Monday, 17 April 2017

REVIEW | Luv Tan Rapid One Hour Tanning Mousse

A few weeks ago I was contacted by the PR for Luv Tan to see if I would be interested in trying out and maybe reviewing their Rapid One Hour Tanning Mousse tan. At the time I wasn't really looking for a new tan but I liked the look and sound of it plus I LOVE supporting new brands and products so I said I would give it a go!!

The packaging of the product is simple but really pretty. I love the contrast of the metallic red against the white. Another thing I love is that you know exactly what you are getting at a quick glance of the bottle. I have worked in pharmacies and beauty salons for years and when people aren't used to tanning or are maybe picking up a tan for someone else they can get really perplexed and confused looking at all the options available on the market. 

Which leads us nicely into what makes Luv Tan different to the other tan available on the market. Luv Tan has an organic DHA. DHA is used in sunless tanning products to enable to colour to develop and is usually obtained from plant sources like sugar cane or sugar beet. It also contains hyaluronic acid to lock in and maintain moisture in the skin. It is alcohol and paraben free AND it also contains Vitamin E which will help to repair and hydrate the skin. Basically it is a pretty deadly tan that will give a gorgeous colour while also protecting your skin. Their tagline of a ''Natural tan for natural results'' couldn't be more accurate. 

For best results:
  • Shave or wax 24 hours before application.
  • Exfoliate your skin 24 hours before application focussing on dry areas like your elbows, hands, knees, feet etc.
  • Moisturise your hairline, hands, elbows, knees and feet prior to application to reduce product absorption. If you have had a professional spray tan done in the past you are probably familiar with this step.
  • Pump mousse onto hands or a tanning mitt, personally I always use a tanning mitt.
  • Smooth over the skin ensuring even coverage. I usually apply one pump to each of my lower legs and then one pump to the tops and so on. By doing this is makes it super easy to get a gorgeous even colour.
  • You can wash your Luv Tan off after one hour or you can leave it on longer depending on how dark a colour you would like.
So how did I get on?
A few hours before applying my Luv Tan Rapid One Hour Tanning Mousse I developed this really weird, itchy and irritating rash near my knees and down my legs. Any of you who follow my snapchat account (liploublog) will have seen it. Of course, I couldn't wait to apply my new tan so I lashed it on anyway and it actually made the itching stop and over a few hours slowly made it reduce and eventually disappear. I'm convinced it was the Vitamin E contained in the product!

The first image here shows before, the centre shows immediately after application and the third image with the leopard print was my Luv Tan the following morning. 

So I applied two layers all over my body and left it over night. When you are applying it you can see the colour going on so it is super easy to get an even application. The watermelon fragrance is subtle but really nice and it didn't actually leave any residue on my bed sheets. TOP TIP: If you share your bed with someone always wear pyjamas with long sleeves and long legs because if you don't you run the risk of you waking up with a white stripe and them waking up with a brown one and nobody is impressed!!

The next morning I had a quick shower just to rinse down the tan and I was left with a really nice and even tan in perfect time for the sunny weather. Over the next few days it just gradually faded. It didn't go patchy on my elbows or knees or anywhere which I was really impressed with. When it came to removal I removed it in the bath using a body scrub and a pair of exfoliating gloves. Overall, I am really, really glad I took a chance on the Luv Tan because it exceeded all of my expectations. 

''Fortified with vitamins, plant botanicals and a natural DHA for a radiant, moisturised, healthy tanning experience.''

If you are interested in trying out the Luv Tan Rapid One Hour Tanning Mousse you can pick it up here. If you are a beauty therapist and/or spray tanning professional the Luv Tan product is also available in solution form for spray tan machines. You can get more information on this here.


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