I prefer gradual tanners to instant tanners as I just like to give my skin a natural glow rather than drastically altering the colour of my skin completely. I feel like I have more control over how dark I become with gradual tanners as I can decide how many layers of the lotion I apply as well as how often I choose to apply it.
In the past I have found tanners to be hit and miss, especially when it comes to streaking and the smell. I have found that Palmer's gradual tanner works pretty well and gives the effects that I desire. In terms of the smell that the tanner gives off, I have found that when I first apply it that I am left with a sickly sweet chocolatey smell (which my boyfriend luckily likes) that can be quite overpowering. This smell does seem to disappear after showering which is lucky as I don't know that I could handle it for long periods of time.
The lotion is white and has no indicator colour which can make application a little difficult as I found that once the tan had developed that I had actually missed a small patch on my wrist. Once applied, the lotion did not stay wet for very long. When applying this lotion I generally wait about 5 minutes before I feel that it is OK to get dressed. I do not own a tanning mit and I am aware that using one to apply fake tan ensures an even application. Although I should try and access a mit, I have found that using my hands with Palmer's gradual tan did not create streaks and applied evenly - except for the small missed patch..
Overall I give Palmer's Natural Bronze Body Lotion a score of 8 out of 10. Taking away points for the lack of indicator colour and it's overpowering smell. Although I would like to try other fake tanners - maybe even giving some instant ones a go, I would repurchase this one again and would recommend this to anyone.
You can purchase Palmer's Natural Bronze Body Lotion from Priceline for $8.99.
What's your favourite fake tanner?
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