I have such a pale skin and a really fair complexion. I love the sun but I have to say, it doesn’t particularly like me. I am not one of those people who develop a nice even brown tan, I go red and prickly and end up with sore patches, no matter how hard I try. I really do feel the need to use a fake tan, especially now the hotter summer weather is hear, so I can wear my summer dresses and skirts.
I have been using Rimmel Sun Shimmer Instant Tan in Light Matte for the last few summers and I usually pay about £6 for this 125ml brown plastic tube. It stands on its head and resembles a large bottle of shampoo. I buy mine from either the supermarket or Boots, wherever I happen to be at the time. One tube usually lasts me all summer as I don’t need to use a lot of this product as less is certainly more.
It’s very important to make sure that you are well exfoliated and moisturised before using this cream (that’s a good idea with all fake tans, really). This goes on brown, so I can see exactly whereabouts I have applied it to my skin. I usually start at my feel and work my way up my body.
I don’t use it ALL over, but mainly concentrate on feet, legs arms and chest. This product also states that you can use it on your face though I have not dared to use it there as yet, preferring to use my Olay Summer Sun face natural tanner, instead. It smoothes onto my skin really quite well but another good idea about moistening before applying this product is due to the fact that it always seems to dry exceptionally quickly on my skin. If I am not properly moisturised beforehand, then I have found that it won’t spread on so evenly and I can be left with really nasty horrible streaks and patches. It comes in various shades from fair to dark and being pale skinned, I always opt for the lightest one available.
It washes off whenever I next have a bath or shower but I like to use it maybe if I am going out for the evening, just to make my legs look less pale and more interesting. It has no smell that I am able to detect, as some fake tans can have but the only downside for me is that if I don’t get washed before going to bed and take a shower the following morning instead, the sheets on the bed have tell take brown stains where it’s rubbed off during the night.
Rimmel Sun Shimmer Instant Tan Water Resistant / Light Matte / For face and body / Transfer resistant / Lasts all day / Ultra long wearing lightweight gel spreads easily for an all-over sunkissed glow / Water resistant and transfer resistant, yet washes off easily with soap and water / Wash hands thoroughly after use.