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Skinny Tan Face Gradual Tan


Applying self-tan to your face is always a little disconcerting, isn’t it?

Fear of the unknown – will it be streaky, has it gone patchy and grabbed any drier areas? You really don’t know what to expect when you dash to the mirror in the morning to see what’s occurred overnight.

Unlike tanning mistakes on your body, the face is more difficult to correct or conceal.

One way to lessen the risk is to mix a little tan with your usual moisturiser to dilute somewhat. You might find it useful to try buffing a self-tan into the face with a kabuki brush to get an even finish. Otherwise, a gradual tanner is another option – I’ve been trying some face products from Skinny Tan so keep reading to find out which ones and how I’m getting on with them.

Skinny Tan is a UK brand, proud to be cruelty-free and vegan-friendly. With stand-out packaging and innovative product ranges and formulas, it’s most definitely the tan to be seen in.

For someone who doesn’t tan naturally, I’ve been a self-tan and healthy glow advocate for many, many years. I’ve tried plenty of brands, from drugstore to higher-end, but Skinny Tan is one I’ve only recently started using.

There are products available for every skin tone and situation possible so if you’re new to self-tanning, or, you’re looking to try something different, then Skinny Tan is a great place to start. I’ve been more than impressed by both the tans I’ve tried and the luxurious double-sided mitt which really makes application a dream.

With that dreaded self-tan smell enough to put anyone off, you can be assured that If you like biscuits, you’re out of luck as there’s no detectable cookie scent with Skinny Tan. You’ll have to make do with a mix of caramel and fresh coconut instead, (poor you).

Skinny Tan Face Tan review

Skinny Tan daily moisturiser gradual tan


 Gradual Tan Daily Moisturiser 50ml RRP £14.99

I was really excited to try this daily product as it sounds like the answer to my face tanning prayers but I must admit, I’ve read mixed reviews. Personally, I find it lightweight, blends easily and spreads well across the skin with no residue.

Available in two shades – Light and Medium. I have the medium which I felt was a good fit for me as I prefer a little more colour throughout the summer.

The product has a light tint, but I have to say, I didn’t see a noticeable difference on first use. However, I kept going each day and a natural golden colour began to show itself.

If you’re like me, concerned about making a self-tanning facial faux-pas then this daily moisturiser is a good one to try.

Skinny Tan Moisturising Tanning Drops 30ml RRP £14.99

Introducing the latest innovation in facial tanning. You can transform any moisturiser into a bespoke face tanner by adding as little or as many drops as you like to achieve the desired depth of colour. Infused with Skinny Tan’s signature coconut and caramel scent for an extra sensory experience whilst getting that “just got back from the Caribbean” glow.

Don’t underestimate this little bottle of tanning oil, it really performs very well, and for me, just a few drops are all I need for a subtle golden glow. You can use it daily to build your colour and maintain it, otherwise, skip a day here and there if you don’t want to go overboard on the colour intensity. With an oil formula, you might be expecting it to be greasy or interfere with makeup application but not at all, it blends so well you’d barely notice it there.

Between the two products I have, I’ve found this one to be the more effective and delivers some colour on first use. Just remember to wash your hands.


Skinny Tan Face Drops review


All Skinny Tan Face products are formulated with aloe vera and guarana to firm and condition the skin. 97% naturally derived ingredients and free from parabens, sulphates and dyes.

Cruelty-free and suitable for vegans.

What about you? Have you tried either of these products or anything else by Skinny Tan? I’d love to know what you think


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  1. August 8, 2019 / 4:41 pm

    Nice post. Also I recently created an Instagram account called @lafashionbubble. I hope you will follow me on Instagram so that we can connect 🙂

  2. August 9, 2019 / 5:09 am

    I had one bad experience with self tanning and ever since I’ve just learned to embrace my paleness lol but this skinny tan doesn’t seem so scary.
    Lovely post and beautiful photos as always.

    • Samantha
      August 9, 2019 / 8:51 pm

      Oh dear! A bad experience can scare you off, I’ll agree on that! I’ve tried quite a few Skinny Tan products which I’ve featured on my Instagram over the last few months. If you want a subtler colour I’d recommend the Coconut water Mist, It really gives a natural, lighter colour and is equally good on the face. Thanks for your lovely comment. Have a great weekend x

  3. August 9, 2019 / 12:42 pm

    I love love love tanning drops- I use the ones by Clarins so will have to give these a go next time. I’ve heard such great things about Skinny Tan? How well do they last? Some I’ve used in the past haven’t held up well against my skincare regime 🙁
    Soph – x

    • Samantha
      August 9, 2019 / 8:47 pm

      Skinny Tan has quickly become my go-to, and I love that it’s a cruelty-free, vegan-friendly brand, with no compromise on results. I’ve been using these as my daily products and found the tan is quite consistent, even with cleansing twice a day etc. I’ve been skipping a day here and there for the drops as out of the two I found they give more colour, but overall, I’ve been impressed with both! Thanks for your comment, Sophie. Have a lovely weekend x

  4. August 9, 2019 / 7:38 pm

    I want to try them 🙂

    • Samantha
      August 9, 2019 / 8:41 pm

      You should! Thanks for stopping by.

  5. August 11, 2019 / 8:21 pm

    I really want to try the drops but I’m not a big fan of the price tag (I know they’re not hugely expensive, but I’m on a budget) and I don’t want to try them then don’t get on with them etc. They sound so good though and I would definitely probably check them out when I had more money spare. Great review as always xx

    Lauren |

    • Samantha
      August 12, 2019 / 9:08 pm

      Ah, I know what you mean, it is a bit of a risk with a new product, especially when it’s more than you can afford right now. Out of the two, I’d sat the drops are a more worthy purchase, given that you only need a few drops and use them with your own products. Thanks Lauren! x

    • Samantha
      August 29, 2019 / 2:56 pm

      Oh, you should. It’s not often you come across self-tan without some nasty ingredients, so it’s all good! x

    • Samantha
      September 20, 2019 / 5:43 pm

      You should! Lovely products x

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