There are many reviews available online for Neutrogena sunless tanning lotion through various web sites that certainly make it a lot easier to make a decision about whether or not to buy any this product. Neutrogena have quite an impressive range of sunless tanning lotions that include lotions and sprays as well as a specific one for the face.
When stuck with a pasty white skin color and desiring one that looks like you've been to the Mediterranean or the Caribbean on holiday and have acquired this amazing tan, the attraction builds to go for a sunless tanning option. Many people in this situation have not had a decent tan for years so it's quite a daunting thing to stand before the mirror and apply the lotion or spray and then wait to see the results. This can be hugely risky too if you have a real or urgent purpose like needing a special tanned effect for a wedding, or an important event requiring that plunge neck line to be tanned and not have bikini lines in between. Risky, because unless you've tried a sunless tanning lotion, never mind a specific brand like Neutrogena, you just don't know what the outcome may be!
Let's face it, it's not very easy to get that all round even tan in just 24 hours through traditional tanning methods lying outdoors in the sunshine. Too much too quickly is never a good idea with the sun's UV rays as the risk of sun burn is high. Never mind the associated high risk of skin cancer. It's also not a good idea with a tanning booth either as they operate with UV rays too and the risk of getting skin cancer by over doing it is actually greater than tanning naturally outdoors.
So the best plan of action is to test the product first. Unless you're prepared to just give it a go and not worry about whether or not you end up with orange streaks all over. Make sure to spray or spread the lotion out as evenly as possible, in sweeping strokes rather than small rubbing strokes. Don't forget some areas like the back of your neck, the tops of your feet, your ears, under your arms, and the back of your knee. Make sure to wash your hands afterwards so you can prevent orange palms. The hard skin of your palms or the bottom of your feet will tan more than elsewhere on your body where the skin is not so tough. Rather leave them out, as they tend not to tan that much when tanning naturally in the open sunshine anyway.
It may be that you need to reapply more than once. It seems the best results seem to come when you reapply every 2 hours for 3 to 4 times, depending on your time constraints. It's great ti do this and then go off to bed and wake up in the morning to see the result! Waiting all day long can be especially nerve-racking!
There are many reports to be read about the orange or streaky effect of Neutrogena sunless tanning lotion but there are also equally as many reporting how wonderful the results are. One report said that "the color looked natural and was even, with no streaks or orange tones - just a nice golden, natural looking tan. And, in less than 24 hours!" However the same report spoke of orange colored skin and streaking after a few days without reapplying.
Unfortunately there are negatives to the story as all people are not equal and it's hard to please everyone all the time. However, I have not come across any reports of damage to the skin, which is a great bonus! The following areas are the most common complaints though:
As with many sunless tanning products, becoming familiar with the product enables you to manage it more effectively for your own skin and personal circumstances. eg one comment "Even with the few things I didn't like about the product I will continue to use it. In the future I will spray a little more than I did the first time and will re apply every few days to keep my nice golden color."