We are getting closer and closer to those fabulous days of spring, where we begin to bare our skin, and wear those work out shorts, and our favorite sweat shorts, but is the world ready to see those really un-tanned legs? Who does not want to look like a sun-kissed goddess with a nice light tan? Not personally being a sun worshipper, but definitely loving the look of a fresh, golden tan, I look for alternative ways to have that summer glow on my legs, arms and face all year. Admittedly, I have tried hundreds of self tanning products, creams, sprays and I definitely know how to apply these, but I have never really found one self-tanner, tanning mist or spray that I really can say boast great results. It also seems that many of the self tanners, creams, and tanning sprays come with a big price tag, so what is the frugal side of tanning products?
I recently tried out famous Dave’s Small batch Reserve Professional Self Tanner in a medium. I exfoliated gently before the process and I made certain to use the application pad to place it on my hands and body. The tanner is fortified with organic Argan oil, hyaluroana, and CoEnzyme Q10. The lotion itself is nice and thick and it is designed to give a natural looking summer glow while improving the condition of your skin however the color it produced on more skin looked artificial and pulled orange.
What I found in this product was a product that no matter how evenly slathered on the skin, no matter how good the exfoliating, there was both blotchiness and a bit of orange. There is a fragrance to it, even though it states it has none and it makes it noticeable that you are wearing a cream of sorts. The tan itself took a while to appear, over 8 hours and I am glad I did not reapply. The color was not a summer glow, rather a bit more orange like.
This would not be a product for a first time, self-tanner as you definitely need to know how to exfoliate and avoid getting the product on your hands, elbows and knees. You want to swirls it on rather than taking large swipes up and down your skin. It rubbed off after a few days and I did not reapply.
My thoughts of self-tanning have now moved on as I decided that the time it takes to prep the skin, apply and make sure that the cream has not made contact with clothing, sheets or anything else for a few hours makes it less frugal to self-apply tanning creams and sprays. The good old sunshine, may be the best way to get that glow and just bask in it for the time it is on your skin.