With the jacarandas blooming in Joburg and temperatures soaring, summer is definitely here, so most guys and girls are thinking that a tan would be the ultimate accessory to go with their summer wardrobe. As the sun is far too damaging and lying in it is too time-consuming, it delights me to share my latest discovery in self-tanning products: The Tan Lab.
I am definitely a self-tan junkie and I have tested many, always looking for that Holy Grail: the smell is usually very off-putting in most brands, as well as getting the right colour: orange is non-negotiable. If it remains tacky on the skin and transfers on to clothes or linen, that is also a deal breaker.
The Tan Lab: a revolution in the self-tanning industry
The Tan Lab is an innovative self-tanning brand from Durban, founded by Shannon Mathie in 2013. Her personal experience of the dangers of the sun resulted in a life-changing Melanoma scare and surgery.
Shannon developed her own range of sunless tanning products using her knowledge of several years in the beauty industry.
There are some rules when it comes to self tanning and one of the most important ones is that your skin has to be well exfoliated and hydrated, otherwise there’s no point to using any product; you will get streaks and an uneven result. The Tan Lab has really made application a dream – there is a product in the range called Micro-Exfoliant Powder(R260): a small amount of powder on wet palms delivers a light, foamy consistency which you spread on dry skin in circular motions before you hop into the shower to rinse off. Now you have super soft skin.
Gradual Tan lotion
I always err on the side of caution, so I tested the Gradual Tan lotion – R330 (which is excellent for beginners) so I could decide on the intensity of my tan over a few days. The gel-cream lotion is really easy to apply and it’s tinted, so you can see if you’ve missed a spot. It dries down pretty quickly and did not transfer on my clothes at all.
The best part: no horrid smell and my tan developed over the next day or two; I reapplied once more to get the bronze I wanted. It’s really a natural looking tan and it works using DHA (the main ingredient in 99% of self-tanners on the shelf) as well as Erythrulose, which stays in the skin even after washing – and develops further for up to 24 hours. These two ingredients work together to deliver a longer lasting tan which fades evenly. It’s also Eco-Certified and vegan friendly.
I also tested the Hydration lotion (R 180). It is a gorgeous, lightweight, moisturizer that left my skin feeling really soft and silky. You don’t have to buy it with the self-tan lotion, it’s not touted as a tan extender. However, it’s a really lovely lotion infused with micro-algae extracts, Shea butter and many more hydrating ingredients to keep your skin luminous and smooth.
I would highly recommend it as an everyday skin moisturizer. The white and turquoise packaging in this range deserves applause – it’s really pretty. Within the range there are self tanners that range from Fair, Medium to Dark – if you want instant gratification. I would say the tan lasts up to a week, fading gradually.
A proudly South African brand
I love that The Tan Lab has been developed and researched in South Africa and that the prices are competitive and they meet the quality of high end imported brands that I have tried.
You’ll find them at salons and spas – la Voce readers can take advantage of the Coupon code:
#LAVOCETAN and receive 15% off.