Product Type: Elemis Sun Care
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Not for me
Elemis Tan Accelerator SPF 4
Member Name: hcafclaura
Elemis Tan Accelerator SPF 4
Advantages: Stopped me burning...or did it?
Most of my body tans pretty well, except for my legs. Although they do change colour, they do not go the deep brown colour that the rest of my body does.
I was browsing a holiday forum, when I saw the Elemis Tan Accelerator mentioned. The users were absolutely raving about it, with many of them saying after using it they had the deepest, longest lasting tan ever.
I paid £17.50 for the accelerator from SalonSkinCare, and it was on 2-for-1 so a pretty good deal as it does usually retail around £18 per tube.
Elemis Tan Accelerator is packaged in a gold coloured tube, with a silver lid, complete with white writing. It does look expensive, but then again, so it should for the price they charge. The size of the tube was 125ml.
Elemis claim that by using this product your skin will be in optimum condition to promote a rich and golden suntan.
I did a little research before buying, and apparently the key ingredient when looking for a decent tan accelerator is an amino acid called Tyrosine, which is contained in this product. Elemis do actually explain on the packaging that this is naturally present in the body, used by skin cells to form melanin.
Elemis say to use the product as a body lotion daily for 1-2 weeks before sun exposure to enhance the tanning process.
On unscrewing the lid, you are met with a brown coloured, running liquid. The smell is quite sweet, but personally I loved it. It's a real holiday smell, in fact, I had just smelt it again to write this review and the smell made me go all tingly at the thought of summer holidays spent lazing in the sun... sigh! The cream is easy to apply, and soaks in fast. With it been such a thin liquid, only a little is required which means the tube does last a while.
One tube lasted me the two before I went on holiday.
Further to the application instructions, I decided to also use the product whilst on my two week holiday. I applied the cream to my body first thing in the morning, allowing it to dry before applying a sun cream over it. The tan accelerator does contain a SPF 4 but this is not really practical anywhere in the world.
Having used the product for four weeks in total (two weeks pre-holiday and two weeks whilst on holiday along with sun cream) I found the results quite disappointing. I tanned, yes, but I would not say my tan was deeper than usual, or lasted any longer.
Maybe I was expecting too much, and maybe this product is more effective on those with fairer skin than myself, but for £17.50, I can think of better things to do with my money and won't be buying the product again. I have been more impressed with an Avon product costing much, much less.
The one positive thing after using the cream was that I did not burn at all. However, whether this was because I used the Elemis Tan Accelerator, or whether I was lucky, or more careful with applying sun cream than usual, who knows.
I have asked my fair-skinned boyfriend to trial the product on our next holiday, but he won't! Men eh!
Summary: Look for a cheaper alternative containing the key ingredient
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