Neutrogena was a cheap sunless tanning lotion. I got it at Target for less than $7.00. It works good for the price, however it does streak. There is no strong smell to it, and the drying time is about 10-15 minutes. I wish it worked a lot better.
Regarding any skin reactions, it was mostly isolated – on my neck and other sensitive parts like my thighs. There were patches of redness that lasted 3 days max.
I cracked and went to Sephora. I picked up Clarins Self Tanning Instant Gel. Why? Because there was a special. Original price of this squeeze bottle is $33.00. It got it for $35.00 with an exfolitating lotion and a liquid bronzer plus a carry case. Yes I got suckered in by the carry case. Who wouldn’t be?
How well did the Instant Gel work? Pretty good. I was really surprised. There was no patchy redness and the scent was really pleasing. That is until my husband asked me “Why are you feet different colors?” I looked down at my feet in ballet flats and noticed that it was streaked tan and my pale skin. I just told him the truth, “I guess I need to practice applying the tanning lotion more.”
Is there a Sunless Tannning Lotion you used with no problems?
I am currently using Jergens Natural Glow Revitalizing Fair to Medium. This is an amazing self tanning lotion that you would use like a daily moisturizer. Right after I showered, I applied all over my body. I left the lotion dry before dressing. And it seems like 10 minutes later, I can see a subtle difference in my skin color.
It’s like magic!
I also use the Jergens Natural Glow Healthy Complexion Daily Facial Moisturizer. This helps my face match up with my body tanning color. I didn’t want to be tanned yet my face is still pale. Also within minutes I could see the difference from before and after.
I went the entire day feeling great about myself. I have a decent looking tan with no streaking and no mess. It cost me probably under $15 for both products.
I do enjoy going out and getting a natural tan but I lack time. I do not get to enjoy the outdoors much and probably won’t be able to do so any time soon.
Something did happened the very next day, that discouraged me from this product. I started to develop a rash. My skin is sensitive to this tanning lotion. The weird thing was the rash only covered my torso – back and front. I thought about it and figured I applied too much on my torso.
I waited 4 days later to reapply a 2nd time. This time I skipped my torso. By the 4th day of no tanning application, I did not that the tan was disappearing. It did leave a slight stain on my knees and elbows.
After the 2nd time I used it, I notice a sensitivity around my collar area, the back of my thighs and calves. Forearms had some irritation but was not bad. If I didn’t give in to the itchiness, the rash would subside.
So even though I want a tan, the rash is making me scared to continue this product. I am hoping that I can slowly build a resistance to the rash with just minimal bi-weekly applications.