Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Tanning and Toning: Rimmel London Sunshimmer*

We are fast approaching summer now and, while I have yet to book a sunshine break, one thing I have been a little bit more organised with is my tan. If you caught my previous tan related posts, you will know that for me this comes from a bottle and lately I have been sampling one which I wanted to share with you. 

When I began experimenting with tanning products, back in my university days where they fast became my favourite night out accessory, Rimmel was one of the first brands I tried. Having already made my way through their various instant tans in the past, in different shades and finishes, I was thrilled to have their new gradual tan fall through my lettebox to sample.

The tan in question, is the Sun Shimmer Gradual Tan and Toning Lotion. Formulated with argan oil, it’s a 4-in-1 moisturising gradual tan which is designed for daily use. Described as having ‘smoothing benefits’, it is designed to tone skin and leave it moisturised for up to 24 hours.

The formula, which is almost caramel in colour, is slightly tinted allowing for easier application. I apply it after showering in place of my usual moisturiser – then admire the results the next morning.

My first impressions of this tan was that it gives a really natural glow. Being naturally very pale skinned, I certainly can’t convincingly pull off a deep tan, and this one was really nice and subtle. It gives a really nice base colour, which is easily built up when the tan is reapplied. 

One thing I did find, was that it did streak a little on the first use. My top tip would be to rub this in thoroughly, in circular motions, ensuring it is fully absorbed into your skin. Once dried, it maintains the consistency of a moisturiser and doesn't leave skin feeling sticky - just better nourished.

There are quite a few toning tanning products on the market at the moment, and i personally find it hard to judge their effectiveness. Don't be mistaken; these products don't promise abs like ironing boards or thighs of steel. They are, however, supposed to help improve the appearance and elasticity of skin.

As part of my summer fitness kick, I've been drinking more water and working out harder - both of which have certainly had an impact on my skin. That combined with the fact my skin always looks better with a tan anyway, I'm not really sure if it's anymore toned as a result of the product. 

That aside, this tan does perform well. It's great for people who are on the go as it slots really easily into your basic beauty routine. Usually priced at £6.99, Boots currently have it on offer online for just £4.99. If you're looking for an easily attainable subtle self tan, I would certainly make the most of this fab deal! 

* Received as part of a product review panel


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