“ Brand: Boots / Type: Tanning / Suitable for: Face / What it does: Tans, „
I have always been using Boots Time Delay facial gradual tanning moisturiser but as I recently ran out I needed to purchase another bottle. I searched online on the Boots website but could not seem to find the same one, as I loved it I wanted to purchase the same one again. I looked in store thinking I may find it easily in there as they had changed the designs of the bottles in the Time Delay range since I had purchased my bottle previously. However, the facial moisturiser available didn't seem to state anything about gradual tanning in it and so I had no other choice but to look at what was available by other brands. I had a £5 No7 voucher already from when Boots were running their promotion of spend £5 or more in store and receive a £5 no7 voucher free and so I looked to see if No7 did their own version that I could purchase for cheaper.
I came across a bottle of fake tan for the face and also this 'sun kissed' gradual tanning facial moisturiser. I opted for the latter as I wanted one which acted as a moisturiser and that would also build up a tan gradually that doesn't make me look too noticeably tanned, which I feared the other would.
It is priced at £9.95 for 50ml and so only cost me £4.95 after using my No7 voucher. It is also available online from the Boots website, but as this range is designed by Boots it is not available from anywhere else except for maybe Amazon and eBay.
The bottle is a gold colour and so representing the 'sun kissed' glow that this is meant to give you.
Boots state that "This deliciously blissful gradual tan deeply smoothes and moisturises skin optimising its condition for exposure to the sun whilst its gentle self-tanning ingredients leave behind a hint of beautiful colour that builds day by day into a natural looking year round glow."
It also moisturises for up to 12 hours and contains a unique antioxidant complex to prepare skin for exposure to the sun, as it states it is SPF15 on the bottle.
I started using this when I bought it and have done so by applying it once a day everyday for the past few weeks. At first it seemed to moisturise my skin nicely and I had no problems, it didn't give my skin a sun kissed glow but I thought it would just take some time as it is a 'gradual' tan. However, after a few weeks of using it I still can't notice any difference to the colour of my face. I have quite pale skin and so usually notice if I have even a hint of colour, but this didn't seem to do that at all. I have also started to experience dry skin around my mouth, bottom of cheeks and chin too which also looked noticeably red one day. As I haven't been using any other moisturiser on my face with this I have to put it down to this No7 product. I haven't really experienced any problems with any other No7 products I currently use or have used in the past and so I was quite surprised that this didn't work at all and do what it is supposed to do.
I won't continue to use this as it has been very disappointing and instead will go and try another facial gradual tanning moisturiser by another brand. It may have just been my type of skin and so I will probably give this to a friend to try and see if they can use it or not. Overall, a disappointing product from No7 that to me has no advantages!
No.7, usually a brand I rely on, have let me down with this product. I bought the Gradual Facial Tan at the same time as I bought the body lotion (previously reviewed) and altogether it has been a complete waste of money. Naturally Sunkissed, the small print above the title reads. It's so natural it is non-evident on your skin. To my mind, the natural look is one that lets you look like you're not wearing make up when in fact you are, and this does not achieve that effect.
The lotion comes in a yellow tube which holds 50ml. The cap that it stands up on flips open easily with one hand, and the lotion squeezes out with minimal effort. It is a smooth white lotion, with the same lovely smell as the body lotion, not floral or musky, but fresh and summery. It is of a slightly thicker and creamier consistency than the body lotion. Although it rubs into your face quite easily, it is heavier than I would like for a facial cream and you can feel it lingering on your skins for a good ten minutes after you've applied it. A little bit, however, does go a long way, and I did not run out of this nearly as quick as I did the body lotion.
Instructions of the back of the tube tell you to use everyday just like your usual moisturiser. It has an SPF of 15, but also warns that it is not designed for sunbathing. This seems non-sensicle to me, as I would use less than a factor 15 when sunbathing, but there you go.
How well does it work? Not at all, is the answer. My skin is not dark. In fact my face is normally a very pale colour. I noticed no significant change in the colour of my skin. The only thing that made a difference was the real sun when I finally got out in it. So I can only draw the following conclusion - either I have skin which is resistant to the chemicals in this product, or this product is naff and not worth the £10 price tag. I am leaning towards the latter.