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I will admit to being quite sceptical about this product before I started using it. It is so easy to over-do fake tan and end up looking like you have been Tangoed! Originally it was my girlfriend who started using this. She is quite fair skinned and wanted something that would build up gradually into a natural looking tan. 2 months down the line I have graduated from occasionally stealing some from her bottle and have now brought my own! This product also works as a moisturiser and I would say it's pretty decent in that capacity. I've never really used a moisturiser before, so I have no frame of reference, but this product leaves my skin feeling smooth and, er, moisturised! The smell is nice and not too over powering. The lotion builds a discreet natural looking tan in about 4-5 applications. A couple of people have commented that I look more tanned but haven't said that I look like a tangerine; this can only be a good thing. There are a couple of things to watch out for. Seasoned fake tanners will already be aware that more of the lotion ends up on your hands than anywhere else. Consequently your hands can end up looking a bit yellow and over done (especially the palms!). You should also be careful to apply the lotion evenly to your whole body. If there are bits that you routinely miss (like your back, for example) you will obviously end up with an uneven tan. At £5.99 per bottle it's one of the cheaper fake tan treatments on the market. I was quite impressed with the results and would definitely recommend it.
As a heavy user of self tanning products this product has fallen into my hands... but isn't likely to in the future! Its good value for money at around £8 a bottle from Boots there is usually some form of offer on so you can pick it up at about £5. So in comparison to others on the market it appears quite cheap. Don't be fooled though at this price you sacrifice being able to make any mistakes during its application. Firstly it takes some rubbing in!! Lots of circular motions and because it is tinted then you can see the colour straight away and ensure that you have an even looking tan at this stage. The smell isn't very nice and its strong. It does also leave your skin feeling slightly greasy and doesn't dry quickly! The bottle is pretty standard, however the lid is flimsy and snapped so it was essential the bottle was kept upright after this. When used with the Soltan 2 in 1 exfoliate/ moisturiser it does go on well and providing you put one even application on it does look natural and streak free if you have fully rubbed it in! But I have had more bad experiences than good.... I used this after exfoliating quite quickly and ended up really streaky, so much so it wasn't streaks more like clumps. (My boyfriend likened it to an orange leopard skin effect) Don't put more than one application on in one go as you will go orange. I usually like a dark looking tan but this stuff makes you look unbelievably orange if you do that!! Overall if you have 3 hours spare and are willing to exfoliate perfectly before hand, ensure it's rubbed in perfectly and that you have 3 hours to let it dry (and move around quite a bit during this time) then it's a bargain and well worth the effort. If like most you want an easy tan and fast... it's not for you and you could end up like a tangerine... (Or orange leopard as my other half compared me with)
Browsing round Boots the other day with my friend, she suddenly pounced upon a small brown box sitting on the edge of the suntan lotion aisle. "I've read good things about this" she proclaimed. Being easily influenced by "good things" and having plenty of Boots points going spare it was decided that I would be the guinea pig that got to try this stuff out first. The approximately 2" square box would have gone unnoticed by me, not being in the least eye catching, but having drawn my attention to it I read on the front of the box that as well as being a Boots Soltan product, it was also a 3 in 1 self tan peel off face mask in the shade light. Nothing ventured, nothing gained and I was soon minus the equivalent of £8 in Boots points and clutching the small box, containing 50 ml of magic potion. Reading the reverse of the box I learned that this wonder stuff had extra benefits of promoting a naturally tanned look at any time of the year or to prolong a natural tan. Being naturally deathly pale there would never be anything to prolong but I quite liked the thought of looking slightly more healthy and getting rid of my pallor. As well as transforming me into a more healthy looking being it would also exfoliate and moisturise my skin at the same time. Exfoliation being down to the anti oxident complex of apple, ginseng and mulberry which, the box assured me, would also build up skin defences against premature skin aging caused by the sun. I'm feeling healthier by the minute, just reading about what I'm going to be anointing my face with. Boots recommend using the mask twice a week for a clearer lightly tanned complexion. In no time at all I was back home in the bathroom, having deprived my skin of all makeup and looking with slight fright at my face in its unmade state staring back at me from the mirror. On opening the box I am confronted with a small gold topped opaque glass jar. None of your plastic for Boots Soltan, nothing but a glass bottle would suffice for this product and you can see inside a very pale yellow runny liquid. Also nestling in the box is a tiny, silver handled, fan shaped brush, approximately 2 inches long. One inch being devoted to the handle and the other to the white brush. Upon undoing the gold top, although on further investigation I would call it bronze, though that too is a bit of an exaggeration, more an unmentionable brown colour, you can see the watery, gel stuff inside. Calling it pale lemon would be over generous I think. It's more the colour of Vaseline petroleum jelly and is very, very, runny. The instructions are to apply a thin layer of gel to your face, using the brush supplied, avoiding contact with the eyes and then relax and wait 20 minutes for the mask to dry. They do advise not to use this in the bath as this will prolong the drying time. As I've already said, this stuff is very runny and it's quite difficult to apply it without splashing blobs of it everywhere else as well. I didn't notice any lasting ill effects on anything I spilled it onto, but it would probably be a good idea to wrap a towel round your neck to catch the drips. It has a quite pleasant smell, nothing too strong or overpowering and it does say that it is hypoallergenic and dermatologically tested (I do hope nothing had to suffer to do the tests but can't find any clue about this). After the 20 minutes have elapsed it suggests gently peeling the mask upwards from the chin. Now I was expecting something akin to a snake shedding it's skin when it came to the peeling bit, but I was sorely disappointed that it didn't come off in satisfying long strips and you needed to rub the skin to get tiddly little bits off at a time. When I tired of all the rubbing I finally resorted to a muslin cloth and some cool water to get it all off. Also, although it felt dry by this time, it certainly wasn't dry enough to peel off as they suggested. I had hoped for another face to be grasped in my hands when I'd pulled it off, but this was not to be. Just boring little itty bitty bits of mask/skin (I'm not sure which, either, or a combination of both). My skin did take on a radiant glow but I put this down to all the rubbing involved in getting the damned thing off. I rushed to the mirror to look at the new me and was surprised to see the same anaemic me staring back. Quick re-read of the instructions told me that the colour would be waterproof and sweatproof after two hours. What colour? Well, I decided that if it took two hours for it to become waterproof and every other proof, it might need that amount of time for the colour to develop. Sadly, two hours later I was still looking as pale and interesting as ever and my skin didn't feel particularly wonderful either. Quite dry in fact. I thought the trial run might have not been performed correctly so I decided to give it a second chance almost a week later. This time I tried to put a thicker layer on, thinking that perhaps I'd failed miserably at the peeling part by not using enough. Also I added an extra ten minutes to their suggested 20 and walked around with this on my face for a full thirty minutes. The only plus side of this is that it is transparent and you can't actually see it. It doesn't dry a different colour and remains clear throughout, so you could risk the postman catching sight of you with this on and it wouldn't frighten him too much. Again, no therapeutic peeling. Still the same miserable little bits coming off and again having to get rid of if by the use of water. This time my skin felt even more sore than the first time and no noticeable difference in colour either. Several checks later my face still looked the same insipid shade it had been before I applied the stuff to it. It didn't make my skin feel any better than before I'd applied it. Worse if anything and despite my efforts to convince myself otherwise, I still didn't look in the least bit healthy and glowing after the soreness of rubbing it off had faded. It does warn on the box that this offers no protection from the sun and you must use a high SPF when exposing your skin to its harmful rays. Either I've got some sort of super resistant skin which refuses to change colour, or this doesn't work. I'll let you decide. I'm not too impressed with this and shall be giving it to my friend to see if she has more success with it.
I've never been particularly tempted by fake tan - I've always been afraid of turning orange and seeing pictures of Christina Aguilera and Donatella Versace in all their tangerine glory didn't help! I am naturally quite tanned and all my friends are very pale and always burn rather than tan, so I've never felt white and pasty, either! Summer is fast approaching though, and I want golden skin that looks as though I've been on holiday! The mahogany Peter Stringfellow-look isn't quite for me but I wanted a healthy glow that looked natural - more a weekend away to southern France than a month in the Carribean! After reading Carly_pussycat's review on St Tropez, I decided to get my arse into gear and give it a go, especially as she's so lovely and tanned herself. BOOTS SOLTAN LIGHT SELF-TAN LOTION - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Now normally I'm in and out of Boots in 15 minutes because I'm familiar with the layout (because I have a good memory, not because I spend half my life in there...), and I know which products work and which ones don't, but the fake tan section completely confused me. After half an hour of umming and aahing, I settled on Boots Soltan because I use their range of sunscreens and aftersuns, which all work well enough. You can choose from Light, Medium and Dark. Be careful though, as the shades are referring to how deep a tan you want, rather than your skin colour! I chose Light, and at £6.99, seemed pretty reasonable as there were much more expensive ones available. I was extremely suspicious when the cashier, wearing far too much blue eyeshad ow, politely informed me it had been reduced to a mere £1.19. I had saved myself £5.80, but surely something had to be wrong with it! Anyhow, the fake, or self tan if you prefer, seems promising enough. The attractive metallic bronze bottle promised to give me a natural, lightly tanned look in 2-3 hours that'll last for days. It is moisturising but I wouldn't use it as a normal body lotion - it's a bit too expensive for that! APPLICATION - - - - - - - - - - - - I normally exfoliate thoroughly with in the shower, paying special attention to elbows, knees and heels, as these are generally the driest areas. Once that's done, I use shower gel as normal, and moisturise afterwards, again concentrating on the driest bits. After 15-20 minutes, I put on a little more moisturiser to my elbows and knees, then apply the fake tan. I rub some of the runny white lotion between my hands, then spread quickly over the chosen area, using swift, circular movements and making sure to rub it in evenly. Take care with your hands, ankles and feet - I usually do my arms and legs, then swipe the excess cream over those areas lightly, which is enough. It's fairly runny but not so runny that it's hard to apply. It absorbs quickly and feels quite moisturising, though not as much as an ordinary body lotion would be. Normally I stay in a towel for maybe half an hour after application before I go to bed, and I've never noticed any marks or stains on my clothes, towels or bed sheets. The smell itself is quite chemical-y, like sunscreen, but pleasant enough, in a strange way! The whole process takes maybe an hour at the most, if you include having a shower as well, but I do take my time, stop to text someone, get a drink, etc. If you rush it too quickly, you'll end up re ally streaky, so set aside some time one evening to do it! It might help to have a friend or sister to help you do your back, but with a bit of practise you should be able to do it yourself easily enough. THE RESULTS - - - - - - - - - - - - - It works, but not on my face. I might as well not have bothered! I kept reapplying but it just doesn't seem to show up on my face - very strange; I just have to use bronzing powder on my face now! However, it works perfectly well everywhere else -the colour is subtle but I can definitely notice a change, and I feel healthier for it! My friend noticed the tan straight away, and started whinging and moaning that I get a tan so easily, whereas she just peels and burns, so yes, I'd say it was natural! My skin wasn't at all orange, just darker with a hint of lovely browness to it! If you're after a deep tan, I'd choose Medium or Dark, but Light works well for me. It is very easy to use and I only had a few streaks around my ankles and shoulders the first time I used it. Once you get used to applying it, it's a doddle and I rarely get streaks now! The cream leaves a slight sheen on your skin, although it isn't greasy, so you can see where you have and haven't applied it - it's practically fool-proof! Just remember to wash your hands afterwards unless you want orange palms! The only problem is it does take a while to develop, maybe 3-4 hours but you can use it just before you go to sleep and when you wake up, ta da, glowing, tanned skin! The tan doesn't last too long and starts to fade very naturally and evenly after two days, which I think is very reasonable. I was quite concerned when I saw paraffinum liquidum in the ingredients list - using baby oil products bring me out in a red, itch y rash that takes ages to calm down, and as the only ingredient other than water in baby oil is paraffinum liquidum, I assume that's what I'm allergic to! Fortunately, I didn't have any reaction to this at all - the bottle also states it's hypoallergenic and is dermatologically tested. So it's all good then! TANNING TIPS - - - - - - - - - - - - - * Drier areas tend to soak up more colour. To combat this, apply a little moisturiser over areas such as elbows and knees before you put the fake tan on - that way, it'll absorb less product. * If your tan turns out drastically wrong or there are a few uneven areas, use an exfoliator to try and loosen up the colour. If it's your face that resembles a satsuma, try working a creamy face mask into your skin, rubbing it in rather than leaving it on the surface. Leave it there for about ten minutes, then use a facial scrub. Failing that, stay in the house until the tan fades! * Do not use it in place of moisturiser because you'll end up applying more to dry areas and less to oily patches, which will result in a patchy tan! If you're using it on your face, be very careful around areas such as your nose, eyes, etc, and if you notice any orangey or streaky bits, use an exfoliator as soon as possible to minimise the damage! You don't want to look like Jordan! * Exfoliating gets rid of dead skin cells and helps to prolong your tan! You can use a shower puff thing (the ones that are made out of net) if you like, but I'd recommend looking for a decent body scrub You can get quite cheap ones, if you don't want to spend a lot of money. CONCLUSION - - - - - - - - - - - - - It works well, for a very reasonable price. Even a fake tan novice like me c an use this without any streaks! The effect is very subtle, and people will probably just think you're looking well rather than tanned, but if you prefer, you can build up the layers for a deeper tan. It's so easy to use and I feel much more confident! At £6.99 for 200ml, it's good value, and at £1.19, it's amazing! In fact, I'm going down to Boots tomorrow to pick up some more and perhaps try a bottle in Medium for when I go on holiday. I think my fake tan had been reduced so much because Boots have actually revamped the whole Soltan range - mine has the old packaging. I'd definitely recommend this but I've been wondering - how do the likes of Jordan and Jodie Marsh turn out so orange? I honestly don't understand! What do they do; bathe in the stuff?? Very odd!
Better out there, try St tropez £20 well spent, buy it from boots now! - Advantages: Family sized bottle!, Smells ok - Disadvantages: Not tinted, Freaky orange tan, not nice., Tans sheets better than skin
After several applications of this product, I finally found my tan, not exactly where I wanted it but there was a tan nonetheless....let me explain. I bought this fake tan lotion from Boots, as it seemed cheap enough and I (naively) assumed that I'd actually get a tan from using it. There were two options of shade, and as I have a slight tan already, I picked "medium" rather than "light". I'm really glad I did.... on the back of the bottle, it tells me that I'l get a natural tanned look, and it'll help me prolong any existing tan. Great, I thought, and at 6.99 not bad. So I got home, followed the instructions to the letter. Used an exfoliator, yes, admittedly, not Boots own, but still effective emough I thought. And I moisturised really really well. Then I applied evenly, using my hand, which I washed thoroughly afterwards, as recommended. Then I left it to dry. Nothing happened. So I put loads on one leg, and waited. My housemates thought that I'd put fake tan on the OTHER leg, it was that uneffective! So I moved onto my face, which I was nervous about being too orange on, so I was not very liberal with the lotion. After 6 applications and nothing to show, I started being more generous. Last night, I decided "to hell with it", and put loads all over arms and face. Thinking to myself "this stuff doesn't work", I simply wiped my hands down my legs to remove the excess stuff. This morning, I woke up, pasty as ever, with one orange hand. Need I say any more! I don't know why this tanning lotion isn't working on my body, but tangos my hand, but it does. I recommend it as a moisturiser as it's done that job very well, but I think you can probably pay a lot less than 6.99 for a bottle of that! Definitely NOT recommended, unfortunately, I'll return to the body shop for my usual I think. In the meantime, me and my orange hand bid yo u farewell...
This takes sooo long to dry! Now I got that out of the way I'll give you more details. This is one of the more modern fake tans in that it takes a while to be visible and fades away instead of washes away - no streaking in the rain/shower. The product description sounds promising - "For a natural lightly tanned look at any time of the year. Also ideal for prolonging an existing tan. With moisturisers to leave skin soft and supple. Dermatologically tested.". However it forgets to mention the eons you have to wait for it to dry in. It takes absolutely ages! And I mean AGES. After quickly realising this the first time I put it on (and ruining an expensive white bra in the process), I decide the next time to leave myself plenty of time to hang around for it to dry before getting dressed. So after showering I put it on my shoulders and arms amd set back to relax for a half hour or so. And I'm not exaggerating. I sat back with a book and gave it at least a half hour. And still it was not dry enough, still it stained my clothes! And I don't know about you, but having to wait that long for it to dry in is a joke anyway. In the instructions it says to wait for it to fully dry and it will then be sweatproof and waterproof after 2 hours - I wouldn't be too suprised if that's how long it takes for it to dry! The only reason I even tried this product was that Boots seem to have stopped making the fake tan I usually use - Soltan Self Tan Mousse. This product was brilliant - easy to apply, quick drying, lasts for days, etc. Alas I can no longer find it in the shops or even on the web site! So I thought if I stuck to the same brand I would be sorted - I was wrong. Think I'll have to stick to mousse - just a different brand. Well as it says in the product description, at least it was moisturising....
For a natural lightly tanned look at any time of the year / Also ideal for prolonging an existing tan / With moisturisers to leave skin soft and supple / /