Friday, 28 June 2013

Dove Summer Glow Nourishing Lotion

I love a natural tan, so I was a bit disappointed when I knew I wouldn't be going on holiday this year. I decided to give a holiday this year a miss due to buying a new car and that a massive blow out holiday next year after I graduate would be a much better option.

I'm not a fan of fake tan wipes or sprays as I can't get used to not getting streaks, so if anyone has any really good products that they would like to recommend, I'd love to know!

Lately, I've been trying Dove's Summer Glow Nourishing Lotion which is enriched with a subtle self-tanner. "NO.1 Gradual Self Tan Body Lotion in the UK"
Dove Summer Glow Body Nourishing Lotion - Fair to Medium Skin - 250ml
Dove advise that the lotion is applied daily in circular motions to help build a gradual tan. Dove also advise that you need to allow the lotion to absorb and dry fully before dressing and to wash hands well after use.

 I've used this specific gradual tan moisturiser before and my hands went orange, so I made sure I wouldn't make that mistake again! I purchased a cheap Fake Tan Mitt which can be found in local drugstores either cheap and cheerful or the more expensive ones which do just the same in my opinion.

 I use a little squidge of lotion at a time and use the mitt to apply it. I apply the lotion when I wake up and after I have showered in the morning. I then keep busy and make my bed and get my handbag ready whilst waiting for it to dry. The mitt does get very orange after a couple of days, but the majority of them are washable which is really handy and plus they keep your fingers and palms of your hands free form looking like a Wotsit!

Dove Summer Glow Body Nourishing Lotion Swatch Sample
Dove Summer Glow smells like Summer - it does have a hint of self tan smell, although it's not over powering. The lotion looks like a moisturiser/lotion due to the creamy look of it and the consistency of the colour - not too thick or orange/brown and it is quite easy to apply and rub in.

I've found that if it's humid outside and quite sunny, your skin can become quite sticky and feel heavy after applying the lotion, but I have been applying it all over. Also, you only need a small 'sweep' over elbows, knees and toes as they can go orange if you apply the lotion too thick and too often. Take a look at the pictures below showing the stages of my gradual tan;

Before Application - Day 1

After 4 Applications - Day 4
If you're looking for a hint of a summer glow a couple of applications should do it, but you can also temper your tan to the one you're looking for by building it up day by day. As you can see above, after 4 applications my skin was noticeably darker. You don't have to just use it for Summer, but to add a little glow in those Autumn and Winter months! Overall, the colour match of 'Fair to Medium Skin' lotion fits well with my skin colour. My face does not tan and therefore I need to apply some everyday to make it look natural at the least, but I am quite happy with the tone.

Price; 5 STARS Compared to other self-tan lotions, sprays etc. I found Dove's Summer Glow really good value for money. I purchased mine when it was on promotion and there's always a good deal going on if you look in the right places.

Promises; 5 STARS The images do not do the product justice. There was a gradual tan and it did moisturise and nourish my skin.

Ease of Use/Application; 4 STARS If you treat the lotion like a moisturiser you'll be fine BUT beware of orange hands! That's the only downfall, but if you're careful and use a fake tan mitt, you can avoid it :)

Would I Recommend to a Friend?; YES Dove's Summer Glow is great for adding a little glow to your skin in Summer and through the year! It not only enhances your natural tan but nourishes your skin and is great for a beauty routine in the morning.

1 comment:

  1. Sounds lovely! I'm definitely needing a little colour x


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