Let’s admit it, we all love fake tan. Instead of damaging our beautiful skin with harmful UV rays, we can all fake a summer glow within a matter of hours! Since I wear fake tan most of the time, I thought I would share with you my opinions on a range of fake tan products that I have used over the years.
1. ST. TROPEZ Bronzing Mousse in Dark (200ML)
This has to be up there with the best false tanners I have used so far. I do still need to try others such as Vita Liberata Phenomenal 2-3 Week Tan Mousse (let me know what this is like in the comments below! I will do an updated version of this once I have tried it out myself), but as it stands, ST. TROPEZ has worked very well for me. Before I apply any false tan, I make sure that my skin is exfoliated and moisturised – I usually do this the day before application and then I re-apply moisturiser to any dry areas such as my ankles and knees.
I have found that this false tan does not go as patchy as others, and it does not have that typical biscuit smell of fake tan. As this tan also has a colour guide, you can see almost instantly that the tan will develop into a lovely golden-brown tone – rather than a horrible orange colour. I have found that with my fair skin, this tan suits my complexion the best and does not look too unnatural when I am wearing it. The only con: it is quite expensive, so if you’re looking to save some money, try and look out for the deals online or in stores.
2. Bondi Sands Self Tanning Foam, Dark (200ML)
OK. This tan smells amazing. I am currently using this at the moment and it is definitely worth it. I have managed to get about 6 months use out of this, applying once weekly or less, and I still have some left! Yes, this isn’t too cheap either, but it is a lot cheaper than the more high-end or pricier false tanners – I paid £14.99 for it! The colour of this tan is slightly more brown than ST.TROPEZ in my opinion, as it has a red undertone to it, rather than having an olive undertone. I personally prefer an olive undertone in false tan, but the colour of Bondi Sands is still very lovely. I have found that one pump for each arm, and two or three for each leg is enough for this! Sometimes I have found that two layers can give you a deeper tan, but it all depends on your skin tone, as mine is very fair.
3. ST. MORIZ Instant & Gradual Self-Tanning Mousse (200ML)
I have tried the regular version of this mousse, but after discovering this one, I was amazed. This worked well on my pale and fair skin, and it also developed into a lovely natural-looking tan. I find that this works best for an everyday tanned look – however, I have used this for nights out and I have found that a couple of layers works well also! This tan looks similar to ST.TROPEZ, which was a game-changer for me, as this product is practically ST.TROPEZ at a fraction of the price! I also found that it does not transfer as badly as some products, and it fades quite well too. In my experience, the tan lasts about three to four days before another application is needed.
4. Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Natural Bronze Body Lotion (250ML)
I used to use this religiously back in the good old days of school – you know what I’m talking about, those dreaded P.E lessons, or those warm summer days where you had your legs out and they just HAD to be tanned. I have recently come back to this tanning lotion and out of every gradual tanning lotion I have tried, this has to be the best one. For some reason, my pale skin does not react well with gradual tanners. I never seem to get that gorgeous golden tan that everyone else manages to achieve. However, with this particular gradual tanner, I have found that my skin does go golden after one or two applications – RESULT.
5. Bondi Sands Everyday Gradual Tanning Milk (375ML)
This, again, smells amazing. It has a lovely coconut scent, and applies very evenly. It also dries very well and does not leave you feeling sticky, which is always annoying with other gradual tanning lotions. I have found that it needs a couple of applications before you see any real results, but this all depends on how dark you want to be. In my experience, any type of gradual tanner is best for a natural everyday glow – perfect for summer getaways when you need to prolong your existing tan – or if you want to look naturally sun-kissed without the worry of streaking or going patchy. You also get a lot in this bottle so it is worth your money!
6. ST TROPEZ Gradual Tanning In Shower, Medium (200ML)
I have some mixed thoughts on this product. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great product. I love how you can get in the shower and do your fake tan at the same time, no fuss, no fake tan on your sheets, no worrying about feeling sticky or smelly. It’s perfect really. Almost. The one problem with this false tan, is that it isn’t really that noticeable after the first application. I have tried this and done exactly what it says on the bottle, but I just never seem to get any real results. Now, my skin does take a while to gain any colour with the usual gradual tanning lotion, but that’s because I like to be really tanned.
Don’t be too put off, definitely give this a go if you like the idea of a stress free tan – I must point out, you do have to turn off the shower for a couple of minutes after application to let it soak in before rinsing – but do try it as I have found that after using this daily, it does begin to work quite well. This is definitely something that requires you to apply this daily for the best results – perfect for a holiday though! I haven’t tried this whilst on holiday yet, but I will be taking some with me to see what it’s like! If you want me to give a review on how it went then let me know in the comments below!