“ Brand: Boots / Type: Self Tanner / Subcategory: Mousse / What it does: Tans, „
I'm going on holiday in 3 weeks and so had to decide on how to get a tan as I definitely can't go on holiday being whiter than a ghost! I decided against sunbeds due to the health risks and having just had moles removed. So, I went to Boots to look for a self-tan. Since I never use self-tan I wasn't sure which one to go for, but I had heard some good comments about Soltan self-tan range that I decided to give it a go, plus it was on offer at £4.66! I chose the Light version of the self-tan no streaks mousse, which also comes in Medium, but since I'm so pale and a self-tan virgin I decided the lightest shade was probably best! The mousse itself is nice and light and dries quite quickly, I had exfoliated and moisturised with a fragrance-free lotion beforehand. However, since the mousse isn't tinted it's difficult to know exactly where it's been applied. I thought I had applied it everywhere until the next day..
The directions are very vague, something which isn't useful for first-timers. I had printed a guide to applying self-tan previously and so had a better idea, but the directions don;t say when you can put clothes back on etc. I let the mousse dry in for about 40 minutes before putting clothes on. A couple of hours later there was still no sign of a tan and so I went to bed. I woke up this morning thinking it looked like I had a nice hint of colour until I looked at my legs...they were patchy!! and not at the knees either! I had definitely applied tan to areas where the skin was still white! Not sure what happened there, but this morning I have added more tan to these white areas, which also included my arms and back! Hopefully the tan will take to these bits and it won't be so bad! The colour however is just a nice healthy glow and can be topped up to give a deeper colour according to the directions! I think I may do this if I can get the patches fixed, next time however, I think it'll be a tinted self-tan lotion for me, a lot easier to see where you've put it so I'm led to believe! I can't give an indication of how long this lasts as I'm only writing about my experience with the application and the morning after! But from reading other reviews, the colour lasts between 2-4 days, I suppose it depends on how often you shower and your skin condition. I think I might try using Soltan's pre self-tan moisturiser instead of my own to see if this helps, but I'm sure experts at self-tanning will find this product is quite good, but for virgins like me, thye might end up patchy too!
Three months I won this in a packet of prizes. Last week, with the good weather (though I like the weather, I don't want skin care so instead of hours of sunbathing and burnt skin, I opted for faking it) I decided I wasn't going to be the palest person on the planet and got to work. I normally use the Piz Buin fake tan and I'm never used mousse before. There's no category for the light mousse so I hope you don't mind me put it in the Medium section.
++Variety, the price and availability ++
There are only two mousses. Soltan Self Tan No Streaks Mousse Light and Soltan Self Tan No Streaks Mousse Medium. Also there's sprays, wipes or lotion in the self-tan range of Boots.
As it's a Boots brand, you can only get it at Boots. It's on special offer so at the moment it's £4.65 instead being £6.99 and in the can contains 150ml.
On the can, it says for superior results use Soltan Pre Self-Tan Exfoliator Exfoliator and Soltan Pre Self Tan Moisturiser. They are both at the moment £2.32. And if you want stain free hand, use Soltan Self Tan Applicator Mitt, which is now also, £2.32. Why does this free tan seem to be getting more and more expensive for better results??
++ The Packaging ++
It comes in a can, which is a bronzed colour with a see-through top.
On the front, it has the Boots logo above the word SOLTAN that is over a golden sunburst or starburst depending on how you want to look at it. At the bottom, it has a smaller sun/star in silver and it says next to it Soltan Self Tan No Streaks Mousse.
Under that, it says Step 3 in a box and then light and easy application. Hypoallergenic. And then in a yellow box with white lettering, which is very hard to read it says for a natural tanning look.
On the back, it says in white letters
For a naturally tanned look at any time of the year or to prolong an existing tan. Suitable for the face. Tans in hours lasts for days.
STEP 1 For a superior result use Soltan Pre Self Tan Exfoliator
STEP 2 Apply Soltan Pre Self Tan Moisturiser and allow to dry
STEP 3 Apply the mousse evenly. Use sparingly on elbows, knees and ankles.
WASH HAND IMMEDIATELY AFTER USE
For stain free hands, use Soltan Self Tan Applicator Mitt.
For a deeper colour wait 2 - 3 hours then reapply. Avoid contact with eyes, hair and fabrics. This product will NOT protect you from the sun. Always use a high SPF product for sun exposure. (Well at least they didn't try to get me to buy Soltan sun lotion as well)
Then it tells you that you should recycle the can when empty, keep it out of children's way and that it's EXTREMELY FLAMMABLE. Then it lists all the ingredients and then it says SOLVENT ABUSE CAN KILL INSTANTLY and then it says 150-ml e.
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++ The product ++
I used my coconut exfoliator two days before and then moisturised for those two days and I was ready for my self-tan session.
The mousse is a white colour on application but don't worry about that, most of self-tan lotions, mousses, sprays and wipes are. It's light and fluffy, which makes it easy apply to cover all the areas you want tan. The smell is alright. Not bad compared to some of them I've use and the smell does tend to stay on the skin for a one day and then starts to fade.
The directions on the can are pretty vague for my liking so if this is your first attempt with a self-tan product, you'd be a bit lost. As it doesn't say how long you're meant to put your clothes back on nor on how long you're going to have to wait for the tan to develop. I gave it an hour and a half and put my clothes back on and went to bed.
The following morning
Had a look at myself in the mirror wasn't that pleased with the effects on the tanning mousse. It was extremely light. So I decided to try again and apply another layer of the mousse. After 4 hours, the tan had developed and looked more like what I wanted it to look like after the first attempt. I guess the medium product would have been better. After 2 more layer of the mousse, I had a beautiful even tan. It's very painstaking method of doing a self-tan but gives you more control on how dark you go. Also the light mousse I guess is better for tanning your face because most self tanning products have a separate one for the face but this one, you can use all over your body.
++ How long does it last? ++
Well, I did it on a Monday and now it's Monday again and it's nearly gone. Just a light brown left and slightly patchy. I do take a lot of showers and baths so maybe it might last a bit longer than that but I doubt it.
++ Overall Comments ++
Although it's a slow process with this mousse, it leaves you with the desired effect. A nice tan with no streaks. Perfect for the weather we just had. I don't look out of place but I do look like I've had a nice weekend away. One bad point though, I didn't like the way Boots kept prompting you to buy their other products through the directions on the can. It's annoying. Also it's a bit expensive if you have to apply 4 times to get the colour you want but as I didn't buy it, I'm very pleased with the overall outcome.
I recently came across an old photograph of myself perched on the back of a boat off the Costa Brava, hand on the tiller and wearing not much more than a tan. Nowdays I doubt I would be allowed to steer a boat full of passengers just by smiling at the Spanish boatman who then happily took my picture. This could be something to do with the fact that the smile may still be there but the photo is over 20 years old. As for the tan, I have to be a lot more careful to look after my skin and don't allow it to be cooked by the sun any more. Hopefully for our health, sunbathing may become less fashionable, but for those of us with reasonably fair skin and a liking for wearing white, a gently brown complexion in the summer months helps the self esteem. Since make up can feel sticky on the hottest of days unless sitting absolutely still, I have for some years relied on an instant tan preparation. After one or two trials I found Boots Soltan Self Tan Mousse and it suits me well. At £6.99 or less for a metallic gold can containing 150ml it is decent value unless you want to smother it from head to toe a couple of times a week. Since that golden summer in Spain I tan fairly easily and only use Soltan for my face and neck and can then shade them with my favourite baseball cap. I have only seen shades of Light or Medium and my choice is the darker one. For those who have not used this type of tanning before and may be concerned about the effect on your skin, let me put you at ease. Among the ingredients listed on the Soltan container is dihydroxyacetone (DHA). DHA is the principal ingredient of most self tanning agents and is a colourless sugar. When applied to the skin the chemical reaction is only on the dead cells of the surface and is thus a stain which does not enter the dermis itself. This is partly because it reacts so quickly on the already dead cells. The amount of DHA included in the product determines ho
w dark the result will be. Indeed, during my research for this review I found that the use of DHA as a tanning agent pleases the medical profession as an alternative to sunbathing. It is certainly preferred to other self-tanning aids and should be looked for on an unfamiliar product name. Rare skin reactions are thought to be the result of other ingredients and not DHA. It should be noted that protection from UVA rays is minimal and therefore this is not suitable for sunbathing protection. We are talking cosmetic here. The Soltan instructions ask you to moisturise and exfoliate before using. This is to ensure evenness of colour, although I have not tended to exfoliate and still found the results pleasing,. Do use a moisturiser just befor using though. This substance will stain other than your skin, but the mousse is so easy to handle that it tends to stay where you want it, although I have to admit that I stand well clear of my bathroom window blind when in mid squirt. Do wash your hands immediately afterwards or your palms will also be brown and remember that the soft, marshmallowy foam does come from a pressurised container and is flammable. Now for the bit about my own use of Soltan Self Tan Mousse. When the white cap is removed a plunger is exposed with a comfortable width for the thumb. When this is pressed a white mousse is extruded from the top very quickly, so don't keep that thumb on the plunger for more than a moment. I direct the mousse into the palm of one hand and then smooth it over my skin This is a pleasant white silky substance which spreads easily over my face and neck before I gently rub it in until it disperses; and within an hour or two I have a natural looking tan which has never looked orange on me. If I wanted to darken things even more, it is a simple matter to repeat the process a few hours later. The mousse, we are told, creates a tan which will last 3 or 4 days. I find i
t closer to 2 or three days so have taken off a star, although its ease of application means that I am not bothered about the length of time it lasts. Since I may sound easily satisfied, a young friend of mine preparing for a special date said that she wanted to put makeup on her legs. Knowing that the skirt that Donna had chosen to wear was little more than a belt, I could understand this. I handed over my Soltan Mousse with the suggestion that she "Try this". A phone call the following day confirmed that it had put the finishing touch she wanted and I told her she could keep what was left of the contents of the can. Sadly nowdays a young Spanish boatman wouldn't leave his passengers to my tender mercies as he grabbed my amused husband's camera to photograph me. He probably wouldn't notice if I fell overboard. But with a natural colour lasting several days and my eyelashes and eyebrows dyed, I only need a little lippy to feel tidy. The colour received from these preparations are possibly an individual matter. Unable to buy the medium shade last time, I have used the light. Although it works as quickly, I was disappointed in the depth of colour even after a couple of applications. Back to the DHA content I suspect. However, Soltan self tanning products generally rate pretty highly on lists of these things and I shall continue to use it confidently.
A light self tanning mousse /