Another tanning product for you on the blog! Hey, just because I don’t mind being pale doesn’t mean that I don’t like testing out self-tanning products. This one is a little different though–rather than a gradual sunless tanner, it’s an instant body bronzer that washes off with soap and water, so there’s no wait time and no commitment. Gimmicky or cool?
The product: Beautisol Tea Tan Glow Wash-Off Body Bronzer; $25/4-fl.oz. through the Beautisol website. Use the promo code “ifabboglow” to get 20% off!
The claim: (From the Beautisol website) “Instant tan in a bottle – with no major commitment! Gives an immediate bronzing effect with tea coloring so you look tan and gorgeous instantly! Helps hide skin imperfections and enhance your natural coloring, moisturizes & nourishes the skin with anti-aging properties, and washes off easily with soap and water. Think of this as your “one night tan”!” Beautisol products are cruelty-free and vegan, and free of parabens, propylene glycol, and sodium laureth/laurel sulfates.
I tried it: You know those Pinterest how-tos and beauty website tip sheets on the little beauty cheats models use to look fabulous in a hurry? One of the items that always makes the cut is
Photoshop leg makeup, or an instant body bronzer similar to this one. The idea is that if legs look a bit pale or have flaws, an instant bronzing lotion or spray gives them a light glow and helps to mask the little bruises, scars, veins and other imperfections.
I will admit that while I have no problem with my paleness, sometimes my legs make me cringe. Because I am a klutz and can be kind of careless, I’ve managed to wind up with a few choice bruises and little veins showing on my legs, and they’re more noticeable when I’m glowing like a moonflower. So I was curious to see what exactly this famous model-worthy item would do for my skin.
Like the Beautisol tanning mousse that I reviewed earlier this week, the Tea Tan Glow comes in a pump bottle with a soft cloth mitt for application and a guide card with application tips. The mousse is dark but thins out and absorbs quickly into the skin. As with the self-tanner, I recommend working in small sections and otherwise following any steps you would take when using a self-tanning product so you get even coverage.
One coat of the mousse dries quickly and imparts a very subtle glow. On my pale skin it’s less like a “tan”, really, and more like a nice healthy boost to my coloring that makes me look less like the book-obssessed hermit that I am. Here’s a comparison of my legs with and without the Tea Tan Glow. I think it looks slightly darker in person. (These pictures were taken a couple of weeks ago, before I tested out the Beautisol self-tanning mousse, so this is how pale my skin is naturally.)
|(Eek, sock lines!)|
This makes me think of the “Kate Middle-tan” that was so popular a year or two ago. It’s not really a true “tan” per se, it just makes you look vibrant and glowy and healthy and princess-in-waiting-y. If you really want to enhance your legs, you can use a bit of highlighter down the center of each leg to enhance the beautifying effect. It’s a nice way to make your legs look better in five minutes flat if you suddenly realize your legs are radioactive white and you don’t have time to apply a self-tanner and let it kick in.
Beautisol advises against wearing light clothing while using this product to avoid staining, and obviously you have to avoid water. I didn’t feel like this product left my skin feeling particularly tacky or icky as you might expect. And true to the claim on the bottle, it washes right off with soap and water, no muss, no fuss.
My verdict: While I couldn’t see using this all over my body on a regular basis–it’s a bit expensive for me, and a little too much fuss, in my lazy opinion)–I will definitely use this on my legs when I want to throw on a short skirt in a hurry and feel like my legs are glowing a bit too white and bright. Thank you Beautisol for another lovely tanning product that doesn’t turn me orange!