Moving away from the face with this sample, today’s post takes a look at self-tanning pads, Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Glow Pad.
Let me preface this with saying I’m no stranger to the self-tanners, but I’m a complete newb with the self-tanning pad. I’ve used various self-tanning lotions in the past including Clinique, Jergens and Aveeno.
According to the description, this product is an exfoliating self tanner that firms and smooths skins and minimizes the need for shaving. Sounds awesome, right?
The description: “This multitasking self tanner offers the glow you desire with added, skin-friendly bonuses. Packed with vitamin D, this exfoliating and anti-aging formula repairs and nourishes skin, combating irritation and blemishes. Capislo™ helps reduce shaving frequency by minimizing hair texture, length, and growth, while the microencapsulated DHA and soy proteins deliver color deep into the skin to prevent fading.”
Let’s start with the good:
1. It works! Within 2 hours you’ll have glowing skin. It has really strong color right off the bat.
2. It stays, it takes a couple days of scrubbing your skin off under scalding water to remove it.
I ended up using three pads because they seemed to dry out after use and I wasn’t sure I was getting any of the solution on my skin once they reached a certain point. I followed the instructions, clean, dry, exfoliated skin. I had trouble reaching my back but felt that I did a sufficient job. I did not follow with a moisturizer. That seemed risky to me and I wanted to avoid streaks. Ha.
Now the bad..
1. Tiny pads. And I mean tiny. It’s like the size of an alcohol wipe they use at the doctor’s office or a moisty-nap. If you unfold the pad completely it becomes dastardly to apply. And therein lies the problem…
2. Streak central. I felt like I applied it evenly. It goes on clear, of course. The instructions want you to apply in a circular motion, which I found difficult. So I did the old up and down and side to side. Two hours later I look at the progress of my self-tan and about died in horror.
I reread the instructions, how could I have messed this up so badly? I had read the reviews before using it and people raved about the even coverage. So I made a dumb move. I grabbed and opened a new pad and tried to “fill in the streaks”.
Two hours later there was no change. I reread the instructions AGAIN. Finally I admitted defeat, I raised the white flag and dove into the shower. I scrubbed and soaked and scrubbed until my skin felt raw. I stepped out of the shower and felt pretty good about it. There were some areas you could tell were more tan than others, but still better than orange swirl.
Then I woke up the next morning and went to get dressed. I looked in the mirror and could not believe my eyes. The stupid tanner had gone DARKER over time, and the streaks were back full force. I was stuck with it though since I had to drive down to my family reunion. Sigh. I threw on a pair of cropped pants (luckily it was cloudy and cooler out) and went on my merry way.
The next day, it was on. I grabbed my exfoliating pad and armed it with some Neutrogena acne fighting body wash. I scrubbed til the cows came home. Finally, it was almost gone.
So then I decided to do the super extra smart thing, and tried a new self-tanner. ^-^ Stay tuned for my review on St. Tropez Gradual Tanning Lotion!
If you’re feeling brave you can purchase these in quantities of 8, 10, 20 and 50 with prices ranging from $18-65.
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