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From Pale to Golden Goddess – Without a Hint of Orange
A big bag of Sun Labs tanning products arrived on my doorstep right before summer started; at first I was a bit anxious. How was I going to test this admittedly gorgeous kit, the Extra Dark Set ($43.95, three full size products and a big scrubby loofah), when I’m white as a ghost? I worried that using Sun Labs Extra Dark color on my late spring, end of hibernation, pale skin would make me look more Jersey Shore than The Riviera.
With fist pumps in mind, I got down to business; sure that the star of the set, the Ultra Dark Self Tanning Lotion ($36.60 separately) would be extra unnatural on me. But! Instead of the Snooki-worthy hue I was expecting, the color I got from Sun Labs wasn’t a tiny bit fake, orange or streaky. Even on my super pale complexion, it turned me golden bronze overnight, ready to face the summer with a healthy tan.
I shouldn’t have been surprised. There are many reasons why Sun Labs, wants to be our “number one stop for a beautiful self tan.” A family owned business since its inception in 1983, Sun Laboratories has been striving – and succeeding, based on my results – to create cutting-edge, cruelty-free, self tanners for both the professional and the consumer. At their headquarters in Chatsworth, California, products are formulated, produced, bottled and shipped all over the world.
Sun Labs tanners contain a built-in bronzer that adds color instantly and helps avoid missing spots. Unlike almost every other tanner I’ve used, Sun Labs doesn’t have a hint of stickiness and goes on like a lotion. And the dreaded tanner smell? Very minor. Mostly I detected a pleasant almond-y scent that faded quickly. Sun Labs is about as painless as a self tanner can be, and it’s reasonably priced, too.
The kit I received also contained Exfoliating Body Scrub Gel ($19.80 separately), billed accurately as a purifying skin softener for all skin types. The cool green gel formula is packed full of fine scrubbing particles (the website says it uses Apricot Kernels; if so, they’re crushed to a nice, tiny texture).
The scrub polishes the skin and rinses cleanly away, leaving the body perfectly prepped for tanning. The net loofah included in the gift set gives the gel even more scrubbing oomph.
Also included in the kit is Sun Labs Tan Moisturizer, a tan extender and maintainer for all skin types. The formula is silky, light, and full of emollients. I used the lotion every day after tanning, and got almost a week of beautiful color out of one application of tanner.
• Natural, golden results even on pale winter complexions
• Smells nice; tanner odor is kept to a minimum
• Offers a complete line of products to prep the skin and maintain your tan
• Products are all paraben free
• High end results at very reasonable prices
• You might be tempted to wear white after Labor Day. Seriously, no cons at all!
Bonus: This Ultra Dark Set now includes a colorful beach bag as well and is specially priced at just $43.95!
All I know is my skin was at its palest. Super pale! There is no way Extra Dark tanner should have turned me anything vaguely believable. If I can look this realistic under these circumstances, I have high hopes for Sun Labs products to continue to shine all season long!
we heartsters – do most self-tanner turn you into a Snookie-look-alike? Check out Sun Labs for a gorgeous (and realistic) glow!
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Melissa loves road trips, bargain shopping, drive-in movies, lip gloss and rock ‘n’ roll. She lives in Baltimore with her precious pup Zeus.