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Over the years I have tried several fake tans - both gradual and instant but I have to say that Nutri Summer has been a keeper for me. Even though this is classed as an everyday moisturiser, I get the same affect from it as if I fake tan with actual wear off fake tan products.
I apply before going to bed and when I wake up in the morning I can tell a noticeable difference. It takes just minutes to apply all over the body - and I use on my face too. With it being a moisturiser I have never had any disastrous streaks yet. I would recommend however that you do wash you hands (or the palms at least) after use as you can get orange stains in between your fingers and around the palms of your hands.
Two coats of L'Oreal would easily give you a full fake tan appearance if you wanted it slightly darker than just a healthy glow. You can build up your tan throughout the week by applying every few days. With most other fake tans, I often get residue on my skin when it starts to wear off where it looks patchy, however I have never had that with this product which means it's easy to continue to reapply to get the look you want.
The Initial smell of the product is quite nice, however as it starts to dry and develop the stronger fake tan chemicals can be smelt. It does take sometime for you to feel like it is totally dry, so I would always recommend doing it before you go to bed. This also means that you don't have to worry about the smell developing throughout the day if applied.
When it comes to fake tans and that type of thing I really have never found one that suits me. I either look like I've been tangoed or I look well streaky! Even being spray tanned by a professional I went mucky looking and it crumbled off in patches after a couple of days leaving me looking in a terrible state. We don't get a lot of sunshine here in Britain and even if we do I barely tan at all and prefer to go lobster coloured so its back to trying fake tans for me!
I spotted this in Boots recently on offer at £2.00 a tube. At its usual price of £6.99 I wouldn't normally be attracted to it but for two quid it seemed worth a go with!
200ml squeezy orange and white tube and on the front of it I am told that it is L'Oreal Paris 'Body-Expertise', Nutrisummer 24hr Moisturising Lotion, Gradual Sun-Kissed Look' and then it shows a little colour chart showing you on first application the colour it gives, third day and the results colour-wise after using it 7 days, I'm told it has Hydalium + soft tan 'Builds a natural-looking tan. For daily use' and that my choice is designed for fair skin (which is what I have). On the back of the tube other information listed includes being told a bit about the product and how to use it, ingredients and the size is stated (as I've listed already) and contact details for L'Oreal are given. You get to the fake tan via a plastic flip-top lid situated to the bottom of it which conceals a small hole. Nice, classy looking bottle and of course its as informative as it needs to be.
A Bit About The Product According To The Information Given On The Back Of The Tube:
Tanned, and healthy-looking, your skin never looks as beautiful, as when you are on holiday. The L'Oreal Laboratories have developed a daily moisturising lotion which allows you gradually build a natural-looking tan, as though you have just returned from holiday.
Enriched with Hydfalium, Nutrisummer intensely nourishes the skin and leaves it moisturised for 24 hrs, helping to protect it from drying out.
Once applied your skin is hydrated, and feels comfortable
A light natural tan develops with regular applications.
All year round, skin looks sun-kissed, as beautiful as just after your holiday
With a velvety texture and delicate fragranced for a feeling of comfort and well-being.
To Use It:
Apply one or two times a day. Wash hands after application. Do not apply on the face.
Does not contain sun filters. Does not protect from UV light.
Me Using It:
Well I always apply this onto clean, shaved skin. It doesn't say you need to exfoliate prior to using this so I rarely do to be honest and I don't actually feel a need to!
The lotion itself is of good consistency and white in colour. It applies on smooth and feels moisturising as you apply it. It does have a slight greasiness to it which makes a little go a long way and it has a genuinely light floral fragrance and I don't feel that fragrance is trying to disguise any harsh chemical smells either.
It is important to wash your hands after using this, however with a lot of fake tans because I bite my finger skin and my fingernails I usually wear thin gloves...with this no need as a quick hand wash is all thats required as soon as you have finished.
Once on the skin I find it dries in a few minutes. The colour takes on me after a couple of hours and leaves my skin feeling really soft and really clean and I have found that with more applications I use of this, my skin is getting in better condition all round!
You can of course use this up to twice a day. I don't though. I use it a couple of days to get a subtle, sun-kissed colour and then basically about once a week to top that colour up a bit. Only cos I'm so fair but if you do have a slightly darker skin tone to me of course you can use it more often.
I find this colour very natural indeed and not one bit orange. It's easy to apply and takes days to fade and when it fades it doesn't fade patchy just goes lighter and like I said my skin does feel in good condition with using it too!
It doesn't go streaky and/or patchy and basically I really do appreciate having this high quality product in my life. Love it!
If not on offer this product will cost you about £6.99 a tube although it is on offer at most Boots stores for £3.50 at the moment (mine was a one off in a bargain bin lol).
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
This product is a gradual tanner, the L'Oreal site claims: "Tanned and healthy looking, your skin never looks as beautiful as when you are on holiday. The L'Oréal Laboratories have developed a daily moisturising lotion which allows you to gradually build a natural-looking tan, as though you have just returned from holiday. The result - a sun-kissed look any time of the year." You can buy this from pharmacies or supermarkets, and tends to cost around £5.
The main advantage of this product is the actual colour: it is quite nice, and not as orange as a lot of fake tan products end up being. It is also very moisturising, and keeps my skin nice and soft throughout the day. Unlike with a lot of gradual tanners, the colour builds up quite quickly and you only need one application to see a nice difference in colour. It absorbs quite easily, it is fairly inexpensive, and the packing is good: it has lots of information on, and is in an upside-down squeezy bottle, so when you start to run out it is still easy to get the product.
There is one main disadvantage to this product, and I've taken a whole extra star off due to it: the smell. Initially, it is quite nice, just like a slightly chemical, delicately fragranced moisturiser. But one the fake tan starts to develop, it is vile: I applied it before going to bed one night and woke up halfway through the night feeling sick because the fake tan smell was so strong. I had to go and sleep in a different room due to the smell from my sheets, and take a quick shower to try and get rid of some of it. This may just be my bottle, as I don't think anyone else has mentioned an overwhelming bad smell. It doesn't smell off, just so strongly of fake tan. There are some other minor disadvantages though, it is sometimes quite patchy on me, and due to the large amount of moisturiser, although the product absorbs quickly, it stays sticky for a long time.
I have quite fair skin and due to the sporadic appearances of British Sunshine and sad sad lack of holidays don't tend to change colour much throughout the year. Generally when I do tend to grab the odd holiday I end up lobster red rather than beautifully golden...and I do wear suncream yes....maybe rubbish ones...I will have to read some reviews lol! Anyway in summer I like to look tanned and summery but I don't like, or want, to use sun-beds and have a bit of a fake-tan phobia...how many people do you see sporting horrific tango-tans!!! Also I've tried having spray tans and although they are good you tend to turn, for quite a while after having the tan, everything you touch brown...which isn't' good at home and isn't good on holiday; when you turn all their pristine white towels and bed linen tan!!! So I 'm left with...the gradually self tanning moisturiser...
'L'Oreal Body Expertise NutriSummer is a daily moisturising lotion to build up a natural looking tan specially formulated for fair skin.'
L'Oreal moisturising tanner goes on really easily and is said to gradually build up a natural looking tan over 7 days. However I find that within two hours of applying the tan you start to change colour...albeit gradually. Also when you wake up the following morning you will have changed colour quite a lot so don't look for instant results on the first day of application by applying layer after layer...believe me I've tried this in readiness to a night out, you don't look naturally tanned you look incredibly dirty the next morning because you've turned a muddy brown colour because you applied too much tan in too short a time period!!!
Anyway, as I say it only takes a little bit of the moisturising cream to start your tan off and be careful because if you do use a bit too much you could end up looking a little patchy in places and streaky like with a traditional fake tan. I will say though that I do not spend hours applying this moisturiser and it can be done quickly...generally the moisturising lotion rubs in quite nicely so if you do streak it isn't too bad and secondly if you do end up with a few darker patches when you apply a second helping of moisturiser the next day you can even out the patchiness so any dodgy application can be remedied.
The moisturiser soaks into your skin very quickly so as with traditional fake tans you don't have to walk around in your birthday suit for ages and you can get dressed pretty soon after application without the worry or rubbing your tan off lol. I tend to just wait 5 minutes but wait as long as you can manage...I'd say don't get dressed right away after applying though else your clothes will feel a bit sticky and gross. Really just treat this moisturiser as you would any other. Another tip for applying the moisturiser though: take care when doing your knees, the front of your knees will need a bit more rubbing in so that the colour soaks into all the creases and behind the knees make sure you rub it in properly and don't apply too much...you'll either be left with two white tan-less stripes behind the knees or two dirty looking thickly tanned stripes so take care! And lastly and importantly don't forget to apply the tanner to the top of your hands, fingers, feet and toes...but not underneath or in between the toes and fingers...remember you want to looked naturally sun-kissed!!! Wash your hands too after applying the tanner else you'll also get a dodgy brown palm effect and have dark brown tan in between your fingers which just looks odd :)
The Packaging of the Moisturiser...
The moisturiser is packaged in a plastic squeezy tube and the moisturiser itself comes out a creamy colour, with maybe a little orangey tint to it...it just looks like regular moisturising lotion though...it isn't any thicker, and it doesn't have a different texture or anything. The tube has a flip-open lid which is easy to open and a hole thorough which the product can be applied to your skin without wastage, thus meaning you shouldn't make too much mess! The tube also stands on the lid so the product is easy to store and the moisturiser is always at the bottom of the tube ready for squeezing.
There's got to be some bad points...
One of the main complaints I've found about the product is that it smells bad...personally this doesn't bother me and I can't see the problem with it...it doesn't smell brilliant but it doesn't make you smell awful or anything. The smell does stay though and the whole while you are wearing the product you will have a moisturising tan smell. I've got to say though the smell of this tanner is by no means as bad as some of the others I've tried and does give a better effect! I haven't smelt a single one of these tanners that smelt lovely...I don't know why a self tanning moisturiser can't smell nice but....
Another thing to remember when using this product is when you have a shower or go swimming or something although the colour won't run off if you scrub yourself with a towel or sponge or something, too much it will. So make sure when you dry yourself you 'dab' with the towel instead...that way you'll keep your tan and not go patchy...and not tan your towels!
Finally on the bad side...after you stop applying the tanner you will start to look a little patchy and daft...i don't think this can be helped really although you can minimise the effect by using normal non-tanning moisturiser daily but you'll still look a bit odd. The only solutions are:
1 Don't use tanning moisturiser
2 Keep your legs covered
3 Keep applying the moisturiser
4 Put up with looking a little funny for a day or two!!
Overall the tanner moisturises your skin brilliantly leaving it gorgeously soft and the tanning ingredient gives your skin a lovely glow if used ever other day, if you use it everyday like it suggests and you have fair skin like myself you will end up a little too dark as the colour does build up rapidly! Also the tanning ingredient and the moisturiser leaves your skin looking really healthy and with a little shine than looks lovely in summer. It does actually kind of look like you have just got back off your holiday!!! Alright a holiday tan is better and easier to look after lol...but for a fake option it's very convincing if used carefully.
As an afterthought the 200ml bottle, which costs about £5-8 will last about 4 months if used all over the body (I'm about 5ft 5 to give you an idea) every other day. Mainly though i tend to use it more on my legs which means the moisturiser will last ages...like all through summer. So value for money...YES!
L'Oreal Nutrisummer - Gradual tanner
As a self-confessed beauty junkie who loves a healthy glow, this is by far the best gradual tanner I've tried. After trying several gradual tanners and waking up to a patchy and orange body, I nearly gave up on gradual tanning all together ... until my mum told me about L'Oreal Nutrisummer.
My mum told me to buy this out of Superdrug, it retails as £6.99 but at the moment it's on offer for a mere £3.49 (so will defiantly be stocking up).
Firstly, the packaging. Nothing too fancy, a good sized bottle and a good, clear description:
'L'Oreal Body Expertise NutriSummer is a daily moisturising lotion to build up a natural looking tan specially formulated for Medium skin.
The L'Oreal laboratories have developed Body Expert NutriSummer, a daily moisturising lotion which allows you to gradually build a tan that looks natural.
This self-tan lotion is tailored to match the tone of Medium skin to build a darker tan. Once applied, your skin is hydrated and feels comfortable. A natural looking tan is developed with regular applications. All year round, skin looks sun kissed and as beautiful as just after your holiday.'
Even though I have fair skin, I bought this in 'Medium' after my mum's recommendation. They do one for fair complexions however, my mum (also fair skinned) found that the medium wasn't too dark at all and therefore, unlike the 'fair' shade, you do not have to use as much product to achieve the tan you desire, saving money.
The tube is extremely easy to use so you don't make a mess and waste the product. The cream itself is white and creamy just like any usual moisturiser, and the smell isn't unpleasant when you apply. The cream although thick, spread easily and I found the best way to apply this is from feet upwards in circular motions. You must wash your hands after use (as instructed) or you will have orange palms, like my mum who forgot one application! After applying this to my body, I washed my hands and put a pea size amount on a cotton pad to wipe over each hand to tan these too, also - don't forget in-between fingers and toes so you have no white bits!
My body did feel sticky afterwards, but like most moisturisers it dried within a couple of minutes. I apply this in the evenings and about half and hour before bed. This annoyingly, does come off on clothes, which is why I use it in the evenings, so I can wear dark coloured pajamas (however, was not strong enough to come off on my bed sheets). In the morning, the smell is slightly stronger - it isn't the nicest of smells but a shower instantly solves this. I was pleased to find that it did also hydrate my skin, which it claimed to do.
After the first application, you can see the difference and each application builds up the colour. I find now I only need to apply this 3 nights a week to achieve the colour I like. Alongside this, I also exfoliate my body weekly, to get rid of dry skin and prevent the tanner from going patchy. I've never had any problems with it going streaky, when it fades it can go a little patchy, however a good exfoliation solves this and then you can re-apply again.
If you can put up with the faint smell and don't mind putting in a little effort, then yes I would recommend this product. I think the products positives defiantly triumph over the few negatives, and I now feel brave enough to get my pins out ...when the sun does deicide to shine in unpredictable Britain that is!
Happy (safe) tanning!
I brought this product as it was on special offer in superdrug( I'm not sure if it is now), down from something like £7ish to around £3. I was looking to find a moisturiser initially, but I saw this and thought, hey, I might as well build up a tan while I'm at it. It comes in two skin tones, I personally used the fair skin. I've been previously disapointed by gradual self tanning moisturisers in the past, as the results have been slightly funny( badly streaking etc). Some of the products I have used definitely looked artificial, but with this one I got a lot of compliments on how natural it looked. I first started using it in the evening before I went to bed, and in the morning, but I found this way it went a little too dark too quickly, so I only put it on my skin in the evening. I would definitely say exfoliate before using the product, as dry skin really absorbs the colour and can lead to very dark patches of the product! I find it works really well on my legs in particular, giving them a healthy summer bronze colour. The only drawbacks I would say is it does take a long time to apply evenly( but is worth it!) and it also has a very funny strong smell( not nessessarily bad, but a bit odd).
Altogether, I liked the product and would recommend it to anyone with fair skin like mine to give it a try just before they go away on holiday :)
I have fair skin and unfortunately in this country, we don't get a great deal of sun so my skin stays pale and white. I will, on occasion, use a sunbed to try and give my skin a slight glow but I don't like to use them on a regular basis due to the health implications. I am also not a big fan of fake tan (mainly because I fail miserably every time I try to use it) which is why I was interested when I read about this moisturiser in a magazine. I think it was Martine McCutcheon who was giving it a glowing review which made me head down to my nearest Boots store in search of it.
L'Oreal Body Expertise NutriSummer is a daily moisturising lotion to build up a natural looking tan specially formulated for fair skin.
*About the Product*
The L'Oreal laboratories have developed Body Expert NutriSummer, a daily moisturising lotion which allows you to gradually build a tan that looks natural. This self-tan lotion is tailored to match the tone of fair skin to build a subtle golden glow. Once applied, your skin is hydrated and feels comfortable. A light natural tan is developed with regular applications. All year round, skin look sun kissed, as beautiful as just after your holiday.
My first piece of advice is to be done before you even pick up this bottle and that is to cleanse the areas of your body that you intend to apply this moisturiser on. This will help you massively when it comes to using the moisturiser as you will have removed any dead skin.
When you have done this, flip open the lid and squeeze a reasonable amount into your hand. Not a lot is necessary as you don't want to get inconsistent marks. Then apply the lotion onto your arms, legs and body. It soaks into your skin quickly but you should ensure that you rub the lotion vigorously into your skin for even coverage and prevent any patches! Ensure that you take care when applying to any creases as if the lotion isn't soaked into your skin properly, it will just sit there and look a little silly. Also, ensure that you wash your hands after use as orange hands are not a good look.
L'Oreal advise you to wash your hands after application and this is definitely an instruction that you'll want to follow as you hands will end up with colour between your fingers otherwise. And this really isn't a cool look.
*Price and Availability*
L'Oreal Body Expertise NutriSummer 24hr Moisturising Lotion can be located in numerous different shops including Boots, Superdrug and Wilkinsons. You will also find it on the shelves of most supermarkets, like Tesco, Sainsbury and Asda. Alternatively, you can visit www.Boots.com and buy online.
This product can be bought for the price of £6.84 for a 200ml bottle. This is quite a good price when you consider the cost of moisturisers and this has this added bonus that it is tinting your skin for a natural sun kissed look.
The packaging: This product is packaged in a plastic squeezy tube. It is orange and cream in colour with quite a lot of black and grey informative writing all over it as well. This product is in a tube with a lid that you flip open. This lid is also the stand of the product which I quite like as you can store it easily on your bathroom shelf. The tube is extremely easy to use so you don't make a mess and waste the product.
Colour, texture and smell: This lotion is white in colour which is not at all what I expected due to its supposed tanning abilities. The texture of this product is soft and smooth. It is relatively thick in consistency as it does not run easily out of the both but at the same time it isn't overly thick. It is a nice texture that rubs easily and quickly into your skin. What I don't like about the texture is that it soaks into your skin so quickly you can't tell where you have rubbed in and this sometimes leads to you do the same part of your skin twice.
The one main thing that I don't like about this product is the smell. It is pretty awful. And the fact that it lingers on your skin is even worse. I wouldn't mind the lotions that smell nice having this staying power.
Any other negatives? Well yes actually there is and this is the fact that the colour came off onto my towel and clothes after having a nice hot bath which left me back where I started and with a ruined towel/clothes. I wasn't impressed at all. I did find that if you dried yourself slowly then this didn't happen to such an extent and learnt to use darker towels.
Range of colours: As not everyone has the same skin tone, this product is available for fair skin and medium skin. As I have very pale skin (hence why I actually bought this product in the first place) I opted for the fair skin version and I would recommend this to the majority of consumers as this does tint your skin to quite a bronzed colour therefore using the medium version could make you look a little tango'd.
Is this a daily moisturising lotion which allows you to gradually build a tan that looks natural? Yes. This product is similar to a number of other body lotions like this where you apply it on a daily basis and you get a tan build up with every application due to a tanning ingredient within the formulation. Is the tan natural? I would say it is natural although not when used every day after the colour has formed as this builds the colour a little too quickly afterwards for my liking. But if you use it four or five times initially and then apply once every 3 days then you will find that you are left with a subtle golden glow.
Once applied, is your skin hydrated? Yes, it certainly is and this one of the great positives about this product. It moisturises your skin excellently to leave it feeling hydrated and soft.
Are you left with all year round, skin that looks sun kissed and as beautiful as just after your holiday? No. Using this product does not make my skin look as sunkissed and beautiful as when I've been on holiday. That would be a pretty special product to do that. But it does give me a nice glow at any time of the year so let's not go overboard with what this can and can't do. It isn't a miracle cream after all.
Longevity of the product: L'Oreal Body Expertise NutriSummer 24hr Moisturising Lotion Gradual Sunkissed Look For Fair Skin will last you approximately 2 months if used every day but if you use this product more sparsely then it will obviously last you a lot longer.
*Would I Recommend This Product?*
Yes and no. If you want a safe way to have a summer glow then I would recommend L'Oreal Body Expertise NutriSummer 24hr Moisturising Lotion Gradual Sunkissed Look however this is only if you can tolerate the fact that it stains your clothes and the awful smell of the lotion. This product has many positives and negatives. You will just need to make your mind up as to which outweigh which.
L'Oreal Body Expertise NutriSummer 24hr Moisturising Lotion Gradual Sunkissed Look is a product that gives you a really great glow when you repeat it application with continued use. The fact that it actually moisturises your skin well is an added bonus. Unfortunately, the smell for me is a massive negative as I actually find it quite unpleasant and if it weren't for the positives, I wouldn't have finished using the product.
The great thing about this product is that it really does do what it claims to, it builds a medium tan up gradually. But it takes far too long in my opinion, i had to apply it every day and night for about two weeks to see any noticeable difference. It claimed to have given me a gradual sun-kissed look by the seventh day but it just made my skin smell like suncream.
At around £6 for a 200ml bottle, i think seems pretty good value for money if your expectations aren't too high. You don't use that much of it even though you have to apply it daily for the first week, so it lasts a good few months. If you want something to give you a bit of colour all year round, this is the one for you.
I think it could be good for fake tan beginners that don't want to risk going orange or streaky, or for pale people who just want a hint of colour and are prepared to wait a while for it. But for the tanners of the nation that want a stronger colour a bit faster.. Sadly, this product isn't for us!
After returning from holiday and watching my natural tan fade within a matter of weeks I decided that instead of putting up with being pale for the next year I would fake it. I haven't had much luck in the past with fake tans as they always leave me looking like an oompa loompa, so I thought I'd try one of the gradual tanning moisturisers that seem to be everywhere.
I chose Nutrisummer simply because it was on offer at my local supermarket. Loreal has always been a brand that I trust and I would definitely purchase it again.
The product is in an orange and cream tube and although it is quite large, its compact shape makes it easy to store in a bathroom cupboard or to stand on a shelf. The appearance of the tube isn't very original and probably wouldn't stand out on a supermarket shelf so it may take a while to find it.
The product comes in two varieties, either for fair or medium skin and claims to build a 'natural looking tan'.
At full price Nutrisummer costs just under £7 for 200ml, however it is often on offer and in Boots at minute it is half price at just £3.42. I've never paid £7 for it but probably would as the large tube lasts ages if you only use a bit each day and in my opinion it is definitely good value for money.
The moisturiser can be used anywhere apart from on the face and I usually apply it to one area such as my arms or legs to avoid looking too tanned. The tube states that it can be applied once or twice a day and I often apply it twice a day if I want quick results.
Although I don't have dark skin, I'm not really pale so while two applications a day works for me, it may be too orange for really pale skin.
The only thing that I don't like about this product is the smell, as although not unpleasant, it lingers on the skin for hours afterwards so you can still smell it when it's dry. Some of my friends don't like the fact that the liquid is colourless when first applied so you can't see where you have applied it but I find that as long as you rub it in evenly this isn't really a problem.
Since starting to use this product, I have learned that how you apply it really affects the results. When I first started, I used to put loads of the moisturiser on and just leave it to sink in and the results were often streaky. I've found that a much more effective way of applying the moisturiser is to use smaller amounts and rub it right into the skin until completely dry. It also helps to get an even colour if you exfoliate before, especially in areas such as ankles or elbows where the colour can sit unnaturally.
Sometimes applying everyday can create an unnatural colour so if I feel that it is too much I often leave it a few days before applying again. Generally, the colour looks quite natural, especially on top of a bit of a natural tan.
As the product is a moisturiser it also feels really nice and makes my skin feel really soft after applying. My skin is very sensitive and I haven't had any problems with the product but just in case, it is a good idea to do a small skin test 24 hours before using it.
As stressed on the back of the product, it is also important to note that Nutrisummer doesn't contain any UV filters or SPF so shouldn't be used as sun protection.
Overall this is a really good product and as long as it is applied properly can give great results for an even tan throughout the year.
Also on Ciao as Blonde09.
As someone who has never had good experiences with any form of fake tan product in the past - even the ones that are supposed to gradually build up a light and natural-looking tan - I was a bit sceptical that this one would actually work. I am loathe to actually part with my money for one of these types of fake tans, but I have somehow built up a large enough collection of samples that I have a good fortnight's worth of it to test out. Two weeks ago, it's time to review the results.
The cream is white, which makes it fairly easy to see where you are applying it. I hate the types that are more or less clear so that you can't get a good idea of where you have already applied it so this is an immediate plus point for me. I'm pleased to see that are no obvious signs of fake tan in the product so I won't get an orange look straight away. This has actually happened in the past with one fake tan that was supposed to build up gradually so this isn't actually as ludicrous as it sounds! It takes around five to six minutes to feel as though it has properly soaked in, at which point I get dressed as normal and wait for the next application the following day. It smells much more pleasant than some of the fake tan products that I have used.
***Day One*** - I keep checking the progress throughout the day to make sure that it doesn't suddenly turn an unnatural orange shade hours later. Fortunately this doesn't happen and
although my skin looks a little more tanned than before this is nothing too unsubtle. In addition, it is also a bit softer thanks to the moisturiser that this contains.
***Day Two*** - This is usually the clincher for me as I have had far too many bad experiences with these types of products leaving me looking decidedly orange by the time twenty-four hours has passed. With the others, this is usually the point at which I decide that the results of the initial application were too horrific to warrant another application, and the bottle is swiftly deposited in the bin. When I get up the following day, I am anxiously peering at my skin to see whether this is much the same or not.
*** Day Three*** - I'm pleased to say that I've built up a nice natural-looking tan over the last few days, but this is the point at which things start to go downhill. At this time I needed to have a bath as I'd put it off for a few days in case it ruined my tan before it had really had a chance to develop. As I expected, the colour came off after my bath and I was back to square one. I'm not sure why this surprised me - what else did I expect from a fake tan product?! As it takes a couple of days for the colour to build up again to the level that it was before, your skin is likely to go through colour stages that make it quite obvious that you were/are using a fake tan product. Having seen a friend two days in a row, she asked straight away "What happened to your tan?! It was there yesterday!". I usually have a bath every other day, so I will never get much of a chance to build up a proper tan on a consistent basis, and I would imagine that you may get much of a tan using this if you bathe/shower every day!
After trying so many fake tans in the past i was losing hope of ever finding one that didnt make me look like i had been tangoed and didnt leave streaks!
I started looking online at new products that i hadent tried before and came across 'Loreal Nutrisummer'. Loreal Nutrisummer is a daily moisturising Lotion for gradually building up a sun kissed tan. It has 2 shades(fair skin and medium skin).
I decided to give it a go and bought the fair skin option from Superdrug for £3.42(a very reasonable price in my opinion).
I decided to exfoliate before applying the fake tan so i didnt get any uneven patches around my knees and elbows. I applied the fake tan just to my legs incase it turned out wrong. I did it just before i went to bed and woke up with a natural streak free glow on my legs. I was made up with the results and suprised that it had worked so well considering it was a gradual tan lotion.
The lotion has quite a strong smell to it however i didnt find this a problem especially when i saw the results the next day! The lotion leaves the skin feeling very smooth aswell as having the great tan! I would highly recommend this product for people who do not want to use sunbeds or go to a tanning salon. I wont be using anything else now i have tried this product.
I highly advise people who use this product to wash their hands with soap and water so you dont end up with tanned hands. This has happened to me in the past when using other gradual tanning products.
I tried L'Oreal Nutrisummer for the first time last summer after realising I just couldn't face getting my pastey pins out in the sun!
I brought it from Boots for £7.92. Prices vary depending on where you shop but is usually between £6 - £7. A 'tone up' bottle of Nutrisummer is also available - it is the same as Nutrisummer but contains caffeine which is meant to tone the skin and reduce the apperance of cellulite. A tone up botte typically costs between £7 - £8.
It comes in different shades - one for fair skin and one for darker skin.
It comes in an attractive looking bottle, which is easy to read and understand. The lid is at the bottom so you don't have to spend time shaking it out when you get to the end.
The first time I used it, I applied it with my bare hands and it took about 10-15 minutes to cover my whole body properly. It did however take ages to dry, which was very annoying as I just found myself having to perch on the side of a chair in my underwear!
Also, make sure you wash your hands with soap and water straight after you've applied it, otherwise you will end up with orange hands. Pure horror story!
On the bottle it says it builds up a natural looking, sun-kissed tan but after the first time of using it, I got an overnight tan! This was a complete surprise.
Unlike other tanning products I've used L'Oreal Nutrisummer gave me a tanned glow, rather than orange blobs and I was really pleased with the results. Everybody noticed it too - they were commenting me, asking if I had been sunbathing or on holiday! When I told them it was a fake tan they couldn't believe it and told me how natural it looked.
When I took a soak in the bath the tan still stayed on but when I dried myself with a white towel, to my horror I noticed I was rubbing my tan off onto it! You will have more chance of keeping your tan if you dab yourself dry, rather than rub yourself dry. Although this can take slightly longer and is a little annoying if you're in a rush...
Not only is L'Oreal Nutrisummer a tanner but it's a moisteriser too and it worked really well. My legs in particularly felt really smooth, soft and silky.
I used the tone up version of Nutrisummer as I'd not long before given birth and felt really frumpy. I am a bit of a pessimist when it comes to cellulite and general weight loss products but I was pleasently suprised. It was no miracle cure but I deffinatley felt a little more toned - particularly on my thighs.
I'd recommend this to anybody that is looking for a natural glow but only if you have the time to sit around and wait for it to dry. I rate it 5 stars but minus one star for the drying time.
I've tried various tanning moisturisers such as Johnsons, No 7 and Dove, but I've always found this to be the best in terms of colour and ease of aplication.
Firstly this comes in a 200ml bottle which lasts a good few months if applied a couple of times a week. You can either buy it in Fair or medium. Despite being fair skinned, I usually buy it in medium as I find the colour better.
This product is enriched with Hydralium which L'oreal claims will leave your skin nourished and moisturised for 24 hours. I certainly think it does leave my skin feeling soft and moisturised although not for 24 hours.
The cream is white in colour and smells quite nice really- a bit sweet but very fresh and not like chemicals as some fake tans do. It goes on to skin very easily and smooths easily too. I apply after exfoliating and just moisturise dry areas before (ankles, knees and elbows). The colour develops after about 5 hours and it is very natural and light. After using for a few days it gradually builds up. My only criticism is that if you use it for longer than a week every day it starts to look patchy so I scrub it off and start again!
It seems but a distant memory now but Im sure there were a couple of warm days not too long ago which caused me to fly into a panic at the thoughts of exposing my milky white legs to the elements.
I keep them closely under wraps for most of the year but I will, under duress, give them a bit of an airing on exceptionally warm days.
Now I was in a bit of a dilemma as to what to slap on to give my legs a hint of a tint when I saw an article in one of the Sunday colour supplements where various types of body lotion, designed to give a gradual build up of colour, were put through their paces and given marks out of 10.
I was quite pleased to see that the Johnsons Holiday Skin, which I failed miserably with last year, didnt score very highly at all. I had begun to think I was the only person in the world who failed to get satisfactory results from this after reading all the glowing reviews about the stuff.
The one that came out tops with highest marks was a new lotion produced by LOreal and called Nutrisummer.
It comes in two formations, one for medium skin and one for fair and the recommended retail price is £6.99 for a 200 ml tube, although I picked mine up in Superdrug for less than this, but whether it is still on offer or not, I dont know.
It works on the same principle as all the other body lotions whereby you apply it daily and it will gradually build up a tanned look over time because it contains a very light dose of LOreals own soft-tan, a self tan ingredient.
It also promises 24 hour hydration which supposedly keeps the skin moisturised for 24 hours after applying and leaves it with a velvety texture.
According to LOreal, one of the key components of the lotion is hydralium. Not having heard of this before, I thought I would look it up and the google search came up with the following:
Hydralium is a hydrating complex made of a unique association of glycerine and silicon, acting as a moisturiser. It has a relieving and soothing effect on the skin. It is used in cosmetic products, namely creams, milks, lotions, gels, powders and essential oils. It is used in several new LOreal skin products.
Quite a brave claim to make I thought but decided to put it to the test myself and after bathing, I applied this instead of my usual body lotion.
It does advise to wash hands after application. I made sure to heed this advice after last years disastrous attempts to use the Johnsons Holiday Skin left me with orange palms and grimy brown bits in between each finger that no amount of scrubbing would remove.
The lotion is white in colour and has a consistency somewhat similar to toothpaste in that it doesnt gush out of the tube when it is squeezed, is rather thick and creamy and not in the least runny.
It has quite a strong smell which I didnt particularly like as I prefer more fruity or citrussy smells. This is a rather sweet and cloying artifical smell but nothing too awful and would probably appeal to those who have a preference for stronger smelling body lotions.
It rubs in quickly and the only problem is that it is colourless when applied to the skin, so quite difficult to know where youve applied and if youve missed any bits.
I was pleasantly surprised to find the skin does feel much softer and moisturised after rubbing it in, but the crunch time would be the next morning to find out if there were any streaks or orange ankles to contend with.
After inspection the next day I could just find a white patch near my ankle which I'd managed to miss, but not a streak, stripe, brown ankle to be seen. The change in colour was very subtle and not glaringly obvious.
The instructions written on the back of the tube do tell you to apply one or two times a day but as Im so very pale, once every few days was quite sufficient for me.
By about the third application my legs were taking on a slightly golden hue but nothing too obvious or glaringly fake looking.
Typically were back to normal weather conditions again now and endless rain, so my legs are well covered up again, but should we ever get another sunny spell, Im ready for it now and shall definitely be giving my legs another once over with the Nutrisummer.
There is a warning that the lotion doesnt contain sun filters, so if you are going to be outside in more sunny climes, dont forget to put some sun protection on over the top of your newly tanned legs.
It is also not to be applied to the face, though it doesnt say why not and Im not going to ignore their instructions and slap some on for the benefit of research. I should imagine it is because it is a quite strong fragrance which would probably have adverse effects when applied to the delicate facial area.
I can't see lanolin on the list of ingredients, but just in case it's in disguise under another name, there's a L'Oreal Consumer Advisory Department telephone number on the tube so it would probably be wise to check with them first before using. The number is UK 0845 399 1949.
My opinion is that this beats the Johnsons version hands down or legs up come to that and I shall use it again.
I've knocked one star off because I didn't like the smell but anyone who likes highly perfumed body lotions may not dislike it.