About Tan Physics

By HighYa Staff

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.

The fact of the matter is that all tanners use dihydroxyacetone (DHA) as their active ingredient (usually with a concentration of anywhere between 1% and 15%), since it turns the top layer of skin brown by reacting with the natural amino acids it contains.

Some self-tanners are gradual, since they contain low DHA percentages, while those labeled as “full-strength” often contain more and work faster, with more pronounced darkening.

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:

  • Before applying self tanner, shave and use a mild exfoliant to get rid of as many dead skin cells as possible.

  • When applying, standing between two mirrors can help you see what you’re doing (as well as the results you’re getting).

  • Mistakes are often found in areas like the knees, hands, elbows, feet, ankles, and face. This can potentially be avoided by applying a minimal amount of product in these areas.

  • Orange palms can be avoiding by wearing latex gloves or a tanning mitt. Even then, wash your hands thoroughly afterward.

  • Don’t sweat or shower for at least six hours post-application.

  • After the whole process, apply lotion daily to help keep your skin hydrated and help your results last longer.

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.

As your skin naturally exfoliates over the next few days, your tan will gradually become lighter and lighter, until your natural tone once again appears.

Tan Physics Pricing & Return Policy

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.

Tan Physics Reviews: What Are Customers Saying About It

Out of 26 reviews of Tan Physics Sunless Tanner currently on Highya, only 38% 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.

Does Tan Physics Sunless Tanner Really Work? Our Test:

We decided to test Tan Physics True Color Sunless Tanner to see if it delivers on its promises:

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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.

Read Next: How to Find the Best Self-Tanner for Your Skin Tone

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Average Consumer Rating: 2.8
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Bottom Line: 48% would recommend it to a friend
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  • 17 out 21 people found this review helpful

    Amazing Product

    • Houston, TX,
    • Jun 21, 2014

    I wonder about all the negative reviews on this site. I just started using Tan Physics and I could not be more pleased. It tans evenly and naturally. It would not be as popular as it is if it were not a good product.

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

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  • 2 out 9 people found this review helpful

    Great customer service.

    • North Carolina ,
    • Apr 30, 2015

    After a mix up on shipping, I got a phone call within five minute and the problem was handled very professionally to my complete satisfaction. I have not tried the product yet. Just letting you know they are a stand up company so far.

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

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  • 17 out 22 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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  • 19 out 24 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?

  • 5 out 7 people found this review helpful


    • Perth, Western Australia,
    • Aug 15, 2016
    • Verified Reviewer

    Very satisfied. Non streaky, long lasting. A great product.

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

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  • 4 out 6 people found this review helpful

    Love, love, love this product

    • Pittsburgh, PA,
    • May 22, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    I have used Tan Physics for almost three years, and it is the best I have tried.

    I usually go to the tanning bed about three times in the spring before I start using it. After applying only two applications, I get many compliments about how tan I already look. Although it is a little pricey, two bottles last me over six months. I always use a glove that can be purchased at Ulta for only a few dollars, and I never have streaks or spots. I don't think it has any smell good or bad.

    I just can't say enough about this wonderful product. I always buy mine on Amazon.

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

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  • 6 out 7 people found this review helpful

    Love my results

    • Loudonville, Ohio,
    • Jun 30, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    I had purchased two bottles of the Tan Physics and was so happy with my results. It looks like I have spent a lot of time in the sun. Everyone tells me they love my tan. It is so easy to apply. I can tell where I have hard areas on my body that does not want to tan. I just reapply, and it covers it up so well. Yes, it is costly, but if you don't have time to lay in the sun, this is hands down the next best thing to it. But much safer than the sun. Thank you, Tan Physics, for a great product.

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

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  • 4 out 5 people found this review helpful

    It's real

    • Montclair, New Jersey,
    • Jun 28, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    I just received my order, and I really didn't know if it was going to work. Well, I tried it. This is the first product (and I have tried a lot) that really, really works. You put it on your skin, and there is no wetness, no stickiness, no streaks, and most of all, the color is natural. No orange color at all. I found this product in a magazine and decided to try it. Well, you have a customer for life, and I mean life. Thank you so very much, finally something that really works. I will network this item. Any coupons?

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

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  • 5 out 6 people found this review helpful

    Best tanning product that I have ever used

    • Gilmanton, NH,
    • Jul 6, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    I have tried many self-tanning products, but Tan Physics is by far the best product I have ever used. It is easy to apply, and within a day I noticed a darker color.

    I would recommend this product to anyone looking to get a tan with or without the sun.

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

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  • 7 out 7 people found this review helpful

    Love it!

    I have used two bottles as of now and reordered. I am 74 years old and have tanned all my life. My mom put me in clothes baskets and when she hung out the clothes, she always used olive oil on my skin. I have used all kinds of tanning and have a tanning bed. Also, I go out in the sun.

    This is the best product I have used from a bottle. Virtually no smell and keeps a great tan going. I have been using it instead of my tanning bed. It dries fast and doesn't rub off. I have worked an easy way to put it on where you use coconut oil on hands before putting it on, then washing only my palms after.

    I just love it.

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

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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Tan Physics

    • Mount Airy, NC,
    • Apr 7, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I’ve been using Tan Physics for three years now. It’s perfect for putting on and you look like you’ve been sitting on the beach for a week. Your skin is soft, smooth and it’s perfect for those of us who don’t like direct sunlight. It goes on smoothly, no streaks and no stains on hands, or clothes. I love this product.

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

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