Fake tan is a bit of a divisive topic. You either can’t get enough of the stuff or you’re utterly terrified. For many years, I fell into the latter camp – namely due to one-too-many *awful* experiences that left me streaky and resemblant of a Wotsit. It happens to the best of us. Then I discovered Tan-Luxe’s Super Glow Hyaluronic Self-Tan Serum and the game completely changed. I say “discovered”… I wasn’t out to find a self-tanner I could actually work with… I just spend a lot of my time on Instagram, and every influencer/beauty ed/skincare sleuth around seemed to be recommending this stuff. How could I possibly pass up the chance of getting glow, hydration and tan from one bottle?
Waking up the morning after first applying my new facial serum was the moment I hopped blissfully from Camp Terrified to Camp Tan, and I’ve been there ever since. This stuff deserves attention immediately. Luckily, it’s reduced at LookFantastic right now by 15% (which works out at more than £5), so you can get a slice of the glowy goddess pie for less. Here’s everything you need to know before you *add to cart*.
Tan-Luxe Super Glow was the world’s first hyaluronic, superfood self-tan serum. The brand markets it as “your best fan ever, bottled” – thanks to the fact that it contains just the right percentage of tanning actives (4% naturally-derived DHA) for daily use, so it won’t take your skin tone up *too* many notches overnight. Read: no streaky, tangerine skin. Just a subtle, even glow that is sure to earn you compliments.
This supreme tanning ability is paired with the inclusion of tonnes of good-for-skin ingredients, so that Super Glow can get to work improving your complexion overnight. There’s a high weight hyaluronic acid which is married with extremely low molecular weight sodium hyaluronate to achieve hydration binding across multiple layers of the skin – to offer long-lasting, multi-layer and instant hydration at the same time as tanning. Elsewhere, there’s Chia Seed Oil to maintain healthy moisture levels, Beetroot Extract to brighten your complexion, Raspberry Seed Oil as an antioxidant and Avocado Oil which is rich in fatty acids and Vitamin E. There’s also Kale Extract to tighten your skin, Blueberry Extract which is also rich in antioxidants (sensing a theme?) and Coconut Oil which works to reduce inflammation. Told you: skincare and fake tan combined.
So, how did it fare?
Sophie Cockett, Commerce Writer
As mentioned, I’m not historically much of a fake-tanner. But my skin is super fair – I’m almost always reaching for one of the palest three shades of any foundation – and I don’t particularly like laying in the sun too much. So going down the faux route is my only option if I want a sun-kissed complexion.
As for my skin type, it’s combination. My cheeks and under-eye areas have the tendency to get a little dry, while my T-zone gets oily with speed. Oh, and fake tans *usually* make my skin break out if I apply them to my face, so finding one that doesn’t would be a God-send.
When Tan Luxe said “No streaks. No smells. No drama,” (and Caroline Hirons said: “if you are not blessed with a lot of melanin like our darker sisters (and brothers) and are, at times, a tad sallow (yellow, pale, milk-bottle white), you need this”), they were absolutely spot on. Seriously – the reviews for this stuff are totally accurate and I’m kinda miffed I didn’t have it in my life sooner.
I love that Super Glow provides a customisable tanning experience without ever making you look like you’ve fake tanned. I just look like I’ve been lazing on a Caribbean beach for three weeks when I wake up the next morning, instead. You can use a tiny bit for a super subtle glow or layer a little more for something even “glowier”, and it works beautifully underneath moisturiser – drying really quickly. It smells divine, and my combination skin took really well to the hyaluronic acid element. It’s like a giant glass of water for my skin thanks to its unique capacity to bind and retain water molecules.
I’m sold. Seriously – I’m recommending this facial serum to every single one of my friends, especially while it’s on sale.