It works on the same principle as other self-tanners, with natural DHA as the key ‘tanning’ ingredient, but – as with all the NAKED range – the formula doesn’t contain parabens, SLS or petrochemicals (more info on their policy here!).
And, whilst there have been some recent concerns about the safety of DHA, most dermatologists and scientists I’ve seen quoted seem to agree that this applies more to the risk of inhalation of the ingredient through spray-tanning. And that we know the risks of real tanning are proven and very real.
That said, it’s something I personally want to keep an eye on, being a life-long lover of faking it! The alternative is to use one of the spray on, wash-off tints which don’t contain DHA since they don’t develop on the skin. And there are other options, too – I’ll also be looking at those this spring, so watch this space!
I’ve been using NAKED Glow It Up just on my face (blending it down onto my décolleté, to use the beauty lingo) and I love how it glides on and spreads super-easily and quickly (less chance of streaking). The texture is just right: creamy and light, not too liquid-y nor too thick.
Also, it doesn’t have that distinctive ‘fake tan’ smell (nor does one develop over time, as some tend to! ).
I’ve got the Light/Medium, which is just enough to take the edge off my winter-washed out complexion (see this).
It’s suitable for the face and body and I think the time is coming to tackle those pasty pins, too!
Photo, top, via Aller Retour on Pinterest.