You know that natural, flawless, magical tan you’ve been hopelessly searching for? I’ve found it. And now I just need to find a time machine to hop back a few years and inform my patchy, florescent former self. ☻
Sick of that biscuity whiff? That curry-and-cat-piss combo irking you? Peeved because this is the 10th time you’ve had to wash those tan-soaked sheets this week? Tired of people thinking an Oompah Lumpah broke in and took a bath? Endlessly insisting you don’t have a skin condition – you just need a good scrub..? (Like, I could continue with this, but I’ll stop here)
The crème de la crème of fake tan. My tanning holy grail. The tan that tops all tans. I’m no tanning expert, but my pale-AF self has tried a good few now. And for me, Skinny Tan is my ultimate fav. If you’ve not heard of Skinny Tan – climb out from under that rock and continue reading…
Skinny Tan became a global success after an outstanding pitch on Dragons Den in 2013. Self tan products have advanced massively from when it all began, and Skinny Tan’s unique formula is a prime example of that. The ‘skinny’ in Skinny Tan should be interpreted not just in the literal sense of it making you appear slimmer – but also the ‘skinny’ ingredients it contains. Where possible, Skinny Tan uses naturally derived ingredients – as much as 99% in some products. The innovative formula contains Brassica Napus plant seeds, which are a certified naturally derived form of DHA (the usual fake tanning agent). They are also paraben-free, sulfate-free, not tested on animals and suitable for Vegans.
Popular Skinny Tan Products
(FYI – Superdrug have an online offer: 20% off when you buy any 2 bronzing or sun-care products – you’re welcome x)
Skinny Tan has an extensive product range, and it is my mission to try them all! However, today I’ll reviewing the fabulous products that I have tried, tested & fallen in love with:
♥ Skinny Tan Gradual Tanner | 125ml | £14.99
I‘ve had horrid experiences with gradual tanner. I’ve loved the other Skinny Tan products I’ve tried and this is why I REALLY wanted to give the Skinny Tan gradual tanner a go. With gradual tan, there is obviously no guide colour and in the past I have honestly turned out an orange, streaky, hot mess. I’ve potentially made the mistake of applying just before bed, and perhaps sweating (nice), moving and rubbing areas off. Morale of the story is that I now avoid any tanning before bedtime.. But anywho..
The Skinny Tan Gradual Tanner is a white body butter with a beautiful cream consistency. It is made with 99% naturally derived ingredients and contains lower levels of tan so you can build up your colour. The smell of the tan when you first put it on is odd but not unpleasant.. I can only describe it as smelling of Play-Doh, but the smell does disappear quickly. I applied the gradual tanner all over my face and body using the Skinny Tan Dual Tanning Mitt to protect my hands from the tanning active. I wouldn’t risk using your hands for this one, purely because I know what a pain it can be to get off. A tanning mitt or latex gloves are your best option. It states to leave for a minimum of 5 hours. Once its dry I am happy to go about my day wearing this – it doesn’t smell or make me feel sticky!
One application gave me beautiful, sun-kissed skin that looks natural and indistinguishable from a real tan. I definitely had a healthy glow and it also made my skin feel soft and moisturised. I am happy to say – not a hint of orange! and also, no streaks! *gasp* At a guess, you could potentially get 4 – 5 full body applications from one tube. I’m very cautious what tans I use on my face as I often break out in spots, but I haven’t, so I’m even considering using it as a daily facial tanner. I also love how nicely the Skinny Tan products fade, I never end up a patchy mess.
♥ Skinny Tan Dual Tanning Mitt | £5.99
I don’t think we appreciate good mitts until we’ve tried them. Honestly, there’s no turning back now! This double-sided luxury velvet super soft tanning mitt gave me a smoother, faster tanning application. It really gave my tan a flawless finish without the streaks. As this tanning mitt is such good quality, it hasn’t split, nor has any product seeped through. I know this will last me much longer than cheaper alternatives. I can easily wash this mitt by hand in warm water or through the washing machine and it will drip dry. Fabulous!
This is a recent picture of me when I used the Skinny Tan Gradual Tanner. I haven’t taken a before picture, because to be honest it’s rare that I am ever completely tan free. I don’t really need a picture to show you how pale I am naturally.. just close your eyes and imagine the whitest white possible and then double the whiteness. That’s me. Hi.
I‘ve added these two products in my review as I am absolutely in love with both of them, and want to share my love for them with you! ♥
The Tan & Tone Oil (Dark) is the tan I am currently using the most. I quickly apply it before work a couple of times a week and let it develop during the day. I don’t even bother with gloves – I just make sure I give my hands a good wash after and I don’t end up with orange palms. It is so easy! No horrid smell, no stickiness, no transfer onto clothes and no need to rinse off! The oil smells delicious, develops within 2-3 hours and lasts up to 2 weeks. It doesn’t dry you skin so it can be layered on to maintain your colour. The only advice I’d give is to put enough on and apply it thoroughly, as it does sink into the skin quickly and there is no guide colour.
And lastly, the Skinny Tan Express Mousse. This little treasure is perfect for those of us who haven’t got time to wait 8 hours to be bronze! Sometimes plans get sprung on you, and I don’t know about anyone else, but I feel so ugly when I’m pale. The Express Mousse is perfect because you can literally leave it on for an hour and – yes – you are a flawless medium tan when you wash it off! The longer you leave it on, the darker you will be. The tan has a gorgeous coconut smell, spreads on easily and dries quickly.
Skinny Tan Package Deals
I thought I’d add these because lets face it, who doesn’t love a good deal? I LOVE knowing I’ve saved money, makes me feel better about spending it I guess. These packages give you the chance to try out different products for a great price. Also, when buying from www.skinnytan.co.uk you can subscribe and save 20% on selected products such as the Gradual Tanner and Mousse Ultimate Dark (the products will be shipped every 9 months).
So, with all things considered..