Pure Gradual Tanning Lotion
Pure Gradual Tanning Lotion from Bondi Sands earns our praise for its easy-to-use, fragrance-free formula that delivers a sun-kissed glow without the UV damage. If you want a low-maintenance self-tanner, this lotion is a great option.
Pure Gradual Tanning Lotion dispenses via an opaque white squeeze tube. The creamy lotion formula glides on smoothly, leaving skin feeling hydrated. It’s emollient enough to moisturize and soften skin, yet it still dries down in a reasonable amount of time, so you don’t have to wait ages before getting dressed.
The beauty of this gradual tanning lotion is that the tan color builds in a subtle, steady manner, deepening with each application. If you happen to experience user error the first go, the mistakes won’t show up overtly, so you can easily correct them on the next go.
Curious which ingredients are responsible for the self-tanning effect? You can thank dihydroxyacetone and erythrulose for the faux glow (the latter of which helps prolong the tan color since it develops more slowly). The color really starts to show after a couple of applications and from there you can easily maintain it by applying Pure Gradual Tanning Lotion every few days (results will vary based on how often you exfoliate, shave, and other activities).
In terms of the other ingredients, Bondi Sands included antioxidant-rich vitamin C and vitamin E, as well as a hydration-boosting form of hyaluronic acid. Skin is also treated to a handful of conditioning agents.
As mentioned earlier, Pure Gradual Tanning Lotion omits fragrance ingredients, which is best for the health of your skin. That said, some users may still notice a certain “self-tanner aroma” caused by the chemical reaction within skin that creates the tan effect. That is typical with sunless tanning agents in general, and the odor varies depending on each individual’s body chemistry (not everyone experiences it).
In our case, we didn’t notice the smell (however, we only tested this product on our legs… it’s possible that if we had used it closer to our face/nose we may have noticed the aroma).
All in all, Pure Gradual Tanning Lotion is a product that we’re happy to recommend as a safe alternative to sun-bathing. The fact that it’s so easy to use and includes additional beneficial ingredients is the cherry on top!
- Creamy lotion texture blends smoothly, leaving skin moisturized.
- Builds tan gradually, minimizing the chance of noticeable mistakes.
- Color is easy to maintain by simply reapplying every few days.
- Doesn’t take forever to dry down (so you can get dressed fairly quickly after application).
- Contains good-for-skin ingredients, including vitamins C and E + hyaluronic acid.
- Fragrance free (a rarity for self-tanners and best for the health of your skin).
Pure Gradual Tanning Lotion by Bondi Sands combines our iconic golden glow with skin-loving Hyaluronic Acid for hydration, Vitamin C for radiance and Vitamin E for repair. The colourless, fragrance free formula is quick drying and gentle enough for all skin types.
Bondi Sands is an Australian beauty brand that launched in 2012, specializing in self-tanning products for the face and body. Named after one of Australia’s most popular beaches, Bondi Sands’ mission is to deliver a safe alternative to laying out in the sun with high quality formulas that impart a “naturally golden tan that hydrates and nourishes the skin.”
Currently, our reviews primarily focus on their PURE line, which features formulas that are free of fragrance ingredients (a true rarity when it comes to self-tanners!). While some of the PURE products fare better than others, we’re impressed by Bondi Sands’ inclusion of good-for-skin ingredients such as antioxidant-rich vitamins C and E, as well as hydrating hyaluronic acid.
Check out the individual reviews for the scoop on how each self-tanning products performs, and visit bondisands.com to learn more about brand.
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