Achieving a natural golden olive skin can take time, and is difficult. Tanning beds are dangerous. Tanning in the sun has its benefits, but also has risk. 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 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 on this quick self-tanning product.
Loving Tan Review
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.
The bronzing mousse comes in a pump bottle that makes it easy to dispense and use the product. It also comes with a clear cap that covers the pump to prevent it from accidentally dispensing any of the precious mousse. The pump on the bottle works very well, and we didn’t see any reports of other users having problems with their pump mechanism. However, there were reports of some users who felt they receive a leaking product with less mousse than what should have been in the bottle.
The bottle isn’t only functional, it is stylishly designed too. The body of the bottle is finished in a metallic old rose color and the label is printed clearly in a contrasting black color. The appearance may not affect how well the product performs, but it does grab attention and pushes you to take a closer look.
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A Speedy Sunless Tanner
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.
The color may not be that dark, but will still develop. Many customers were able to achieve the natural olive skin color even if they rinsed off the product after two hours upon 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.
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.
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.
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
Even if there are only three shades to choose from, it can still be difficult to choose what color is best for the skin. 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 your 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 with 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 will help spread the product evenly and avoid staining the hands.
Loving Tan also has a back applicator to help with those hard to reach areas.
If you change your mind about your tan, you can simply wait for it to naturally fade away. There are also tools and techniques you can use to speed up the process like this polishing glove.
Can You Use Loving Tan on Your Face?
Some people choose to use it on their face and are pleased with the results. Although many find that it can be used on the face without any problem at all, each person is different.
The face is more sensitive than the rest of the body and may react differently to Loving Tan. If applying to the face, just be careful and don’t apply too much. Some suggest diluting it with a moisturizer when applying to the face and take it slowly.
The Bottom Line
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!