LDN:SKINS is one of the newest names on the self tanning market, it's founded by Lena White, the name behind OPI for the UK, and her daughters Lisa Bennett and Julie Barham, and has differences which set it apart from other tanning products on the market.
Their range consists of a moisturiser, exfoliator, gradual tan, tanning lotion, tanning mousse and a spray tan. Only the spray tan comes in the darkest shade - we all know the darker it is, the easier it is to make mistakes, and this way they don't end up with badly tanned girls saying it was their tan that got them looking that way, very clever if you ask me!
The range of products, even the tans, don't have that classic fake tan smell, but smell of lavender (apart from the gradual), a rather welcome change. The gradual tan smelt a mixture of spicy/fruity/caramely to me - which I realise sounds a little odd, but it was a nice smell!
The red packaging is striking, while the black bottle inside looks sleek and sophisticated. Each of the tanning products comes with a mitt inside the box, and oh my God - the mitt! I usually user whatever is the cheapest from Superdrug, Boots, or Savers, but this is in a different league. Its black, for starters, which means that I can be a scuzz and use it for more than one application without having to wash it, as no one that enters my bathroom would ever know! It's velvety which makes application really easy and non-streaky. It's also longer than standard mitts, which means your wrist is covered so no accidental tannage - whoop!
All the tanners have been designed so they can be dispensed using just one hand, another great little design feature.
The tan that I tried was the Gradual Tan Lotion, which is in Tone 1 (or Light). It is a moisturiser designed to give you a soft hint of colour, slowly and naturally.
It's caramel in colour, but went onto my skin see-through; there were no tell-tale marks of fake tanning. I applied it immediately after my shower every morning, also applying it to my face in place of my usual moisturiser. You may know I have a bit of an over-reactive face, so I was pleased that this product got on well with my skin.
I took a photo before I started tanning, and another after a week of using the Gradual Tan Lotion.
Yes, I realise I have a huge bruise in the before photo, and my top on inside out in the after. Go with it!
As you can see, I am naturally very pale. The Gradual Tanning Lotion gave me just the right amount of colour to make me feel, and look healthy, without looking fake. It wasn't at all orange - everyone was commenting on how well I looked, and I had a new kind of confidence about me. It's amazing what a bit of colour can do to a person!
Don't be mistaken, this isn't the kind of product you can put on at
night and wake up looking like you've had two weeks in the sun - this is a very gradual, very
natural process - it wasn't until day 2 that I noticed any major change
in my skin tone.
I have used this religiously for two weeks, applying quite liberal amounts each time - and it has now run out. I will 100% be purchasing some more of it as it is definitely the best gradual tanner I have used.
Just be sure, as I will next time, to exfoliate after a week or this may happen....
...which I'm sure you'll agree isn't the best look?!
The LDN:SKINS exfoliator got rid of that after just one use, so that's another thing I'll have to replenish once I'm out!
LDN:SKINS Gradual Tan Lotion costs £22 for 200ml and Foaming Exfoliator is £13.75 for 200ml. Check out their website for more info and stockists.