“ Brand: Fiji Blend / Type: Tanning / What it does: Tans, Nourishes „
About Naked Truth
Fiji Blend Naked Truth is an "All Natural Tanning Nourishment", it is a tanning accelorator, which can be used for indoor and outdoor tanning but is mainly recommended and used for indoor tanning - sunbeds. Fiji is one of the top brands for this type of product. Naked Truth contains all natural ingredients and has been around for several years and due to its popularity it is now classed as one of Fiji classics.
A little fact about the product obtained from Fiji - "Over 6 million children a year lose their lives due to unsafe drinking water. Fiji Blend contains ingredients from the Moringa Tree. When processed the tree not only contains remarkable amounts of nutrients for skin care and tanning but can also be used to purify water. Perhaps the most nutritious plant in the world, it could also help fight malnutrition in underdeveloped countries. Fiji Blend's goal is to bring attention to the Moringa Miracle while bringing you the finest tanning products under the sun." so it is nice to know that the product you are purchasing does some good in the world.
Use & Effects
When using a sunbed, if you don't use an accelerating cream, then your body will reject 60% of the rays, meaning you will only get 40% of a tan. The cream works by stimulating your menalin production (the bit in your skin which produces your skin colour) therefore enhancing your tan. As it is a cream, it moisturises your skin at the same time, also making it easier to get a tan - melanin is produced in the Basal skin layer, which is the very bottom one, if your skin is dry the UV Rays cannot reach that far, therefore not stimulating the melanin production. If you use a standard moisturiser or suntan lotion before hand, you will block the rays entering your skin and won't get a successful tan. When using the product outside, it works the same way.
So, this product contains Moringa, which can be used to purify water, but I'm sure you're thinking - how does it work in this product? Well, Moringa is high in Tyrosine, Calcium and Copper. Tyrosine and Copper all help the melanin production and Calcium helps cell energy which then helps your skin to produce more melanin. Fiji state that "Moringa contains four times as much vitamin A as carrots; three times as much potassium as bananas; and seven times as much vitamin C as oranges. It also has four times as much calcium as milk for strong bones and teeth and as much protein as eggs to build muscle. The richest source of beta-carotene among all leafy vegetables, Moringa has three times the iron of spinach. Moringa can rebuild weak bones, enrich anemic blood and provide enough nutrition to enable a malnourished mother to nurse her starving baby", so this really is a miracle product, it seems to contain everything. It is healing and nourishing to your skin as well as giving you a better tan thanks to the melanin production.
So, to use apply evenly to skin prior to tanning and make sure it is all rubbed in. You can apply it all over your body, including your face, but when I'm wearing make up I usually leave my face out. It is absorbed into your skin quickly and doesn't leave you with an oily residue or stickyness that I find alot of tanning accelorators do. It is soothing and actually feels quite cooling when applied to your skin. It doesn't sting or irriate and is suitable for sensitive skin. It doesn't irriate the ecezma I have on my body. It is a thick, white cream that looks rich and smells delicious, I can't work out the exact smell, but it is definately a lovely fruity aroma, which lasts on your body after tanning too.
Please bear in mind that none of Fiji Blend's products, including Naked Truth contain sunscreens and does not protect against sunburn, so when using a sunbed, you must take into account your skin type and how long you can go on. The salon should advise you of this and recommend how long you should go on for. If you go on for the right amount of time, even using a tanning accelorator, you won't burn. It is recommended generally that if you have fair skin and are prone to sunburn, then only do 3 minutes, and any other skin type should start on 6 minutes. The more you use the sunbed, the more your skin gets used to it and can take. The more you use this accelorator however, the less you will have to use a sunbed - so in that way it is better for you to use this. You will more of a tan from using this on fewer sunbeds than you would on not using it with more sunbeds.
One problem with this lotion, is that I find it goes off after about a year, so you have to throw it away, it turns watery and doesn't smell how it should, which for the price that has been paid, it is very annoying. This is with use several times a week however, so it does last a long time, and you get a good amount of use out of it, so in that way, it's not so bad.
Price & Availability
Now, here comes the bad part. Naked Truth will set you back between £30 and £40 for a 300ml bottle. I do find this lasts a long time. It can be purchased from alot of salons that have sunbeds, as most will stock Fiji products or from several sites on the internet. I originally purchased mine from a salon I was working in, so got it cheap but other than that, the cheapest I have found it has been on ebay, but do make sure if you purchase from there, that you are getting an authentic product.
If you are a sunbed user then I cannot recommend enough that you use a tanning cream and this one in particular is one of the best ones out there. It is soothing, moisturising and increases your tan. The only major bad point is the price, so I would shop around to try get a deal.
Fiji Blend Inc.
30765 Pacific Coast Highway
Tanning lotion, great for even the most sensitive skin!