23 May 2014

Review: Vita Liberata Rich Face Tinted Self Tan Lotion

I think I have FINALLY found a self tanner that I am not allergic to! I've blogged a while ago about my strange reactions to self-tanners (read here), as I don't classify my skin to be sensitive. I can use the harshest scrubs and not worry about my skin going crazy. I don't have to read the ingredients on skincare products, as I don't have any allergies whatsoever, until I tried self tanners. I suspect the DHA component in self tanners to be the culprit of the rashes that conveniently surface 8-24 hours after applying a self-tanner. I've tried a variety of products, and have had no luck... until Vita Liberata came into my life.

Vita Liberata prides itself on using non-toxic ingredients, and 80% of which are organic. 
Travel sized version of Vita Liberata Rich Face Tinted Self Tan Lotion
I decided to give the Rich Face Tinted Self Tan Lotion on my legs, as I thought it will most likely be a lot more gentle than a self-tan formulated for the rest of the body. I was a bit apprehensive about using this after using so many self tanners and having reacted to all of them. However, I was somewhat comforted and had a glimmer of hope after reading the ingredients list and seeing that the dreadful DHA ingredient is organic.


I used a tanning mitt to apply a layer of Rich Tan Tinted Self Tan Lotion on the top half of my legs on a Saturday morning, as the most sensitive area of my legs are at the back of my knees, where rashes like to congregate at the back of my knees. I do also normally get some rashes near my knee cap, but it is usually a lot more bearable than the back of my knees. I was (and am still) so pleased that my skin barely reacted to this self tanner! There was slight itching approximately 8 hours after application, however after slapping on some moisturizer for sensitive skin (review coming soon) and a shower, the itching went away.

After about two weeks, I decided to give it another go to make sure it wasn't a fluke. I applied it all over my legs this time. Again, there was slight itching but it wasn't unbearable (unlike most self-tanners I've tried) and the slight discomfort didn't last too long, similar to the first time I used this on the top half of my legs.

Vita Liberata Rich Face Tinted Self Tan Lotion applied on the back of my hand. Shot taken straight after application (semi-wet).
I'm no expert when it comes to self-tanners, as I haven't been using them long. Due to my sensitive skin, what I look for in a self-tanner will most likely be different to people blessed with "normal" skin. Not surprisingly, the main thing I look for is one that provides a good colour without my skin going crazy. I can confidently say Vita Liberata Rich Face Tinted Self Tan Lotion ticks my boxes. Other things that I look for but aren't as important (i.e. it does not make or break the product) are smell, longevity, how long it takes to dry, transfer resistance, how it fades.

Vita Liberata Rich Face Tinted Self Tan Lotion applied  on my arm. Shot taken a few minutes after application (dry).
The smell of Vita Liberata Rich Face Tinted Self Tan Lotion is pretty neutral. The tan lasts a few days on my skin, as it isn't a very deep colour. However, it looks really natural and it fades evenly. As the consistency of the lotion is quite thin, it doesn't take long at all to dry. I also didn't have any issues with transfers.

All in all, I really like this self tanner. I can't believe I have finally found a self tanner that I'm not allergic to (well, I am slightly, but not as crazy as other self tanners)! However, I wish Vita Liberata made a deeper colour in the Rich Face Tinted Self Tan Lotion range.

This product was kindly provided for my consideration. All opinions expressed are my own.

1 comment:

  1. yay! you found one that is sorta okay for you to use :) the colour looks pretty natural too, not orange.

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