Anyone else feel like their body is almost see through? Or is that just me? That sun kissed summer glow has up and left and I find myself reaching for a trusty self tan to make me look and feel a bit better about my lilywhites. So, off to review Caribbean Tan I go….
Where it all began…
Caribbean Tan was started in 2003 when, now MD, Clive Roberts, was on an island adventure and realised a need for a safer, better way to achieve a beautiful holiday glow without the damage from harmful UV rays. The first Caribbean Tan Professional System hit the stores in 2007. It was the first South Africa Spray Tan system to use only FDA approved ingredients and be free from parabens, Erythrulose, alcohol, SLS and sulfates and only the purest high quality DHA (eco certified) is used. It is vegan friendly, hypoallergenic, enriched with antioxidants (green tea) and is completely cruelty free.
Caribbean Tan has so many amazing options to choose from that you are bound to find something that suits you! I’m going to start with the bronzers!
There is the Instant Bronzer (R99.95) which washes off. This is a great product (one of my favourites actually) for those last minute occasions when you have run out of time to wait for a self tan to develop and you cannot bare to show those white legs sticking out from that gorgeous new skirt! It has an SPF of 20 which is really great and is extra nourishing with Vit E, essential cranberry extract and Vit C. This product is best applied with a mit, using broad circular strokes. Another bonus of this bronzer is that you can see exactly where you have applied it, so there is no risk of leaving any bits uncovered! Make sure to wash your hands thoroughly after application and don’t let yourself get splashed when you are out-you would be left with some interesting streaks!
Next is the Tinted Body Bronzer Shimmer Cream (R89.95). This is much the same concept as the Instant Bronzer but it contains micro-sparkles for a little extra shimmer. I would be more inclined to use this for evening wear. The same rules apply for application and removal.
A cute little extra product is the Caribbean Tan Darkening Drops (R99.95). The more you drop, the darker you go! So my theory with this when trying them out was START SLOW! You can always add more drops if you need to. There was a YouTube clip on first squeezing the Instant Bronzer into a little ramekin and then adding your drops, mixing well and then applying….but seriously? Who has time for that! I just squirted a blob into my hand, added a drop and hoped for the best and it worked well! Just make sure you add roughly the same amount of Instant Bronzer (or Tinted Body Bronzer Shimmer Cream) for each area in relation to the drops so you don’t land up with one leg darker than the other! These can also be used for contouring.
Now for Tan in a Can Instant (R99.95) and Tan in a Can Gradual (R99.95). Both of these are aerosol spray cans (otherwise more fancily known as “tinted mists”). You must ensure that you apply these in a well ventilated area where you don’t mind some spray getting on your surroundings (I stood in my shower to try them!) and make sure that you have prepared your skin properly before application. Extra care needs to be taken on elbows, knee’s, feet and ankles as the colour can tend to accumulate on these spots and then you will be left with darker patches there (not your best look!) . The best preparation to prevent this is a really great all over body exfoliation. The Tan in a Can Instant is an immediate brown but will develop further over 8 hours where the Tan in a Can Gradual is an untinted mist that will develop over 8 hours. With both of these, ensure that you allow at least 10 minutes (I found it needed a bit longer) for them to dry before putting on clothes. These applications are water soluble so won’t stain or mark your clothes/sheets.
The Caribbean Tan Tanning Wipes (R59.95) are a little extra product that you can pack in your bag if you are not wanting to pack your whole self tan “kit”. For me, they smelt really strong and the wipe kind of “disintegrated” a bit as I was wiping – you also need to be careful when applying as I found that I landed up applying A LOT of product to my first leg and then slowly started running out as I proceeded. I’m sure you can get better at this the more you practice. The tan from these does take quite a while to develop so it’s best to apply at night. These are definitely more practical as a touch up and not as an all over body tan wipe.
The Milk and Honey Tan X-Tender Skin Hydrating Body Butter (R79.95) is divine. It smells great, absorbs well and is a great addition to the Caribbean Tan range. It is formulated with Cranberry Fruit Seed which is known to be highly nourishing and help with skin elasticity and wrinkling. Special attention should be paid to the knees, elbows, ankles and feet when applying this body butter as this will help improve the application and life of your tan.
The packaging of all of these products is great, other than the excess plastic used on the Tan in a Can boxes, they smell better than your average old school self tan and they give you the promised “sun kissed glow” without the damaging and ageing effects of the sun.
Well done Caribbean Tan on being an SA first!
Retails outlets: Clicks, Dischem and Takealot