When it comes to tanning lotions, the Xen-Tan Dark Lotion is leading the way. If you're looking for a deep and dark yet natural tan then this HAS to be the false tan for you. Earlier in the week I wrote about this tanning lotion in a comparative post with two other dark lotions but I love it that much I thought it deserved it's own post.
The Xen-Tan Dark Lotion has a light lotion formula that applies evenly all over my body. I can even use this on my face without it clogging my pores or giving me spots. I wear latex gloves and a towelling buffing mitt to apply the lotion as I find that works best for me and my skin but the Xen-Tan applicator mitt below works equally as well (£3.50 from Feel Unique). The drying time on this lotion is just about right. It doesn't sit wet on the skin for ages meaning that I have to stand in an awkward fake tan position for an hour and it also doesn't dry incredibly quickly either so that it can't be buffed into the skin.
Dark Lotion includes coconut and walnut oils within it's ingredients and I think that this definitely influences it's effect on the skin. After application, my skin is left feeling soft and moisturised which is unusual for a false tan as usually they make my skin feel very tight and dry. It is also left smelling pretty good too- like marzipan and almonds... very similar to Cherry Bakewells. It is only after it has been left on my skin for many hours that it begins to have a faint scent of fake tan. The tan really sinks into the skin too and looks even and smooth, making it ideal if you want to apply it and go about your day. As it happens, I tend to tan at night but I have, on the odd occasion, popped out to the shops wearing this tan and it didn't generate any funny looks- result!
This is one of my favourite false tans simply because of the colour. It is the one that I turn to when I need a deep dark colour after just one application, such was the case when it came to my photoshoot with Simply Be. After only one application of the Dark Lotion I was photo ready. Wearing this tan made me feel more confident, slimmer and perfected. I never have to worry about turning orange and streaky with Dark Lotion because it has a great olive colour. Being green toned means that any orange tones are counteracted, giving the tan a gorgeous olive, golden tan. Think two weeks in the Caribbean.
I find that Dark Lotion lasts on my skin for about a week before I need to scrub the remaining tan off which is more than long enough for me as I tend to tan the night before a specific event or night out.
Xen-Tan is a premium tanning brand so it is more expensive than some of the more budget tans out there. With Dark Lotion, you really do get what you pay for though and if you're looking for a dark tan but you're worried about going orange or too dark then I'd really recommend this one as it is completely fool proof. When bought from the official Xen-Tan website it is priced at £28.99 for 236ml however I tend to buy mine from Feel Unique where it is lots cheaper at £20.95 with free delivery!
A new addition to my tanning routine has been the Xen-Ten Body Scrub.
At first I thought this wasn't going to work for me as it isn't very abrasive at all but the more I used it, the more I realised that that's why its so good. I use my usual abrasive body scrub before tanning as I have psoriasis so I have some dry patches on my skin but once I've tanned, I use this body scrub each time I wash to exfoliate my skin. It doesn't strip the tan from my skin whatsoever, it just allows it to fade evenly. I love that it has a fresh minty smell too.
The Xen-Tan Body Scrub is £10.95 from Feel Unique.
What are your thoughts on the Xen Tan Dark Lotion?
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