I just love having a tan but I can't stand sun beds so I use Fake Bake instead. Being a Beauty student means that I can (some of the time) get a free spray tan but on the occasions that I could not I had to work out upwards of £15 for one. Not too pricey but on a weekly basis it does all mount up.
It was after this that I decided to buy the lotion and do it myself. I purchased a trio pack from eBay and it came with the lotion, body scrub and this smoothie oil.
The back of this bottle states that you should apply this to particuarly dry areas such as the elbows, ankles and knees. It basically dilutes the tanning solution so tha the areas it is applied too do not take to dark a colour i.e. big horrible streaks or splodges on the legs.
Its not too unpleasant, sort of fruity.
**Does it work**
Well I have never had any streaks from Fake Bake, but Fake Bake themselves advise you not to use oil based moisturisers as this can stop the tan from taking to the skin? Slightly confusing as this is an oil!
Now I will mention that the product itself is VERY oily, this means be careful where you are using it. I do my tan in a room with laminate flooring so that any spills are relatively easy to clean up. This spray however seems to get everywhere and makes everything very slippery. I have actually fallen due to slipping on it (my own fault of course but a warning to others!)
Fake Bake actually do an oil free moisturising mist which in my opinion is so much better than the smootie. It smells so yummy and no nasty slippery accidents!
I got this in a 3 piece fake bake set online costing £30, but this product alone retails at around £10-£15 depending on where you buy, online seems to be much cheaper.
Fake bake are a well known company and I love thier tan, which won at the professional beauty awards 09. However this product doesn't excite me the same way their tan does. It is designed to be used instead of moisturiser between tanning, as certain moisturisers can strip your tan.
The contents have to be shaken to mix and it looks oily but surprisingly isn't too greasy. It smells nice too.
The smoothie oil can be used when applying the tan (spray onto elbows, knees etc to aviod these areas going dark). It's a misty spray which left my bathroom tiles slippy.
It gives the same effect a normal moisturiser does so I didn't find this product an essential! Infact I found that when I missed a day of using this my skin went super dry all of a sudden.
I would recommend using a day cream or body butter when fake tanning to keep your skin soft and to prevent you tan drying out and give this product a miss! (Just make sure it is a really basic moisturiser such as nivea or simple ranges as this wont strip your tan! This will also save your pennies too) The only thing you need is the fake bake!
This product is Essential for the feet, ankles, knees, elbows, and hands Use it whilst you are tanning and then afterwards to help maintain your tan / After showering with the Body Polish, spray Skin Smoothie on these areas and towel dry into the skin / This helps the self-tanning lotion to smooth over any dry areas /