About Tan Physics

Tired of self tanners that leave you stinky, streaky and orange? Even if you can’t get away to an island vacation, Tan Physics Sunless Tanner promises to nourish, hydrate, and feed your skin for and envy-inducing bronze — minus all those nasty UV-related risks.

Unlike many beauty products that need to do double or triple duty to stand out from the pack, a good sunless tanner need only meet a few requirements. It should give good, natural-looking color to a variety of skin tones. It should offer an easy-to-blend and streak-free formula and the option to build up color depth with reapplication. Finally, it shouldn’t leave you smelling like the back room of a dry cleaners.

So, is Tan Physics Sunless Tanner a great way to get your glow? We’ll take a closer look.

The Tan Physics Promise

Tan Physics claims to deliver a natural-looking, streak-free tan using only “the most exclusive skin care ingredients.” The website also claims that Tan Physics is easy to apply and blend and is “very forgiving” — presumedly meaning it won’t streak or blotch. The lotion is supposed to be formulated for use on both body and face.

What about for shoppers with extra-fair or olive skin?

Tan Physics Sunless Tanner claims to use a True Color formula that adjusts to your specific complexion, giving a tan that’s perfect for all skin types and tones.

On top of their promise of superior sunless tanning, Tan Physics claims to deliver “serious and nourishing skin care” that keeps skin soft while enhancing the depth of your tan.

Tan Physics also states that their products are made in the USA and never tested on animals.

What’s Inside the Bottle?

Tan Physics states that their tanning formula consists of a naturally derived sugar base and includes the following ingredients for enhanced skin care:

Argan Oil: Tan Physics claims that argan oil is included to protect the skin against wrinkles, diminish the appearance of crows feet, fade stretch marks, and reduce skin irritation. This trendy ingredient is indeed very high in vitamin E and is known to ease dry skin.

Matrixyl: Reported to activate collagen production and diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, Matrixyl is a small protein that has made big news in the anti-aging community. While relatively new, there is evidence that Matrixyl stimulates skin for increased cell turnover.

Coconut Oil: Tan Physics claims that coconut oil forms a protective barrier, locking in moisture and your tan. While the natural ingredient does provide serious moisture without irritating sensitive skin or clogging pores, any effectiveness at locking in a tan are washed away after your next shower.

Caramel & Sugar-Derived Tanners: Tan Physics claims that theirs are the highest quality tanners on the planet, blended and kept in a climate controlled lab. However, they give no additional information as to how their caramel or sugar-based formulas are chemically different from others that temporarily darken your skin.

Hydrolyzed Collagen: Tan Physics claims that their sunless tanners include hydrolyzed collagen to refresh and restore the strength and elasticity of your skin. Sounds fancy, right? But hydrolyzed collagen is actually just a common ingredient in gelatin food products. Additionally, there are no scientific studies substantiating the claimed benefits of hydrolyzed collagen in skin care products.

Regardless of what claims a self tanner makes about unique formulations, all tanners use the same active ingredient: dihydroxyacetone (DHA). DHA is a colorless sugar that's often derived from sugar beets or sugar cane. When applied to the skin, it reacts with the amino acids in the skin's very top layer (i.e., the dead skin surface layer), turning it brown.

DHA concentrations range from about 1-15%. Gradual self tanners contain low percentages of the ingredient, allowing you to build your tan over several days. Full-strength formulas have more and give you a darker tan in one application.

It’s important to note that Tan Physics doesn’t state what concentration of DHA their Sunless Tanner includes. So, it’s impossible to gauge how strong your initial tan will be without just giving it a go.

Tips For Applying Self Tanner

Before you reach for a bottle of Tan Physics Sunless Tanner, follow these extra steps to make sure you look more like a bronzed goddess than a striped Oompa Loompa:

  • Exfoliate and shave before you let self tanner anywhere near your body. Use a mild exfoliant to make sure you're sloughing off any dead skin cells before the self tanner goes on.
  • Stand between two mirrors to apply the self tanner, so you can see exactly what you're doing.
  • Be extra mindful of the knees, hands, elbows, feet, ankles and face. These are the areas where self tanning mistakes show up most. Use a minimal amount of tanning lotion in these areas, and consider wearing latex gloves or a tanning mitt to apply it.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly to avoid any staining on palms and in between fingers.
  • Avoid sweating or showering for six hours after application.
  • Once you've applied your self tanner, keeping your skin hydrated is the key to making it last. Apply lotion daily.

Tan Physics suggests that you allow 15-20 minutes for the “sun” to soak in and for your skin to absorb all the oils, vitamins, tanners, and skin-enriching products. Your tan should begin to develop in 3-6 hours, and will be fully developed in one day.

Since DHA only reacts with the very top layer of your skin, the effects of any sunless tanner will only last for a few days — until your skin naturally exfoliates itself (or you scrub it off).

Tan Physics Pricing & Return Policy

When attempting to purchase Tan Physics Sunless Tanner, shoppers will find that they aren’t shown prices until after entering their email address into the order form — which, in our opinion, is kind of a slimy way to get your email address for future promotional emails.

Once on the product page, shoppers are given the option to order a one month supply (one bottle), of Tan Physics Sunless Tanner for $29.95, plus $9.95 shipping and handling. Or you can choose from these additional pricing options:

  • Two bottles for $49.95
  • Three bottles for $69.95
  • Five bottles for $99.95

Don’t feel like paying the extra $9.95 for shipping? No worries! Just try to close the page and you’ll be given an offer for free shipping and handling upon checkout.

Tan Physics offers shoppers a 100-day money-back guarantee and claims to refund your entire payment, though the website does not specifically mention keeping or refunding shipping and handling fees.

What Customers Are Saying About Tan Physics

Out of sixteen reviews of Tan Physics Sunless Tanner currently on Highya, only 39% state they would recommend this product to a friend.

The most common complaints are:

  • The product resulted in an orange or unnatural color
  • The product left noticeable stains on user’s hands
  • The product made some users skin dry and gave off an unpleasant smell
  • Results were disappointing or barely noticeable
  • High cost compared to other formulas

It’s worth noting that several Highya reviewers appear to have really enjoyed the results of Tan Physics Sunless Tanner, and several say it’s the best they’ve used yet.

However, Tan Physics appears to leave limited recourse for unhappy customers: The company is not yet registered with the BBB. Additionally, a quick glance at the Tan Physics Facebook page shows many more potential customers who have posted questions for Tan Physics and are still awaiting a response.

Bottom Line on Getting Bronzed with Tan Physics

Tan Physics might include some extra moisturizing ingredients, but their claims of skin rejuvenation on top of body bronzing fall short without any clinical trials or labels listing actual ingredients and concentrations.

And at $29.95 (plus $9.95 shipping and handling), it’s difficult to suggest shoppers splurge on this product when so many more options are available at reasonable prices from your local drugstore or cosmetics counter:

Whether you’re new to self tanning or a mitt-wielding pro, we suggest shopping around for a sunless tanner that doesn’t require you to break out a gold card to get your bronze on.

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26 Customer Reviews for Tan Physics

Average Customer Rating: 2.4
Rating Snapshot:
5 stars: 5 4 stars: 4 3 stars: 0 2 stars: 5 1 stars: 12
Bottom Line: 38% would recommend it to a friend
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  • 3 out 3 people found this review helpful

    It's okay

    It smells nice, feels good on the skin. The color fades very quickly if you don't use it everyday. I bought the extender, that's a waste of money. You do have to wash your hands right away after, I wash them with a sugar rub and I don't have any issues. If you use it more than three days in a row it does become more orange in color. I was hoping it would give you a nice brown base, but it really doesn't. And if you have freckles or dark spots it accentuates them. Wish it was more of a brown even color and it can streak if you don't apply it evenly.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 19 out 22 people found this review helpful

    Bad Business

    • Nashville, TN,
    • Dec 16, 2015

    WORST EVER. They say they have a 100-day money back, I have yet to talk with someone, even after I returned it in plenty of time. I called 3 times today, left messages, and now it dials and hangs up. Beware, scam and fraud.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 40 out 43 people found this review helpful

    Major SCAM

    • Melbourne,
    • Oct 25, 2015

    Yes I am one who unfortunately fell for this scam (sigh). Being in Australia this purchase ended up being $63 and it is the WORST self tanner I have ever used. It smells like toilet cleaner, and once setting that familiar fake tan smell comes out, although they claim it doesn't smell! I have used many self tanners and this one instantly dried my skin, then made it orange. I did not have a healthy glow. It made me look older and my skin looked rough and it brought out all my flaws (and yes I applied properly). I looked at many reviews and wished that I have had done that before a spontaneous purchase, as all my research supports my claims of this being the worse product. I went onto their site to try to find return instructions to get a refund and there wasn't any (red flag). I sent them an email and am willing to bet the process of a return will be a big long drawn out nightmare. Which is how they make their money.

    I am disgraced at this product. Go for model.co, which is never more then $10. It is so much better and much, much cheaper.

    P.S. it has 1 star because it was the only way I could post the review. It should be zero.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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    • Jan 18, 2016

      Bev

      My take on these reviews: SCAM. I've been using this particular product for over two years and wouldn't go back to any of the drug store brands. I wear white pants in the summer, and this is one product that did not leave a stain.

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  • 9 out 13 people found this review helpful

    Favorite self tanner

    • Australia,
    • Sep 9, 2015

    I'm surprised to read any negative reviews on this product. I ordered it from Australia and it beats any self tanners on the market here. It gives the perfect coffee toned tan, smells slightly orangey and pleasant upon application, and dries like lightening so I hop into bed and have no uncomfortable sticky feeling/stain on the sheets. Yes, it does take a night or two to build up, you have to be a bit patient, I found the results way worth it. It wears off nicely as it's such a hydrating formula, no patches. And animal testing free! I will be ordering more.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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    • Sep 30, 2015

      Rose Gallagher

      Hi, could you tell me what kind of skin you have and how long it takes to get to Australia?

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  • 10 out 13 people found this review helpful

    Works when done right

    • Aug 25, 2015

    Yep, after the initial application it dose NOT smell great. Smells like ALL self tanners do. I am not surprised. Yes, I needed to apply several applications over a few day before I got deeper results, but that was good. It gave time to go slowly and be careful with it. Scrubbed hands and fingers and nails with a fingernail brush to be sure no residue was left behind. With this product, as with ALL self tanners, you must be proactive and careful, it's NOT the fault of Tan Physics. It's the nature of self tanners across the board. I agree that adding lots of body lotion is needed because it dries out the skin but heck, lotion is a must ANYWAY. All this being said, I am ordering more. It works. Keeps me from having to bake in the sun and heat! Just be mindful, this is NOT a natural suntan and as such you have to be attentive to the suggestions while using it.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 39 out 43 people found this review helpful

    Best Self Tanner I have found.

    • Midwest,
    • Aug 4, 2015

    I am in my mid-50's and have tried every self tanner out there. I am very sensitive to smells and could not wear a lot of self tanners for that reason. Tan Physics doesn't bother me in that regard and it gives me a very even and natural glow. I get a lot of compliments on my 'tan.' This product dries faster than any tanner I have tried and does not come off on my clothes or sheets. I use latex gloves when applying as it will stain my palms. My knees and elbows do not get dark with repeated applications like the others would. I'm not afraid to apply this to my face either. I usually apply every 3 or 4 days. I really can't say anything bad about this product. I would recommend this to anyone.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 5 out 8 people found this review helpful

    Good stuff

    • Matthews, NC,
    • Jul 6, 2015

    I have used Tan Physics for two summers and have really enjoyed it. Yes, you have to be careful when you apply but it is worth not being pasty white. I have been asked on numerous occasions if I have been to the beach. I would recommend it.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 31 out 33 people found this review helpful

    Tan Physics Stinks and made my skin dry

    • Jul 4, 2015

    I got this product based off reviews from the website (now I understand fake reviews apparently), well I was very disappointed. It smelled like a mix between PineSol and Orange Glow. It stained my bed sheets, and when I woke up and took a shower, I didn't see any difference. I applied the next day and I had streaks all over and my skin was dry. I called for a refund and they told me they would only refund if I did not open the bottle, just my luck. Do not buy. 

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 23 out 25 people found this review helpful

    I think this product works well.

    • Jul 2, 2015

    I cannot believe all the negative comments. I think this product works well. I don't think purchasing the exfoliator is necessary as long as you exfoliate with a washcloth. I was surprised that the tan extender was tinted as well; but I still like it. The one negative is that without using a body lotion after, my skin looks and feels dry. And if you wash your hands after applying, like all self-tanners, you will not see any stains.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 21 out 21 people found this review helpful

    A waste of money.

    • Cookville, TX,
    • Jun 30, 2015

    I bought the 8 oz. size of Tan Physics based on, what I now realize, were excellent reviews by the company itself.

    The product smells great, and the color is good, however I couldn't wash it off my palms. I've used a pumice stone, and even a bleach cleanser, but there's still permanent staining. After the second day my skin became horribly dry, something I rarely have a problem with. While putting on moisturizer, much of the color came off onto my hands.

    I will absolutely go back to the previous brand I used.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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    • Jun 27, 2014

      Judi

      What is the previous brand you used, please?

    • Nov 2, 2015

      DaCat

      I believe all the negative comments because the positive ones are obviously from the Company. They have to put the positive response so they can keep selling this crap! I will not be buying this and I am going to flag it on Facebook because it came up on my feed. Another scam to get money with a horrible product.

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  • 31 out 31 people found this review helpful

    Terribly drying product.

    • St. Simons Island. 31522,
    • Jun 28, 2015

    I used Tan Physics on the basis of their own reviews. Mistake. It's three days later and my legs are flaking off skin and I have a grossly spotted tan. It is truly ugly. A friend tried it too, with similar results.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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