Loving Tan 2 Hour Express Review

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Achieving natural golden olive skin can take time, and is difficult. Tanning beds are dangerous. Tanning in the sun has its benefits, but also has risks. And while self-tanning is pretty safe, most self-tanners will require an average of 8 hours before you can rinse out the product.

If you don’t have the luxury of time, you can choose other self-tanners that you can rinse out in as little as 2-hours like the Loving Tan 2-Hour Express Mousse.

Loving Tan 2 Hour Express is available in three different shades: medium, dark, and ultra-dark. It is made with natural ingredients and a quick-drying formula that’s potent enough to develop in just 2 hours.

Overall, it is a highly rated product on Amazon and Reddit SkinCareAddiction, but does it really work. Read the full Loving Tan review so you can learn the details of this quick self-tanning product.


Loving Tan 2 Hour Express Review

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This review focuses on a few details like the packaging, effectiveness of claim, results, odor, available options, ingredients and procedure to get a luscious, luminous tan in a short time.

Key Features at a Glance

  • Concentrated Formula
  • Quick Drying
  • Takes Only 2 Hours To Develop
  • Natural Ingredients
  • Easy To Apply
  • 2 Colors Options

Dimensions and Specs

  • Volume: 120 ml
  • Weight: 1.12 oz
  • Instant Bronzer: Deep
  • Color: Medium, Dark, and Ultra-Dark

The Loving Tan 2 Hour Express Deluxe Bronzing Mousse is being offered in three variations, Medium, Dark, and Ultra-Dark. Due to the similarities of the products, the review here is for the general Loving Tan product unless otherwise mentioned.

A Speedy Sunless Tanner

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More important than Loving Tan’s packaging is how well it performs as a self-tanner. It promises results in as little as two hours and it is able to do that. It’s similar to Body Drench Quick Tan, which we looked at here.

The color may not be that dark, but will develop. Many customers were able to achieve the natural olive skin color even if they rinsed off the product two hours after applying the product. 

This is in pretty stark contrast to other popular self-tanners like Mystic Tan (reviewed here) and Tan Physics (reviewed here), both of which take 6-8 hours to work.

There are mixed reviews about its ability to produce a tan that quickly. Although some users are amazed at how short the time they have to wait for them to wash it off, some are still skeptical. The problem some encountered is that even if after two hours they loved their color, when they washed off the Loving Tan, some of that color washed away as well.

The Power of Bronzers

This is likely due to the bronzers included in the Loving Tan mousse.

Remember that this product contains a bronzer so it can instantly darken the skin once applied. Additionally, the bronzer also acts as a guide to identifying which areas of the skin have already been tanned. During the rinse, it is the bronzer that gets washed off but the tan still continues to develop in the succeeding hours.

The action of the bronzers can make the effects of the tanner unclear, which is why many choose tanning lotions without bronzers.

When to Rinse Loving Tan

Although the instructions say that Loving Tan can be rinsed after two hours, there are still some users who chose to extend that time. Some customers find that the longer it stays in contact with the skin, the deeper the color that develops. This makes complete sense, and the longer it stays on, the darker you’ll get.

But, there is a danger. The dreaded orange goblin look.


Be careful how long you keep the Loving Tan on, and each time you use it, gradually increase your time. Don’t go all out with this one!

Staining Towels and Clothes

The bronzers in Loving Tan don’t generally stain towels, and easily washes out. It will typically not stain clothes either, but users should make sure to let mousse completely dry on the skin first before dressing.

You won’t have to wait too long because it dries up very fast. That means it should also be applied quickly as well.

Waterproof Results

This sunless tanner is designed to be washed after two hours, but for 6 hours from the time it was applied, users are instructed not to wet their body, not wash their hair, and avoid perspiration.

This will help make sure the natural olive tan develops evenly without the streaks common at the hands, feet, elbows, knees, etc.

The tan that develops usually lasts 7-10 days, though some find it lasts for 4-5 days on them. The length of time can vary because people have different ways of washing their bodies.

The tan fades faster when the body spends long periods of time in chlorinated water. Similarly, the tan will fade at a faster rate with exfoliation because the darkened cells shed off at a faster rate.

Absence Of Self-Tanner Odor

Another thing that customers loved about this self-tanner is the smell. At first, it has a hint of the floral smell, but that fades as hours pass by. Unlike other self-tanners that can smell like burnt sugar, this doesn’t smell like that at all. DHA notoriously has a rather unpleasant scent, but Loving Tan smells pretty good.

Some can’t really smell anything while there are also some who smell a faint odor that isn’t too noticeable. This is great for those who wish to get a last-minute tan but don’t want to smell like one.

Choosing The Right Color

Loving Tan Medium

Though there are multiple shades to choose from, it can still be difficult to figure out what color is best for your skin. See our guide to self tan colors here for basic information.

For people with fair skin, it is best to try the medium color first because you’ll never know how dark it will tan you until you try on your skin.

If you are not that fair or you wish to have an even deeper color than the medium can provide, the dark color will be more suitable for you. Also, you can prolong its contact with the skin to develop a deeper tan.

If you want to push things, you can try the Ultra-dark, but this should not be your first stop unless your skin is already fairly dark, to begin with.

Natural Ingredient List

Lovin Tan bronzing mousse takes pride in its list of natural ingredients. The first thing on the list is the hydrating aloe vera base that moisturizes the skin to prepare it for tanning.  Moisturized skin takes the tan more evenly and can help it to last longer.

There are also antioxidants and vitamin extracts that help in preventing premature aging for the skin. This can help the skin to have a more youthful glow plus it can also improve elasticity.

The Tanning Procedure

Tanning with the Lovin Tan 2 Hour Express is very easy and simple to do. Just spread the product all over the body then let it dry. After two hours, the product can be rinsed off. The tan will continue to develop even after the rinse.

But before applying the tanner, it would be best to prep the skin by exfoliation. Just like other self-tanners, exfoliating the skin will help achieve an even and non-streaky tan.

Using tools such as this applicator mitt and the back applicator will help spread the product evenly and avoid staining the hands.

And if your tan goes wrong, you can easily remove it with this excess tan remover.

Can You Use Loving Tan on Your Face?

Loving Tan Face Tanner

Many people prefer not to use a self-tanner on their face, as the face is much more sensitive and has different oil properties than the body. The good news is that Loving Tan has an answer for that: Loving Tan Deluxe Face Tan !

This cream can be used on the face, and is designed to blend beautifully with the 2 Hour Express body tan.

Loving Tan Deluxe Face Tan, Dark - Streak Free, Natural Looking, Professional Strength Sunless Tanner - 10+ Self Tanning Applications per Bottle, Cruelty Free, Naturally Derived DHA - 1.6 Fl Oz
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  • How To Use - 1. Spread a small amount...

Does Loving Tan 2 Hour Express Continue To Develop?

Yes, Loving Tan will develop over the course of 24 hours. The process reacts with your skin after just a couple of hours, but continues to deepen for up to a day.

Does Loving Tan Develop After a Shower?

Yes, it will continue to develop for up to a day, even if you rinse the Loving Tan formula off after a couple of hours. This is part of what makes Loving Tan such an interesting product compared to other self-tanners.

But on the other hand, if you can see that it’s going wrong, it’s only going to get worse for the next several hours.

How Long Does Loving Tan 2 Hour Express Last?

Loving Tan 2 Hour Express lasts up to a week, which is pretty similar to most sunless tanners. Loving Tan will give good color for about 5 days, and then will begin to fade, and will be faint to gone in one week.

The Bottom Line

To conclude our Loving Tan Review, with all the self-tanners available on the market, the Loving Tan 2-hour Express tanner proves to be of great value. The two-hour wait period is very convenient for today’s busy life.

The good results, easy procedure, options available and natural ingredients all make it a worthy product for your money.

It’s time for luscious golden skin!

Written by Kayla Young

Kayla is the founder of LuxeLuminous. She has worked professionally in the tanning industry for years. She has been interested in esthetics since childhood, and has tried every hair, skin, and makeup product ever produced (more or less).