Having first discovered the magic of self-tan over a decade ago, I’ve tried almost every type of formula going: instant mousse, gradual body creams, even at-home spray tans. For me, nothing beats the feeling of looking beautifully bronzed in day-to-day life.
I’d label myself an experienced tanner, but I’ve had my fair share of faux-glow fails, from dry patchy skin to bright orange hands. Pick the wrong product or fail to prep properly, and you’ll be stuck trying to scrub off your mistakes before work the next day. In my younger years, I’d grab the cheapest bottle on the shelves even if it left my skin looking slightly green and smelling like biscuits. But now, it’s all about achieving a natural-looking glow with a formula that’s hydrating and long-lasting.
If this sounds like you, then you may be interested to hear about Isle of Paradise’s brand new Self Tanning Oil Mists, which are currently on offer at Boots for just £14.95 here instead of the usual RRP of £21.95. The brand, which was founded by celebrity spray tanner Jules Von Hep, is already renowned for its colour-correcting tanning products, but this one is a real game-changer.
What is it?
Claiming to be “the world’s most hydrating and long-lasting self-tanner”, Isle of Paradise’s newest launch starts as a nourishing body oil which is dispensed as an ultra-fine mist. It’s a tan that apparently takes just two minutes to apply and is said to last up to a whopping seven days.
The formula is jam-packed with hydrating ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, glycerin, sea kelp and squalane, and when shaken, they’re combined with seven nourishing oils including grape seed, argan and avocado. The aim is to lock in moisture over 24 hours for a long-lasting glow.
Essentially, if your skin is hydrated, it allows self-tan to sink in deeper, meaning your colour will last longer – genius. As always, the mists are available in the brand’s trademark colour correcting shades that work to smooth, brighten and even skin tone.
How do I use it?
Because this self-tanner is clear when it goes on, I was concerned that I’d miss a spot without noticing, but I couldn’t have been more wrong. The easy-to-apply mister covered my skin seamlessly as I spritzed the formula all over my body, before blending in with a mitt. As per instructions on the bottle, I left my hands and feet till last, being careful not to apply too much and using only the residue left on my mitt. If you don’t have one to hand, you can use your hands to apply using a sweeping motion – just make sure to wash your palms after.
After developing, the tan should last for up to seven days, but if you’d like a constant glow, the brand recommends re-applying as it starts to fade. For the best results, moisturising your skin daily will also help your bronzed complexion last longer.
And the results?
It’s been a week since I first applied the oil mist and well I must say, it certainly lives up to the hype. My glowing complexion has remained strong since day one and while I’d usually top up my tan every few days, I haven’t felt the need to re-apply. After using self-tan since my teens, I think this may be my favourite formula yet. It smells great, the colour is deep and natural – and it’s so easy to apply, even my fiancé, who I’ve roped into tanning my back, asked: “Why can’t all fake tans be this simple?”
If that’s not enough of a selling point, I don’t know what is.
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