Beautylab Peptide Tanning Lotion

You only have to take one look at me to realise that I am not a natural tanner. I enjoy being borderline transparent but being so white means that I do consider myself to be a good person for tanning recommendations. I know it sounds crazy, but let’s think about it…if a fake tan turns me bright orange in one go, it’s unlikely it’s going to be the perfect tan for most people. As always, someone will no doubt like that baked orange and muddy skin kind of look, but when I use a fake tan, I expect to look like a slightly bronzed Goddess. The last fake tan and only other fake tan I have reviewed was perfect on ridiculously pale skin, so I was keen to try another brand. BeautyLab’s Peptide Tanning Lotion arrived through the post last month and to be honest, I’ve been putting off using it.
 Beautylab Peptide Tanning Lotion


Despite working from home now, between meetings and numerous events lately, I haven’t had a safe amount of time to potentially ruin my appearance. Things like this on novices like myself need careful planning and consideration. As I still don’t have a safe window, I decided to just try it out on my thigh. Before we get onto the results, I was very optimistic as the Beautylab Peptide Tanning Lotion works by stimulating the effects of Sun on your skin. Meaning your tan should come along naturally and gradually. It even has a pre-tan accelerator inside, meaning that if you were to put it on before going in the sun, it’ll help your colour even more.

 Beautylab Peptide Tanning Lotion


With ‘revolutionary’ peptides that increase the production of melanin (this gives the skin a darker tone), it is meant to be a natural and streak free tan. In theory it should be amazing. The tanning lotion has a gorgeous smell and is a white, easy to apply cream. I simply covered my thigh and left it to dry. I was confused as to how to actually apply as, as for tanning novices, I didn’t know the length of time, technique, do I wash it off or sleep with it on? I had a lot of questions and the answers were not easy to find. In the end I left it on for around an hour, as I couldn’t see that anything had happened, and by the time I had washed it off, I was left with a tan! It was as easy as that.



The official instructions are to start at your feet and apply the cream in upwards strips and allow it to dry for 2-3 minutes. It doesn’t say anything about how long you should leave it on for… Apparently it’s perfect for all skin types, including as pale as me, but this is where I begin to disagree. I have been left rather orange. I agree that it’s streak free, moisturised, and a very even tan (even on unshaven and unexfoliated skin), however it’s also incredibly dark for one application and a definite orange tint.


Maybe I have applied it wrong, but it really should come with clear and precise instructions and I did expect for it to be a little more gradual than this.


 Beautylab Peptide Tanning Lotion

If you’re a tanning expert, you’ll probably love it as it’s stress-free, quick, easy, and gives you results fast. At £20 for 200ml, it’s not badly priced either. However, if you’re new to the tanning world and just looking to be a shade or two browner, this isn’t really for us.

Have you used Beautylab’s tans before? Have I done it wrong? Let me know what you think in the comments!

*PR Sample

  • I really want to try this! x
    Emma |