Oh boy, have I used many a self tanners in my day. From QT (yep, used it lots) to all the newest gradual self tanners, I used them all. My drawers in my bathroom hold quite a few (though the QT is NOT one of them, anymore.. 🙂 ) I just have not found my “perfect” self tanner, and I KNEW there was one out there, just has to be…
So, again, I went online and just googled self tanners. I browsed all the sites and “promises” each self tanner product claimed. Then, I came to Xen Tan. A lil’ bit skeptical, and a lot intrigued… K, a new self tanner I have not heard of yet. All of a sudden I HAD to try it, had to.. I am like that ya know..
So, I contacted the great people (well, Meredith to be exact 🙂 ), and she agreed to send me Xen Tan to try out and review. Oh, ya, super excited was I!!! With warmer weather around the corner, I so need a good self tanner to give me an awesome, believable faux tan on my PALE, MOLEY skin!!
When Xen Tan came in the mail, I opened the box (duh, of course one would do that…), and inside was not only the Xen Tan Body self tanner, but also the Xen Tan Face Tanner!! Oh my, I am on this like flies on you know what! Yep, middle of the day, but who cares, I need a tan NOW!! Rounded up my kids, we all went into the bathroom and I did a quick exfoliating job. Next, I applied the Facial Xen Tan. It is a very moisturizing lotion, my skin adored it as it drank it in. It smelled very fresh and not at all like the other kinds of self tanners where they stink! It is nice to know that it is oil free, great for me, I use proactiv, so we all know my skin is OILY!!! So far, so good 🙂
Before Xen Tan:
After (about 2-3 hours) Xen Tan (this picture for some reason does not show my tan that well.. but, I swear it is there! The picture does not do it justice..)
Next, I put on the Body Xen Tan. It has a sort of grayish/brown hue, that allows you to see where you are putting it on, so that you don’t get any streaks, NICE! It absorbed nicely into my skin, and left it feeling very soft and YUMMY smelling, yep YUMMY smelling, like vanilla!!! After about 3 hours (or less) I started to notice a really pretty BRONZE tan appearing on my skin, no orange in sight anywhere.. The smell of the Xen Tan was still fresh smelling and not stinky, oh I am happy right about now! Another 3 hours and I was a golden bronze goddess!!! The Deep Bronze LUXE Body Self tanner, (that is what it is called) formula contains a more intense level of self tanning. One shade fits ALL skin types, which is VERY nice. This awesome, weightless lotion moisturizes skin with paraben-free soothing ingredients including: Shea Butter, Aloe Barbadensis (skin soother), Green Tea (anti-oxidant), Gingko Biloba Leaf Extract (improves blood flow), Lactic Acid (exfoliant) and glycerin (a humectrant to retain moisture in skin).
My face before, CAN’T BELIEVE I am doing this…
Me after Xen Tan!! No, I did not just come from Hawaii 🙂
K, I know sometimes people sway from the truth to get you to buy things, but I am being completely honest here, this is by far the best self tanner I have ever used, hands down! I am sold. I am happy. I am TAN!!!! 🙂
I also like the fact that this is the only self tanner that says this tan can last up to 7 days!!! Also the stars rave about Xen Tan too! Nicholette Sheridan, is one example of a celebrity who uses Xen Tan! There is FREE shipping on orders over $50, so go get yours now 🙂 With Spring here and Summer REAL soon, you need this! Don’t bake out in the sun, NOT good Mama’s!! Get Xen Tan 🙂 I KNOW you want to be like ME anyways.. just admit it 🙂
I love also, how on their site, they have an area which tells you how to apply their self tanner. Super nice! A lil’ hint for putting it on your hands: I use an old rag or wash cloth and put a dollup of the self tanner on it along with a tiny dot of lotion, and rub it on my hands and fingers. This has never done me wrong, and I always have pretty, tan hand tops to go along with the rest of my body 🙂
It is not expensive either! Runs anywhere between $19-30. Alot better to invest in this then at your local “tanning” salon! Just enter SUNSHINE08 in the coupon area in the shopping cart for a 25% discount on anything you order!!!!
A little bit about Xen Tan Products, taken off their site:
Natural vs. Orange color:
XEN-TAN is formulated to generate a natural-looking tan -both the instant color and the developed sunless tan. Many other self-tan products result in an artificial “copper” color that looks unrealistic (ORANGE) on most skin types. The instant color and the active tanning ingredients in XEN-TAN products are carefully-crafted to yield a beautiful natural color – even on the fairest skins.
It’s not “fair” that most self-tan products in the past looked the best on people who already have a tan. XEN-TAN sunless tanning products are formulated to flatter people with even the fairest skins. Technology has improved greatly in the self tan market and we can now produce a very realistic color that makes fair skin look naturally darker. The dark-tanning formulas are actually better for fair skin than lighter-tanning products. For those shy of dark “instant” color but recognize the benefits – try the Dark Mousse which results in the same beautiful dark tan but has a light/sheer instant color. Xen-Tan is great for fair skinned individuals – you can now enjoy a beautiful tan without the damage of the sun or tanning beds.
Thank you so much, Meredith and Xen Tan, for the wonderful opportunity to review such a great product!