Product Type: Garnier Body Care
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I don't look like a milk bottle any more
Garnier Summer Body Moisturising Lotion
Member Name: loveableukangel
Garnier Summer Body Moisturising Lotion
Advantages: Lovely natural, sun kissed looking skin
Disadvantages: Continuous use develops a chemical scent
This does not really bother me during the colder winter months as Im usually covered up and can hide it but since the sunshine has started to grace us with its presence over the past few weeks and wanting to bare my legs but not reveal their true milk bottle colour to everyone I have found myself reaching for the fake stuff.
Now personally Im not a very huge fan of tanning lotions themselves, ive had bad experiences in the past, they would look totaly obvious and fake so I wanted something a little more subtle, a product that would give me a little colour and disguise my milk bottle legs.
On one of my recent shopping trips I decided to see if I could find a product that would offer me what I was after, looking at many creams, mousses and sprays I noticed the Garnier Summer body lotion.
The Garnier Summer body lotion is a moisturising body lotion for those who want a daily moisturiser that will help to maintain your skin keeping it feeling soft and supple but also contains a hint of tanning agent which will provide your skin with a natural looking sun kissed colour.
The lotion claims to work in harmony with your skins natural tones and that daily use will gradually build up a natural looking colour which doesnt look like you have been tangoed and will keep you looking radiant all year round whilst providing an effective 12 hour moisturization.
The lotion claims to contain natural extracts of apricot which are known to have hydrating and rejuvinating properties so this will help to keep your skin moisturised and Chamomile which is known to have soothing and rejuvinating properties and is great for dry and sensitive skin if you have it.
The body lotion itself comes in a fairly simple and basic 250ml flip top bottle that is shimmering gold in colour, you could say that the colour fits in well with the natural sun kissed look that it claims it will give you. The bottle is a simple design and its flip top lid makes it simple to dispense, all you need to do is shake, flip up the lid, tip up the bottle and gently squeeze.
The lotion is available in two different tones:
Light sun kissed look - which is suitable with thise with a paler complexion.
Deep sun kissed look - which is suitable for those who already have some natural colour to their skin.
Now I personally use the light sunkissed lotion as it is specifically designed for lighter skin tones which is definately the catergory which I think my plae milk bottle legs fall into.
The lotion itself is white in colour and very thin in consistency, maybe a little runnier than what you would expect from other body lotions that are available out there but I find this is a bonus.
When you first use you will discover that the lotion has a pleasant citrus scent which makes a nice change to many tanning products which leave the skin with a scent that I could only describe as chemical and not pleasant at all.
To use the lotion Garnier tell you to " Apply evenly to your body everyday all year round" now personally I feel that these directions are extremely poor, telling you to apply evenly is not exactly rocket science but seriously if you are after flawless results with no streaking or patching to the skin then their is a bit more to it so I am going to explain what I personally do to achieve this...
Now I really only use this lotion on my milk bottle legs (tops of feet up to the top of my thighs) as this is the problem area for me that sees less natural sun light.
For the first initial application I have found that it is best to thoroughly clean the skin and then make sure that by waxing/ shaving/ epilating or using hair removal creams (which ever method you prefer) make sure that your skin is nice and smooth. You then need to thoroughly exfolliate the skin to remove all dead skin cells from the surface and then thoroughly moisturise allowing this to be absorbed by the skin. This will then form the perfect base to start applying the Garnier Summer skin lotion.
Then all you need to do is evenly rub the lotion into your skin, the fact that it is thin in consistency means that it rubs in and is absorbed effortlessly and then you just need to wait for it to be touch dry before you put on any clothes.
Now as with all products that contain tanning agents please remember to thoroughly wash your hands after each use as I dont think that anyone wants orange hands and palms, its not a good look for anyone.
The first time that I used this I decided to do it before I went to bed and I will admitt that I was pleasantly suprised when I woke the next morning and had started to develop a nice, even, sun kissed look to my legs. There was no streaking or patching, No build up on my knees or heels like you can develop on areas of harder skin and I was even more impressed to find that the lotion had not rubbed off on my nice white bed sheets and left any marks.
I know that cleansing and exfoliating can take up some time beforehand but I really do think that the results anre worth it, the first use had made a perfect base for continueous, daily use and within four days of use I had developed a lovely sunkissed colour, my legs match the rest of my body.
Now because I had managed to develop a colour that I was happy with within just four days use and really didnt want to risk making it look like fake tan I decided to reduce the usage of the lotion to that of every other day. I have found that this is great for maintaining the desired look and that as long as I do keep applying it every other day I continue to maintain a nice healthy, radiant, sunkissed pair of legs. A colour which I still maintain after a shower or a bath, it doesnt just wash off, thats unless you exfolliate thoroughly.
There is only disadvantage which I have noticed with the lotion and that is that even though the initial scent if this lotion is citrus like it doesnt last, I have noticed that with continueous usage a slight chemical scent has started to develop. I personally believe that this could be a build up of the tanning agent on the skin. Now it is not as bad as some tanning procucts out there but it is starting to become obvious to me, although in my opinion its a small price to pay with the overall results achieved.
I believe that this is a great product for thos who want to develop a natural, healthy, sun kissed look whilst keeping the sklin moisturised at the same time.
Now if you suffer from sensitive skin then you may care to know that this lotion is dermatologicallyt tested and should be suitable for you. I personally have sensitive skin and not experienced any issues.
You can purchase a 250 ml bottle of Garnier Summer lotion for £4.99p from Boots, Superdrug and most supermarkets
Summary: a great lotion to build up a natural sun kissed colour
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