I don’t know about you, but this product has been rammed down my throat by the Facebook algorithm wizardry and in anticipation of our holiday to Tenerife this year, I thought I should do my readers a favour and test it out.
Now, I’m probably the palest I’ve ever been in my life (definitely said that here before) as I live in a flat without a garden, meaning I don’t get the sun exposure that I used to when I was younger. In order to highlight that, I thought I’d show you a photo of me just before leaving so you can really get a feel for what we’re working with;
So I’m pretty white right? As a background for my skin type, I’m not one to easily burn, but I do sometimes and it’s normally in the UK when underestimate the power of the sun and don’t have proper SPF on. If I do burn, it’s normally around my collar bone, shoulders and the front of my thighs, just above the knees.
And for transparency, I thought I’d also pop in a photo from after our last holiday where I got about 10 days of sun exposure in Bali (we were there for 2 weeks, but Aaron managed to get pneumonia and we were holed up in the hotel room for the last few days) – I don’t want to con everyone and strive to be as honest as possible.
I took the filter off as you’d obviously want a true picture – I also hope you love Aaron’s hat that he insisted on buying and bringing home with us.
Okay onto the product itself. The formula is very similar to Palmer’s Cocoa Butter, buttery yet moisturising and smells like holiday in a bottle – for those of you accustomed to the sunbeds (that we should avoid at all cost) it’s pretty much the same as the accelerators they give you before you hop in there.
On the first day, I took a quick snap of my skin colour before catching any kind of tan – the lines I had from last year were non-existent, so this was pretty much what we were working with.
After about four hours of sun exposure, here’s what my skin looked like;
As you can see, there’s a noticeable change in the colour and it was something warmer than I would usually get on the first day.
For the rest of the holiday, I decided to have one day on and one day off from using the accelerator as I started to notice that I would burn a lot easier when I was using it. We usually pick up a bottle of SPF 30 at least, but I couldn’t find one in time (we were supposed to order some online before going but forgot), so I could only get SPF 20, which might also have had something to do with my burning more easily.
Each night I would get back to the room and douse myself in the hydrating mist which acted as a form of after sun – it worked very well and I always felt cooler once I’d used it (it was also a bonus that it smelt amazing too).
In terms of my usual burning spots (the best terminology I can come up with on my post-holiday brain), I burnt around my bikini line, legs and arms, but managed to keep my chest safe which was comforting – there’s nothing worse than sunburn around your collarbone when you need to put a bra on.
And here’s what my tan lines looked like on the final day – I’d say that the sun took to my belly more than anywhere else on my body, it ended up being darker than my arms!
I’m going to continue to use the hydrating mist to maintain the glow I have, but will report back once the bottle is finished to confirm whether it’s worth also adding it into your basket.
In conclusion – I think it’s a great product, provided you’re using a higher SPF than you would usually if like me you’re accustomed to an SPF of 20-30. The texture, consistency and smell is gorgeous and something that I’d happily use on a daily basis, however the only thing that would hold me back is the price tag – at around £20 for 300ml (on special offer may I add), it’s not a cheap and cheerful bargain, but the whole bottle did last me from 5 days before the holiday, right up to when we headed back to the airport with some to spare.
Rather than just share some tan line marks, I thought I’d end the post with some bikini shots (because when else am I going to be able to drop them in here) to show you the overall colour I managed to get.
Have you ever used The Fox Tan and is it a product you’d recommend? Or have you been thinking about using it, but aren’t too sure if it’s worth it? Let me know in the comments below and I’ll be back again soon with some more holiday related content!