NKD SKN VITA LIBERATA: Tanning Traumas and Triumphs

NKD Skin blog post


The deeper we get into winter, the more apparent it becomes that I’m quickly becoming a fake tan addict, especially since it’s been less than a month since I last did a fake tan review. Life is always that little bit better with a tan so who can blame me really?

Similarly to the Selfie Tan’n’Go range, Vita Liberata is another self tanning brand that I was new to. Initially, the brand began as an anti-ageing skin care range but by 2007 the brand had turned its attention to exploring the fake tan route and in 2011, Vita Liberata became the world’s first completely non-toxic tanning brand.

The NKD SKN Self Tan comes in a mousse formula, something that I was also new to. Because of this I allowed myself two attempts with the product in order to give it a fair review.

My first attempt led to my first ever fake tan disaster. I found out the hard way that when applying fake tan in a mousse formula, it needs to be done fairly quickly and very, very carefully. Clearly, I didn’t get this memo and instead of the beautiful, golden glow that I had been hoping for, I ended up with a very interesting, patchy tan that made choosing outfits much more difficult as I desperately tried to cover up my disastrous tan. To add insult to injury, the tan develops at a ‘Superfast’ speed, part of the packaging that I had failed to notice, which meant that once the tan had touched my skin, there really was no saving this patchy mess that I had created. Fortunately, however, the tan is very easy to scrub off and after a few intense exfoliating/moisturising sessions it was time for attempt number two.

The second attempt thankfully, went much better than the first. This time around I exfoliated my skin very thoroughly and before applying the tan to my skin, I spread the the product evenly across the mitt and then applied it to my skin in circular motions. Although there were still a few patchy areas, these ares were significantly smaller than the first time and the problems with patchiness was definitely much more to do with my application skills (or lack of) rather than the tan itself.

One thing in particular that I noticed abut this tanning product is that it catches very obviously in any dry patches you have on your skin and so I would recommend making sure that you exfoliate and moisturise your skin regularly in the days leading up to you fake tan pamper session.

Overall, I love the deepness in colour that this tan produces as well as how quickly it develops (despite initial difficulties that this caused) and I’m determined to perfect my fake tan application skills so that I can sport a golden glow everyday.

Check out theΒ Vita Liberata website and try out some of their products for yourself!



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