After years and years of being ghostly pale, 31 years to be exact, I’ve finally embraced my natural colouring and now I never tan or spend hours in the sun trying to achieve that coveted bronzed glow. But, with that being said I still can’t say no to a natural, healthy, non-toxic tan that enables me to wear skirts and dresses without the fear of blinding people. I recently got to try just that when Vita Liberata offered me a spray tan using their professional tinted spray formula in Brazil, which is referred to as “Lusciously Dark”. This specific shade contains 12% DHA. In case you’re not sure of what that it is, it’s Dihydroxyacetone. This is the ingredient in fake tanners that causes the chemical reaction on your skin which darkens it. It’s usually derived from sugar cane.
Vita Liberata is a luxury tanning brand that has been mentioned worldwide in the media. Several magazines such as Glamour, Elle, Vogue and Cosmopolitian have featured them on their trendy pages. Also, Vita Liberata have garnered quite a celebrity following with includes Kim Kardashian, Giuliana Rancic, Kelly Brook and Sofia Vergara. I’ve never been for a spray tan before so this was my first ever experience and I must say that this award-winning brand has set the bar very high. The day before my tanning session (about R4oo at salons) I completed all the care and prep steps which includes shaving and exfoliating. These steps are extremely important if you want to avoid streaks and patchiness. The whole process was quick and easy, albeit a bit awkward and cold when you feel the blast of cool air from the tanning machine.
The tanning solution dried almost instantly. There was no scent while she was spraying, which is something that surprised me because when it comes to any form of fake tanner I immediately associate it with a very strong ‘biscuit’ scent. My skin felt beautifully soft after application and that’s probably due to their unique moisture-lock system that hydrates your skin for 72 hours by drawing water to the skins surface and locking it there. Aside from this innovative system, I was also amazed at the impressive list of extracts and ingredients that this truly organic range of products contain – Aloe Vera, Licorice, Ginkgo Biloba, Lychee, Melon, Bladderwrack and Hydrolysed Silk to name a few.
There really is something to be said about bronzed, sun-kissed skin. It looks healthier, you feel better and it even gives the appearance of a toned body. I’ve tried countless fake tan products and had many good and bad experiences. The main things I love about the Vita Liberata tan are that it’s odourless, completely non-toxic and a natural shade. The first 8 to 12 hours after the tan is applied you need to avoid water. The colour needs to deepen and develop on your skin. During this time my skin became so brown I could hardly recognise myself. But after the initial bronzer washed off I was left with a very natural colour that looked like I’d spent a few weeks on an exotic island sipping cocktails in the sun. Okay, no idea where the island part came from, but a girl can dream.
As I’m writing this post it’s 6 days after I washed the bronzer off and I still have a gorgeous bronzed colour on my skin. It has started to fade, but it has done so very evenly which is a delight. If you’ve ever experienced fake tan fading then you know how horrible it can look. I completely forgot to take before photos. Bad beauty blogger! I blame this on the pure excitement that I felt before the spray tan. However, if you look at pretty much any photo of me you will see how I looked before. (like here, here and here) and if you want to see my bronzed upper body and face you can go watch my last video on youtube.
Vita Liberata also offer a very popular retail range which I’ve only heard rave reviews about. Their products aren’t exactly budget, but if you’re looking for something that works then this brand might be it. You can visit their online store, follow them on Facebook or contact them on (+27) 21 4658569.
Go take a peek at their stockists and find out about booking your own spray tan