I don’t know about you but I am so ready for summer now. I’m desperate to put away the winter jacket and get into my shorts and floaty dresses. One thing I’m not ready to do is expose my milk bottle legs. Yay for fake tanning products then!
It was definitely time to shop my stash and dig out my sample of Xen-Tan Fresh Tanning Mouse rrp £33.99 for 236ml. Yes that’s pricey but I’ve done some digging and found that Justmylook.co.uk currently have this on offer for £17.99. That’s is by far the cheapest I have seen it available for.
This celebrity favourite tanning brand has won numerous beauty awards including from the likes of Harpers Bazaar and Elle Beauty.
The brand was developed by US tan enthusiast Dera Enochson after she found the already available tanning products were not fulfilling her desire to achieve that much coveted natural looking olive skinned tan.
Xen-Tans lightweight foaming mouse claims to provide a buildable natural looking tan whilst also providing antioxidant, cellular protection and moisturising skincare benefits from a range non toxic ingredients including Green tea, Aloe Vera, Ginko Biloba and Vitamins D and E. So how does it perform?
I certainly found this easy to apply. I used a tanning mitt which I found helped to blend the formula evenly into my skin.
It dries down very quickly so I was able to get dressed after about five minutes. I didn’t experience any product transfer onto my clothing.
This isn’t an instant tan, the colour develops over time. You are advised not to have any contact with water for at least three hours after application.
- No horrible smell. It is supposed to be grapefruit scented though I feel it has a cocoa type smell to it.
- Easy to apply.
- Can use on face.
- Added skincare benefits.
- Doesn’t leave dark looking pores.
- No staining.
- Does feel a little bit sticky.
- No guide colour.
Below is a before and after shot after using 1 layer of application and allowing to develop for several hours. The difference is very subtle. Where I do notice the the tan the most is on my shins. They are very white in the first picture.
I am happy with this level of tan for everyday wear. It is very natural looking and certainly doesn’t have that fake orange look to it. Zen-Tan do advise applying a second layer for a darker tan.
I found this a really easy to use product. My only negative is the lack of guide colour to ease application. I did miss a patch on my foot, whoops! Good job a shoe will be covering that!
If you have any recommendations for easy to apply fake tans do let me know as I’m always open to trying out new ones.