Review: Glo Tan Tan in a Can

A few weeks ago we were lucky enough to be sent a can of Glo Tanz Tan in a Can*.

This is a new style of fake tan which isn’t in an aerosol, and you do not need to shake it before use.

Both of us are regular self tan users, being naturally pale if we plan a night out we spend around a week before preparing tan. It seems to take us both a good few coats to build up tan onto our skins. It’s fair to say we’ve both tried a fair few of the ones on the market at the moment. L’s favourite currently being Vita Liberata and M’s being Lauren’s Way Darker than Dark.

This was a tan that appealed to both of us after reading the press release on it. It’s paraben free, alcohol free, environmentally friendly and not tested on animals. It also boasts to be fast drying, non sticky and to have a light tropical fragrance. 

The can has a list of instructions that are important to follow. This tan is really not like any spray tan I’ve ever used. I think it may be due to the fact it’s a non aerosol can. There is definitely a temptation to shake the can but it really is best not to. With spray tans usually you layer them on and spray over an area a few times. This isn’t the case with this tan. If you do you’ll end up with this.

L and I both ended up with results like this the first time. We wondered if we were doing something wrong with the tan. I washed it off straight away and stepped away from the tan. The first time I used it I found it quite difficult. It’s hard to go against what you normally do and only spray over each area once. The product is a really fine mist and does disperse onto the skin pretty much by itself. 

After my first attempt I’d emailed the company and asked for some advice. The next day I reapplied it all over as L and I were off to fashion week and I wanted a tan. I was so surprised by the different result I achieved. This tan will last ages as you really use so little when you apply it. This time I held the can basically as far away from my body as my arm would let me. I found this gave the best even application. I lightly sprayed each body part and was careful not to spray the same area twice.

Pre tan skin colour in natural light. 

I had a few dark spots on my stomach so lightly dabbed these with a tanning mit. I did find that even though it didn’t look fully even when applied I was surprised as it dried it evened out and I was left with a gorgeous colour.

Immediately after application  in natural light.

As you can see it doesn’t look that even but once dried it’s amazing. It’s feels really light on the skin and is really quick drying. I find on my skin it needs to be left at least 4 hours before washing it off. I tend to leave it over night. (don’t do this on white sheets, I’ve now learnt)

once washed off in the bathroom light.

As the photo shows and when compared with my skin above you can see the glow it gives. I found this tan unlike any others I have used so it was hard to get used to but since the second time I have done 3 full body applications and the can still feels reasonably full.

A few tips

  • Don’t shake the can
  • Apply a sheet a double sheet (one you don’t mind ruining) down where you apply it. 
  • As it’s a fine mist it does disperse far hence the sheet but it gives it an amazing finish
  • Apply with socks on. As the tan go everywhere the first time I ended up with dark feet. Now I wear trainer socks then apply tan to them last
  • Put vaseline on spot scars and brows
  • Only spray each area once. Tan can be built up over a few days
  • Keep a tanning mit near by and dab if necessary

I’m now converted. The tan is messy but the results are worth it. When slept in the tan I’m left with a gorgeous even colour (I’ve had no streaks yet) that lasts around 4 days all over and then leaves a glow for up to 7. I absolutely love that it DIDN’T smell of biscuits!!!! How amazing. I find some that don’t smell on application start to smell as it develops. Not with this one. I noticed a slight tan smell the next day but nothing that all other tans have left.

This also makes a great face tan. Where it is fast drying and a light mist it doesn’t break me out. It’s handy being able to use the same face and body tan. 

Overall it’s an effort the first time you apply it but great afterwards and I’ve used it a good few times now. It does take getting used to but it’s really worth it for the colour you get an how long it lasts. 

Love M


My first attempt at using this was admittedly a disaster. 

I got into my shower as it was the easiest place to spray tan onto me without making a mess.

However a shower cubicle provided the first problem, you need to hold the can a bigger distance from your skin than I ever have with other tans and my shower cubicle simply wasn’t big enough for me to hold the can far enough without it running down my legs!

The tan feels quite wet and so you definitely need to hold it far away to allow the spray to settle onto your skin without running and leaving patches.

After my first attempt I was a little put off, but tried it again by getting into my bath and trying it again.

This was much more successful as there was much more space, though a little more scary as the dark coloured tan looked black against the white bath tub!

The effort to apply the tan was well worth it though as the colour is very natural and lasted a good few days.

I think as we are used to shaking a can, applying it and rubbing it in it took a few goes to get the technique right but the outcome was worth it.

I will definitely be using this again for the colour that it produced.

L xxx

This is a new product that is currently being prepared for sale by a company who previously only dealt with professional air brush tan. It can now be purchased for £26.39. 

This was a PR sample but both of our opinions were honest


  1. Natalie Hardie
    February 24, 2013 / 9:48 pm

    Great post! I am really pale myself so will keep my eye out for this when it goes on sale! Was lovely meeting you both at the bristol meetup xx

  2. Natalie Hardie
    February 24, 2013 / 9:48 pm

    Great post! I am really pale myself so will keep my eye out for this when it goes on sale! Was lovely meeting you both at the bristol meetup xx

    • C.S.I Beauty Blog
      February 25, 2013 / 8:08 am

      Thanks Natalie. It's hard to find tan for pale skin that gives a natural colour in one application isn't it. Great to meet you too x

  3. Beauty Fashion Skin Care Blog - Girlie Blog Seattle
    February 25, 2013 / 1:18 am

    Nothing better than natural color. Now that I am more health conscious, I have been shopping for self tanners.Girlie Blog Seattle | Casual Chic Fashion

    • C.S.I Beauty Blog
      February 25, 2013 / 8:07 am

      I know. Orange isn't a great colo. This really gives that natural glow 🙂 x

  4. Essjay23x
    February 27, 2013 / 8:32 am

    The colour looks fab. Shame the application was a bit of a hassle. xx

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