I hope you are all having a lovely week so far, I wouldn’t say I was much of an astrologer but it was nice to catch a glimpse of the “Strawberry Moon” with it’s warm amber glow, which coincided with the Summer Solstice yesterday, to mark the official start of Summer. I know the weather hasn’t quite caught up at the moment but hopefully this means there will be more hot sunny days coming soon.
As most of you know I am a big believer in wearing high SPF to protect my skin, so to achieve a golden bronzed colour I always prefer to use a faux tan. I have recently been using some products from the Skinny Tan range, which was founded by best friends Louise Ferguson and and Kate Cotton who developed the first self-tanner that combines a natural tanning active with naturally derived skin smoothing actives to give you a tan, contour and reduce the visible appearance of cellulite. Their initial success was in Australia where the products are manufactured, but with determination to make their company a success in the UK they appeared on the BBC show Dragons Den, where they were successful in gaining backing from Kelly Hoppen and Piers Linney, which has seen their company go from strength to strength.
The Skinny Tan packaging has recently had the “Kelly Hoppen” makeover treatment. Most of the range comes in paint tube style packaging with geometric lines in various colours, which is what initially caught my attention to want to try this range. You may have noticed them in advertisements for Superdrug who is the main sponsor of the “Love Island” reality dating show on ITV2.
I have been using the following products over the last couple of weeks:
- Pre-Tan Primer £9.99 – Before applying any type of self-tan it is important to use a body exfoliator, so that there are no patches of dry skin on the body. This pre-tan primer uses walnut shell powder to gently buff the skin, it has left my skin feeling soft, smooth and ready to tan.
- 24-Hour Bronzer £14.99 – This is a deeply hydrating body butter which contains tanning pigments to give an instant bronzed glow, which can be washed off when required. I’ve found this best to use when there has been a nice sunny day and my legs are looking white, with one application they have a lovely natural colour and look firmer and toned. The beachy-tropical aroma makes this very enjoyable to use.
- 7-Day Tanner £19.99 – This has an initial guide colour so you can see where you have applied and should be left on the skin for a minimum of 5 hours to allow to develop. It has the same beachy-tropical aroma as the rest of the range which makes me imagine I am on a sandy beach relaxing. What’s great about this tan is it’s designed to last 7 days, I was a little sceptical about this but I have to say it lasted me a good 8 days and there was no patchiness.
- Ab Shader £19.99 – When I heard about this product I instantly thought, finally I will be able to show off my abs. Whilst this doesn’t replace working out, the deep rich pigments can be used to contour and define the muscle shape, enhancing the look of your mid-section. There is an initial guide colour which you leave to develop for a minimum of 5 hours then wash off. Whilst I wouldn’t say I have the most defined stomach, this tanner does make a difference and makes me feel more confident to take my top off. You can also use this as a darker version of the 7-Day Tanner, for a deeper tan which I have tried and didn’t need to re apply for a good two weeks.
- Gradual Tanner £14.99 – This would be the best product to start with if you are a little cautious about applying self tan as there is no guide colour and gradually develops into a deeper shade with further daily applications. This feels intensely hydrating and takes around 8 hours for the colour to develop, I have been applying this before bed and waking up to a slightly deeper golden glow each morning.
- Self Tan Mousse £21.99 – Firstly I want to say that 25p from each sale of this tanning mousse is going to Marie Curie to help fund their fantastic support and care services. I like to use this tanning mousse when I am short on time or during very warm days as it allows for a speedy application, that dries pretty much instantly. For comparison this gives a slightly richer colour than the 7-Day tanner so if you are very pale, I would suggest using either the gradual or 7 day tanner first to build up the colour. This tan is designed to develop within 6-8 hours which I then rinsed off and was left with a lovely golden colour. With this tanner it depends on your personal preference for texture why you would choose this over one of the creams as they all give a natural shade.
Overall I have very much enjoyed using these tanning wardrobe of products, I didn’t realise there were so many variations to choose from depending on the colour shade required or application method. I adore the beachy-tropical aroma, which makes these a delight to use and I haven’t experienced any orangeness, streaking or that tell tale self tan aroma whilst using these. My skin’s appearance looks firmer too, so that’s a winner in my book.
If you would like to purchase these for yourself, you can find them in your local high-street Superdrug or on their website, where at the moment they are offering 1/3 off across this range. I’m not sure when this is due to end so I would get in quick.
Have you tried any of the Skinny Tan range before?
What do you prefer an instant or gradual tan?
Please comment below and let me know.