So when the lovely folks at Ideal World Shopping Channel heard that I was off for an actual real life fortnight in Barbados they knew I’d be perfect for trying out their tan accelerator, Zhuzh.
As you can see from the photos I’m blonde (natural) so that means I’m also naturally quite fair skinned. A few years ago I had an allergic reaction to a tanning product which gave me patches of odd pigmentation. It’s mostly on my legs, so now I find that the best way of covering that up is by tanning (oddly enough). I would say I have literally tried every product there is. I know what works, what looks natural and what lasts without streaks in the fake range. And I know exactly which products to use when I go away to ensure I get a great, long-lasting tan. Without damaging my skin or burning.
Because I’ve also done my cosmetics licensing in the past to be able to make products I’m very aware of what goes into everything. And all the nasty chemicals to avoid.
The product itself comes in a pump spray bottle so it’s easy enough to apply, just spray and rub. Ideal World sent me both sizes of the product in 100ml, which is handy if you are just going on a quick trip and only taking hand baggage is this size is ok to take on the plane. And they also sent me a full-size 200ml version. I did find that even though I reapplied the product quite a few times throughout the day, I didn’t use that much of it and I’ve still plenty left. So, if like me you go away a few times a year, buying the twin pack of these at £19.99 would last you quite a while.
Ideal World also sent me some of the Zhuzh individually wrapped tan accelerator towels. I did find these handy to use on the beach or just on the go but personally, I preferred using the spray product and the 100ml is small enough just to pop in your beach bag anyway. The towels are probably handy for using on sunbeds (safely). I still have one left so I might give it a go soon and let you know how I get on.
It’s All In The Tanning Prep
Flying Out Monday
Saturday – top to toe exfoliate and hair removal. Make sure there is no dead skin hanging around and pop a drop of moisturiser on your elbows, knees and ankles. I would usually do this in the morning and then you can check over to make sure you’ve no flaky skin before bed. At bedtime, it’s time to apply your fake tan. I use the St Tropez Mouse which I find gives an amazing colour and goes on perfect every time. If you have darker skin or are already a bit tanned then you can use the dark version of the mouse. But it is dark, so be warned. I use a mitt to apply and don’t over rub. Let it soak into your skin naturally before popping on your pj’s and off to bed.
Sunday morning – get in the shower quick before you scare the rest of the household with your top colour. Rinse off the top coat colour so you are left with your golden self-underneath. I then use the St Tropez in shower cream which I’ve found is great for preserving your tan. Once you are out of the shower then moisturise with the St Tropez gradual tan.
Sun lounger ready
And then it’s time to jet off!
Time To Zhuzh
As I went to Barbados in what’s still classed as rainy season you get a shower or two a day. I find this breaks up my tanning day if I’m having a pool or beach day. And it ensures that I don’t spend all day laid out in the sun, which isn’t very good for your skin.
After you’ve finished sunbathing, shower using something moisturising but not overly perfumed (perfume attracts bugs) and then apply a thick layer of moisturisers, preferably something containing aloe vera. Zhuzh also have an after-tan aloe vera product but I haven’t tried that as yet. I mainly use the St Tropez gradual tan moisturiser as that is aloe vera based. It helps cool your skin and maintain your tan.
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- Ideal World and Zhuzh did not pay me for this review but they did give me free products to try. This review is based on my own personal opinion from trying their products.