“ Brand: Bergasol / Type: Tanning Gel / Subcategory: Tanning Gel Gel / Tan / What it does: Tans, „
Bergasol tan Activating gel
I bought this before a recent holiday just to see if it did actually make any difference.
It promises to promote melanin production because it contains an "exclusive" bio- activator complex, so that skin is prepared for the sun by stimulating the sun's natural sunlight defence system.
PRODUCT AND PACKAGING...
The gel comes in an orange box with all the instructions and information on the back of the box and with a list of the other Bergasol products inside the box (good marketing!!)
Insside the box is the tube containing the gel which in typical bergasol style is again orange, and with the instructions on the back of the tube which is good if you don't tend to keep boxes.
The gel itself is an orange colour and although i was a tad dubious about it and thought I was going to look as though i was going to be tangoed, but when it is applied, it is clear so no orange tinge. The gel is quite light and does soak into my skin, although because it is a gel, it does tend to sit on the skin for a little wine but it doesn't take long to sink in, and it is quite nicely moisturising. It contains apricot and vitamin E and has a nice fruity smell which I really like.
The gel should be applied 4 days before exposure to the sun and continued for the first 4 days in the sun, either as a stand alone moisturiser or under your normal moisturiser.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY...
This costs around the £5 mark and can be bought in chemists and larger supermarkets.
I am quite dark skinned anyway and tend to tan easily in the sun, so it was difficult to decide whether my tan was my own skin or because of this gel. I did get a good even tan, and this was probably due in some respect to the fact that I did use it as directed before I went away, so my skin was very well moisturised, which helps the tanning process. Once on holiday it suggests that you use it before applying your sunscreen whcih I did for the first day but not afterwards because I had none left. I found that there wasn't enough of the gel to keep going for the full 4 days not because I am large but because I maybe used it a tad excessively.
I would recommend this as a pre holiday moisturiser but am not too sure about its tan enhancing properties.
Thanks for reading.
I am very pale skinned and find it difficult to get any sort of tan as I usually burn and then peel. In order to develop any kind of golden glow, I would have to be using quite a high sun factor and would need to be in the sun for a good two weeks. This is all well and good when you are on holiday, but I was fed up with looking milk bottle white for the first week!
I had read about tan activator gels on the internet and when I saw this one in Boots I decided to give it a go. It cost approx £6.50 and comes in a squeezy tube. The aim of the gel is to encourage the melanin production in your skin (which naturally occurs when you are in the sun) so that you develop a richer even tan without the burning. People with darker skin have more naturally produced melanin which automatically gives them better protection from the sun, whereas I would only have a small amount which means that my protection would be minimal (hence the burning!)
They suggest that you start to use the gel 2-3 days before the start of your holiday/period in the sun and then continue using it for the first few days of your holiday. The gel itself is a transparent slightly orangy colour and has a pleasant fruity smell to it. As i'm a bit stingy when it comes to beauty products, I use it fairly sparingly, but make sure I cover all the areas which will be subjected to the sun. It rubs in fairly easily, although as it is a gel rather than a cream, it does tend to sit on top of your skin a little.
Did this work? Well actually it did. I didn't burn at all during my holiday, my tan started to appear on the second day as a healthy glow, and by all accounts, at the end of the holiday I had the best tan I had ever had. It was lovely and even, was golden and I didn't peel at all. My tan also lasted longer than it normally does, probably because my skin was well moisturised from the gel.
prolongs tan / 75mL /