Monday, 24 May 2010

Summer glow

Summer has finally arrived here in Britain.  After such a long, cold winter it's a real relief waking up to blue sunny skies with the promise of a long lazy day in the park to look forward to.

The advent of summer does bring with it certain perils, not least of which is the thought of baring one's pasty white winter body in light summery clothes.  This year I decided to be clever and prepare and bought myself a bottle of Dove Summer Glow.

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The bottle promises moisturiser with a hint of self tanning agents gradually builds a light tan.  Naively I thought that this was just a matter of applying it like a regular moisturiser and within a week I'd have a Jennifer Aniston-esque natural looking tan. 

Ha! Wrong!

Somehow I've ended up looking like a cross between an inverse tiger, (orange and white as opposed to orange and black, geddit?) and well, frankly bizarre.   

Here's a picture to show you what I mean.

That 'shadow' between my fingers is no shadow...  The 'moisturiser/tanning agent' has ended up between my fingers and stained them a bright orange!  It really does make me look like I have webbed fingers.

There's also a very definite line up the back of my leg.  I have no idea how that happened because I certainly apply it evenly all over.

Before you ask, yes, I did all the things they advise before tanning - exfoliating, moisturising...

I'm now frantically scrubbing myself trying to get rid of my fetching mottled orange appearance.

If anyone has any hints or tips or how to use this damn stuff, I'd be interested to find out what they are.  I've had a lot of compliments on how 'healthy' I'm looking, ( I just try to hide my webbed hands and not stand in direct sunlight so as not to highlight my inverse tiger look, ha, ha) so I'd like to know how to use this properly.

If you know how to apply it and want to take the plunge, you can buy it in the UK here.  I couldn't seem to find anywhere that sold it in the US.


The Left Coast Nose said...

Oh dear!! That's terrible! (Full disclosure-- I am laughing a little...) ;)

Well, we're drenched in fog here in soggy San Francisco, so I feel your pale, sun-deprived pain. Never tried the tanning lotion-- why can't they fix that orange problem?-- it's so obvious!

La Bonne Vivante said...

That sort of thing ALWAYS happens to me with self-tanner. Such a bore! I'm about to give up on the practice altogether!

La Bonne Vivante said...

I forgot to mention, the new craze seems to be these new formulations of all-over body bronzer. My first thought was: what a waste of energy if it just washes off in the shower, but then I realized--of course, this is perfect for people like me (and you, I imagine), people who turn bright orange with self-tanner...

Beautiful Things said...

LCN - I have to admit, it did make me laugh too! Whenever people compliment me on looking so 'healthy', instead of smiling & thanking them, I tend to show them all the mottled areas!!

LBV - Wash off body bronzer; what a good idea! I'll have to keep an eye out for this.


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