Product Type: Elemis Sun Care
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No more lobster
Elemis Tan Accelerator SPF 4
Member Name: ks.h
Elemis Tan Accelerator SPF 4
Date: 02/09/01, updated on 02/09/01 (3327 review reads)
Advantages: Helps to stop burning , Easy to apply
Disadvantages: Still must use a sun filter
I used to approach the holiday season full of trepidation, I love going abroad on holiday in the knowledge that the sun is going to shine and it is going to be really hot, but I always knew I would come home looking like a lobster. I have red hair and very fair skin and as soon as I hit the sun, yes you’ve guessed it, I go bright red and peel. Well about three year ago I was told about tan accelerators and I thought I’ve got nothing to loss so I gave it ago.
Apparently it’s the melanin in your skin, which protects you from burning and helps your skin to turn brown when you are in the sun, but the melanin is about five layers under the surface skin. When you are out in the sun the melanin starts to rise to the surface and this takes about three days, in the mean time your skin goes red and you burn. I always used a high protection sun factor but I still used to go red and burn in the first few days and arrive home red and peeling. Tan accelerators have an ingredient in them, which tricks your skin into thinking you are in the sun, and the melanin starts to rise to the surface.
I bought an Elemis tan accelerator for £16 for a 125ml tube from the Elemis salon near my home and used it every day for a week before I went on holiday. I applied it as a body lotion, paying particular attention to drier areas such as my elbows, knees and ankles and also put it on my face under my day cream. It went on really smoothly and I was surprised at how little I needed, it really spread a long way. My skin felt softer and had a dewy look to it but I was able to get dressed straight away, it was not at all sticky. Tan accelerators are not self-tanning lotions and they do not change the colour of your skin at all.
When I arrived on holiday I applied my usual high protection sun lotion and hoped for the best. At the end of my first day I basically looked no different, I had not gone red at all but did not look tanned either. After the second da
y I was starting to go slightly brown, according to my husband I had a healthy sunkissed glow, I was really pleased because normally I would be bright red by now. As the week went on I started to slowly turn brown.
I continued to use the Elemis tan accelerator as a body lotion whilst on holiday. I applied it early evening after my shower before going out, elemis tan accelerator includes a factor 4 sun filter so I thought that would be ideal protection for the evening sun. I arrived home that year with my first ever suntan, I did not go a really deep brown but I did have a nice even tan. My husband who never has trouble getting a good tan also used my elemis tan accelerator and he looked as if he had been in the sun for about a month. I continued to use my Elemis tan accelerator after I returned home and this prolonged my tan and kept it looking fresh.
Now three years on I would not be without a tan accelerator, I have tried different brands and they all seem to do the job, but I always go back to the Elemis tan accelerator; it is not over scented, acts as an after sun lotion, has a sun filter included, it absorbs into the skin quickly, goes a long way and I believe it is great value for money, one 125ml tube lasted me three weeks.
I have since recommended Elemis tan accelerator to all of my family and friends. However I also tell them they must always remember to use an adequate sun protection lotion when out in the sun there is not a high enough sun filter in a tan accelerator to give you adequate protection in high temperatures.
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