A few weeks ago, a friend sent me this Rodan and Fields foaming tanner. Honestly, I thought it was some kind of joke. Perhaps she thought, “Gingers don’t tan, so it will be really funny to send this to Kim.”
It’s true that I’m a ginger and that gingers just don’t tan. I can burn from seeing the sun through a window. I long ago gave up on the dream of achieving a gorgeous golden tan. The closest I will come are my million freckles that from a distance you might mistake for a tan. On the positive side, pale girls can’t tan and avoid premature wrinkling. Golden tan girls might look good now, but just wait until we hit 45. Pale girls will still look great. The truth is that gingers and other pale girls learn early to be diligent about wearing sunscreen. What you might not know is how much sun protection you actually need. I recently found this chart on Pinterest and was shocked about the SPF level we really need. I’ve been wearing SPF 30-50, but according to this chart we need to start buying SPF 50-100!?!
I embrace my pale skin and don’t both with tanning products. Having received this foaming tanner as a gift, however, I decided to give it a try. I thought my arms would probably be the easiest to test. I followed the directions and exfoliated my arms in the shower before applying the foaming tanner. After drying off, I basically just sprayed the foam on the center of my lower and upper arms and spread towards my wrist and elbow. The directions say that you need to be careful not to apply too much to the wrist and elbow areas, so this seemed to be a good plan of attack. After you apply the tanner you need to avoid touching any fabrics until your skin completely dries. The directions say that you will not see results from 2-4 hours. I took another picture after 3 hours for a reference. I could begin to see a little change during that time, but I would not say I looked tan. It may take several more hours for you to notice a result. I was actually surprised that when I woke up the next morning, my arms really looked tan! Plus, it looked really good and natural. I didn’t have any splotchy areas and was quite pleased.
I applied again in two days and was shocked at how tan I actually looked! Other people noticed and commented on the tan! So, I decided to try it on my legs. The application process was a lot harder because there is a lot more surface area to cover. You need to be careful about how you apply the tanner around your knees and ankles. I also have a massive scar on the front of my knee from surgery two years ago. My results were not as great on my legs, but I blame that on user error and messed up knees. They did not look bad, but I need some more practice to master the application process. Overall, I would recommend this product if you don’t want to look pasty all summer or don’t want to subject your skin to harmful UV radiation in order to get a golden tan. If you already know a Rodan and Fields consultant, give her a call. If you don’t have a consultant of your own, feel free to place an order from my friend (and former student), Pinky.
*I was not asked to write this review by Rodan and Fields or any associated consultant. I did receive this product as a gift from a friend but am not being compensated in any other way.