What happens if deeper skin tones fake tan?

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I've recently been sent the Rimmel London Sun Shimmers tanning set and was confused and hesitant to try out the products.  As someone who is NW45 with MAC Cosmetics, I've never given self tanning a thought.  However, when doing some research online I found that it wasn't uncommon for deeper skin tones to turn to fake tanning products to help with evening their skin tone and adding radiance.  Although I am a firm advocate in loving the skin you're in, and still in the process of completely accepting myself, I wanted to see what would happen if I self-tanned for myself.

The Products 

Rimmel London Sun Shimmer Instant Tan Matte in Medium


This is advertised as an item that will provide skin with a 'matte sun kissed glow' which is water resistant and provides an instant, all over, natural looking tan.  It claims to wash off easily with soap and water.  I tested this product out on my chest and stomach as they tend to be slightly lighter than my neck and arms.  It did indeed work to give me that instant radiance, glow, and even skin-tone.  However, it does wash out easily so isn't useful for the long run but perfect before an event.  

Rimmel London Self Tan Mousse in Medium


This is the product I tested out extensively which you can read about below.  This self tan is said to develop in 1 hour and last for 7 days in comparison to the instant tan and the lotion I will explain next.  Therefore, this is perfect for a temporary tan which can be topped up once a week.  The product comes out as a liquidy mousse which was easy to blend into the skin without streaking.  The best part is that it dries in minutes so you save the risk of transferring it onto your clothes or other upholstery.  

Rimmel London Self Tan Lotion with Chia Oil 


This product is the slowest developer of the three.  It acts as an 'all year round' fake tan moisturiser.   It is infused with chia oil for extra moisture retaining properties.  The scent is very pleasant but does fade quite quickly.  I am happy to try this product out for a while and update this post later on to see whether or not I achieve a natural glow and radiance.  This should take around 21 days. However, for time-sake I only tested the top two products.  

The Results - Self Tan Mousse

Color: My skin didn't change color.  It appears that the tanning products all aim to achieve the skin tone I already have.  This was kind of disappointing but I wasn't sure what to expect.  Nevertheless, the product did emphasise on my pre-existing warm undertones.  It also evened out any discoloration so my legs were one colour.  Lastly, it worked to blur out my stretch marks on my upper thighs and hips but they are still visible. 

Glow: Without a doubt, the skin on my legs did look moisturised.  Unfortunately, I tend to neglect my legs a lot when it comes to skincare so at least this product fakes the nourishment.  There was a clear sheen and highlighted appeal to my legs like they were truly sun kissed, almost like a filter. 

Be sure to check out Rimmel London's products at Boots and Superdrug!



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