Did you start fake tanning in the ‘90s? If so, you probably harbour some suspicions about all the myriad new forms the stuff now comes in, as anyone who once traipsed around town covered in a layer of what looked like smeared poo for the requisite 12 hour developing time is perfectly justified in doing.
But it’s a brave new thrilling world. Bronzed skin can be yours – minus stink, plus hydration – pretty easily now. And if you hate a mousse or liquid tan (I do – even with the utmost care I find they always end up streaky), you can now use an oil, or a gradual creamy formula, or those handy drops you just add into whatever else you’re rubbing on your face and bod.
Personally, I like a spray. So easy. So speedy. So foolproof. I fell in love with a new version every few years (you may remember my Amber Solaire obsession). My newest favourite is the Oskia Adaptive Tan Mist. And not just for the aforementioned reasons of ease but also because the tan shade is so damn realistic that I found myself checking my spf to make sure it wasn’t off as the colour I’d developed on my face and neck looked so close to the colour I’d go in the sun. It also contains melanin boosters, which means your skin tone will deepen over time without the sun – and also build up a slight cellular resistance to sun (but good God you still need SPF).
I have only tested it on myself, so if you’re much darker or lighter, I’m curious to hear what your experience of it is – but if you’re around my colour, I can practically guarantee you’ll love it. In fact I’m so certain that I asked Oskia if they’d give five of my readers a bottle to try and, being the good sports they are, they said yes.
Usual drill: leave me a comment (preferably with a tan product recommendation or tanning anecdote so I have more fuel for my ‘wear SPF’ mission), and five winners will be picked on the 6th of August 2018 and notified by email before being sent their very own bottle of Oskia Adaptive Tan Mist. (This competition is open to UK residents only.)