Review: Kona Sunless Tanning

I love sunless tanners I will try them all before I am done. But while I love having a golden glow there are a lot of sunless tanners that made me look more Snooki then just back from vacation sexy. When I was offered the chance to try Kona Tanning Companies Sunless tanner I couldn’t say yes fast enough. I mean these folks tan the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Models, hello!

Keep reading to find out if it works for us non-models and see a swatch…

The Kona gradual tanner has none of the usual self tanner smell, just a nice soft citrus scent. The formula feels like  a nice rich lotion and covers really well.  I like to apply before bed, let it dry thoroughly then wake up with a golden glow. The color  is a gorgeous natural tan color and it doesn’t cause any streaking or weird orange shades. One big thing for me is how self tans fade,  I love how naturally the Kona Gradual Tanner fades. Even if I can’t apply for awhile the color naturally fades without leaving any strange marks.

The photo below is taken after two days use of the Kona Gradual Tanner. As you can see if added a lot of color to my skin but the shade is very natural. This is a really amazing self tanning product for newbies or sunless tanning junkies like myself. You get a lot of product for the money and a little goes a long way.

Kona Tanning Company’s Gradual Tanner: The Original
Made by Sunless Tanners for Sunless Tanners

WHAT IT IS:
Part of Kona Tanning Company’s sunless product line – Kona Tanning Company’s Gradual Tanner is a luxurious, moisture‐rich sunless tanning lotion designed to give anyone the chance to build a Kona Tan, from a yacht in the Virgin Islands to a cabin in Alaska. Or, for those who enjoy receiving an airbrushed tanning treatment, this gradual sunless tanner can be used daily to continue saturating incoming skin cells with color, lessening the frequency of spray tan visits. This product is designed with the “girl on the go” in mind, but can be used by anyone concerned with youth and beauty of their skin, and avoiding the harmful sun. With each application, this hydrating body lotion gradually builds on existing sunless and UV tans, or can be used alone as a sunless tanner. The caramel tint and gold shimmer dust provide instant glow, and if used daily, the color received will resemble a tropical, sun-kissed brown color.

The Gradual Tanner protects and hydrates the body, keeping skin soft and smooth through its specially formulated blend of vitamins, antioxidants and fortifying botanicals. Kona Tanning Company’s Gradual Tanner introduces DHA into its delectable base of chamomile (for a soothing and calming treatment) and all natural preservatives (including thyme and grapefruit seed extract). These ingredients were also selected for their super antioxidant properties, and combined with notes of Hydrolyzed Collagen to encourage cellular repair, promoting a youthful appearance from head to toe. Additionally, the Gradual Tanner boasts an indulgent citrus vanilla fragrance, perfect for an evening out. You won’t just use this sunless tanning lotion, you’ll accessorize with it!

KEY BENEFITS:
- Protects and intensely hydrates the skin
- Produces golden undertones in all skin types tested
- Promotes cellular repair, diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

KEY INGREDIENTS:

  • DHA (dihydroxyacetone) – DHA is a colorless chemical (derived from beets and sugarcane) that interacts with the amino acids in dead skin cells to produce a brown color change.
  • Sunflower Oil – a great source of vitamins, deeply nourishing and conditioning for the skin, known to treat dry, weathered, aged, and damaged skin, as well as retaining moisture.
  • Shea Butter – nourishes the skin with Vitamins A, E and F. Vitamins A and E help maintain the skin and keep it clear and healthy, while Vitamin F acts as a skin protector and rejuvenator. They are particularly helpful for sun damaged skin, helping prevent premature wrinkles and facial lines.

DIRECTIONS:
Use daily for best results. Apply evenly on skin, as you would your daily moisturizer, allowing several minutes to dry prior to dressing. After each application wash your hands, concentrating on your palms and fingertips. You will begin to build a natural-looking color within days.

This little tanning spray is amazing! It has a micro fine mist that helps to really cover my skin. It has zero odor and dries really fast you can apply in the morning and be glowing for a night on the town. A really gorgeous authentic golden tan color. I love that its small enough to travel with so you can look great on the go. The great color can help hide skin imperfections and have you ready to wear your skimpiest summer outfits.

Kona Tanning Company’s Self-Tanning Spray Bottle (1 ounce)
Made by Sunless Tanners for Sunless Tanners

WHAT IT IS:
Part of Kona Tanning Company’s sunless tanning product line – A fine mist atomizer containing one ounce of our famous formula, for touch-ups on the go! One ounce never looked so good! Through trial and error in the “Kona Lab,” we have created the finest recipe of tanning solutions on the market. Our exclusive formula is odor‐free, streak‐free, and instantly leaves skin with a radiant mocha glow, lasting about a week. Embrace the tan’s instant confidence lift, as imperfections such as cellulite, varicose veins, bruises, stretch marks, broken blood vessels, tan lines, and scars are minimized or even invisible. This atomizer is fine enough to act as a makeshift airbrush gun, and depending on the skill of the beholder, this may be the ticket to traveling with your very own Kona Tanning Pro! Available in 1 ounce and 4 ounce mist bottles.

KEY BENEFITS:
- Dehydrates fat cells for smoother skin
- Produces golden undertones in all skin types
- Protects skin against oxidative stress and immune cell damage

KEY INGREDIENTS:

  • DHA (dihydroxyacetone) – DHA is a colorless ingredient (derived from beets and sugarcane) that interacts with the amino acids in dead skin cells to produce a brown color change.
  • Caffeine – Caffeine acts as vasoconstrictor, an antioxidant, and a diuretic. For this reason caffeine has been used for years in cellulite creams, because it dehydrates fat cells, making the skin smoother.
  • White Tea Extracts – White tea has been proven to be effective in boosting the immune function of skin cells, protecting them against the damaging effects of the sun. The discovery that white tea extract protects the skin from oxidative stress and immune cell damage adds another important element in the battle against skin cancer. White tea extract also appears to build the skin’s resistance against stresses that cause the skin to age.

DIRECTIONS:
A virtual tan in a bottle! Clear contents in atomizer by doing an “air spritz,” ridding the nozzle of any excess residue that might compromise the output of the mist. Hold Spritzer six inches from skin, and apply 3-4 sprays of tanning solution. Blend into skin using circular motions, making sure to wash hands thoroughly after application. A blotting cloth can also be used to blend, as solution is water-soluble in most fabrics (see our FAQ’s page to see which fabrics should be avoided). Continue applying tanning spray until desired color is achieved, and avoid coming into contact with liquids for the first 12 hours. Apply as often as desired! Lasts 7-10 days with proper care.

Perfect for travel, this self-tanning spray bottle can be used in the air, on land, or at sea. Fits neatly in your makeup kit, so at a moment’s notice you’re ready to tan and go. Busy fashionistas love that the Spritzer is purse-sized, making quick face tans a lunch hour must! Take this self-tanning spray on your next cruise for a mid-vacation bronze, or even use at the end of the trip to return looking rested, rejuvenated, and radiantly golden. Legs looking a little dry? Bring one of these self-tanning sprays home with you, so you’ll never have to bare those legs without a sun-kissed Kona Tan again…wherever you are!


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May 30th, 2013 at 9:11 am

Thanks for the wonderful review!! We love your blog!! :-D

June 6th, 2013 at 2:29 am

Self-tanner, sounds good! :D This is a nice post, and your review for this product is great. Thanks for sharing!