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Being extremely pale (verging on the pale blue colour on the legs - Larvely!) I always struggle to tan and when I do despite using factor 40-50, I normally go a nice lobster colour followed swiftly by peeling and then back to the white / blue colour I've become accustomed to over the years. A few years ago a friend of mine recommended the tan maximser by Lancaster to try and enhance any colour I may get in the summer months and on holidays and I have been hooked ever since. The product is pricey (can vary between £20 and £25) but it is the only product out there that I have found even remotely works for my skin. My skin is that pathetic that I can't even have fake tans as something in them makes me come out in horrendous rashes!
When I find this product on offer I usually stock up as we tend to have 2 or 3 holidays abroad a year and I can go through quite a lot of the stuff through the summer months as well. This is the downside of the product - it doesn't seem to last all that long. As you apply liberally, as it is effectively a moisturiser, it can get used up really quickly. I recently found this on offer in Debenhams, well more in the sale really it was reduced that much, for £11 so I bought a couple of bottles hoping it will last me through the summer.
The moisturiser makes the skin feel lovely and smooth and has a lovely fragrance to it. The trick to using this product is to start applying BEFORE you go on holiday even if you haven't necessarily been in the sun, I found this helped to build up my 'tan' quicker and sends me a nice golden colour which I've never been in my life! Also, it comes fairly quickly and when my husband latched on to how good this product was working for me he started using it to (he's what you might call a metro sexual!!) and while he has a permanent tan in the summer, it seemed to enhance this for him too.
The moisturiser applies as a non greasy white cream (there is also a gel available which is just as good) and easily absorbs into the skin without leaving a sticky residue (which I hate). The fresh smell is lovely in summer and lasts on the skin for quite a while. I've been asked what perfume I've been wearing in the past when all I had on was this moisturiser! Even when the product hasn't started working yet, it seems to wake the skin up and give it a nice subtle glow.
The product works by accelerating the melanin being produced which enhances the tan process. It should be used on an evening after sun exposure. It's important to understand that this product is essentially an after sun and should not be used as sun protection. I also wouldn't recommend that you reduce the factor of sun cream that you are using even if you are using this cream - but I am extremely paranoid about sun exposure - probably because of the colour of my skin.
This moisturiser is Lancaster's best selling product and it's easy to understand why - It actually works!!
I love this product and would never go on holiday without it! I know it is wrong but I do like to get a suntan whilst I am on holiday. I buy accelerators and pre-sun products to get ready for my holiday. I first heard about this product several years ago and since I first tried it I have never looked back.
The product is as obvious as it says - aftersun tax maximiser. You apply the product after you have been in the sun to soothe and relax your skin whilst at the same time boosting the melanin production in the skin to build up a deeper and faster tan. For me, I find that within a few days of use my tan has developed significantly faster than before I used this product. This allows me to use a lower SPF whilst I am on holiday to build a better tan. I generally apply quite a generous amount after I have had a shower particularly to those areas which are on show more often (I can sometimes see the bits on which I've used it and those where I haven't). I also apply it to my face. I know that Lancaster make a separate tan maximiser for the face but I find that the body product works fine for me and I find it more economical. I have not had any breakouts but if you had very oily skin you might wish to consider the facial product as the cream is thick and applying it generously may clog overactive pores.
I find the product couldn't be simpler to use - just apply as a suncream. The smell is clean and fresh and now reminds me of holiday. I have used the gel formula but find the cream is more easily absorbed and feels more moisturising on the skin.
If you put the bottle in the fridge it will firm up making it easier to control how much you use but also cool any sun stressed skin.
I appreciate that it costs slightly more than a regular after sun, but then it is anti-ageing and includes the latest technology. More importantly it includes the tan maximiser. If you are prepared to spend hundreds or even thousands of pounds on a holiday I do not think that an extra £5 or so on the cost of your aftersun (which helps you to go browner for longer) is too much to pay. If you try this product and find it doesn't work tan wise then at least you will have been using a top of the range aftersun, which can only be good for your skin.
The only downside is that the tube is too small and I often tend to run out. If you lucky enough to find a large size bottle on sale, buy it. It is much more economical than the smaller size and will last much longer.
I should point out that my skin tone is normal and I tan in the sun and do not really burn. If you are very pale I do not know how well this product would work as it relies on your natural melanin production and if you do not have a lot of it in your skin it may struggle to make a significant difference.
My "sun free" skin colour being best described as "corpse with an extra hint of blue", I have tried pretty much everything over the years to speed up getting closer to that healthy bronzed look. I know we're not meant to leave the house even in winter these days without at least SPF30, but I reckoned that if I couldn't manage that, at least maximising my tan with the minimum amount of sun would be a good start....so i got myself a tub of this Tan maximising after sun.
Lancaster are definitely a premium brand in the suncare market, and all through my teenage years I remembered seeing their adverts featuring Amazonian women whose skin was a colour that mine could only dream of, so i had high hopes for the product. It comes in the very distinctive bright orange packaging, with the plastic bottle featuring a built in pump dispenser. I wasn't actually too keen on this, because it's the fixed kind of pump which means you can't unscrew it to get the last bits out of the pot - and because the container is opaque plastic, you can never be sure how much is being left behind and wasted.
The aftersun itself is actually surprisingly nondescript - white, medium thickness lotion, and practically unscented. A bit of a shame I thought, because I loved the smell of my previous bottle of aftersun (ambre solaire) and find that the association of the scent brings back all those lovely holiday memories when i use it after returning home. Still, it'll be worth it if I get to be the colour of those advert models!
On my skin, the lotion did sink in quickly but almost too much so - i didn't feel as though it was very richly moisturising, and on one day when i'd had a little too much sun, it didn't seem to calm my slightly pink shoulders as well as products i'd used in the past.
~ So, does it work?! ~
Well, I think this did go some way to accelerating my tanning process while i was on holiday; it wasn't a huge, dramatic change, but i did feel that i was tanning well and evenly. When I got home, i carried on using this to try and prolong my tan, and it didn't perform so well here - as we all know, the challenge is to try and stave off the flaky skin stage where a good exfoliant is needed to get rid of one's resemblance to a lizard, sadly taking most of the tan with it. Because the Lancaster product isn't that moisturising, i think i got to that stage earlier than i usually do, which was a shame.
Overall, i do think that this product made a difference to my tan, and if you don't normally have dry skin (which i do), the fact that the cream is a bit on the light side might not be a problem. For me, the improvement to my tan wasn't enough to balance out the fact that it wasn't rich enough, and that i missed having a lovely scented aftersun when i got out of the shower, so i wouldn't buy it again. I think I paid around £20 for the (smallish) pot, and for that much it really has to score highly on moisturizing AND scent, as well as improving my tan.