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Tanning without sun! Dove vs. Johnson's

Last winter i was all about tanning beds. I used to go to chill there at least once a week. Yes, i was looking very nice and tanned, but after doing some research and carefully analyzing my skin i saw quite a few new moles so i decided that it's just not worth it. Health is worth so much more than a tan, right?
So i was looking for an alternative way to tan because i was getting pale. And the spring was coming.
The skirt season!
So one day i saw Dove Summer Glow on sale and decided to give it a try. I liked it. Since then i allways have these kind of products in my bathroom. I gave one of them to my mom, so that i could get her opinion too.

Both product labels claim to "gradually build an even flawless tan" and "give your skin 24h moisturisation".So it's basically the same product. Can one be better than another? Let's compare them, shall we?
  •  Dove Summer Glow
This one i got first, so as i had nothing to compare it with, so back then i really liked it. It really did a good job moisturizing my skin, it felt so soft and smooth even untill the next shower. The smell is a little unusual, bet that's the problem with all these kind of lotions. It's not that bad, it's actually nice fragrance. But just a little strong. It seems that they tried to cover the self tanner agent stink so bad they had to use stronger scent. But i was okay with it. The label says that the tan should be visible after 5 days of using. The light "glow" was visible actually after few hours after application. After second day i was even more "glowy". Third day - more. Fourth day i began to see streaking on my legs. It was really unattractive. Though i used exfoliator before using it, every day...It didn't seemed to work. The same thing happened to my mom. The biggest minus of this product is that it takes a while for it to dry on the skin. I had to walk around for like a good 20mins to be completely dry. Also, it fades out a little bit uneven... but if you use exfoliator it should help. I bought it in "fair to normal skin", but it looked a little bit too orange on my legs(yup, that's my problem area). But it did it's job- gave me beautiful tan on my arms and the rest of the body(except legs), my skin was amazingly soft and glowy. :) I'd rate it 4 out of 5. My mom gave it 5 out of 5. Even with the streaking...
  • Johnson's Holiday Skin
I bought that one just to compare it to the Dove one. Though this one actually was the first that kind of lotion ever. So Johnson's is an originator for lotions with self-tanner. I actually liked the smell of it more than the smell of Dove's Summer Glow. Though for a lot of people it's more unpleasant. It's also has the same hint of self tanner stink, but it's covered differently...In a lighter way. I liked it better. It is more thick compared to Dove, but it dries out way faster. As it claims, it leaves my skin soft and moisturized for a long time. I was able to see some soft tan other day after the application. After using it for 5 days i never saw ANY streaking. Even on my legs. I bought it in Fair to medium, but it wasn't orangish as Dove. My skin looked like i had spent the weekend in the beach. I'd rate it 5 out of 5 :)

So to conclude- both products live up to their expectations. They both give you a nice natural glow and keeps your skin moisturized. I rated Johnson's Holiday Skin higher because i didn't get streaky from it. And i like the smelll better.

Since this is a nice way to give yourself "back from the beach" look, i wouldn't recomend it to use every single day. Eventually, after putting layer after layer of fake tan you will start to look orange. This is a great way to enhance your tan, or to look less pale before some event, or the beach season.
Or to make yourself feel better in this cold and snowy winter :)


  1. Thank you for your insight!

    I think I am going to have to give Johnson's a go in preparation for summer and see what I think!

    Liesl :)

  2. I tried a self tanner once and the smell was just so overwhelming that I stopped! but hmm dove summer glow sounds like a good one to try for sure

  3. I love that you wrote this post. I think it's so important to let people know how harmful tanning beds are. You can find an affordable self tanner that even smells good. Check my page out I wrote some things on it. I'm obsessed with skin care ;)

  4. Dove is great! I also like L'Oreal.
    I am not going to solarium anymore :)

  5. Cool review! I always try to keep my skin healthy by staying out of the sun. Have you ever tried Loreal Sublime Bronze? That's my personal fave, and it's pretty cheap as well!
    I love you blog, I'm following =) Check out mine and do the same if you like!

  6. I've been to a tanning salon only once in my life and I'm not going back lol after reading so many horrible stories of people getting cancer in their 20's all because of regular use of sunbeds. It's just not worth it.

    I've lost count of how many self tanners I've tried. I ALWAYS self tan because otherwise I look super pale like a ghost and don't like it lol. I haven't tried the Johnsons' one but I've read good reviews about it...
    My fav self tanners are the St Tropez gradual one, St Moriz and maybe the Estee lauder one that came out last summer. The Garnier spray one is also quite good because it doesn't streak :P


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