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Body Glow by Skinny Tan – Gradual Tanner Review

Skinny Tan Cruelty Free & Vegan Banner

Skinny Tan Review

Skinny Tan. This post is my second in a row to feature a brand from Dragons Den! Last week, I wrote about BPerfect and their cruelty free status. They featured on Dragons Den just a few years before Skinny Tan’s record breaking pitch for their fuss-free at-home tanners.

When I first read ‘Skinny Tan’ I immediately thought it was a reference to a tan supposedly making you look slimmer. To be honest, it put me off for a while, despite them being cruelty free and vegan. That was until I discovered that ‘Skinny’ actually refers to this fake tan’s ingredient list. All of their products are ‘paraben-free, sulfate-free, not tested on animals and suitable for vegans’.

I’m also usually skeptical when I hear about the latest fuss-free, no-streak, no-smell and totally-definitely-real-looking tan on the market. I’ve always been a St Tropez and Bondi Sands kind of girl, and if there was a magical formula for the perfect fake tan I’m pretty sure they’d have it.

I was right, in a way, Skinny Tan is no miracle in a bottle… but read on to find out why it’s still my new go-to gradual tanner.

Review of Cruelty Free & Vegan Skinny Tan

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Body Glow Vegan Gradual Tanner

There are two products in Skinny Tan’s Body Glow range – the ‘lotion’ and the ‘milk’. I think the idea is that the ‘lotion’ is a dual-purpose moisturiser/tanner, whereas the milk is just a tanner. (Don’t quote me on that, it’s probably wrong). If I’m totally honest, I’ve tried both and I can’t really tell the difference. The milk is very slightly thinner, and comes in a spray bottle rather than a pump. They both feel, look and act like the same formula, which is probably why there are rumours of the lotion being discontinued.

Anyway, now that’s out of the way, I’m going to review both products in one!

For reference, I use this in the shade ‘medium’, but if they did a ‘dark’ I’d probably buy it. They also do a ‘light’ for the less daring of you out there. Usually I find that getting a lot of tan in a small amount of product is bad news for brown streaky legs, but I have never found this product to be streaky or patchy in any way. It is worlds away from the messy orange gradual tanners I experimented with as a teenager. If there’s any tanner that should be called ‘fuss free’, it’s this.

I apply it all over my body, including my hands, then I rinse my palms with just a tiny bit of water. I swear, I don’t even try that hard when I’m applying it and it still doesn’t streak! It does occasionally build up on the inside of my elbows, but that’s easily fixed with a little exfoliator.

Personally, I like to apply it at night, sleep in it, then wash off the smell in the morning. Yeah, my pyjamas kind of get that peachy fake tan smell, but it never follows me around throughout the day. Although this is the nicest smelling gradual tanner I’ve tried, it still does have a scent. Rather than the usual biscuits, to me it smells like fake peach body spray and suncream. And yes, I know that’s weirdly specific.

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Skinny Tan Price & Range

If you look at Skinny Tan’s overall range, I’d put it in the mid-to-high-end category. Some of their proper fake tan formulas are quite pricey (£20-£30 per 150ml). It does make me wonder if they are absolutely amazing, given that the Body Glow range is £7.99-£9.99 for 280ml (depending on the retailer). Obviously, you don’t get the same instant results with gradual tanner as you do with fake tan, so it’s difficult to compare prices, but I still think that the Skinny Tan Body Glow gradual tanners are a steal for what you get.

As I mentioned above, it would be great to see some of these products in a ‘dark’. The medium shade definitely gives a deeper colour than I’ve seen from any other gradual tanner. I’d assume the light shade gives somewhere around an average colour (but I’ve not tried it).

I’d definitely try more of the Skinny Tan range in the future, but for now the Body Glow suits me perfectly! One thing I would LOVE to see from Skinny Tan, with them being cruelty free and vegan already, is bulk or low-plastic refills.