Monday, 1 August 2016

Fake Tan for Rookies

My forays into fake tanning have always been slightly rocky experiences. I was recently chatting to a friend about fake tan blunders and remembered slathering myself (face included) in Johnson & Johnson's gradual tan lotion when I was about fourteen. I'll tell you, there was nothing gradual about the straight up orange shade I was the next day. 

Bar the occasional facial tanning attempt, I've pretty much hung up the figurative tanning mitt and accepted what little tan I get from the actual sun. That was until a recent shopping trip with a friend who generally avoids the sun unless she's sufficiently covered in SPF 50. As she's a sensible, sun-savvy gal, but was sporting quite the glow I was all ears when she recommended the Dove Derma Spa Summer Revived Body Lotion.

Despite my hesitance at trying another self tanning lotion (I really was very orange after the whole J&J's fiasco) I decided to pick it up and give it a go. I've been using it for weeks now and I have to say, I really like it. Right off the bat, it's super affordable, which will always score a product points in my books. Secondly, this smells really nice. As you know by now, I'm no tanning connoisseur but I am aware that self-tan products often smell a little funky. There is some slight biscuity fragrance to this a while after application but nothing compared to others I've tried.

When you're applying this, it's important to make sure that you're completely dry (if you're tanning post-shower) and that you really rub it into the skin well. As it is a subtle tan, I haven't found that I need to be extremely diligent with exfoliation, nor that I require a mitt to apply it. I didn't have any issue with streaks and it applies really nicely to the skin.

The results are very natural, and if you're already slightly tanned (which I was) this is just a nice way to deepen and maintain it. There are two shades of this, Fair to Medium Skin and Medium to Dark Skin. I can only comment on the former, as it's the only one I've tried but I will say that if you prefer a deeper tan, the lighter shade might not pack enough of a punch for you. I have light to medium skin and it definitely still looked very subtle on me, which I'm personally a fan of. As an added bonus, because the colour was very natural, it faded evenly and I didn't end up looking patchy at all.

All in all, I'd highly recommend trying this if you're anything like me and you're not one for the harder stuff when it comes to fake tan. The product works well, it's affordable and it really does smell super nice. Like super nice. Have you tried this? What are some of your tanning favourites? Let me know down below, clearly I could use some tanning advice!

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  1. I've been looking for a self-tanner without the hefty price. I wish Dove sold this in the U.S.! Great post!

    Carrie |

  2. I haven't tried this product out, but I've tried Jergens before. I'm super fair, so tanning is always a challenge for me. Finding a product that looks natural is a must!

  3. I need this in my life especially during winter!
    Kathy x

  4. I'm not a rookie when it comes to fake tan, but I still really like the look of this!


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