Product Type: He-Shi Sun Care
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He Shi Express Liquid Tan
Member Name: sparkle_pop
He Shi Express Liquid Tan
Advantages: Dries and tans instantly; good quality; doesn't smell foul; bottle lasts a long time
Disadvantages: No real disadvantages at all!
Well, it's April and after about 3 hours of sun we are all gleefully shedding our clothes and running out of the office in flip flops.
Our course, our feet look very white in flip flops. They've been wrapped in socks for 8 months. Time for a solution...
I love he-shi tan SO much, I actually requested this item for the dooyoo catalogue.
Let me tell you all about it...
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Until recently, he-shi was only available in Ireland and online. It's now available in certain UK salons. See their website: www.he-shi.eu
**CLAIMS (ALL OF WHICH, I'VE FOUND TO BE 100% TRUE!!)**
> can be used on both the body and the face
> leaves a guide colour, so skin looks instantly tanned
> gives a lovely bronzed complexion
> looks like a natural tan
> quick drying (YES - ALMOST INSTANT)
> non-streaking (AS LONG AS YOU APPLY CAREFULLY)
> easy to apply
> suitable for all skin types
> suitable for both sexes (my male best friend loves it, as it doesn't make his hairy legs sticky!!)
At £20 for 150ml or £35 for 300ml it is a little more expensive than other brands, except for St Tropez and other premium fake tans.
In my opinion, the benefits of he-shi are well worth the cost. I've managed to make a 300ml bottle last about year before!
CONSISTENCY - he-shi is a liquid, rather than gel or cream. It looks rather like cold coffee without milk.
SMELL - Like all fake tan, the product leaves a very slight smell - definitely not the worst out there though. Hardly noticeable.
DRYING TIME - literally almost instant. It's dry to the touch after less than a minute.
RUBBING-OFF - The guide colour will rub off onto clothes and bedsheets, but washes out even at just 30 degrees. The actual 'tan' itself only rubs off a little.
INSTANT COLOUR - This is the only 'instant' tan I have found that actually DOES both tan straight away and dry quickly enough for you to get dressed and go out afterwards!
I won't delve into how to apply fake tan in general - there are many websites about this and I don't want to bore the veterans ;-)
MITT - I would suggest buying he-shi's own fake tan mitt, because the liquid is so thin and can seep through other mitts. You can't apply it with plastic gloves - it's the consistency of nail varnish remover!
AMOUNT - You only need about the size of a 50p coin for around half of your thigh.
GUIDE - You can see the tan as soon as it touches your skin, which is great because you can see the parts you have missed. The tan you end up with is a pretty similar colour to this.
LAYERING - If you want a darker colour, you can apply straight after the first coat.
FACE - Try moisturising first. It creates a barrier between your skin and the tan. Because the face is more porous than the body, the tan will look darker on your face - using moisturiser helps to dilute the colour. The same goes for hands, feet, elbows, knees and underarms!
STREAKS - I have never had many streaks with he-shi, because you can see where you are putting it! If you notice a streak within the first hour, try rubbing the streak with either a wet finger or a tiny dab of moisturiser - this usally blends it away!
If the tan's developed and you have a streak after showering, use an exfoliating glove to reduce the appearance of the streak.
I have only ever found one fake tan that gives a very slightly better colour - Xen Tan. However, the fact that he-shi dries instantly and is so easy to use outweighs the very, very slight colour difference.
As long as you don't overdo it (i.e. only use 2-3 times per week), he-shi gives a genuinely natural tan colour.
Many people have commented on my he-shi tan and asked if I've been away - nobody has ever guessed it was fake tan. Hoorah!!
I am very fair and I've used it both at my palest and also after a 2-week holiday. It looks great regardless of your original skin colour. If you are pale, you won't end up orange. If you are tanned, you won't end up looking crisped!
**LIFESPAN OF TAN**
As long as you exfoliate, moisturise and do all the things your are meant to do to keep your skin in tip top condition, he-shi fades without being patchy and lasts for about 3-4 showers/days.
You can use a gradual tan in between applications to keep the tan looking even and prevent the 'tanned on Monday, pale on Thursday, tanned on Friday' curse!
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> Although fairly costly, a bottle lasts a very long time
> It really does give a natural colour, regardless of your skintone
> Instant tanning and quick drying - can use before a night out
> Very easy to use, because you can see where you've applied it
> Layerable - you can re-apply as soon as it's dry for a darker colour
> It's a shame it doesn't have just a touch of olive, like Xen Tan, but there is only a very, very slight colour difference
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So, whether you're familiar with using fake tan or you're not, you should definitely consider he-shi if you're looking to safe-bake for the summer!
Summary: The very best I have tried - and I have tried almost all!
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