[unpaid/sample/affiliate/ad] It’s a long, long time since I’ve done any self-tanning but with staying home meaning absolutely no consequence if it all goes wrong other than Mr BBB looking slightly askance I felt it was time to give it another try. What’s noticeable is that the most desirable ‘tans’ are Australian these days – remember when it was all about the South of France tan? Australia takes it’s sun protection very seriously indeed which I guess is why self tan does so well – why risk a real tan if there are great alternatives?
I’ve got to confess I didn’t do my whole body – just my arms and legs – although I will test a facial tanner too at some point. My tone warms up quite easily although I’m not really a sun bather these days but rely more on incidental sun – I’d rather sit in the shade to be honest. Prior to the warm up however, I’m quite sallow and pale. I had slightly different results on my arms than on my legs because my arms have already got a little bit of sun on them and the addition of Australian Glow brought it out beautifully in a golden tone.
My legs haven’t seen daylight since last summer so they’re naturally a lot paler than my arms and face. I was quite surprised at what a difference there was for a ‘gradual’ tan the following morning after application. I managed to get it reasonably even and it didn’t stick to dry patches (notoriously evident just at the top of the ankles usually) although I prepped them first (exfoliator and moisturiser) but my legs somehow still looked pale but with a golden tone on top. It’s hard to explain but my point is that self tanners always look better from a non-porcelain starting point. Self tan on absolute white (which is where my legs were at) is much harder to get glowing in a way that’s at all convincing.
This formula is tropically scented (which is lovely) and very moisturising. I found a little goes a long way. If you have some sun on you already or are golden or olive toned, I see this working really well – I’d describe it as a tone warmer rather than a full on tanner but if you’re pale skinned, try it half and half with another body moisturiser to start with. Not all self tanners are equal – they all use DHA and/or Erythrulose to tan but the amount varies from brand to brand with multiple different formulations from waters to serums. Beauty Bay has some good comparisons and pictures of how Australian Glow Gradual looks HERE . They’re awaiting new stock (so many things are delayed at the moment) but you can sign up to be notified HERE.
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