“ Brand: Boots / Tanner / Type: Mitt / What it does: Tans, „
Stop the dreaded tan hands!!
You know how it is, you think you have applied your fake tan quite well and you are sure you have washed it off your hands perfectly and then a few hours later when it has had time to develop you look down at your hands and they are that horrible biscuit orange colour with staining around the nails and no amount of scrubbing will get rid of it, you just have to wait a few days for it to wear off and in the mean time everyone knows your tan is now fake, eek!! I suffered this one too many times and so decided to try applying my tan with this really handy Boots Soltan self tan mitt.
The mitt is basically a bit like a big glove but it doesn't have any fingers in it which is why it's called a mitt. I find my hands slips in easily and there is actually a nice material inside which stops it from slipping and sliding off my hands when I am trying to apply the fake tan.
Boots say that, "this mitt allows you to achieve a streak-free, natural-looking tan with no mess. The applicator mitt is water resistant to ensure hands remain stain free." I find the mitt really easy to use to apply the lotion. I squeeze out some of the fake tan onto my skin and then use the really nice velvety material of the mitt to smooth the lotion over my body. I find the mitt slides over my skin well when it has been lubricated with some lotion and I feel like I am really coating my skin properly rather than missing parts In fact when I first started using this mitt I was really impressed at the way my body parts that usually ended up a bit patchy and streaky didn't look like that. My feet were usually the worst and never really rubbed in properly but by using this mitt I have stopped that so it's been really good.
Obviously Boots say that you should use this mitt in conjunction with Boots fan take products but I use them with Dove or Garnier lotions and it works just as well so there really is no brand loyalty that you need to stick to.
Afterwards I don't need to wash my hands because they have not come in contact with any fake tan. I do however always make sure I wash out the mitt to stop it from staining and getting all crusty with old fake tan on it. It washes out fine and is good to use again when I need it.
All in all, a good idea if you like to apply fake tan. You can purchase a mitt in Boots and it costs £2.66.
I fake tan myself quite a lot using a combination of tan prolongers in summer to keep my natural tan looking good and proper fake tan in winter when I am pale and pasty and needing a bit of colour. One item which is a must when it comes to fake tanning properly is a fake tan mitt.
I have been using a St Tropez tanning mitt for years but I left my previous one in a hotel and when I went to Boot's to buy a new one they didn't have any in stock so I decided to buy the tanning mitt from the Soltan range as I have used Soltan products before and thought they were really good for an own brand.
The mitt was inexpensive and only cost £3.99 and I think that for under £5 it is a really good one. It makes putting on fake tan so much easier as the tan just literally glides all over the skin and makes streaking much less likely. It also stops you from getting the horrible orange palms which you can easily get with using fake tan.
The mitt can be reused time and time again as you simply wash it in some warm soapy water when you are finished with it and then leave it to dry for the next time that you want it. It doesn't shrink or lose its shape and remains the right size for my hand as it fits it securely but isn't tight or too big so that my hand is falling out of it.
I have been using this for a while now and it is still looking and feeling in good condition and I will probably continue using it for a few more months before I think I will need to buy a new one. When the time comes I will happily buy this again as it is just as good as any other mitt I have used and although it is only slightly cheaper than the St Tropez mitt a saving is still a saving at the end of the day.
I am not one of these people who goes all out on the fake tan as I think it can look a bit over the top but in the summer I do like to look a bit more sun kissed rather than my normal pale look. I use tinted moisturisers but I have found that you can still end up with orange hands which are a big no no. That is why I have purchased the self tan applicator mitt from the Boots soltan range.
The mitt is similar in design to other tanning mitts that you can buy but I have to say after buying a couple of cheaper mitts in the past I much prefer this one.
The mitt is of a perfect size to fit over your hand comfortably and allows your hand plenty of movement to apply your tan. The inside of the mitt has a coating on that your hand presses against when you are rubbing in your tan of choice, this coating helps the glove to stay on your hand and prevents it from sliding off.
The glove itself does look very thin and I was slightly worried about the tan soaking through, however there was no need to worry as this wasn't an issue.
The mitt glides easily across my skin and feels lovely and soft. The tan is transferred easily from the mitt onto my skin.
One of the most important issues that I have to address in a review about a fake tan product is the horror of streaks! I have found that after using this mitt my tan is pretty much flawless and looks great. I have had no issues with streaking or odd dark areas as this mitt helps to provide and lovely, even finish.
In order to keep my tan mitt clean and fresh I have found that washing it in the sink with some hot water and soap does the trick. I leave it to soak for a little while and give it a rinse and it is good as new.
You can buy this in boots stores online and in store for £3.99 which I think is a great price considering if you keep it clean you can get so much use out of it. The last one I had a kept for a year before deciding it was time for a new one.
If you like a tan but hate orange hands then this tan mitt is a must, I highly recommend it and award it the full 5 stars!
With the great British summer being practically non-existent this year my skin is looking pastier than it normally is. Although I religiously wear sunscreen every day I do like to try and get a bit of a glow. Because this just hasn't happened and doesn't look like it is going to happen any time soon it is back to the fake tan for me.
For anybody who fake tans on a regular basis then a tanning mitt is a must have accessory. A tanning mitt is a mitt that you wear on your hands while applying fake tan to help get an even streak free finish and to stop your palms getting that horrible orange colour.
I have a few tanning mitts but one of the best that I have bought has been the Boots Soltan one which costs £3.99.
The mitt has a soft foam side which is the side that you use for applying the fake tan. You just need to apply some fake tan to the mitt then use circular motions on the skin until it has absorbed.
The mitt is nice and roomy and should fit most hand sizes without any problems.
Using the mitt really does make the whole process so much easier and the foam is great at helping to achieve a nice streak free finish. It is also water proof so the fake tan won't soak through and stain your hands. It is also nice and gentle on the skin and doesn't scratch and irritate.
Taking care of the mitt after you have finished with it is easy and is simply a case of washing it and leaving it to dry naturally. This ensures that the foam stays soft and remains spongy enough to help with applying the tan evenly. The mitt will stain quite badly after using it a few times but other than not looking very nice it doesn't cause a major problem as the staining doesn't transfer to the skin when you use it.
This mitt is a really good one especially for £3.99 as there are cheaper ones that are nowhere near as good. I have also bought some that were considerably more expensive and they are no better than this one. The foam really is the perfect material for applying fake tan and the mitt is lovely quality. If you fake tan regularly then you need one of these mitts.
I only ever wear fake tan when I'm going out on the town or have a special occasion coming up. One of my friends uses her hand when applying fake tan; how-ever her hands do appear a little orange, even after washing them. I didn't want the same thing to happen with my hands and I wanted and even application so I decided to buy a self-tan mitt.
~ PRICE/AVALIABILITY ~
I purchased the self-tan mitt from boots which cost me £2.66. They also sell self-tan mitts in Superdrug; how-ever I don't think it's the same brand as the one from boots. Boots sell about 3 different self-tan mitts but this was the cheaper one, which is why I went for it.
~ THE MITT ~
The mitt comes in a sealed plastic pouch. On the front it states that the mitt can be used to apply fake tan to the body for an even coverage. On the back of the packet there is a small amount of information about how to use the product.
The mitt is soft and velvety on the applicator side. When you are ready to apply the fake tan you simply slip your hand inside the mitt. This is easily done as the mitt is quite large but not too large so it will fall off your hand. I dispensed a small amount of tanning lotion onto the mitt and then started to spread this evenly over my legs. I always apply the fake tan in circular motions so I don't get streaking. The mitt felt soft against my skin and it spread the fake tan across my legs very well, giving an even coverage all over. I continued using the mitt for the rest of my body. The results were great, my tan looked even and there was no streaking or tell-tale marks that it was fake tan.
~ CARING FOR YOUR MITT ~
The mitt can be washed and re-used. I simply wash the mitt in some warm water and put a little facial wash on the mitt and rub the mitt together to help shift the product off the mitt. I then rinse off until the water runs clear and leave this to air dry. I have done this a few times with the mitt now and it washes well every-time and always comes out looking nearly as good as new.
~ OVERALL OPINION ~
Although I have never used my hands to apply any fake tan product, after using the mitt I don't think I ever would. The mitt is soft and gives a lovely finish to applying your fake tan and you don't end up with orange hands. Because the mitt is washable, it means it lasts a long time and you can just keep re-using it until you think you need to purchase another one. I would highly recommend this mitt to others who regularly use fake tanning products. I give this product 5 out of 5 stars.
(review also on ciao)
I was inspired to buy a Boots Soltan Beautiful Bronze Self-Tan Applicator Mitt after reading some very positive reviews on this site. It has been a real eye-opener as well as a leg-bronzer, and I'm delighted with the results from this simple but very effective product.
The only time I tend to use fake tan is in the Spring and Summer months, especially when I'm going on holiday, but I only apply it to my legs - which always stubbornly retain that 'winter white with extra freckles' look. In the past I have tried a number of fake tans, with differing results, but now - thanks to my new mitt - I am achieving a much more even application, with no streaks.
This mitt is only available from Boots, and it usually costs £3.99. Today (3rd August) it is on offer at £2.66, as part of a 'Save 1/3 on selected Soltan Beautiful Bronze self-tan products'.
The mitt comes in a clear plastic sleeve, and the brown (sorry, bronze) label on the front gives you the following information: 'Soltan Beautiful Bronze Self-Tan Applicator Mitt; guaranteed stain-free hands; helps to achieve a natural even tan'. The instructions on the back state that the mitt is for use with the Soltan Beautiful Bronze self-tan range, but of course you should feel free to use it with any self-tan product of your choice. The label goes on to say that using this mitt 'Allows you to achieve a streak-free, natural-looking tan with no mess. The applicator mitt is water resistant to ensure hands remain stain free'.
After removing the mitt from its plastic sleeve (keep this for future storage), you will find that the mitt has a dark brown polyester backing, while the applicator itself is made from a soft pink polyurethane foam. The mitt is five inches across at its widest point, and seven and a half inches long. I have reasonably small hands and found it a comfortable fit, but it should fit any size hand (unless perhaps your six foot seven inch rugby-playing partner decides he wants to top up his golden glow).
I am happy with this product's claim of being water resistant, as my hands stay dry and free from any self-tan product during application. This has been the case when using both a gradual self-tan cream as well as Rimmel's Instant Tan (which I have also reviewed). In the past I always used to scrub my hands thoroughly after applying fake tan, being careful to clean between my fingers too, so it has been a real relief being able to leave the nail brush alone!
To use, you should place your hand inside the mitt, and apply your tanning product either directly to your skin or onto the foam side of the mitt. Then rub the tanner onto your skin with the mitt, using circular movements. I find this process so much easier than using just my hands, and find that my fake tans are much easier to blend evenly.
After use, you should wash the mitt thoroughly in warm soapy water and leave to dry naturally. Some reviewers have found that the applicator can become a bit stained after prolonged use. I have noticed a slight staining, but none of it transfers to the new application of self-tanner. Once dry, the mitt can be stored in its plastic sleeve. The entire product is extremely light and slim, which would make it ideal for taking on your summer holiday so that you can top-up your fake tan.
However, even though you will look beautifully bronzed, you will not be protected from the sun, and you should always wear a sun-tan lotion with an SPF factor to stop yourself from burning. Try to avoid staying out of the sun during the hottest part of the day, and always always always wear sun-tan lotion. My family has a history of skin cancer (possibly from the time when we spent eighteen months in Singapore when I was a child). A few months ago I had surgery to remove a morphoeic basal cell carcinoma from my nose, with a subsequent skin graft taken from the side of my face. It's not a process I would recommend to anyone, so do please make sure to wear a high-protection factor all over your body and face, and also wear a hat to protect your face from the sun's beautiful but harmful rays.
I have just applied some of my Rimmel Instant Tan using my mitt, and I'm delighted with the results. Even though I've been to Greece on holiday this summer, my legs were still pale and wan, but now they look lovely and bronzed.
I think this applicator mitt is a simple but brilliant idea, excellent value for money at either £3.99 or £2.66 with the special offer. I'm delighted to have added it to my summer skin-care routine, and give it a full five stars.
(This review is also on Ciao, under the same username.)
I'm a big lover of fake tan but not the orange, tell-tale signs it leaves on my hands especially in between my finger and my nails so when I went to pick up some more fake tan I picked up this fake tan mitt as well from Boots.
The mitt is really big around 8cm across and 12cm down meaning it covers a big surface area and fits any hand big or small! It is made from thin cushiony foam which absorbs the fake tan and stops it penetrating through to your skin. It is comfortable to wear whilst applying fake tan.
However, I have used this mitt for around 10 applications of fake tan and have noticed that some of the old fake tan which has seemingly been absorbed into the foam actually mixes with the new fake tan which can cause streaks and dark brown colour to occur which looks messy, however this could be down to the brand of fake tan I use, other fake tans may stay soaked into the fake tan mitt.
It is much easier to apply fake tan with a mitt than your hands as you can put a lot of product either directly onto the skin or onto the mitt itself and rub it into the desired areas. I have never tried to wash the mitt either hand wash or washing machine but this may be a route I go down as I think the mitt could last for a considerable while longer.
I paid 3.99 for this mitt but have since seen what seems to be a complete replica in the Primark beauty section for only £2 so I may give the Primark one a go when my Boots one no longer does the job! I do think £3.99 is very reasonable and it is worth the money as it means your tan looks more professional and believable!
Overall, I think the mitt is a really helpful aid when fake tanning and is an essential for all fake tan users!
I have to admit when I first started using fake tan, for a couple of years I used to apply it with my bare hands. I always washed them straight after and so it didn't stain my hands, but it would if I forgot to wash my hands straight after applying it. I used to use L'oreal Sublime shimmering lotion and I just didn't think about using a tanning mitt with this product.
However, when I started to try other fake tanning products, St Tropez being one of them, I got some gloves included in a St Tropez gift set I bought for myself. I applied the lotion using the gloves but found they made it harder to apply the fake tan as the gloves would shrivel up and become all wrinkled together, and started to snap and fall apart after a couple of uses. My friend then recommended I try a mitt to apply my self tan like she does. The thought of using one of these had never crossed my mind before, I am not sure why!
The first place I looked was Boots, where they had this Soltan self tanning mitt. It not only prevents your hands from becoming stained but also helps give you a streak-free natural looking tan, with no mess. You can also wash these so you can use them over and over again until they eventually fall apart.
The first time I used this mitt I couldn't believe I had never used one before when applying my fake tan. It made it so much easier to apply and quicker. I hate applying fake tan as it usually takes a while to make sure you have applied it everywhere evenly and then of course having to wait for it to dry on your skin before you can get dressed.
The mitt itself lasts quite a while, but obviously this depends on how often you use the mitt and apply fake tan. I usually only apply it a few times before I am having a night out, and not for everyday wear. This particular mitt lasted me for around a month and a half before I bought a new one, and I used it a few times a week.
I have also noticed that it can depend on the type of fake tan you use. When using a cream based one the product is heavier and so requires you to rub it in more, which would eventually make the mitt start to tear or in my case, get a hole in it. When I use a mousse based fake tan, the product is much lighter and mitts then last me much longer.
I have used two other types of mitts, one from Savers and one from Primark. The one from savers only cost me £1.25 so was a much cheaper option compared to this one from Boots that cost me £3.99. However, I noticed the quality of the one from Savers wasn't as good and it certainly didn't last as long. The mitt from Primark costs £2 and that is about the same quality as this Boots one so unless the one from Boots is on offer, I will just stick to the Primark ones. At the moment these Boots Soltan mitts are on offer and are only £2.66. I would never pay the full price of £3.99 again when I know I can get alternative elsewhere which is just the same quality.
I am not sure how these would turn out after being washed, I have never washed one in the washing machine before as I can't see it lasting very long after that. Although Boots do advise you to rinse it thoroughly in warm soapy water after use and leave to dry naturally. I have never bothered to do this yet but I might start as it will probably make them last a little longer!
This is a must for me now and I will never go back to applying fake tan without it! This is a good quality mitt from Boots and I would purchase this at the full price if there was no other cheaper ones available elsewhere, but as there is I will only buy this particular one if it is on offer for cheaper than its usual price of £3.99.
Especially in the summer I like to wear fake tan. I don't tan easily and always feel pale compared to my tanned friends. Most of the time I use gradual tanning lotions as these can be applied daily and look more natural. But sometimes when I'm going out somewhere or if I just feel impatient to look tanned then I will use instant tanning lotion or mousse. I always find it absolutely essential to use a mitt to apply this type of tan with or otherwise I end up with bright orange hands!
So I decided to buy this self tan mitt from Boots. It is called the Soltan self tan mitt. I like this name, I don't know why, I just think it sounds nice and summery and reminds me of going abroad. The tanning mitt cost me £3.99 and got me12 points on my advantage card. I think this is a reasonable price. I can't really compare this price to any other self tan mitts as this is the only one I've ever seen on sale. It is worth paying for not to get orange hands when you put fake tan on though.
The mitt isn't particularly comfortable or uncomfortable to use. It doesn't irritate the skin or anything. You just fit it onto your hand, it fits like a glove. Then you squeeze some tanning lotion/mousse onto either your skin or onto the mitt, then you rub it in circular movements. If you rub horizontally or vertically it will go streaky so you have to rub it in circular movements. At first your technique may not get the best results but you soon learn the best way to use the mitt and will be producing salon results in no time!
Overall this is a great purchase as it stops me having orange hands which are definitely not a good look! And it also helps me achieve a more even looking tan. I have tried using gloves and socks on my hands instead of this before but this is definitely the best product I have used.
I have recently began using fake tan. I had seen these mitts around but forgot to buy one the first time I used fake tan which meant I just applied it with my hands. I knew that there was a chance I could get orange palms but I thought as long as I washed my hands every couple of minutes I would be ok. Oh how wrong I was! My palms ended up bright orange and it was difficult to get it off! I also noticed that my tan was quite streaky.
Therefore, when I next went into town I made a tan mitt one of my must haves on my list. I did look in superdrug but couldn't find one so ended up in Boots where I found these hanging near the fake tans. I didnt see a price but picked one up anyway thinking that it was going to be an essential and I needed to buy one regardless of price! When I got to the till it cost me £2.66 however, there is currently an offer of save 1/3 on, it would usually cost £3.99. I didnt realise this until I looked at the receipt and was very pleased with myself for finding a bargain!
The mitt comes in a plastic wrapping bag, on the packet it tells you about the mitt, saying it will help avoid a streaky tan and and also stained hands. On the back of the packet it tells you how to use it which is straight forward. It tells you which side to apply the tan with and also how to clean the mitt after use.
I found the mitt really easy to use. It fitted on my hand easily and was a comfortable fit. To use, you simply wipe the tan over your skin using the mitt. I found that coverage was so much easier using this and I found it much quicker than before. The mitt is soft and does not irritate my skin and I found that I ended up with a much more even tan and as promised, no orange hands! The tan absorbed into my skin quickly and was dry within seconds.
To clean the mitt is very simple, you just run it under warm water and then add some soap until the water runs clear. This cleans the mitt up really well, although there is fake tan staining it is far lighter than what it would have been had I not washed it.
The mitt lasts well. I have used it a few times now and it is still good as new. However, when this one does begin to get tatty I will certainly be buying a new one. It is a good quality product and for the current price, a bargain! You can also get a mitt for applying fake tan to the face.
My mum bought me one of these in the past and paid around £4 for it from boots, which I thought was way too much to spend on what it is. I was recently in Boots though aronud 3 weeks ago and all of their tanning products had a sale on, thefore this was also on sale for £1.75
*** The Product
Basically this is a tanning mitt, which is designed to help the aid of your application of self tan. The packaging states for a "streak free tan" and "guranteed stain free hands", the mitt is water resitant which is what helps your hands stay clean. I personally still wash my hands afterwards or at least use a wet wipe on them.
*** Would I repurchase
Yes, only if it was on sale though, and I do feel like I would have to repurchase as the one my mum got me did come apart after a couple of months. When I have used this it has been not as messy as with a sock as i sometime use. Overall its a conveinent useful product to use, however I think its at a more reasonable price when its on sale.
Hope this helps
I'm rather pleased with myself for picking one of these inexpensive mitts up the other day when purchasing a bottle of Vita Liberata's Rich Chocolate self tanner (but that's for another review I think!). I'd read 'use a mitt' or 'use gloves' in many self tanners' instructions but chose to ignore them in the past in favour of seriously scrubbing my palms after application. But Vita Lib's tanner is a seriously dark chocolate colour and I thought... maybe this time I should do what the instructions say!
However this didn't stop me trying to apply my new tanner with my hands but after one lower leg application I was HORRIFIED at my dark chocolate coloured palms I immediately scrubbed them and grabbed my new Soltan Self Tan Mitt. CONVINCED that it would be rubbish and thought FOR CERTAIN that it would interfere somehow with the application of the tanner (like how am I meant to feel what I'm doing through a mitt???!!) I was so so so surprised when the tanner just glided on so smoothly, so effortlessly and so quickly. Both legs were done in no time, confident that things were going so well I continued with the rest of my body including my face, then the back of my hands and popped it in some soapy water in the sink to soak.
I was impressed.
If you use a self tanner that has a guide colour I recommend trying this mitt out because it definitely made a marvelous job of my tan. When it developed it was very even and not a streak in sight. I owe it all to the mitt because when I started applying the Vita Lib tanner with my hands, I must admit, it was looking a bit scary! But the mitt saved the day - and my tan!
A few points I'd like to make though...
- It will stain, but it's cheap, so just wash it as best as you can but accept that it's not going to stay new for very long. It'll still work when it's a bit tanned itself! It dries quickly too because it's only thin.
- Use it for your face but you might want to blend the tanner a bit more with your fingers into the nooks and crannies.
- I usually dispense a grape sized amount, maybe a bit more, directly onto the mitt for every half limb and buff it into the skin using smooth large oval movements with a few sweeps going around the limb to avoids streaks. Don't be afraid to swap hands if necessary to reach different areas - I'm thinking of getting another mitt to apply using both hands at the same time but surprisingly, single handed application works well for now.
- Not a lot of product get's absorbed/wasted by the mitt but obviously it grabs onto a bit. A bit like a very thin sponge. Take note that application might be slightly more sheer because of the mitt so use a bit more tanner or apply another layer to suit your requirements. I think this might depend on what product you're using though. (At least it's not your palms absorbing the tanner!)
- I tried this mitt with a non-guide colour tanner and the results were very pale, but this was my first attempt with that particular tanner so I can't say for sure if it was the mitt's fault, mine or the tanner's. But I thought I'd make mention of this to show that with all self tanning there is some trial and error - my tip is if you're in doubt, to try any self tanner application method out on your legs first because these are easily hidden with trousers, see how it develops before you repeat the method on your body and face.
For £3.49 this was a great buy, you can pick one up in Boots next to the Soltan self tanning range.
Now all they need to do is sell one that reaches the middle of your back! - these are hard to find but I think St Tropez and Famous Dave sell them if anyone's interested. :)
The thing I love about tanning mitts is the way all my lovely towels arent spoilt by orange or browny stains from buffing my tan. Being a huge fan of the fake tan due to the risk of melenoma on a sunbed I don't like to compromise on the quality of a tan from a bottle and certainly dont want the dreaded streaks which are a dead giveaway, and even the most accomplished tanners can fall foul of this. The tanning mitt is the quickest way to remove excess tanning lotion and buffing the colour to an even finish
When looking for a tanning mitt I would be looking for the ease of use/sizing for your hand, the softness of the material and although not hugely important one that doesnt need to be washed constantly due to undightly marks from my tan rubbing off, so ideally a dark coloured one would be ideal.
The Boots Soltan Self Tan Mitt was a bargain buy at £3.49 if you have expensive towels it will become a tanners best friend. Easily available at in the tanning aisle in most Boots stores, what I like is the lack of packaging which some companies use, naming no names although I would have liked to see no packaging if it could be helped.
The tanning mitt was used to buff my tan 15 minutes after applying to remove excess taning lotion that has sat on top and any that has gotten caught on any moisturiser that wasn't absorbed, this is great because it also evens out the tan. Just to clarify for those who aren't in the know, the mitt is used to buff tan already applied, not to apply tan. If you happen to suffer from tan stained fingers fro applying your tanning lotion use a pair of cheap rubber gloves which can be bought really cheap from supermarkets. The mitt fitted well on my hand and was easy to use and didn't 'fall' off. It was soft and seemed to even out my tan with ease, top marks. The one thing I really didn't like is that it is a light colour which proudly displays all those orangey/browny excess stains, something I would rather not see after I apply a tan.
All in all, I cannot fault this tanning mitt on ease of use or practicality, it buffs very well and is soft enough to not feel like your having a piece of foam rubbed over your face. If your not fussy about washing your mitt constantly or if at all then buy buy buy, worth the money!
Now I have something to admit, something that you may already know if you've read certain previous reviews of mine... I'm a fake tan addict. I don't even care about admitting it and I'll quite openly tell people that I'm spending the evening tanning most Thursdays in preparation for the weekend. I think pretty much everyone looks better with a tan, myself included in that generalisation and as such I always try to keep a bit of a tan all year round if I can.
Obviously living in England with our world renowned climate it's not always possible to have a tan, the fact that it is only sunny and warm for about two months of the year (or two days of the year) makes it pretty hard to maintain any sort of tan. As such I've turned to the bottle after dismissing sun beds as not a worthy cause of ageing myself and probably making myself ill in the long term. Instead I prefer to get my bronzed tan out of a bottle or tube.
Now fake tanning is by no means an easy task, there are all the possible hazards to avoid including streaking, uneven tan and so on. One of the biggest problems I've found when fake tanning is that the palms of my hands tend to go unnaturally brown, almost orange coloured, due to using them to apply the fake tan of my body. No amount of scrubbing will reduce this intensive colour and I've often felt a little embarrassed that my palms are glowing orange!
On a recent trip to Boots I decided to have a look for an alternative application method. I've tried those plastic gloves before which only make me feel like I'm on CSI or something and found them to be okay but not great really at applying fake tan. While browsing around the fake tan or self tan as it seems to be called I came across a St Tropez white body mitt at £4.50 which looked a bit peculiar and a Soltan self tan mitt at £3.42 which I opted for.
The self tan mitt comes in a frosted plastic packet with a golden label on the front and back in the centre of the packet. The front label shows the brand logo, the product name and a brief description of the product. The back label describes how to use the product and how to care for it after use. Overall the packaging is quite effective, it doesn't waste any materials and it's resealable which means you can continue to store your mitt in it after using it.
The self tan mitt itself is off yellow in colour and is about eight inches in length and about six in width making it suitable for most sizes of hands. One side of it is very thin and looks a bit like thin netting which is made from 100% polyester. The other side or the applicator side is thicker and looks like thin foam in a way which is made from 100% polyurethane foam. There isn't really much of a smell to the self tan mitt except for a very mild clinical scent at first.
To apply your fake tan using the mitt simply place your hand into the mitt and dispense a blob of fake tan onto the foam side of the mitt, don't use the other side of the mitt as the tan soaks through! You can then apply the fake tan as you normally would to your skin by gliding it over your body. There isn't really any need to rub the fake tan in as I used to do, instead the mitt really does just glide over the skin which seems to ensure that it is dispensed evenly.
One thing I found quite strange was that when I applied a blob of fake tan it seemed to soak into the mitt so it felt like there wasn't really much going onto my skin which did worry me a little bit. However the next morning my tan was as golden as ever suggesting that the fake tan did reach my skin - it would appear that the foam soaks in the fake tan and then just dispenses it evenly over your skin rather than it all going on in one big gloopy motion.
After you've used the mitt rinse it thoroughly in soapy water. I was worried that the mitt wouldn't last long as the fake tan would stain and eventually I'd have to replace it. However I found that if I left it soaking in warm soapy water for an hour or two all the fake tan seemed to seep out into the water, leaving the mitt looking brand new. I then proceeded to let it dry out in my airing cupboard before putting it back in its plastic packet for next time.
I actually really like this self tan mitt, it gave me a deep and very even tan when I woke up the next morning without any streaks at all. It's also advertised as being water resistant to ensure that hands remain stain free too which meant I woke up without orange hands thankfully! I was worried it would only last two or three times due to the fake tan staining it and leaving it smelling but as long as you don't scrub at it with soap it's fine.
The only downside is that the mitt is quite large and it's not actually shaped like a glove in any way - it's actually quite shapeless a bit like a plastic bag almost. This means that if you've got small hands it's not really ideal, I've got quite large hands and even I found that it was slipping off an a little hard to control but I managed okay in the end. At just £3.42 I think it's a bargain, yes I'll probably replace it after about six months but at that price I don't mind!
Thanks for reading.
A self tan mitt is a must have for faketan users.Ive been using them for years i cant live without mine.
It looks expensive for what it is but well worth it.
You wont have any orange palms with this as your hand is inside the mitt.
I also use it for my makeup tan too instead of my hands,if your like me and cant reach your back people wouldnt do it for me because they were scared of geting tan all over them now i pass them the mitt and its easy done in a few minutes.
You do need to give it a good wash after useing it a few times as it get matted with tan then i hang mine out to dry.
It comes in once size and you just slide your hand in it.And put your lotion ither on your self or on the mitt.
Applicator mitt that allows a streak free tan /