Self-tanning can be a real minefield.
I’ve been a beauty writer for almost 15 years, and I’m still a tad nervous when it comes to application. And, I’m TERRIFIED to use any self-tanner on my face. Usually, I’m only comfortable enough to use a gradual tanner or go for a professional spray tan.
I’m wondering if you are as nervous as I am.
This year, I’m more determined than ever to stay out the sun so am fully embracing the fake tan. Lucky me, because the lovely peeps over at Skinny Tan sent me a whole lot of tanning products to try out. I decided to put my big girl panties on and embrace them all (even trying a few formulas on my face).
But, before I start reviewing the products sent, I have one top tip that will ensure you get a streak free, non-blotchy tan.
That tip is to start prepping your skin a few days beforehand. Use an AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) formula like REN AHA Smart Renewal Body Serum (read more HERE) or Environ’s Derm-Lac lotion (read more HERE). Both gently, but very effectively exfoliate the skin while boosting moisture levels. Don’t use these AHA lotions while building your tan, as they will remove colour. They are purely to prep the skin.
Also, shave the day BEFORE self-tanning – this will prevent tiny droplets of self-tan accumulating in the newly shaved hair follicles.
Right, now that prepping is out the way, let’s chat about the Skinny Tan formulas.
The first product I tried was the Skinny Tan Gradual Tanner R250
This white body butter has low levels of DHA (tanning ingredient), so you can build up your colour slowly. The formula also contains an ingredient called Guarana that diminishes the look of cellulite. Simply apply as you would a body moisturiser, taking care not to apply too much product to knees, elbows and ankles. A light tan will start developing after 5 hours. I reapplied for two days after the first application and found the colour to be just perfect. This is also a great product to use when you notice your tan is fading. I also really like the tropical scent and fact that the product is paraben free and not tested on animals.
The Skinny Tan Coconut Water Tanning Mist R400 is AMAZING. This is the product to take along on your beach holiday. It is super hydrating, has a delicious coconut scent and leaves the skin glowing. I recommend using this after a day at the beach or poolside. Spritz it on after your shower to nourish the skin and help build your tan. It gives skin a medium tan and can also be used on face and neck (but, tbh, I’m still too scared to use it on face…)
The Skinny Tan Wonder Serum R500 is a favourite. Think of it as a self-tanner and anti-ager in one. What I like about it is that it has a guide colour of sorts so you can see areas you’ve missed. I apply this with the Skinny Tan Dual Tanning Mitt R130 to ensure a perfect application. Because this is a serum, it’s quite runny and the liquid is dark, however it applies smooth and has a very silky feel. It also has a hint of shimmer that gives the skin a lovely glow. I apply a few pumps of the serum onto the mitt, then rub it onto the body. Once I’ve finished my body application, I apply any leftover onto my face (still using the glove). I really just lightly rub onto cheeks and forehead and around the hairline.
The colour takes 6-8 hours to develop, but you can see it after around 5 hours. Also, the first time I used this was in the evening, after my shower. It dries VERY quickly, and I’m pleased to report that it didn’t leave any residue on my sheets! I gave me a beautiful brown colour.
I won’t lie, I was very nervous to use the Skinny Tan 7-Day Tanner in Dark R300 because some of the online reviews slated this product. Because of this, I decided to use it on my legs only. It promises a deep golden tan that lasts for up to 7 days. It also contains naturally derived actives that work with your skin to create a natural looking tan that can even be used on sensitive skin. Again, It has an amazing tropical scent that has definite notes of coconut. The formula is also super spreadable and almost buttery. I decided it best to apply this product with the mitt, but you could absolutely use your hands too (But I believe the mitt ensures a streak-free application). I like that it has a guide colour, so you can see if you’ve missed any spots and quickly reapply. It took a little longer to dry than the gradual tanner & the serum, but because I applied it at night after my shower, this wasn’t an issue. It didn’t leave any marks on my sheets either. It’s recommended to leave this product on for at least 5 hours. I left mine on overnight. The next morning my legs had a lovely golden tan, and there wasn’t a streak or patch in sight. I don’t know why this product has so many shitty reviews as I think it’s fantastic. I will be trying it out on my whole body soon.
The Skinny Tan Protect & Glow SPF 30 100ml spray R300 is another product I’d take with me on a beach holiday. I wouldn’t use it while lying on the beach tanning & swimming, rather, I’d use it on those days I know I’ll be outside in the sun, exploring or hiking. As the name suggests, it combines an SPF30 with gradual tanners. Apply it before heading outdoors, and ensure you wash your hands properly after. This is a great product to help you build your tan. On holiday, when used in conjunction with the Coconut water Tanning Mist and safe sun tanning (using an SPF 50), it really helps build a lovely tan.
All Skinny Tan products are Vegan friendly, not tested on animals, nourishing & hydrating and of natural origin. The new packaging is also lovely, with beautiful pastel colours designed and coded to help you quickly identify your favourite.
You’ll find Skinny Tan products at Dischem, selected Clicks stores, leading pharmacies & salons and online HERE
I have a Skinny Tan hamper valued at R2200.00 up for grabs.
It contains the following products:
1 x Skinny Tan Gradual Tanner (125ml)
1 x Skinny Tan Coconut Water Tanning Mist (150ml)
1 x Skinny Tan Wonder Serum (145ml)
1 x Skinny Tan 7-Day Tanner Dark (125ml)
1 x Skinny Tan Pro Tan Moisture Mousse (150ml)
To enter the giveaway, leave a comment below this blog post telling me which of the products featured above you’re most keen to try & why.
Please ensure you include your email address (only I can see it) so I can contact you, should you be the winner.
The winner will be announced on In My Bag’s Facebook page (FOLLOW HERE) next week Wednesday 30 October 2019