I have a very fair complexion and I like being pale. I have never really dabbled with fake tanning, always thought it was a bit of a faff and involved a lot of personal admin. But in recent years a lot has changed in the self-tanning game with more natural brands launching self-tanners and what with the warmer months approaching I feel like I owe it to my chicken legs to give it a go.
I was sent three to try; Dr Organic’s ‘Moroccan Glow Self Tan Mousse’ in Light, Manuka Doctor’s ‘Anti-Cellulite Bronzing Gel and Trilogy’s ‘Instant Bronzing Gel’.
To keep things consistent I kept the same ‘prep’ products; a sugar scrub with an exfoliating nylon cloth; moisturiser I used the Ameliorate ‘Skin Smoothing Body Lotion’. I was highly recommended to apply the tan with a mitt, so grabbed one from Skinny Tan. I was set and ready to glow….
Tan 1: Dr Organic Moroccan Glow Self Tan Mousse in Light
- Instant and streak free
- Easy application
- Formulated using 70% natural extracts which are certified organic
- Has organic Argan oil.
- Lightly scented.
Application: This had a slight cinnamon type smell which does subside, a white coloured mousse with no guide colour when smoothed over the skin. Easily absorbed with no tightness.
The results: I was pleasantly surprised when I woke up in the morning, the colour was pretty even (apart from my elbows but that due to operator error) and it gave me a lovely warmth, not orange in the slightest. I received a lot of compliments on the colour of this. This lasted about a week before finally fading gradually and evenly. My favourite out of the three. Find it here
Tan 2: Manuka Doctor Anti-Cellulite Bronzing Gel with Manuka Honey
- Non-sticky bronzing gel
- Tan develops in one hour
- Improve skin firmness and reduce the appearance of cellulite
- Purified Bee Venom (PBV™) & Manuka honey to promote skin’s elasticity
Application: This had a slight medicinal-esque smell, very light guide colour, in fact if you are any darker than me you may have trouble seeing where you have applied. It went on smoothly and my skin felt hydrated. I did also notice a very slight stinging sensation.
The results: Very similar to the Dr Organic Moroccan Glow, this too slowly faded over the course of a week. I have a very cool undertone so I found this gave me a more olive colour which didn’t suit my colouring. Find it here
It is worth noting that if you are sensitive to Bee stings this may not be the product for you.
Tan 3: Trilogy Instant Bronzing Gel
- All natural, easy to apply
- Quick drying gel formula
- Instant colour with shimmer
Application: Super easy to apply; the gel was heavily coloured however when you rubbed it in to the skin the colour dissipated, so much like the previous two it was hard to see where you had applied. What this did have was a shimmer, but I really think this looked more like glitter on the skin. It was very subtle and you could only notice it up close, but I really didn’t like that element.
The results: I didn’t find that the colour was instant – it developed throughout the day. The colour once it became noticeable was really lovely and suited my cool complexion. The shimmer did begin to fade so by the end of the day I was left with a subtle glow sans glitter. This didn’t last as long as the previous two, but this could be because you can reapply for 2-3 days. Find it here
Natural Self Tanning – My Overall Conclusions
Tanning is hard work and I’m not sure I am a convert yet, but I did enjoy sampling these products and I may keep trying the Dr Organic and Manuka Doctor. I found that all three worked well on my fair skin but anyone who is slightly darker than me may not see any colour pay off so I think that is worth bearing in mind.
I think these are a great way to try tanning if you are a novice like me, or if you don’t want anything more than a subtle glow. And let’s face it the added skin benefits and that they are natural might make you reach for these over the more traditional type of tan.
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