Somewhere on a Beach Instant Dark Tanning Lotion Review

Our Ratings

  • Consistency & feel
  • Scent
  • Features
  • Tanning Results
  • Value for money
4.5

Summary

  • DHA Free
  • Can be used indoor or outdoor
  • Great beachy smell

Analysis and review

Who said you couldn’t capture somewhere on a beach in a bottle? Well, apparently you can. When you’re cooped up at home, just one use of this lotion takes you right to the beach. Whether you choose to use it indoor or outdoor, it drenches your skin with a tropical tantini fragrance reminiscent of an island retreat and gives you a dark luminous tan similar to the one you would get after lounging in the sun.

I don’t know about anyone else, but the first thing I do when I open a bottle of anything is to smell it. What I do after has a lot to do with how I feel about the scent. This tanning lotion, Somewhere on a Beach actually has a nice beachy fragrance and the moment I took a whiff, I knew I would give it a try. I also like the texture and viscosity; it goes on silky-smooth, rubs in nicely on my skin and with so much ease. There is no white residue or pasty feel like some other tanning lotions I have used. Upon application it also leaves my skin feeling moisturized and hydrated, this is especially beneficial during the tanning process. When your skin is moist it tends to tan better, giving you elevated color darkening and less skin irritation.

There are a couple of superb additives in its composition that not only provides skin softening and hydrating properties but also regenerative effects. These are the inclusions of coconut and walnut oil, aloe leaf juice and green tea leaf extract. The science behind its formula utilizes an advanced matrixyl synthe 6, which is a powerful anti-aging peptide that regulates cell activity and reconditions collagen tissue; this ultimately reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Its mixture also contains bronzers and tan enhancers that work to get your skin looking dark in rapid time. For indoor tanning, I suggest using a level 3 bed for 15 to 20 minutes and repeat daily or every other day until you have arrived at your desired color. I find that the tanning bed makes me tan better than when I sunbathe, but I enjoy the experience that comes with tanning outdoors. This lotion will get me sun-kissed within 15 minutes of tanning in the sun; I usually take a break and continue tanning for another 15 minutes to get more dramatized results because I like to look a bit darker and plus my tan lasts longer when I go dark.

Regrettably, there are no sunscreen or SPF properties to protect your skin from the harmful effects of UVA rays. If you are like me, I will tan as many times as necessary to achieve the perfect color, and this may take a couple of tanning sessions. This is why it is important to find a tanning lotion that has the added benefit of skin-nourishing ingredients to protect your skin while tanning and to give you overall skin improvements. This is what this tanning lotion offers but for advanced protection from UV exposure, I would suggest minimizing your sessions, using low-level beds and perhaps adding a little sunscreen from time to time.

Somewhere on a Beach have gotten full five-star ratings from most of its users for a number of reasons. There is no doubt it is an excellent tanning lotion but its potentials aren’t achieved without proper preparation and use.

There are some key steps to take before applying this lotion as well as key techniques to employ during the process. Before getting in the sun or into the tanning bed, make sure to thoroughly clean and exfoliate your entire body or more importantly the places you are planning on tanning. Make sure to wax (the day before preferably to minimize the chance or skin irritation) or shave away hair on your body as well. This allows the tanning lotion to infiltrate the surface of your skin effectively as well as minimize the chances of blemishes and streaks to form after you are done tanning. A great exfoliating scrub is from the Apricot line of products, there is a range of them to choose from, in my experience, they are all pretty good. In combination to an exfoliating scrub, you can also opt to use a loofah or scrubbing mitten. Both items are especially handy if you have rough/bumpy skin, ingrown hairs and or extremely dry skin.

With any product that you use, you need to make sure that it does more good than harm. Good preparation and application are key with using tanning lotions but users should also ensure that they are not allergic to the ingredients within. If you have sensitive skin issues, read the labels and always try to do a patch test on an area of your body that is most susceptive to breaking out. Sometimes you have to make the decision whether you want to have a nice rich tan on smooth skin or on unsightly bumpy skin. Unfortunately, some users make the mistake of using products that give them a bad reaction then blame the product and not themselves for making a bad decision. If you’re in the clear after a patch test and employ proper application practices, you should see some pretty good results after using this tanning lotion. It will give you a very nice sun-kissed bronzed color or darker with more use, it applies well and leaves your skin feeling silky and soft plus it smells great.

Even though this tanner is on the pricier side among the range of available tanning products out there, the results it gives are rewarding, to say the least. I love everything about this lotion even the bottle it comes in. A sleek curvy shaped bottle showing palm trees nestled under a sunset sky with bursts of red, yellow and purple hints at the top and a black base with the name written across the middle. It gets an obvious thumb up, a very well respected 4-5 star rating, and a permanent spot in my beach bag!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mandi Colburn
Mandi Colburn
I am the lead writer for TanningReviews. I love writing, the outdoors and working out to get me in beach-ready shape.

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