Sorry for the slight lack of posts lately but I’ve had exams the past few weeks. I have now officially finished uni so expect more posts while I wait for my internship to start in a few weeks’ time.
Anyway, I’ve been getting in to fake tanning a little more, especially coming into the summer. I tend to take a really good tan when I’m on holiday or if it’s been really sunny but I seem to go a little paler when its spring and feel like I need a little bit of colour.
I picked up Cocoa Brown’s Gradual Bronze as I had heard so many positive reviews and I also love their 1 Hour Tan too. Gradual Bronze is a gradual tanner which can be used as often as need to build up a gorgeous subtle glow. I think this is great if you can’t really be bothered with all the preparation that goes along with self-tanning e.g. exfoliating and moisturing on the lead up to tanning and so on. With this you simply apply it like a moisturiser once you hop out of the shower.
Like all the Cocoa Brown products there is no fake tan smell and it smells quite florally due to the tahitian gardenia flower. As well as providing you skin with a buildable tan it is also really moisturing leaving skin feeling lovely and soft. You can apply this with your hands as long as you make sure to wash them afterwards – you don’t want to tan you’re palms! If you prefer though you can always use a tanning mitt just to be sure. I tried both methods and found that it I was able to achieve a beautiful streak free glow either way.
I did find that I needed a couple of applications to build up the colour to a shade that I liked, however this will of course depend on your skin tone when you start. For what I’ve seen from other reviews, if you are really, really pale this will show up well from the first application. I found that from the first application as you can see in the picture below, there was a difference but it was quite subtle and gave a slight glow.
After 1 layer of Cocoa Brown Gentle Bronze
After 2 layers of Cocoa Brown Gentle Bronze
I decided to wait a day before applying it again and as you can see on the second application the colour has definitely built up to a beautiful light tan colour. I think that this is perfect of you want just a hint of colour or if you are quite pale and find that some tans are just too dark for you. It was hard to achieve the same lighting as they were taken on different days but there was definitely a big difference when applied the second time although it may not show up as well on the picture.
I will definitely be using this until I can manage to get a natural tan and from the way the weather has been so far, that might take a while!
You can pick up Cocoa Brown’s Gradual Bronze in Superdrug for £5.99. You can now also find Cocoa Brown in the US and Australia too!
Hae you tried Cocoa Brown’s Gentle Bronze? If you had what did you think? Is there any other gradual tanners that you would recommend?