Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Tan Towel

RATING (out of 5 stars): 4 stars

COST: $27 for 10 sheets

THE SKINNY: This may be the most disastrous experience I've ever had with self-tanner. My feet look as though I've walked through orange clay. But I blame all that on first-time user error and see great potential in this product.

Tan towel is basically a big wet wipe, and just a little damper than the wipes I use to clean my kitchen counters. One tan towel is about the size of a paper towel. It smells horrible, kind of a combination of orange and bug spray.

You wipe the skin you want to tan with the towel, using small, circular motions. Then wash your hands and wait. In several hours, that skin will take on a sun-kissed glow that lasts the typical time of all self-tanners.

The smell also takes several hours to go away, so be prepared.

It's super easy to use, but, as I found out, you still have to be meticulous. I missed a few spots, and it's really easy to tell (and rather difficult to get rid of). So go slow.

You need the right color. My towel came in a sample pack and wasn't marked with "fair to medium" or "medium to dark." Given that my skin is a little on the orange side and all the other tanners in the box were medium to dark, I think my sample was the latter. It's much too dark for my fair skin.

Also, if you have dark spots, this will make them appear darker, just like any other self-tanner.

Wash your hands well immediately after applying. I'd also suggest not using this product on your feet or your face, at least until you know how your skin will react.

I applied this at night, and by morning the towel had done it's magic (much to my horror the first time around).

But despite all my issues, I do think this is the easiest self-tanner I've tried to date. And for the price, I think I'll keep experimenting, although perhaps with the fair-to-medium shade.

KEEP OR TOSS: Keep.

CHECK IT OUT: See all the Tan Towel products and before-and-afterp pictures on the company website. They often run specials, too.

-- Tested by Shay