FEELGOOD FACTOR ; Esther Walker Tries out a Fake Tan Designed Specially for the Redhead
Walker, Esther, The Evening Standard (London, England)
Palmer-Cutler Real Tan Treatment
What is it?
A full body tan, (face is optional) with Palmer- Cutler tanning products, which are specifically formulated for paler, British skins. It is co-created by the UK's favourite gingernut, Patsy Palmer.
What does it claim?
Most fake tans end up looking grubby or streaking because you haven't exfoliated and moisturised in advance. Tanning-booth tans are very dark and flat, and can make you look as though you've been dipped in gravy browning. Palmer-Cutler comes in lighter and darker shades so that the beautician can mimic the shading you get with a real tan.
Any science to it?
Before the tan is applied, you are washed with a cucumber body wash and water, which removes the general London muck; the next step is a thorough exfoliation with a cucumber product containing shredded loofah to remove oil and dead skin cells.
Traditional exfoliants contain nut derivatives, which are more abrasive shredded loofah is better for sensitive skin and, of course, for anyone with a nut allergy. The waterchestnut moisturiser is water, rather than oil, based, which means it dries quickly and the tan won't slide off in a shiny mess.
The fake tan itself is sprayed on by hand and works by reacting with the amino acids on the outer layer of skin. It is transparent, meaning no dreaded orange clothes or bedsheets.
What's it like?
One of the biggest downers to having red hair is that you can't get a natural tan. …