Let's face it, taking care of your skin and protecting it against harmful sun rays is always important but it's worth a mention right now even more so than usual, as May 2016 is Sun Awareness Month.

Vita Liberata have timed the launch of their new self tanning dry oil perfectly to advertise more awareness with the launch. The Marula Self Tan Dry Oil is unlike any other self tanner I have used as it includes SPF 50 plus UVA and UBV protection and is the world's first ever self tanning oil to include the benefits of sun protection.

When I go out in the sun I always use protection, however if I'm tanning my body, it would never cross my mind to wear sun cream too... Seems silly when I think about it, but it has honestly never been something I have thought about. However now I can tan and protect my skin at the same time, as Vita Liberata say; Tan, Treat & Protect!

Marula Oil contains organic ingredients which will condition and nourish the skin on application, therefore offering a skincare regime while the oil tans and protects the skin. It also has anti ageing and hydrating benefits, being 4 times more hydrating than Argan Oil and containing 4 times more Vitamin C than oranges - this is definitely somewhat of a wonder product.
The dry oil also contains cucumber which acts as an anti-inflammatory and calms the skin, neroli which tones and tightens the skin, lemongrass to temporarily firm the skin and tighten pores and coconut to moisturise.

Being so pale skinned, I often reach for tanning products to give myself a little more confidence and to make myself feel better when getting my legs or arms out (no body wants to see my milk bottle white pins). With this being a liquid tanner, it takes a little bit of extra concentration for applying, luckily the bottle only dispenses a small amount at a time so it's hard to spill, however you have to be quick as not to get too messy. When using a tanning mit I found it quite easy to apply as the oil can be buffed into the skin in circular motions which helps to achieve a really even tan.

Not only does this smell really good; the lemongrass and coconut ingredients really dominate the scent (no biscuit smell here!) but it feels lovely to apply. As I suffer from dry skin not just on my face, it's really quite cooling and satisfying to apply to my body too, honestly believe me when I say this is THE tanning product for anyone with dry skin.
As soon as I have applied the oil, my skin instantly looks bronzed and glowy and feels so much softer than usual with no tightness or itchiness which I sometimes suffer from with fake tan.
I was happy to find that this isn't sticky at all and doesn't feel too wet... It seems to sink into the skin and dry really quickly. The oil can be left on the skin for between one and eight hours to let the tan develop and you are left with a bronzed yet natural finish after showering. I have experimented by leaving this firstly for just two hours, where I was left with a natural amount of colour and for the full eight hours where I was left looking really bronzed, but still a completely natural shade.

Vita Liberata say that this tan is a gradual tan which will last up to ten days and can be built up to create the desired look. I would say that my tan started to go a little patchy on my legs after around 7 days, however this could be down to the fact that it's been pretty hot here recently and I don't cope well in the heat! 

I also have to add how much I love the packaging, the frosted glass bottle which shows off the beautiful liquid inside looks really luxurious and feels amazing to hold, even the box is pretty with it's purple/greige background and rose gold text... It's definitely a product to display on your dressing table!

You can buy the Marula Self Tan Dry Oil direct from Vita Liberata for £39.00 and currently you will receive two free products with your purchase; Micro Super Fine Skin Polish and Micro Moisture Boost.
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