As temperatures begin to sore here in London, it’s time to start sporting those gorgeous Summer dresses, shorts and vest tops. Now if you’re like me and are rather on the pasty white side, then you will of course be in need of some self tan. My go to brand is St Tropez because it’s easy to apply, it’s streak free, doesn’t turn you a shade of orange and I know that it works, which of course is the most important factor. However, recently when I was browsing my social media, I kept coming across an advert for Skinny Tan. I recall seeing this product featured on the TV show Dragons Den, plus the reviews sounded pretty awesome so I caved and I bought it.
Skinny Tan is the first self tanner that combines a natural tanning active with naturally derived skin smoothing actives such as Guarana to tan, contour and reduce the visible appearance of cellulite. I love tanning the safe way as I find it makes me feel more confident and instantly toned. I managed to purchase the product online with an exclusive buy one get one free offer. In addition to receiving two 150ml bottles, I also received a tanning mitt and a tanning primmer for free. All for £30, bargain!
To prolong a tan and to ensure that it doesn’t result in a streaky mess, it’s important to exfoliate first, particularly around your ankles, knees, knuckles and elbows. Most scrubs work however I prefer one with a real gritty texture. My favourite is a sugar scrub which is a miracle worker for banishing dead dry skin and will leave skin silky smooth. The tanning primmer by Skinny Tan is a gritty formula and costs £9.99. It contains crushed walnut shell and smells like coconut. Delicious! Skin is left feeling incredibly smooth.
From researching tanning products, it’s important to look out for one that contains natural ingredients. Not only will it ensure a streak free tan and a natural glow, you will not be subjected to the classic tanning biscuity smell. This product is made with a seed tanner along with Guarana that works together with your skin creating a natural colour. You probably know that Guarana is a caffine derivative however it’s also an important ingredient in firming and cellulite creams. The high caffeine content stimulates a process that will help to visibly reduce the appearance of cellulite at the surface of the skin by smoothing the overall surface of the skin.
This tan is a mouse formula and is scent free. The benefit of it being so dark is so that you can see where you have applied the product so that you can even out streaks and ensure you haven’t missed any parts of your body. You can build the colour by applying more. It’s recommended to leave the product on for around 4-6 hours before washing off. During that time the colour will continue to develop so if you prefer a darker more intense tan, then you would leave it on the skin for longer. I stand under the shower to let the water remove the tan. I don’t use any shower products and then I pat myself dry and apply moisturiser. To prolong your tan, it’s important to moisturise daily and keep hydrated.
I applied the product wearing gloves and using the dual tanning mitt. This is probably the best tanning mitt ever invented!! It has a luxurious double sided velvety finish creating it to be the smoothest tanning applicator. The product doesn’t sink through the glove like most others available on the high street. It’s re-usable and you can pop it in the washing machine to wash it.
This product left me with a gorgeous streak free tan which leaves you with a natural healthy glow. As you can see from the before (left) photo I am rather pale. I’m very happy with the result, (right photo). I didn’t apply too much as I’m always nervous about trying new tanning products. I know for next time to apply a little more to create a deeper tan. I also applied the product to my face, which is safe to do so. It applied very well and I no longer require foundation. Perhaps only a little tinned moisturiser will do the trick, perfect to allow your skin to breathe if you’re out and about in the sunshine or on the dreaded tube.
Skinny Tan is available to purchase online via their website and also in stores such as Boots and Superdrug, where it currently has 50% off. I would highly recommend this product as my tan lasted for at least 7 days before I re-applied to top it up.
If you have tried Skinny Tan I would love to know your thoughts on whether you loved or hated it. Have you ever had a bad self tanning experience? If so, please leave a comment in the box below.
I hope you enjoyed reading this post!
Love Hayley xx