There’s nothing better than a fresh (fake) tan. I adore fake tan, the way it looks, the application process and even the smell can be quite lovely. What I don’t like about fake tan is the way it wears on your skin and how much of a struggle it is to remove it, to start fresh. I spend a lot of time sitting in a bath tub every week trying to soak my skin in preparation for what only feels like a marathon of exfoliating. All the scrubbing I do to reapply is tough on my skin and I don’t enjoy it. But fake tan gives me confidence and I like it, so what is a girl to do?
Bondi Sands is a definite favourite for a tanning brand. It actually changed the way I viewed fake tan and I’ve never looked back since using it. I guarantee there will always be 1 (or 3) bottles of some type of Bondi Sands tan in my cupboard. When I found out about the release of a self tan eraser by Bondi Sands, it was understatement to say I was excited! A brand of tan that I know and love had actually designed a product which solves all the problems us fake tan users have, removing the tan. The excitement was real, I followed the product release countdown, watch snapchats of bloggers who attended the press event and on its release, I tried 3 different Boots to try and find the product because it was sold out in all shops! But the big question in your mind right now is “Can you erase tan with Bondi Sands?”. My answer is, “not really”.
I will firstly start by saying that I’d not recommend this product for super sensitive skin. Semi sensitive skin can probably handle it but be wary. It’s a really strong smelling product, to me it smells a little bit like cleaning products and on my skin, I definitely felt a strong tingle and in some areas it almost felt like a burn (not a physical one of course). The way this product works is that you pump the foam out into your hands, cover yourself generously with it and wait 5 minutes. After 5 minutes have passed you jump into the shower and scrub the tan off. I felt like I had to still scrub quite hard to remove the tan, although not as hard as normal. The eraser definitely does give the tan a helping hand to remove, but I still had to scrub. I found it difficult to see if the tan was coming off because my skin was so red from scrubbing I couldn’t tell if I was tanned or pale. The shower water and rinsing of my exfoliating mitt did however prove to me that it was removing the tan. You really notice the difference when you get out of the shower and dry off. I found that my tan had almost gone, however not completely and not to my standard.
The product does work, don’t get me wrong, it does remove tan – eventually. But it’s a strong product to be putting on your skin, you still have to scrub and to remove the tan from my legs, I had to apply the foam 3 times and shower 3 times. The self tan eraser isn’t as easy to use as I’d hoped. I am disappointed because I love Bondi Sands and they’ve nailed the tanning products, just not the tan remover. I wouldn’t buy this product again purely because I am concerned about the sensation it gave my skin on application. It wasn’t comfortable or good for my skin to wait 5 minutes with a tingle and burning sensation and the fact I had to do it multiple times just made my skin feel very sensitive. I will stick with sitting in the bath for an hour once a week. My love for Bondi Sands is still there but this is one product you won’t find in my cupboard.
Have you tried the product? What did you think?