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In my late teens I became quite addicted to having a tan and used sunbeds very frequently, realising the damage that this could be doing to my skin I stopped several years ago but am always on the lookout for ways to get a natural looking glow without exposing myself to harmful methods again. I have very pale skin and although I do tan naturally when I have spent a winter wrapped up and hidden away from any sunlight then my legs certainly gain the milk bottle look. Not being a fan of traditional fake tans I have tried several of the moisturisers available with a hint of fake tan included and recently after reading good reviews about the Garnier summer body moisturiser thought I would give it a try.
I purchased a 400ml bottle of the Garnier Summer Body from Superdrug where it was on a half price special offer and cost just £3.55. It is also available in a smaller 250ml bottle.
The summer body moisturiser with a sun-kissed look comes in both light and dark shades. Personally with my skin being very pale and having had some tanning disasters in the past I decided to opt for the light version as I did not want to turn a bright shade of orange.
The moisturiser comes in a plastic light shimmery orange colour bottle with a flip top white cap. The bottle is slightly curved at the side which allows you to grip it easily to distribute the moisturiser out. To distribute the moisturiser you simply flip the cap open and squeeze the bottle, as the moisturiser is quite thick it does come out easily and does not leave any residue around the cap. On the bottle you can find all the necessary information that you need to know about how the moisturiser works, directions for use and ingredients listings.
The moisturiser itself is white in colour and is quite thick, one thing that I did notice about this moisturiser straight away is the smell. Having used similar products to this in the past I have found that the tanning agent contained in the moisturiser tends to still smell quite strong but there is no sign at all with this one and it in fact smells fresh and fruity.
It states to apply the moisturiser evenly to your body everyday all year around for a natural looking even tan. I have been using this product for a couple of weeks now and have been applying it every other day which for me has worked perfectly well. It is very easy to apply as it smoothes onto my skin well and after around 5 minutes of drying time I am able to get dressed without feeling at all sticky. As the moisturiser contains a tanning agent it works in the same way as fake tan does and once applied to the skin slowly beings to develop. I have found that I begin to notice my skin changing colour around 30 minutes after use which is quite quick and allows you to use the moisturiser in the mornings rather than having to apply it at night to leave it time to develop.
This is by far the best moisturiser of this type that I have tried and it does leave my skin with a lovely healthy looking glow without looking at all orange or fake. I do have a couple of patches of drier skin which the moisturiser does seem to leave looking a little darker and patchy but this is just the nature of my skin. I have used this product both before and after exfoliating and have had great results each time. If you want to achieve a slightly darker colour I would suggest using this everyday but for me once every other day achieves the results I was hoping for. The moisturiser also works well as it designed to in moisturising my skin as it is left feeling soft and smooth even at the end of a long day. The only niggle I have about this product is that after applying the fresh, fruity fragrance is slightly lost and replaced by that of a fake tan one but not in any way as strong as other products, I guess this is something that is just inevitable until they can invent a odourless tanning agent.
Overall this is certainly a product that I would recommend anyone with pale skin to try as it achieves a nice sun-kissed glow with little effort and at a very affordable price.