When looking for a self tanning brand for me personally it’s not only important to find a Vegan friendly brand, I also want a product that is free from harmful chemicals.
Our skin is the largest organ of the body and it’s the first to absorb topical applications of both chemical and natural products in to the bloodstream but it’s the last to receive nutrients of vitamins and minerals and so we should give careful consideration as to what ingredients we apply to our skin. Especially when we are applying the product all over.
Firstly I love the Skinny Tan story, two mom-trepreneurs Kate Cotton and Louise Ferguson who came together to create a tanning product that contained naturally non-toxic derived ingredients. Skinny Tan has a natural tanning agent that is derived from the seeds of the Brassica napus plant which works naturally with the amino acids in the skin to create the darkening reaction for a natural-looking tan. The product also contains Guarana, a caffeine derivative which is considered an important ingredient in the most popular firming and cellulite creams.
Together these two ingredients help create a natural tan that is safe to use and aims to give a “Skinny” effect.
(Photo taken from the Skinny Tan Instagram)
Skinny Tan claims that the tan will last 7 days, results varying dependent on how much your skin naturally exfoliates.
I purchased the Rose Gold Limited Edition online from Superdrug
For every purchase of the the Skinny Tan Rose Gold Edition, £2 goes to Marie Curie. I purchased the tan when it was on special offer for £9.99, the usual price is £24.99 which is quite expensive I feel for a 100ml tube which I got 2 full applications from.
The tanning cream is bronze in colour to help give you a colour guide and to ensure you don’t miss any areas. For me this was quite a messy experience as I applied the cream with my hands rather than a mitt as I personally don’t feel I have as much control applying tan products with a mitt. This means that you do have to be careful with clothes and towels, but if like me you do manage to get the tan everywhere it does wash out very easily.
I left the tan on overnight to develop, Im always a little apprehensive to see how the tan turns out and with the Rose Gold Skinny Tan I looked like I had a really dark tan which worried me slightly.
It’s worth mentioning that initially after applying Skinny Tan I could feel my skin beginning to heat up which felt uncomfortable to me I have however had this experience before with other products such as shower gels and body butters. Although Skinny Tan does contain natural ingredients it is still possible to have an allergic reaction so if unsure always do a skin test at least 48 hours before applying all over.
I needn’t have worried about the colour though because the next morning when I washed the tan off the colour was a naturally beautiful golden tan colour.
It’s true most of us look healthier and feel better for having a tan.
I was really pleased with the effect of this tan, I did have a slight streak on my leg but this was no fault of the product as it was due to a patch of dry skin.
Skinny Tan didn’t last a full 7 days for me but it did last longer than most self tanning products I have used, I also didn’t use the Skinny Tan Afterglow to help maintain the tan.
When I used the product for the second time I applied it 48 hours before going on holiday, naturally the tan quickly faded due to the chlorine in the pool and because the process is quite messy and I didn’t have much of the product left I didn’t bother applying it each night so it’s not a tan I would use pre-holiday again but overall I think it’s a great product. I wouldn’t pay the £24.00 for the Rose Gold Edition but I would certainly buy other products in the range that retail at £9.99. Superdrug often do buy one get one half price offer so I would definitely check out the afterglow gloss to see if this made a difference to how long the tan lasts.