because I think it looks much more natural and you don't have to fear the rainy days when it might wash off! I think this tan is much better than the other developing tans. It claims to be non-greasy and non-sticky for a natural looking tan, and I think this is the case. If you use a mitt it goes on really easily and it isn't greasy at all. I find that it dries quickly and you can put on two to three applications within about half an hour. I also find this gives the best result. The only drawback is that for the inexperienced self tanner it isn't tinted so you can't see where you've applied it- however heres a good tip: if you mix it with a tiny bit of instant tanner you can see exactly where you've applied it!
a few months ago I bought two cans of 'Sun' from QVC to try as it was on offer - £19 (I think) for both cans 150ml inc p&p.
The only shade that was available was 'ultra dark' so I ordered it knowing that QVC give a thirty day money back guarantee.
I was a little worried as I have auburn hair and so have the pale/prone to freckles-type skin but to be honest this was the best tanning product I have ever bought.
The effect is instant, did not streak and left no stains on my clothes.
Also it is instant drying so you do not have to dance around the room waiting for it to dry.
You know how some fake tans have that horrible distinctive smell? this one does not!
The only thing I've found is that the spray comes out a bit blotchy towards the end of the can? but if I had the money I would buy 'Sun' all the time purely because of the result.
I have been using fake tan since i was 14 (12 years ago) i would hate to look back at photos of me with some of the fake tans i used! I used to be so orange and streaky sometimes and its hard to trust a brand these days because you see girls aften with uneven streaky tan. I have used a lot and the one that i would highly recommend has got to be St Tropez. With St Tropez you have 3 steps. Step 1 is the body polisher which is an exfoliant.You use step 1 2-3 days a week you just massage it on your body while in the bath or shower.This is to prepare your skin for an even tan and to even any tan you have already so it doesnt go patchy when fading.
Step 2 is a body moisturiser that you use before the tan is applied it helps achieve a real nice natural looking shade.You can also use this moisturiser before using a sunbed to achieve your maximum tanning potential.
Step 3 is the St Tropez self tanner which is available in mousse, cream or spray.I personally reccomend the mousse as it glides over very smoothly and evenly.
You can even buy St Tropez gloves (i use normal throw away plastic gloves) as this does stain your hands and nails.
I apply a coat of this every 10 days but i do apply it more often if i am going somewhere special.
These products are quite expensive but you only need a small amount of all steps so they do last well.
Thanks for reading and hope this helps if your looking to find information on which fake tan to use as this is defo my fave.
I have tried the Fake Bake tanning mouse before and would highly recommend it so I thought I would try the Fake Bake Airspray Tan. It is like a spray tan but comes out of a spray cannister. It cost a few pounds more than the mouse but it does come in a large bottle and contains gloves.
At first I was a bit dubious about doing a spray tan myself at home and was tempted to just go back to the mouse. I did infact give the spray a go. I stood in my shower (thank god) and began to spray the tan on. The tan will spray in all directions even upside down. The tan did run when it is first sprayed on so is best to be rubbed in. Also as a result of the tan running, I now have very very dark soles of my feet. The tan like the mouse does leave a guide colour which is brown so you are able to see where the tan is. I was able to spray my back and other hard to reach areas without help.
The tan like other tans does have a funny smell which does go - eventually. Otherwise the tan was very even and a nice colour.
As I am soon returning back to university I obviously want to look great for going back as do many. My hair is now sorted after the dilemma in my previous review No Blonde Ambition Here but now I wanted to look like I had been away on holiday and not like I had been in Scotland all summer even though I have. After reading through my Glamour magazine I came across an article on fake tanning. I know many of my friends who use sun beds but the idea just doesnt appeal to me so I then came across their recommendation of LOreal Sublime Bronze Tanning Spray. I already had a faint tan from the days I did get some sun but it wasnt really strong enough and I wanted to look healthy and like Id just come back from a few weeks on a beach holiday.
I was a bit put off by the price of £11.99 though since I only wanted to test the product and might not like it. My solution to this problem was eBay I wasnt sure if anyone would list the product but I tried and low and behold there were some auctions up for it. I ended up getting a full and unused bottle for £4 which was a bargain so for those in the same position Id suggest looking on eBay there are a lot of unused bottles up and even with postage they are half the price. Also, if you like the product and want to regularly buy it, it makes it a hell of a lot cheaper.
So, I am new to fake tanning as I have always criticised people who have a streaky look as it makes me cringe. The reason I had decided I might try this one is because I wanted some colour and I had heard great things about this one saying it does give a natural tan and no streaky effects. I looked up a few websites about fake tanning and decided that I would follow the process properly to avoid and streakiness or uneven patches. So, it is first recommended that you exfoliate so I got a scrub and got rid of all of the dead skin and wanted to even out my skin as I had some dark/light areas from my real tan which I wanted to even out. Once this is done, it recommends to shave your legs and get your skin perfect then afterwards to use body lotion to makes the skin absorb better.
Once I had done all this I was ready to spray. The packaging is quite nice and summery; it is in a bronze cylindrical can. It has an amber coloured nozzle and on the front the text is in brown and white colours to give a beachy and bronze look to the package. It gives directions of use on the back and caution so that you know what not to do.
So I held the bottle at arms length away from my body as it recommends so not to apply unevenly. One thing I found right away difficult was pushing down the top to get the spray out it was really hard to push and I panicked because I didnt want to spray too much on one area and get it looking horrible. It was quite easy to apply once I got the right hold of the bottle and I sprayed evenly all over, well I hoped.
The spray is clear so you cant tell if you have sprayed too much at one part. Once you think you have sprayed right you rub it in so that it is even and absorbs well. It makes the floor slidy afterwards and even the bottle becomes hard to grip when you have sprayed a while. Id say the bottle could get about three full uses out of it though as it does take quite a bit. At first you cant see anything and I didnt notice much of a change.
Afterwards I let the spray dry in so you have to wear very loose fitting clothes though as you want it to dry properly. Dont wear white as this gets tan colour on it, you may not think you are tanning but white clothing shows you are. Body lotion before also makes it quite sticky but I still recommend this step as I feel it made the spray go on nicer.
A few hours later, I started to notice I had gotten slightly darker but still not too dark and it seemed even enough. At night Id noticed some areas had gone a bit streaky which I was unhappy about but it wasnt until I woke up in the morning I noticed the real colour show. Over night it must really absorb but I woke up a golden colour which was really nice. I decided that day though that the patches I wasnt happy about I was going to use my scrub on to get rid of them so that I truly was evenly tanned. After I had done this I looked and it had worked now I really was evenly coloured all over. The only slight tell tale is the hands which on the palms go golden but after my second day I managed to get the palms back to normal by scrubbing them too.
It recommends on the bottle to use daily until achieved colour but for me being slightly tanned already it was enough to just use it once a week. It also recommends using two or three times a week but like I say it depends how dark you want to be. The colour lasts quite well but once a week is best to keep the colour nice.
Overall, I am very happy with my first use of fake tanning spray. This one was a good one to use first, not too pricey even at £11 but obviously £4 is better. It gave me a nice colour, great results so now I can happily return to university no longer feeling too pale. It is easy enough to use and even though at first I panicked about a few streaks if you use a scrub to get rid of the dead skin then it should be perfect. This can be bought at the likes of Tesco, Boots and Superdrug.
After using Johnson's Holiday Skin with a level of dedication bordering on Obsessive Compulsive, and then having somebody tell me 'God you're even paler than me!', I decided to stop chickening out and try a real fake tan for the first time in my whole life!
(well, ok, the FIRST time was 2 years ago with Ambre Solaire No Streaks Bronzer, which made me smell like a biscuit factory, but lets just ignore that for now )
PRICE AND PACKAGING
L'Oreal Sublime Bronze usually costs £10.99, but it was on offer in Boots with 1/3 off. I don't think that this is a bad price - not stupidly expensive like St Tropez, but it is enough to give me confidence in the product.
The packaging is clear, so that you can see the dark orange gel inside, with an orange flip cap. It has orange, gold and white colours on the front. It looks quite nice, although how excited can a girl get about the packaging really?! The downside of the plastic packaging however is that it is slippery when you hold it with product on your hands. The upside is that you can see how much you have used!
'Sublime Bronze is a non-greasy self-tanning gel with a smoothing effect, which is easy to apply and dries rapidly. From only one hour it give the skin a golden glow, with an instant velvety touch.'
Well, let's just see about that shall we
PRE-APPLICATION (read this if you're not a self tan veteran!)
Before using any fake tan, you should cleanse, exfoliate and LIGHTLY moisturise.
I recommend taking a shower rather than a bath, as soaking can make your skin prune and is more likely to open your pores up. Taking a quick bath is ok though.
You can either use any exfoliating body wash (try Sanctuary or Body Shop) or a simple flannel / shower puff (my personal preference). Don't rub your skin raw - you are only doing this to remove the dead skin cells, not the living ones ;-) Pay particular attention to knees, ankles and elbows.
I also recommend that if you want to shave your legs, do this the day after you apply, or you'll get horrible brown dots that you can't get rid of.
Once you are out of the bath/shower, use a light moisturiser all over your body, especially on the knees, elbows and ankles. Wait until the moisturiser is completely absorbed (at least half an hour to an hour), otherwise your tan won't settle and it will either be streaky or not show up at all. I should say that if you don't have particularly dry skin, you would probably be ok missing this step out, and just do your ankles, elbows and knees.
I sat myself on an old towel and put on my latex gloves. I usually wear an old black thong to do this, as leaving a bit of my natural skin colour helps me to judge how tanned I look! There's a tip!
As it is a gel, it glides on really easily. This makes it better value for money as you don't need to slather it on (if you put too much on it feels VERY slimy and not very nice at all!) It does have a scent to it, but it is not unpleasant.
Around my ankles, knees and feet I used a bit of extra moisturiser after applying the tan, which helps it to blend better.
I also applied a thin film to the top of my hands and feet using a cotton wool ball.
Lastly, I applied it directly to my face without diluting it with moisturiser. I was a bit nervous about this, but thought, what the hell!
Although it claims to dry rapidly and be non-greasy, I can tell you that this is a darned lie!
It will take at least an hour to dry. It doesn't feel slimy if you use the right amount, but makes your skin slightly tacky to the touch. After half an hour or so, I cover up with a dressing gown. I wear loose PJs to bed, as I have white sheets, and the tan DOES make them dirty! But it does wash out on a normal wash, so that is good.
I found that I needed to apply it 2 nights in a row before I looked tanned. As yet I haven't applied it 3 times in a row, because I'm too lazy, but I think that this would give me a nice, fairly strong tan.
The colour you get would probably depend on your current skin tone, but on my very fair skin it is a golden brown (instead of a muddy/deep brown). If you want a very deep brown, St Tropez seems to be the way to go, but Sublime Bronze gives a more natural colour.
After using it, I went to visit friends and family who I hadn't seen for four months - and they all believed me when I said it was real!
Easy to apply
Lasts a while - maybe a month of using every 2 days.
Silky skin (that claim is actually true!)
A bit tacky - doesn't dry very quickly
Marks bed sheets AND clothes (but all tanners probably do, and it washes out)
Not an 'overnight transformation' tanner but this is not necessarily a bad thing.
Living in a hot country probably means that I spend less time in the sun now than I ever did in Scotland. Several reasons for that:
1. It is simply too hot
2. I have a business to run
3. The health risks associated with exposure to the sun
4. I just dont enjoy lying in the sun.
Despite the fact that we have 300 days of sunshine per year, I am probably less tanned than most holidaymakers on a fortnights break.
One of my clients owns a health and beauty salon and kindly invited me for a complete makeover loads of fun, a chance to be spoiled rotten for a day and an opportunity to use all those products that I didnt have the nerve, time or inclination to try myself.
One such product was the Fantasy Spray Tanning Booth. I have never tried any form of fake tan or sunbed and quite frankly didnt really have notion to use this system, but, since it was a gift, I didnt have the heart to say no.
What is involved?
First of all I was asked to strip off and wear only a paper thong, then I was given a moisturiser to cover the top of my feet, soles of my feet and hands. I had to slip into a pair of paper slippers, pop on a paper hat to completely cover my hair, and after all that, was shown to the tanning booth.
The tanning booth itself is about the size of a single shower cabinet and looks just like that. It has a series of knobs on the front where you can select the depth of tan. It also has instructions on how to achieve perfect cover. I would recommend that you read these very carefully. The instructions are also illustrated but, as I am not very good with stick men illustrations, it was a bit of a waste of time for me. I then entered the tanning booth and listened to the instructions of the therapist. I was told to close my eyes and mouth (that was the difficult part..lol) and stand facing the back wall. There then followed a hissing sound and I was squirted with liquid from various jets on the wall. I then had to turn to the side and stand as if I was running a race (must have looked a bit ridiculous in the paper thong, slippers and hat), the hissing and squirting was repeated. I then had to face the front, then the other side while the booth hissed and squirted around me. The whole thing took about 15 seconds and I emerged from the capsule, thinking I was going to have a wonderful all-over tan hah!!!!
I looked down to see all this goo running down my body and wondered what on earth had happened. However, this was normal!!!! I was given a pair of mitten like gloves, padded with a sort of J-cloth surface, the therapist donned a similar pair and informed me that she would do the back and I could do the front. There then followed a frenzied ten minutes while we massaged and rubbed in the tan Well, it certainly looked better after that, no more streaky or runny bits. I couldnt get dressed for another twenty minutes as it needed time to dry, but apart from that it felt fine. My skin felt really soft and the smell of the liquid was quite pleasant. I had a nice healthy glow (but then I had chosen the lowest setting) with not a hint of orange.
How safe is it?
Prior to having this treatment and after the horrendous tales of sunbeds, I researched this product and discovered the following information. The tanning product itself contains dihydroxyacetone (DHA) as the active ingredient. It is a colourless product derived from glycerine that interacts with the animo acids in dead skin to produce a brown colour change. Since the dead skin cells are constantly being shed, the colour change achieved by DHA lasts for around 7 days. DHA is not absorbed into the skin and has no known toxicity. So basically I was coating my skin in glycerine to stop it absorbing any of the product and then painting the glycerine brown then when it all flaked off, I would be back to my usual skin colour sounded pretty safe to me. An additional safety factor is that DHA has been listed with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a safe product since 1973. Apparently it is safe enough to use with skin conditions like psoriasis and dermatitis, although I would do a double check and a skin test before using it if I suffered from either of these conditions.
Did it last?
You cannot shower for 10 hours and my first shower after that was a bit of a shock it all appeared to be running off, at least the water at my feet was very brown. I was scared to look at the cream bath towel, but it was ok, no brown tan streaks and the tan appeared to have stuck to my body. So far, so good. I have two showers a day and it did last a full seven days. Well, most of it lasted seven days..it did start to get a bit patchy. I dont know if that was due to my overzealous exfoliating in the shower, but I did start to have a sort of giraffe-like appearance, fortunately on parts of my body that I could keep covered. My heels also took on a life of their own, appearing very dark and leathery, so sandals had to be put away for a few days but, apart from that, it was fine.
How much does it cost?
I believe that the treatment costs between 25-35pounds in the UK, depending on the salon, and lasts for around a week. For your money you get a treatment, a rub down, paper thong, paper hat and paper slippers...oh, and not forgetting the mittens.
Would I recommend it?
As an alternative to lying in the sun or using a sunbed, yes, I certainly would, and I do believe that you obtain a much more even coverage than any cream or lotion based products. However, it is a bit of a palaver with all that rubbing in at an incredibly fast pace and making sure that every part of you is covered. Having said that, the whole thing from spraying to finishing rubbing in has to be completed in about 15 minutes, Add to that, the 20minutes drying time and it is a pretty quick way to achieve a nice all-over tan without any sand getting into awkward places.
I would recommend it if you have a special occasion or want a good pick-up in the middle of winter you will certainly have a nice healthy glow to your skin. Im not sure if I will use it again, but it is nice to know that it is there should I feel the need to change from my usual pale colour.
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