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Bronzed Goddess in a Bottle
Banana Boat Dark Tanning Oil Spray
Member Name: dream860
Banana Boat Dark Tanning Oil Spray
Advantages: smells great, leaves skin soft, gives a deep dark tan, spray bottle is great
Disadvantages: does not contain high protection against the sun, not good for fair skin or people who burn easily
Okay so every year i make a promise to myself that i will cover my skin from head to toe in clothing and slather on sunscreen every few hours to protect myself from the sun. I am deathly afraid of all the negative properties that the sun can do to my skin including pre-mature aging and risks of skin cancer, therefore i am slightly ashamed to be writing this review of tanning oil. However, i never seem to keep this promise to myself as i usually end up back in the sun baking like a chicken till i look as close to done as you can imagine.
I love the sun and even moreso, i love being tanned. So last year when i found out that i was going on two trips, one to cuba and one to the south of france, i was ecsatic. At first i contemplated getting a spray tan done before i left for my trip, and i even thought about bringing self-tanner along with me, but i didn't want to deal with the hassle of having it run all over the bedsheets, and plus i didn't want to waste any of my 'relaxation time' on putting on self-tanner when i was supposed to be enjoying myself. So needless to say i went back to my tried and true favorite item that i had never been without on any summer vacation. I drove right over to my local drugstore to pick up my old friend 'Banana Boat Dark Tanning Oil' I bought one with spf 8 and one with spf 4. I have always been a HUGE fan of these tanning oils because they smell so delicious, a vacation was not a vacation without the smell of an island in a bottle(my only way to describe the scent) The bottle costs about £6.99 and the spray bottle is fantastic to spray anywhere you want to apply it without it spilling all over. I then packed the bottles in my luggage and placed them in a plastic bag to avoid spills or leakage, which is a handy tip to remember.
When i arrived in cuba the heat was sweltering and the sky was clear. I was just itching to lay under the hot golden sun and start working on my tan, but i made the immediate mistake of not waiting a day or two using regular spf 15-30 before gettign straight to the oil. I sprayed the oil all over me and the smell was just divine, i also love the way it makes my skin look on the beach all glistening. My horrible mistake though was that going from a canadian spring to a cuban summer and attempting to use only an spf 8 was a disaster. I ended up turning beet red and spending a sleepless night with ice packs all over my skin. This is very bad for the skin and especially increases skin cancer risks. I was in so much pain that i spent the next day on the beach wrapped in a towel with a huge hat on.
The third day of my trip i decided to use only an spf 15 and kept my tanning time to a minimal to get my skin used to the sun again. On the 4th day i spent half a day using the spf 15 and the other half a day i used the spf 8 tanning oil. My skin was now used to the sun and i was getting quite a nice colour. For the rest of the trip i alternated between the banana boat spf 4 and 8 and watched my gorgeous tan develop. The product lasts fairly long on the skin, but it MUST be re-applied after swimming and towel drying because it practically melts off in the water. However the oil itself lasts long on the skin when tanning, but it must be re-applies every couple of hours in order to ensure that the spf is still active.
I loved the way the oil made my skin feel like butter and it smelled delicious for hours afterwards. The product contains moisturizing ingredients and ' super rich blend of exotic oils, enriched with Aloe Vera and Vitamin A and E, nourishes your skin. ' It helps to keep my skin soft and smooth and hydrated for hours without clogging my pores or irritating my sensitive skin. My the time i was ready to leave for home i had a beautiful golden brown tan and less peeling than both of my friends who came along with me (they used spf 4 the entire trip).
I was thrilled with the gorgeous colour that i had achieved and the suppleness of my skin which i believe i could not have achieved without this dark tanning oil. I brought the product along with me to france as well and continued to improve my tan which gave me the skin of a bronzed goddess by the end of the summer. I know that skin cancer and the damaging effects of the sun are a good reason for people not to be baking in it, however i do notintend to influence people to use this product if they have never used it before or have a family history of skin cancer.
I want to make it clear that tanning is not healthy, and i am only providing my experience on the product for people who already enjoy natural tanning. For people with very fair skin, or those who burn easily, i do not advise using this product or atleast postponing use of this product until you have gotten use to the sun and have used spf 15-30 for awhile.
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