Go For The Glow
When Johnson's launched their Holiday Skin body lotion last year it was big news. The idea of a body lotion laced with just enough fake tan to give a natural glow appealed to the pasty ones among us who were frightened by full-on tanning products. The big problem? The first time we applied it, most of us slapped it on like body lotion, only to realise the following morning that it streaked like any other fake tan and needs to be applied very evenly. The good news is a couple more applications and a bit more care and the £4.99 lotion gives a good glow that seems to last longer and fade more evenly than a sunless tanner. It was a hit, so it was no surprise that more products on a similar vein came along soon after...
Following the success of the body lotion, Johnson's launched Holiday Skin for face. I've been using this for the past week or so and luckily it doesn't seem to streak as easily as the body version, giving the same natural glow but (unfortunately) also the same fake tan smell. At £5.99 for a teeny tube, it's not cheap and I'm sorely tempted to start mixing the body product half-and-half with my normal moisturiser once I run out.
New on the market is Dove's version of the self-tan body lotion, which works on the same principle as holiday skin but (in my experience) seems to be slightly more idiot-friendly (I've just started my first bottle and no streaks so far). It's a thicker lotion which smells much nicer when it's developing (probably due to the smaller dose of self tan compared to Johnson's) though it does take longer for results to show (they say 5 says, I say 2 - 3 on fair skin. I've been using this one all week, hoping for once that I'll return from my week in the Sun with a bit of colour for a change! Stay tuned on Tuesday to find out if it worked!