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Old 08-24-2011, 04:20 AM
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I'm looking to use a bit of self tanning lotion before going to university in september, just to boost my confidence as it's already quite an intimidating thought.

I'm just wondering if the self tanners are bad for skin? I can't imagine it being beneficial but will it cause damage? Also I am quite acne prone on my face and I'm worried I might break out.

If I decide to go for it I would probably use one of the progressive tanners like Jergens daily glow - but should I try to avoid any particular ingredients? And would you recommend any specific products for someone with pale skin?

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Old 08-24-2011, 08:09 AM
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Im from the uk and i use Dove summer glow in medium/dark and im very pale!! it looks lovely on and you can build it up to a colour that you like. I also use a clarins self tanner for my face as i have oily skin and all others give me spots.

Oh as far as i know they are very safe, Alot safer then using the sunbed or sitting in the sun!!

Ive used them for around 7 yrs now and i have never had any problems, the dove summer glow is a moisturiser with a hint of fake tan in so it keeps my skin lovely and soft aswell as tanned.


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Hi, Im pale and have dark hair so I feel I really need some colour everyday, I hate not having fake tan on.

St.Tropez 'everyday' lotion is fantastic! If im too lazy to put the St.Tropez air broner on the night before I just use this in the morning and its 'instant' colour. No 'orange' look either

It shouldnt really make your skin condition worse etc, its not greasy but you can always stop using it if you notice a change
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I live in Fake tan, I wear it 24/7 nowadays. The tanning ingredient is just a sugar, the effect is similar to when you bite an apple and then leave it out, and it turns brown. I would leave it off your face, they do clog your pores in my experience, just use a bronzer over your norlam face makeup.

Start with a gradual one if you are unsure until you get abit more used to it, that way any streaks and blotchiness will only be light. Maybe use abit of Johnsons summer glow at first to practice, it's light and buildable. If you want a deeper colour, Xen-Tan lotion is absolutely the best if you want to splurge, or Saint Moriz mouse from cheap shops is like 3.

I stear clear of sprays or "airbrushes" - they make such a mess- they just get absolutely everywhere and are a nightmare to clean up. Always scrub/ exfoliate and then moisturise the day before you tan as it it will cling to any dry skin and turn it orange.

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I've only used one self-tanner with amazing results: Xen-Tan. It's about $40-50 per bottle, but totally worth it. You can see the color of it as you spread it on your skin, and then it sets into a really natural olive color. I'm super pale with freckles, too, and it looked natural on ME (which is rare). I've been meaning to get another bottle. (Plus, it smells AMAZING.)

Dark Lotion - Xen-Tan - Premium Sunless Tanning

Truthfully, I'm sure that there are chemicals in self-tanners that aren't good for you, but I've remained blissfully ignorant since I rarely ever use them.

PS: There's also a $6 hand mitt that you can buy for applying the lotion. I've never used the mitt, but I remember how annoying it was to really scrub the stuff off my hands when I was done rubbing it on to prevent my palms and between my fingers from ending up abnormally dark. I recommend that you get the mitt too.

Here's a video showing the results. I can personally verify that it does look like this:
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I've only used one self-tanner with amazing results: Xen-Tan. It's about $40-50 per bottle, but totally worth it. You can see the color of it as you spread it on your skin, and then it sets into a really natural olive color. I'm super pale with freckles, too, and it looked natural on ME (which is rare). I've been meaning to get another bottle. (Plus, it smells AMAZING.)

Dark Lotion - Xen-Tan - Premium Sunless Tanning

Truthfully, I'm sure that there are chemicals in self-tanners that aren't good for you, but I've remained blissfully ignorant since I rarely ever use them.

PS: There's also a $6 hand mitt that you can buy for applying the lotion. I've never used the mitt, but I remember how annoying it was to really scrub the stuff off my hands when I was done rubbing it on to prevent my palms and between my fingers from ending up abnormally dark. I recommend that you get the mitt too.

Here's a video showing the results. I can personally verify that it does look like this:
Xen-Tan Dark Tanning Lotion - YouTube
Yes I totally agree!

You are in the UK right! Xen- Tan rules!! The best place to buy it is Salonskincare.com or feelunique.co.uk- they are the cheapest I found after tons of searching- it's arround 18- as opposed to 35 in selfridges! It is best to use the tight latex style gloves with this lotion. Boots do Saint Tropez brand packs that work great!! Save the mitten type ones for the water based foams.
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i use a fake tan and a mitt called Solat. only 4 and i never go orange. i use it on my face too. I never exfoliate neither as im crap at all those things. I just shave my legs, wack on the tan with the mitt and im out the door. never had any problems
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Xen-Tan is amazing!!!
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