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I work really hard at protecting my skin in the sun to stop me from burning as I have fair skin. This means that I am extra proud about any tan that I do manage to achieve and unfortunately it seems to fade way too soon. I looked for a product which would allow me to hang onto my colour and this is why I bought the After Sun Hydrating Tan Maintainer by Garnier Ambre Solaire.
What does the product do?
The product promises to deeply hydrate your skin and restore its moisture levels after you have been sunbathing in order to prolong your tan. It claims that it will soothe and rebalance the skin after being in the sun. It contains Vitamin E to nourish and protect the skin which will keep it looking younger for longer. The product also contains a small amount of a self tanning ingredient which enhances and deepens your natural tan to give your skin a beautiful sun kissed glow. It promises to leave your skin soft and supple, and looking radiant and healthy.
How do you use the product?
The product can be used on both the face and the body. It is to be applied to clean skin all over the body after sun bathing. You can apply a generous amount to the skin and massage it in until it has been fully absorbed. As it contains a little fake tan, you need to be careful with the application around the hair line and the brow line. You need to be careful when you apply the product around the eye area. Once you're done, you need to wash your hands and you need to ensure the product has been fully applied before dressing.
Packaging and Price
The product comes contained within a plastic bottle which has a flip top lid which is easy to open and close. The bottle is a pale blue at the top which fades into a tan colour at the bottom and the bottle gives some more information about the product. The product will cost you around £3.50 for 200ml and it can be bought from supermarkets, stores such as Superdrug and Boots, and also from a range of online websites.
Application and Performance
When I first purchased the product, I only thought it was a tan enhancer after sun product. I have to admit that I hadn't read it properly so I didn't know that it contained fake tan. I thought it was still worth a go so after a full day in the sun on holidays, I gave it a go. The cream is white in colour like a normal after sun. It is easy to apply to the skin and it doesn't pull or drag the skin as you massage it in which is a good thing when you have tender or sore skin after being in the sun. It smells completely delicious. It smells a bit fruity and it is truly tropical so it is perfect for your summer holiday and the aroma lingers on the sun long after use.
The cream relieves feelings of tightness on my skin which was instantly comforting and it does give my skin a lovely burst of moisture which left it feeling soft and smooth. When I woke up the next day, my skin looked nice and it wasn't dry or flaky at all. Unfortunately in the sun, I could see small patches that I had missed and it didn't look good. I went on holidays to get a natural tan and ended up looking like I had just used fake tan. If you knew this contained fake tan and was a bit better than me at applying it then this would be different. That being said, it didn't cause my skin any irritations or discomfort.
All in all, the product does soften the skin and hydrate it well which would help to prolong your natural tan. Unfortunately that natural tan is then covered with a fake once which is not what I want when on holiday. If your good at applying fake tan then this may be more up your street but I was left feeling disappointed. It does smell good and it hydrates the skin well but using this product once was enough for me.
I have to say that when I first purchased this product I didn't really realise excatly what it was! I just picked it up thinking that it was after sun which would somehow help to prolong my tan and as I like Ambre Solaire I thought it would be good. However, I then discovered that the 'tan prolonging' part of it is actually just a 'low level of self tanning ingredient', so actually it is not maintaining my own tan at all, it is giving me a false tan on top of it!!
Anyway, this was my own fault for not reading it properly, though I do still feel it is slightly misleading. I bought this for £5.99 from Boots for a 200ml tube, though I have seen it on sale elsewhere too. A tube of this size will last quite a while so it is fairly good value.
It has quite a pleasant smell, like a sun cream really, but unfortunately once applied this ends up being that annoying sickly biscuity smell that you always find with self tanning creams! This smell then wafts about all day!
It has a nice consistency, quite light and it blends in well. It does also do a good job of moisturising, so I guess this will help with keeping your tan going. The finish is fine, I had no problems with streaks and it fades out well. I now use this as a general tanning product, rather than one to maintain a natural tan because personally I would rather my natural tan remain looking natural!
Although I often tan quite easily, especially on my arms and shoulders I like to maintain and keep the look of my tan for as long as I can. When I was in my local Boots store I happened to see this product and thought it sounded great so I purchased it and gave it a go.
~ THE PRODUCT ~
The product is made by Garnier and is called After sun hydrating tan maintainer. I know many people have made the mistake of buying this and using it just as an after sun without realising that the product does contain self-tanning ingredients to keep your tan looking great. The product contains glycerol and vitamin E so soothe and hydrate your skin after being out in the skin. The product contains a low level of self-tanning ingredients which subtly enhances and deepens your tan and helps your skin to keep its radiant glow. The formula is greasy and non-sticky, so is quickly absorbed by the skin. The product is a cream and comes in a light blue and orangey coloured tube which sits on its lid. On the front it states that it's a Hydrating tan maintainer, but it also states that the product is after sun as well. This may confuse some people who think it's just an after sun. On the back of the tube is information about the product, how to use it and a list of ingredients. The product sounds very simple and easy to use so I decided it was time to put it to the test.
~ PRICE AVALIABILITY ~
I purchase a 200ml tube of this for £7.99 from my local Boots store.
~ USING THE PRODUCT ~
Apply the product to clean, dry skin avoiding eyebrows and roots of your hair. The cream is suitable for both face and body. Ensure you wash your hands after each application. The product does not protect you from UV light. I flipped open the lid and squeezed a small amount onto my fingertips. The cream was white and wasn't at all thick but was quite runny. I rubbed the cream all over me where I had tanned. The cream was cold, but very soft against my skin. It didn't leave my skin feeling greasy and it didn't take long for the product to soak in. I did how-ever give the cream an extra few minutes to soak in just in case. As the product isn't very thick you only need to use a small amount as a little bit of it goes a long way. The product had a slight smell to it which smelt a little of after sun creams, how-ever there was also quite a strong smell of fake tan as well which wasn't too pleasant. I made sure that I washed my hands straight away after applying the cream, as the last thing I wanted was discoloured hands. When the cream had soaked in I got into bed, so I could rate the results in the morning.
~ RESULTS ~
The first thing I noticed was how much better my tan looked. It looked slightly darker than it was but my skin looked moisturised and hydrated. Looking after my skin now I could tell that the product contained a small amount of self-tanners, how-ever it hadn't made me look orange or un-natural which was good. I couldn't help but notice the fake tan smell that the product left on my skin which was a down side to using the product. Also I noticed that any white bits, did have a slight orange tinge to them so you can literally only use this on your tan to make it last longer and this cannot be used as a self-tanner as the results will look un-natural. I was really impressed with the results and continued to the use the product every few days to maintain my tan and to make it last longer. I personally think when using this product it did help to make my tan last a lot longer than normal and it definitely made my skin look and feel hydrated.
~ OVERALL OPINION ~
This is a great product to maintain your tan and to keep it looking good. I often find that the sun can dry out my skin and I often suffer from dry shoulders. The cream was a fantastic moisturiser and my skin felt smooth and soft. You do need to ensure that you wash your hands every time you have applied the product as it does contain self-tanners and you will be left with dis-coloured hands. You need to make sure that the cream has soaked into your skin before dressing as it can stain some fabrics. The product doesn't protect you from UV light so this cannot be used for when out in the sun or on the beach. I give this product 4 out of 5 stars as the only downside to the product is the fake tan smell.
(review also on ciao)
Garnier Ambre Solaire After Sun Hydrating Tan Maintainer intensifies and prolongs your sun tan / Is Garnier Ambre Solaire After Sun Hydrating Tan Maintainer right for me? Yes, if your skin needs rehydrating after a day in the sun, and if you want to prolong the look of your suntan, even after your holiday / Unlike normal moisturisers, this soothing, hydrating cream is specially developed to rebalance dehydrated skin after sun exposure / How does it work? Thanks to its low-level of self-tanning ingredient, it subtly enhances and deepens your tan and helps your skin keep its radiant glow / Enriched with glycerol and vitamin E, this formula hydrates skin to prevent dryness / Soft and supple, your skin looks more radiant / Directions for use: Apply Garnier Ambre Solaire After Sun Hydrating Tan Maintainer onto clean skin, avoiding eyebrows and the roots of your hair / This non-greasy, non-sticky formula is instantly absorbed by the skin / It is suitable for both face and body /