Contrary to popular belief, not all Australians are naturally bronzed and glowing. I am a ghost. I am v pale. I cannot tan naturally. I just burn, and then go back to being pale. It’s not pleasant. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love being pale. I think it’s beautiful (as is every skin tone) and I certainly love to embrace my natural fair skin in winter when I am all rugged up. However, when I’m at the beach and just generally flouncing around with little clothing on, I like to (safely) add a little bit of healthy colour into my skin.
I only recently started tanning, and it was due in large part to one of the products I’ll talk about below. For years I didn’t tan, simply because I am lazy and I hate being uncomfortable. Sitting around feeling sticky and smelling bad for hours on end while a tan develops? No, thanks. Terrible orange streaky legs? I’ll pass. Enormous upkeep so the colour lasts more than a day? CBF, mate.
Enter: Le Tan “Fast Tan” range. I was actually gifted the “Fast Tan” mousse in a Priceline gift bag last year, and I haven’t looked back. The product currently comes in two shades (Bronze and Deep Bronze) and two formulas (a mousse and a lotion). You apply the product to clean, dry skin, then wait a couple of minutes for it to sink in, before getting dressed and going about your business. There is no need to wash the product off, and it just develops slowly over 6-8 hours (though it does leave some colour on the skin straight away, so it could definitely be applied before going out somewhere as it adds a little extra colour immediately). It’s GREAT for people like me, who hate that sticky feeling of a developing tan. It’s quick and fuss free and I enjoy it.
I use the Le Tan tanning mitt with these products, and it works great. I have tried the Jennifer Hawkins JBronze tanning mitt before, and I hated it. It soaked up more product than it distributed, and it just further turned me off tanning. Le Tan saved the day once again!
Because I enjoy my tan so much using these products, I decided to buy a gradual tanning lotion to keep my tan looking good all week (I know! I was shocked too! More work for me! More upkeep! But, I was addicted). Of course, I bought the Le Tan Gradual Tan with SPF 15 and, no surprise, I loved it hard. It has a lovely scent and it actually creates a beautiful tan after only a couple of days. Compared with the Jergens gradual tanner, this product worked wonders on my skin, with the perfect amount of colour pay off and moisturisation. Tick, tick!
Lastly, because I am a self-confessed tanning addict now, I had to try the new Le Tan Coconut Water range (they also have a Moroccan Argan Oil range). Firstly, the packaging. It’s so tropical and fresh! I was instantly drawn to it. Secondly, that scent. So subtle and not at all overpowering. Thirdly, the moisturising aspect of this product is so beautiful. It is like applying liquid silk to your skin, it’s a dream. I chose the ash based shade, though there is a violet based shade as well. This product is one that needs to be washed off, unlike the “Fast Tan”, however I wasn’t mad at the fact that this product can be washed off in as little as 1 hour. You can leave this product on for longer, and you can also apply two coats if you want a lovely, deep tan. I applied one layer and left the product on for one hour and I was left with the most natural colour. As I get braver, I will certainly leave this product on for longer or apply more in order to get a deeper tan, but for now, I love that it gives a subtle and natural looking tan to my skin.
I buy my Le Tan products from Priceline pharmacy. Prices are as follows:
Tanning Mitt – $9.95
“Fast Tan” mousse/lotion – $13.49
Coconut Water Self Tanning Foam Ash Base – $19.99
And that’s it! You reached the end of my tan rant! If you have any questions, please feel free to ask! I am going to try more tanning products in the future – I have the Australis tanning oil lined up to try (I can certainly write a review on that) and I would also love to try Bondi Sands as it’s so iconic (but pricier).
Stay cool (and bronzed),