Dove Derma Spa Summer Revived

Hello one, hello all!

I hope you’re all well. As Summer is slowly creeping up on us, and we probably all look a bit pasty from what felt like the longest Winter ever, I’m going to have a chat with you today about one of Dove’s newest products, the gradual self tanner, Derma Spa Summer Revived. If you’re a fan of gradual tanning as opposed to the fake tan, then this is definitely something you’ll love. Now, don’t be put off if you’ve used Dove’s Summer Glow – I was not a fan of this (sorry, Dove!), but I love their new one.

I bought the new product mainly because it was on offer in Boots and I liked the style of the new bottle (I’m a sucker for new packaging). It is usually around £6.99, but I bought it for £3.49. Although it is in ASDA for £3 at the moment.

I bought the Medium to Dark, as I wanted quick results. Now, to all of you who are as pale or paler than me, you may recoil at the thought of doing this. But after using the darker variety, I would never go back to the lighter shade.

I’ll do a quicky pros & cons below, so you can make a decision on what you think!

Unfortunately, this is the only close up I could find before I tanned! This is how pale I am usually.


This is me during my mini photoshoot, when I was fully tanned up!


It’s fast results. I tend to exfoliate for a few days before and spend time moisturising my feet, ankles, elbows and hands. Then when I come to use the Dove, it doesn’t all crust together and look disgusting. I put this on before I go to bed and the next day I have a beautiful, glowing tan. Then the morning after application, I’ll shower normally and put on my own moisturiser.

It’s even. Even tans are 50% product and 50% application, I think. I use my bare hands to put this on, to make it as even as possible (I once used a spare pair of plastic hair dye gloves, I woke up looking like a Picasso painting). Then I’ll wash my hands and put some of the cream on an old flannel to apply properly to my hands, feet and face! This is the only gradual tanner I’ve used where just washing my hands once gets rid of the colouring off my palms!

It smells like fake tan. I doubt there are many fake tans or gradually tanners out there that can boast a nice smell from application all the way through to results. When you first put it on, it does smell good, but the next day you have that weird old biscuit smell, which is why I shower and apply my own moisturiser afterwards!

It never really feels like it’s completely dry. I cant lie to you kids, it doesn’t feel like it completely dries, which can be a issue for some people. It may just be my overwhelming need to not feel icky, but I have to shower the next day, I can’t just put it on and go out!

However, I would still really recommend this. I’ve tried a lot of gradual tanners and this is by far my favourite. I always get compliments when I use it, which is a bonus!

If you’re unsure, give it a try. With it being new, it’s on offer in most places now, and to pay between £3-£4 is worth it, as you may find the tanner that changes your life!

If you buy it, why not let me know how you found it? Or do you already use it and love/hate it?! Let me know!

Updated: And a big thanks to Dove for sending me some Derma Spa as a thank you! Love you guys.


  1. Abbie
    24th May 2016 / 6:51 pm

    Wait so washing your hands gets it off? I’ve recently started using it (fair to medium, I wasn’t brace enough to try medium to dark) and I’ve only just noticed how incredibly brown my hands are while the rest of my body is only just starting to darken so it looks a bit strange, is there any way to get it off quickly or is literally washing your hands the best way to get rid of it?

    • whitedaisiesbluejeans
      24th May 2016 / 6:52 pm

      I wash my hands when I’ve finished applying it to my body (so pretty much straight away) and it comes off! If it’s dried, it’ll be best to give it a scrub with nail brush (not too hard, obviously!).

  2. Joshua
    17th October 2016 / 10:48 pm

    Can this be used on my face?

    • whitedaisiesbluejeans
      19th October 2016 / 2:01 pm

      Hi Joshua!

      I wouldn’t recommend it – it’s very rich, so is likely to clog up your pores and/or make your face look & feel greasy! It’s best to find a gradual tan specifically for your face instead 🙂

      • Magaret
        2nd May 2018 / 10:27 am

        Why have you only put a pic up of your tanned face if you say don’t put it on your face?

        • whitedaisiesbluejeans
          2nd May 2018 / 10:11 pm

          Hi there!

          Thanks for your feedback, it does give you an idea of the colouring but I’ll make sure I provide more photos where possible next time!

          Thanks for your feedback!

  3. 16th July 2017 / 5:57 pm

    Hello, if it cant be used on your face it would be good to see aome pictures of how the product wprked on your body because we can only see the face and neck. Thank you!

    • whitedaisiesbluejeans
      2nd May 2018 / 10:10 pm

      Hi lovely!

      It’s unfortunately the only photos I had at the time – it does give you an idea of the kind of colouring, but I’ll make sure I have some more photos for next time!

      Thanks for your feedback lovely ❤️

  4. Michelle
    9th April 2018 / 9:55 pm

    Hey! I bought this product the other day – on Saturday. And once I got home from work, I had shower and applied and have been doing religiously every night before bed. I was worried to go for medium to dark, as I’m very pale, so went for fair to medium. And it works! I absolutely love it! I also use on my face and so far have not seen any blemishes ( I use Vichy Normaderm face wash to clean it). I want to see how it goes with this shade and I might go darker if this can’t be build able to nice tan. What I love about it is the product doesn’t create any smudges, it applies evenly and I haven’t seen any dodgy darker spots on my knees etc. What I don’t like is it can take ages to dry, especially when your body is moist from shower – I try to towel dry myself. I would definitely recommend the product!

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