I Tried It – Rodan & Fields Sunless Tanner

Let me start this off by saying that the best testament I can give to how much I like Rodan & Fields Sunless Tanner is the fact that I have posted a picture of my insanely white, pudgy and not in shape legs for all the internet to see. That takes guts, people.  But I am brave and I wanted to share this wonderful product with the world, pudge be damned!  **This post contains affiliate links.  If you click one and make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no additional cost to you!**

So, I did no editing whatsoever to these photos.  I swear there was no magic photoshopping to get that almost invisible white skin in the Before shot.  Ditto for the nice warm color in the after shot.  I took the pictures wearing the same shorts at the same time of day with the same camera next to the same wall so that the color difference would be captured as accurately as possible.


5 Things I love About Rodan & Fields Sunless Tanner

Five Things I Love about Rodan + Fields Sunless Tanner

1.  Great Color

I love the color that the Rodan + Fields sunless tanner gives. It’s warm and natural, and not orange-y at all.  This is always the first thing I look for in a good sunless tanner.  When I started my annual quest for a sunless tanner this year, I found a lot of great reviews of the color and as luck would have it,  a good friend of mine had just started selling the Rodan + Fields skin care line, so I already had a trusted consultant to buy from.  If you aren’t so lucky to have a friend who is a consultant, have no fear, your good friend Amazon has got you covered.

If my smokin’ hot legs have already convinced you to buy some, you can use this link to purchase from Amazon.  Seriously, my legs need all the help they can get and Rodan + Fields is to the rescue here.  It’s not easy being a mom to two kids, employed, part time blogger.  I don’t have time to have someone give me one of those crazy spray tans.  I just want a slightly browned skin on my legs.  In just the right shade of than.  Is that so much to ask?

2. Ease of Use

This is by far the easiest sunless tanner I have ever used.  It is actually a foam as opposed to a cream, so it goes on quickly and absorbs in minutes instead of the forever and a day that creamy tanners take to apply.  I get out of the shower, throw on a little lotion and then I apply the sunless tanner and by the time I’m done brushing my teeth and blow drying my hair (which takes like, 4 minutes for me), my legs are dry and I can put clothes on.

With the lotion tanners, I swear it would be like an hour of standing in the bathroom waiting for my legs to completely dry so that I could get in PJs.  Ain’t nobody got time for that.  I need to be able to multitask at all times, so if I can spend the time it takes for the tanner to dry brushing my teeth and drying my hair, then I’m going to be much more likely to actually us the tanner.  Once the teeth are brushed and the hair is dry, there isn’t a whole lot more multitasking a person can do while in the bathroom in their undies.

By the way, if you’re wondering, the after picture is after 3 applications of the sunless tanner.

3. No Streaks

It seems to be impossible to get streaks with this sunless tanner.  And I am really good at getting streaks with sunless tanner.  I’m practically an expert at it.  You do have to be careful around knees and ankles. I am sometimes a little careless and if look you close, my ankles might be a smidge too dark.


Totally user error people, don’t blame the product.  But, there is not a streak to be found.  I don’t think I could make a streak if I wanted to.    I think it probably has to do with the consistency of the foam.  It’s very thin, so it spreads evenly and quickly, but not so quickly that you can’t get it properly distributed over the surface of your skin.  It’s just the right consistency.

4.  No Smell

I have tried sunless tanners that smelled really bad.  It’s great to have a little color on your legs, but what’s the point if you can’t go out in public because your legs reek like chemical eggs?  This Rodan & Fields Sunless Tanner has almost no smell.  Not medicine-y, not weird.  There is a scent, but it’s kind of clean smelling, if that makes sense.  It’s definitely not something anyone else would ever notice and definitely would not overpower any other scent that you might choose to put on after.

5.  Created by Doctors

I didn’t realize that Rodan + Fields was started by the dermatologists who created Proactiv.  That makes me feel safe using their products.  I’m obviously not going to go tanning or sit in the sun and get a sunburn, so I want to be sure that my sunless tanner is safe, too. Knowing this product comes from dermatologists makes me feel confident that it will do no harm to my skin.  I also use the Reverse skin care regimen from Rodan + Fields and I have been very happy with my skin since I started using it.

Why Do I Use Rodan + Fields Sunless Tanner?

Here’s the deal. Sunless Tanner is a non-essential. I could easily live my life with my pasty old legs. But, I can’t lie, I feel good when I look better.  I want to put my best foot forward (pun TOTALLY intended!) and this helps me do that.  I want to wear shorts and dresses or skirts and not feel slightly embarrassed by my legs.  The sunless tanner helps with that. Hitting the gym a few times a week would probably go a lot further to help with that, but that is another bridge I will have to cross.

I’m so excited about my newly tanned  legs that I think I will actually start exercising to reverse the pudge!  And maybe buy some more shorts!  Which I will wear when it gets above 55 here in Massachusetts.

If You Like It Then You Shoulda Put a Pin In It!

I've tried too many sunless tanners to count and Rodan & Fields is BY FAR my favorite!!

3 thoughts on “I Tried It – Rodan & Fields Sunless Tanner”

  1. Hi Andria! Well, sticky is no fun. I know the feeling you mean, too. I never get that with R&F, though. I always like this one because it dries so fast and doesn’t stink. I’m sorry you’re sticky!


  2. I use this self tanner too and for some reason it feels sticky and like it’s not quite dry even after letting it sit for an hour I use it on my face, legs and arms and sticky everywhere uggg

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