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I have been using moisturisers with a hint of tanner in them for years to top up my natural tannin summer and keep my fake tan in winter looking good.
Johnson's holiday skin was the first of these types of products that I ever used and I am surprised I tried anymore because this one is not so good. I am not keen on anything about really from the smell to the tan it achieves. I find the smell really overpowering and sickly smelling and the texture of the cream is not very nice either. I also don't like how it feels on my skin as it feels sticky and greasy.
As with all these gradual tanning products this takes some time to work and it can take 2 to 4 days of using the moisturiser before you will start to notice the colour develop. That is because it needs time to build up on your skin and the more you use it the darker your tan will be.
It is available in both a dark version and one for fair to medium skin. I used the one for fair to medium skin and it definitely worked to develop a tan but it wasn't as nice as I had hoped it was going to be. The colour was very orange looking and not at all natural and even worse than that it developed really streaky even though I thought I was being very careful with applying it and Johnson's even say on the bottle how it has a no streaks formulation. This didn't enhance my own tan as it fought against it and covered up my nice tan with a horrible orange colour that was patchy and uneven. I did try it again a year or so after using it for the first time to see if it wasn't perhaps as bad as I remembered but again it did the same thing. There are other much better moisturisers with tanner in them so although this might be the original it certainly isn't the best one available.
I decided it was time again to build up a bit of colour on my pasty limbs and turned to my favourite gradual tanner, the Johnson's Holiday Skin body lotion. I like the Johnson's brand and use it a lot on my kids (but not the gradual tan stuff!). I've got through a few bottles of this over the year.
We first discovered this on holiday, I'd packed a bottle and my hubby thought it was after sun. He was a few days in to the off season holiday and commented how pleased he was with his tan and that even his legs were going brown when they never usually did. I looked at him suspiciously, clocked his golden legs and noted the slight discolouration on the palms of his hands. Asked him what he'd been using in the bathroom. His answer: the yellow stuff. Yes, he'd been unknowingly been fake tanning on holiday.
Although this is a subtle product, I still use gloves to apply, or this morning, in lieu of gloves I went for a nappy sack over my hand. It's not like a dark tanner but it can make my nails go a bit yellow if not careful. I always scrub my hands after use so they don't go yellow. You won't notice this after the first use but with regular thin layers, every three days or so you can build up a decent believable colour on your skin.
This can smell a bit during application and for a short while after but it does eventually lose its odour on your skin. I don't mind the smell too much. It comes out of the bottle really thick so it can be easy to use too much by mistake as it goes a long way.
I buy it when I see it on offer, but generally expect to pay around £4. It is a quality product so this is a fair price. My bottle is 250 ml and this lasts me around a month with regular use. I tend to stop using it during winter months when it's trousers and long sleeved tops anyway.
This product is lovely, it suits all skin types and is fine for men to use if you just want a light colour change and no fear of streaks or fake tan marks. I would warn against using it without gloves as it can stain nails and skin and it's better to massage it in well so you don't get a build up of colour. I tend to apply during the evening to allow more sinking in time than a morning application and try not to use too much in one go. A great product from Johnson's that I will continue to buy.
I am naturally fair skinned and have blonde, and I have the unfortunate luck of getting burnt easily and have higher chances of getting skin damage and cancer.
I started using this product in 2008 and I have been using this product every summer ever since! I use it before I go on holiday or there is going to be a heat wave, because before I go on holiday, I like to look like I have a bit of color, so I don't look patsy white and feel uncomfortable when I walk across a Spanish or Greek beach and see a hot guy with a bronzed six pack! I use this product during my holiday and even for the rest of the summer when I come back from my holiday, so nobody can tell whether your tan is fake or real!
There are two different shades of this holiday skins one is designed for fair skin to normal skin and other is designed for normal skin to dark skin. You can get 250 ml bottles or 500 ml bottles. A 500 ml bottle will cost you about £6 from Superdrug (discount of 10% if you are student carrying an NUS Card) Boots sell this product too, at the same price of £6. But if you check your local supermarkets, ASDA, Tesco, Morrisons, Sainsbury's you may be able to get this product a little bit cheaper or on special offer.
You can get a natural, looking tan within 3-4 days of using this product (depending on how many times you use this product) sometimes earlier if you use it twice a day, but with the risk with this is that using too much to this will make the tan look unnatural and streaky.
I have used both the lighter and darker ones of these products. If you use the fair-skinned one, it may take longer to get a decent color tanned, but if you use the darker one too much, it can make you look a little orange, and too much use of the darker one the tan can wear off, and leave patches and make the tan look uneven.
The smell of the product, isn't too strong, but it does have the fake tan smell, which can smell if you use too much of this product, and everyone will know your tan is fake.
The good thing about this product is that it is a twenty four hour moisturisation, so it's not like normal fake tan. So it is better that you shower before you put this on, and make sure you are fully dried before application. However, you will need to wait around an hour or so before it fully absorbs into the skin. My advice would be to avoid wearing white clothing when you have applied this because it will make white clothing look discolored, and be careful when you wear colored clothing too because this can leave orange marks in the clothing, so make sure it is absorbed and dried!
Another tip I would give, is that if you have fair hair like me, just be careful when applying to the face or shoulders and chest (if you have long hair) because when this has contact with fair hair it can turn a bad orange color! So take extra care!
One of the things you will need to do, is you have to wash your hands on every application of this product because it can leave horrible orange marks on your hands (where your fingers are attached to your hands) that would be a big give-away to whether the tan is real or not! Also if you have white walls in your home (like I have) it gets every where and leaves marks, and it is ridiculous how many times my mum has told me off for leaving orange marks on the wall, so don't make your mum cross because you did not wash your hands after applying fake tan.
Overall, this is a must buy for summer, its cheaper than getting a spray every week, its healthier and better for you than using sun beds or exposing your self in the sun. I will warn you that this does not have any sun protection, just because it gives you a tan, don't assume that this will give you sun protection because it won't.
Just remember when it comes to summer : please take extra when you go out especially if you a naturally fair skinned and have fair skin because you are more at risk, and even if you dark hair and dark skin you CAN STILL BURN. To be on the safe side, if you notice anything different about the moles on your skin, please, please go to a doctor and get it checked out.
Other than that, enjoy summer and have a wonderful, safe one to remember!
I've never really got on with fake tan, being very pale and having a tendency to look like David Dickinson whenever I try to get some colour on my skin. One of the products I've tried in the quest to have healthy looking skin is Johnson's Holiday Skin gradual tan. Currently retailing at £5.10 for 250ml, this product claims to give your skin a flawless, even colour.
The idea behind the lotion is that it gradually builds a natural looking tan, so instead of having that panic moment when you see your reflection in the mirror resembling Zippy, you can build the tan to the depth you're happy with. I thought this would be useful for me, because being so pale I look silly if I have a "proper" tan, and look much better with just a hint of colour to take away the pastiness. It comes in two options: Fair to Medium or Medium to Dark. I opted for the Fair to Medium as I know from experience that anything else makes me look like Madge from Benidorm.
The lotion is white in colour, which I wasn't expecting, and although the instructions say to apply evenly over skin, I found this quite difficult to do and couldn't quite relax knowing that I couldn't really see where I was applying the lotion. Considering it's not designed to be washed off immediately like most body lotions, I was also surprised that this product had the standard burnt biscuit awful smell to it, as it made me not want to leave the house without washing it off. I tended to apply in the evening and then wash off in the morning, but the smell still lingered afterwards and after about a week of using this I ended up resigning myself to being pale and binning it. It also takes ages to soak in, so your skin permanently feels sticky and greasy after using it. Ewwwww!
In terms of results, the tan itself is quite gradual and takes a few days to build up. Towards the end of the week I used it for, I was definitely seeing a change in colour. However, I found the colour to be quite patchy and it actually resembled what I was trying to avoid....the fake tan look! Perhaps this is due to me not being skilled at applying the lotion correctly, but the advantage of this lotion is supposedly that you just use it as a normal body lotion, so rather than having to be careful around your elbows and ankles, you can just apply as normal and it should still look natural. Epic fail as far as I'm concerned.
I didn't notice my skin being any different in terms of moisturisation after using this product, but having said that I was only applying it overnight and showering in the morning, so it didn't really get chance to moisturise my skin. It feels and smells so horrible on the skin that I wanted to wash it off as soon as I possibly could. I also wouldn't trust this lotion to not transfer onto clothes if I got dressed after using it, because it did leave a few little marks on my bed sheets and pillow, despite me waiting for it to sink in before going to bed.
All in all, I would recommend avoiding this lotion. Unless of course you go for the streaky unnatural look and enjoy feeling sticky and smelling of biscuits.
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I have waited all over the summer before I decided to write this review as I wanted to make sure how much I liked or disliked Johnson's Holiday Skin before I could tell properly for myself. I have been using it now for almost 7 weeks. I had only used the more expensive Clarins fake tan previously so this cheaper one from Johnson's I expected to be slightly inferior. It isn't, though, it's actually really very good.
It cost me £5.19 from Boots and it came in a plastic yellow bottle with a lid that flips open. It's thick cream which is well absorbed and I don't care what anyone says, the smell of this is refreshing and light and it just smells like a really nice body lotion.
It's light enough to be absorbed into my skin very well. Meaning I can get myself dressed pretty much straight away after I've used this. It tans very gradually and I use the paler one for lighter skin though I am tempted to try the darker one next as this one only builds up to a certain level and then the tan is maintained and won't go any darker. My skin is medium in tone, not too pale, so I may be able to get away with the darker version next.
It doesn't wash off in the bath or shower and it never has streaked throughout the (almost) 7 weeks I've been using it. I'd recommend it because it works. It's light, it moisturises and firms my skin and gives me a tan at the same time so I can't ask for more than that.
Oh, and it's also a heck of a lot cheaper than Clarins!
I always used to use the 'proper' self tanning products, however I now find that the body lotion 'gradual' self tanning products are actually much better suited to my skin tone; very pale and with tonnes of freckles. I've tried quite a few of the different branded versions of the body lotion self tanners, some I really like and continue to purchase, some don't really suit me and have been relegated to the back of the bathroom cabinet or even the bin.
The Johnson's Holiday Skin Body Lotion is one that I don't particularly like. I have tried it on and off over the years, I tend to pick it up if it's on offer at half price - thinking that maybe this time I'll get along with it - I never do and I always end up throwing away half a bottle or more. It's typically around £5 at full price, however you can occasionally get it at half price, so around £2.50. Johnson's Holiday Skin Body Lotion comes in two varieties; fair to medium skin, and medium to dark skin. I always buy the fair to medium skin version.
Johnson's Holiday Skin Body Lotion claims that it ''gradually builds a beautiful, even tan'' and that it has a ''subtle, fresh fragrance''. I'd disagree with both of those claims!
The body lotion itself is quite a runny lotion, and it's white in colour. It does 'seem to be' very easy to spread over my skin evenly and to rub in, I say 'seems to be' as I soon realise after a few days that it didn't spread over my skin very evenly as my 'tan' isn't all that even after all. I say 'tan' in the loosest sense of the word as patchy orange skin really isn't my idea of a ''beautiful, even tan''! The body lotion also doesn't sink into my skin very well, it leaves a sticky and tacky residue behind on my skin that just doesn't seem to dry, at all. On the plus side though this doesn't dry my skin out, it does seem to do its 'body lotion' job well enough.
The ''subtle, fresh fragrance'' that the bottle proclaims is non-existent. It smells very chemically, and in fact it smells worse than a lot of the regular self tanning products. The chemically fake tan smell just gets worse the longer the lotion is on my skin. This certainly isn't something that you can apply in the morning and then head off to work, nobody would want to sit near you by lunchtime! I apply this in the evenings, and then shower it off in the mornings - even after a shower though I can still catch the the nasty fragrance lingering slightly on my skin.
This does tend to leave stains on my sheets and my pjs, the stains do come out in the wash though providing I add Vanish to the wash. I also find that my sheets and pjs smell quite strongly the following morning of fake tan, and so I end up changing the bedding every day when I use this. This also tends to leave me with orange palms, even after meticulously scrubbing my hands after applying it I still find that my palms take on a slight orange hue the following day.
So I wouldn't recommend Johnson's Holiday Skin Body Lotion, I've tried enough bottles now to be 100% sure of this!
Increasingly it seems that, if you are not going on your holiday abroad, you need to fake a tan in this country if you want your skin to have any hint of colour. My skin is quite fair although it does tan in the sun but, not planning any sunshine holidays this year it needs a little helping hand to have a healthy glow. I'm not big on fake tans - when I was younger I did used to dabble a little with varying degrees of success - they just don't fit in with my lifestyle as a busy mum nowadays. Therefore, this holiday skin by Johnson's seemed an ideal solution. This eliminates the need for skin preparation (although exfoliation would no doubt yield a better result), careful application and ages of drying time. Instead, hop out the shower, dry and apply as a body lotion - perfect.
Having used various Johnson's products on my son, it is a brand that I know and trust so was the obvious choice for me from the range of these types of products available. I purchased a 250ml bottle for just over £5 in Boots in the Fair to Medium skin variety. It is also available for other skin tones. It comes in a vibrant sunshine yellow plastic bottle which is easily squeezed. The lotion itself is a white-creamy colour, which surprised me as I am used to tanning products having an orangey brown appearance. The smell of the lotion is also quite pleasant - there is a hint of the fake tan type smell but in the main it smells similar to other Johnson's lotions that I have tries - actually quite similar to the baby lotions.
To apply, it is simple. It is non greasy and quickly absorbed into my skin. The only downside is that it is not easy to tell if I have applied fully to my skin or if there are any patches that I have missed. This doesn't matter too much as the tan builds up over 3-4 applications so if you miss a spot on one application, the chances are you'll get it on the next and therefore it does not become a white patch on otherwise tanned skin. After drying, my skin does smell faintly of fake tan but this is not at all overbearing. It did take three to four applications for me to notice that my skin had a different colour and it was very subtle and natural looking. As with all fake tans, I find that you do need to apply carefully around the knees and elbows and definitely wash your hands after use otherwise you can get those unsightly orange patches. I love how natural this looks and that you can maintain this by applying daily. I find that applying every other day actually suits me better as daily led to a darker colour than I was after - this also makes the bottle last longer too.
Overall, this gives my skin a nice subtle colour with a lot less effort than a full fake tan product. It suits my needs perfectly and I definitely recommend it.
I have fairly pale sun sensitive skin and even short periods of sun exposure leaves my skin looking red. In the quest to look a little less pale I decided to try a bottle of Johnson's holiday skin as it promised to deliver a *beautiful glow after just 3- 4 days use*. This sounded good to me and as I really like the Johnson's brand I had high hopes for this product.
Johnson's holiday skin lotion is basically a skin moisturiser with the addition of a tanning ingredient. It comes in a summery looking yellow plastic bottle with flip top lid. I really like the light slightly sweet scent of this lotion as it reminds me of sun tan lotion and holidays. I bought the lotion designed for normal to fair skin and there is another designed for use with darker skin.
I found the lotion easy enough to apply. Simple squeeze into your hands and then massage into the skin avoiding the eye area and any clothing. The lotion is quite runny and spreads easily over my skin. I apply the lotion after my shower at the end of the day so it can work its magic overnight. The lotion is fairly quickly absorbed and leaves my skin feeling soft and moisturised. The lotion contains aloe Vera,avocado and star-flower extracts, all of which have moisturising properties.
I was really expected good things from this product but have been very disappointed. I have now been using it every night for nearly a month and so feel I can give a fair review of the results. On the positive side I have found it easy and pleasant to apply and it has helped to make my skin feel soft and pampered.
However far from giving me a beautiful glow as promised my skin looks slightly orange and there are definite streaky areas. Although I washed my hands well after every application my hands now have a slight orange tint to them; certainly not a look I was after!
I paid £3 fro a 250 ml bottle from superdrug. The lotion is widely available and usually costs around £5. Sadly I cannot recommend this product as it just didn't deliver on its promises!
I bought this body skin lotion when my daughter recommended it to me. It is meant to build a gradual tan that looks natural so I thought I would buy it seeing as it works well for her.
=== the bottle ===
There were two choices when I bought this one for fair skin and one for slightly darker skin. I chose the fair one. It comes in a yellow bottle which is slightly rounded and has a flip cap. It is very simple looking and nothing particularly special about it. The shape of the bottle is comfortable to hold and not too wide so that you can get a good grip on it even if your hands are a little greasy from using the cream.
=== Using it ===
This is a moisturiser that builds a gradual tan over time and so you apply it regularly with the effect that it will gradually build up to a tan. I apply this in the evenings after I have showered. It is easy to get the cream out, you simple squeeze the bottle and it comes out easily. You do need to close the lid and wipe off any excess afterwards or it goes dry and the bits that are left out go a funny orange colour. It has a slight smell to it a bit like sun tan lotion and this lingers for a good while after applying it. My husband sometimes complains that it still smells when we go to bed and he claims he can smell it all night long. It goes onto skin easily, it's white in colour and quite fluid so it rubs in easily. It takes a while to absorb, I always make sure I leave my legs out of contact with anything whilst it's absorbing, usually about twenty minutes until I feel like I can put anything on them. I find if I don't then it goes streaky more easily. I make sure I rub this in as well as I can and try to cover all areas although this is hard to know so you just have to guess.
=== Result ===
I am not very pleased with it. It did build up over time but it was streaky. After day one it wasn't really noticable but on day two and three I could see I had definitely gone a shade darker but in some areas there were big streaks where I must have applied it unevenly but obviously wasn't to know. My legs were the worst and a little strip on the back of my arm. It would look better to just have really pale skin than to be stripy! My daughter looks great though she obviously applies it better than I do. I have tried it several times but still seem to get streaks so I don't know what I'm doing wrong.
=== conclusion ===
This usually lasts about 3 days before it has faded but I am not very pleased with it anyway. I don't think I'll be using this again as I've tried it a couple of times and it's resulted in stripey legs and arms each time! It does look quite natural (if you ignore the stripes) so I can see why it is appealing and it's safer than being out in the sun or on a sun bed. From me it's getting 3 stars.
*~*~ What is it? ~*~
This is a body lotion by Johnson's. it has gradual tan fomula included, which is meant to give you a healthy looking glow/tan. To use, you simply flip open the lid, squeeze out the desired amount of body lotion and apply generously to your whole body. This lotion should be used everyday, to build up a healthy, natural looking tan. This needs to be applied, like most fake tans, after washing and exfoliating. After about 3 or 4 days you should notice a change in colour.
This body lotion comes in a 250ml, yellow bottle, with a flip top lid. On the front of the packaging is the products name and what it does. And on the back of the packaging is the ingredients and how to use it.
*~* Price And Availibility *~*
I purchased this body lotion recently for £3.00 from Superdrugs (it was on special offer, usual RRP £5.09). You can also purchase this from Boots, chemists and most supermarkets.
*~* Why I purchased this lotion *~*
My skin is fair to medium, so as I am not blessed with naturally, gorgeous, golden skin, I thought I would buy it! I don't tend to use fake tan very often as it seems to always look orange and streaky (also I am not very good at applying it). The reason I went for this body lotion, over others, is because it was on offer for £3.00, and also because Johnson's is a great brand. The colour I choose was fair to medium, and there are also darker colours available.
*~* My thoughts *~*
As soon as I purchased this body lotion I rushed home, showered and exfoliated. I could not wait to get my tan!
The lotion is white in colour and the consistency is thick and creamy. After I squeezed out a generous amount of lotion I began to rub it into my skin. It soaked into my skin effortlessly and dried within a couple of minutes. The one thing I dislike most about fake tan lotions (besides looking like an umps lumpa) is the smell. And unfortunately this cream is quite smelly, which does linger on the skin. The day after I applied it I could still smell it, but it wasn't as over powering as when it was first applied. For all of you that have smelt that 'fake tan' smell you will know what I'm talking about. It is hard to explain the smell, it is not particularly offensive but it definitely doesn't smell of roses.
After using this lotion for a couple of days my tan started to reveal itself, and I must say I was very disappointed. On the parts of my body that see the sun more than others i.e. my face and fore arms, it seemed to blend in nicely, but on the whiter parts of my body i.e. legs, tummy, inner parts of my arms, it looked dreadful. It was very streaky and orange. I went to work and fortunately know-one noticed, but as soon as I got in I started scrubbing.
Besides the tanning part of the lotion, which is dreadful, I didn't find it to moisture my skin. If anything it made it quite dry. I always felt like I needed to apply another body cream/butter after using this lotion, but I didn't as I thought it may interfere with the tanning lotion.
~*~ Would I recommend?~*~
No! I would not recommend this body lotion, it is incredibly smelly and makes you look orange and streaky. This might work better for someone that already has a base tan, but for someone quite pasty (like me) it just turns you orange. I am glad that I only paid £3.00 for this product, as if I had spent £5.09 I would have felt robbed. I have used this lotion a handful of times before throwing it in the bin. Don't waste your money! I am giving this 1 out of 5 Dooyoo stars.
Thanks for taking the time to read and rate my review :)
I like the idea of moisturisers with a hint of tan as I am quite pale and I like to have a bit of colour to me. I do fake tan myself but it is time consuming and messy so I usually save that for special occasions or nights out.
Johnson's Holiday Skin was one of the first tanning moisturisers that I ever used and luckily I have now found much betters ones as I wasn't keen on this even though it did give me a nice glow.
I really didn't like the smell from this as it was so overpowering. I could put it on and it would linger for hours afterwards and it isn't a nice subtle fragrance but a really pungent and sweet chemical smell. The smell actually used to make me feel queezy when I was wearing it in an enclosed space.
I also really didn't like how this felt on my skin. It is a lotion and isn't thick but it felt so heavy on my skin and I could feel it for hours after applying it. It left a 'silky' layer on the top of my skin which just felt greasy to me which was surprising from something that was so thin in constancy.
I did like the colour this used to give me though which is why I continued to wear it for such a long time until I found another one which I liked better. The colour difference starts about 3 days after using the lotion and it is noticeable but very subtle. I have used both the light and the medium ones and both of them give a nice glow to my skin without looking unnatural and too dark.
It made my skin look quite even and I didn't notice any patches with this. If I had wanted something darker though I would have been disappointed as I really do think this is very subtle and not for someone who wants really dark and tanned looking skin. This makes skin look healthy and like it has had a touch of sun but if you are expecting it to make your skin look like you have just come back from a two week exotic holiday then you will probably need to buy something else.
I have very pale skin and to be honest it's really quite bad during the winter months when I look almost anaemic. I don't really tan in the sun, either, I do go a bit pink and then I'll turn red and possibly get a few freckles across my nose but I'm not the sort of person who really likes to sit out in the sun too much anyway, as it makes me a bit irritable. I don't like to look pale either though, and for his reason I use a body moisturiser with a touch of tanning lotion in it. I once used a 'proper' fake tanning lotion and I looked ridiculous so now I opt for the moisturising body lotions with the tiny amounts of fake tan combined within them. I find these give quite good results. I've only ever used the Dove one and also the Johnson's Holiday Sun. I prefer the Johnson's as it's less thick and I can blend it into my skin easier.
A bottle of Johnson's Holiday Skin will last me usually about six weeks and I don't use it every night but I do have a 'pattern' to my usage. For example, I apply it on Sunday evenings after my shower. This means that by work on Monday I am not as ghastly pale as I would be normally. It doesn't give me a tan or even alight glow really, but it does take away the pastiness on my arms, legs and chest - wherever I've applied it, really. I also use it on Monday and Tuesday nights and then I don't bother on Thursday and Friday. The reason I only use it a few nights on the go is because even though I use the one for 'light to fair skin', if I use too much of this and apply it every night, then I do start to look as though I am wearing a false tan, and I don't really want that look.
My friends at work are amazed that this makes such a change to the colour of my skin as most of them use the darer shade and even then there is hardly any noticeable difference. I think it is just simply because my skin is so light, it really starts to show up if I keep on applying it night after night.
It is easy to apply and it has a flip top lid. The cream is runnier than the Dove lotion I also use but it blends in very well into my skin. It never ever leaves any dark orange patches and to be honest, I apply it just like I would a normal body moisturiser. I use it all over my legs, arms, tummy and chest but I can't reach around to my back so I suppose that if I bothered to look, my back would probably be a few shades lighter than my front.
It definitely doesn't streak and I really love the fresh light smell that this lotion has. Even when it is taking effect on my skin, it just does not have that horrible fake tan smell that is common now with a lot of fake tanning products.
I use it simply to help me make a little bit healthier and more 'alive'. It perks me up to have a bit of colour to my skin and it means I can wear short sleeved top without being embarrassed about my pale skinny arms.
I buy my Johnsons' Holiday Skin from Boots because I just cannot find it in Tesco's any more and I am beginning to wonder if they have stopped stocking this brand. It costs £5.29 but I usually have enough points on my Advantage card to get it for 'free'.
It moisturises my skin well and really helps to hydrate it as well as add a bit of colour. I love it and will keep on using it just so long as they keep on making it. It's my number one top tanner at the moment and I give it five out of five stars.
Johnston were the first to bring out this gradual building tan slash moisturiser and it kick started a range of others being brought out.
So the basis of this product is that you use it every day as a moisturiser - it has a touch of fake tan so you gradually build a natural colour.
Its white in colour with a bit of a slight yellowish tinge. Its has a strange consistency - thick and slippery and almosts feels like a mix between moisturiser and hair removal cream! Once applied to the skin it spreads well, is easily absorbed and leaves skin feeling moisturised. But the worst thing about this product is the smell, its very very strong and pungent. Its hard to describe but smells very fake, like chemicals and lingers on your skin for hours ( I find myself spraying a ridiculous amount of perfume to try to disguise the smell).
However leaving the smell to one side - the product is effective - within a few hours a gradual very light develops. I find it takes around three applications for the colour to develop into a deep natural tan.
Personally I struggle with fake tans and am prone to streaks and unnatural marks! This product is quite natural compared to other competitors but only if spend some time rubbing in evenly across the skin. If you slap this on quickly it will come up in lines and streaks ( as I have discovered.)
Overall the product works but its hassle that you need to start using it three days before you want a tan.
Also I stopped using this after a few applications as I couldnt bare the smell which is a shame.
I usually embrace my porcelain look and make the most of my natural skin colour by creating glamorous forties and fifties looks and delicate feminine make up looks that compliment my tone. However when the sun makes it's way out and everyone's clothes lessen due to the heat I no longer wish to be the little milk bottle that burns ever so easily in the sun.
Over the years I have had little confidence with certain areas of my body, one of which is my legs; and therefore they have never seen the sun and remain pale and pasty and generally not attractive in any way. The rest of my body such as my face, neck, arms and chest always gets a gentle sun kissed look (despite constant sun burn no matter how much protection I use on my skin!)
Now that I'm over the whole issue of hiding away my pins I'm wanting to show them off, however they look a sickly shade of pale and I seem to mark and bruise easily on my legs which makes them look blotchy and horrible. I thought about using fake tan but I have always been against the fake bake look and the extreme tango tans as it doesn't appeal to me and I wouldn't want to mess it up either by leaving my legs smothered in streaks or having too much of a drastic change in colour.
So this is where I opted for Johnson's holiday skin because it moisturised, softened and gently tanned my skin exactly how I wanted. It was subtle, far FAR from orange looking and made me look like I had actually developed a nice holiday tan, so I guess the name speaks for itself with the results!
It usually ranges around £5 depending on where you purchase it from and whether it is on offer or not, however a fiver seems perfectly justifiable and reasonable for how brilliant this product is. It has a nice gentle smell that isn't strongly fragrant or over powering, in fact it smells rather nice.
It goes on like a normal body lotion, a creamy pale liquid that blends into your legs nicely. Of course take the procedures that you would do with normal fake tan - by ex foliating away dry skin and dirt so you're able to apply it to a fresh canvas and avoid any chance of excess tan patches on dry skin areas. Use a loofah, ex-foliating gloves or body scrub in the bath/shower to smooth your skin before application and about half an hour later you'll notice a bit of a tan, which is also great to top up the following day, but repeat the ex-foliating process, do not apply it on pre tanned skin as your skin will have accumulated oil and dirt by that time and will not provide great results unless applied on a fresh surface.
The great thing about this is, it can train you into doing fake tan properly; as it basically is fake tan watered down with body lotion. So if you mess up, it will be barely noticeable and it can also begin a gradual build up to a darker tan without an instant and shocking transformation in skin colour.
Alternatively you can still embrace the pale but have a little helping hand with the gradual tan in looking a little tan.
The lotion is available in two different bottles that are a yellow colour, one is for fair to medium skin and the other is for medium to dark so if you're just starting off using this, make sure you read the label at the front to make sure you've picked up the right one. They both measure at 250ml which actually lasts a long time if you're tanning every two days or so.
You can find it at most health and beauty retailers and supermarkets such as superdrug, boots, tescos and asda both on line and in store. It's usually best to shop around to see which place has the best offer as currently the summer has begun and the offers are in their prime!
I have very pale skin and when summer comes around I cant help but be jealous of all those perfectly tanned girls out there - fake or the real deal! I have tried many tinted moisturisers but had yet to find one that I thought made any difference to the shade of my skin - until now. My mum had mentioned Johnson's holiday skin before, and when I saw it in the shop on 'buy one get on free' (im a sucker for a good deal) I thought I may as well give it a try.
What it is...
Johnson's Holiday skin is a moisturiser which gradually builds up a tan over time. This isn't an instant fake tan in a bottle, and doesnt immediately give your skin that sunkissed (or bright orange) look, but gradually gives you a darker shade of skin over a few days and a few applications.
Whats in it...
Im a massive fan of Lush, who use mostly natural ingredients in their products. So I usually hate reading the ingredient list for most beauty products that arent from there as the list tends to scare me. Johnsons Holiday Skin is no different. Im not exactly educated on these things but to me, ethylhexyl stearate, cyclohexasiloxane and cyplopentasiloxane do not sound like natural or nice things to be rubbing into your skin. This said I know Johnson's is a reputable brand for skin products so I didnt worry too much about this.
How to apply...
It comes in a big squeezy bottle and is very easy to apply - just like moisturiser it is thick and creamy and not too runny so it is easy to control. My only criticism here is that it is just like moisturiser - it is white and when rubbed into the skin has no colour - so it is hard to see where you have been already and what you have left to do. Simply smooth evenly onto the skin and rub in circular motions until it is fully absorbed. Once you have applied it remember to wash your hands - you dont want to end up with orange hands!
Does it work?
My answer is yes it does! Obviously the effects are not instant - this is a moisturiser that builds up a gradual natural looking tan. As it is a moisturiser you dont need to prepar your skin before hand by exfoliating and moisturing every part of your body for fear of an uneven tan. I tend to put it on before bed and if have time again in the morning, and within a couple of days I have a lovely natural looking tan. As expected, it leaves your skin lovely and soft as most Johnson products do. The smell is a bit strange - to me it smells a bit like play doh, or plastercine - but this fades after a few hours.
So to summarise - this is a great moisteriser/fake tan that gives you lovely natural looking sunkissed skin - no streaks or patches. At around £5 a bottle it is an absolute bargain of a fake tan -just be patient with it and you'll have lovely summer skin in no time!
Skin Body Lotion, builds a light and even looking tan /