Anyone who’s ever dabbled in the world of fake tan knows it can be risky business. Leave it on too long and you could end up looking like The Incredible Hulk…
Okay, it’s never happened to me before, but that’s exactly what happened to Toni Morton, whose baby was left crying in terror when her fake tan turned green.
Toni, from Grantham, Lincolnshire, was looking forward to her first night out since giving birth and a pal recommended she give herself a spritz with St Moriz tan in medium, to give her a pre-night out glow. The 25-year-old doused her self in the foam before heading to bed to let it develop overnight.
Two hours later, Toni noticed she was getting ‘darker and darker’ and before long had taken on a glowing shade of green.
Things went from bad to worse when the support worker’s 13-week-old baby, Bobby, burst into tears at the sight of his beloved mum’s terrifying new look.
The new mum captured a hilarious photo of poor Bobby’s face screwed up in horror, and it’s all kinds of incredible.
When I first saw the colour I was fuming. I thought ‘I’m turning into The Hulk’.
But when Bobby started cry, I was panicking and wondering what to do – it was scaring him. I don’t think he recognised me.
He was initially asleep when I put it on but a couple of hours later I could hear him awake in his Moses basket so went to see if he was alright.
The moment he saw me he started crying – his bottom lip dropped and that was it.
I gave him a bottle and he even cried through that. I ended up sitting him in a chair and putting TV on so he would calm down – it took half an hour.
Toni, who has a naturally pale complexion, shared the ‘tanning fail’ pictures with her friends who found it ‘hilarious’.
But her horror turned to relief after she’d showered and discovered that the tan had turned out ‘a lovely colour’ when the excess had been washed off.
My friends all think it’s hilarious and joked it could only happen to me.
I was going to a family party that weekend for my first night out since Bobby was born.
One of my friends always looks really good so I asked her what tan she uses and she said St Moriz.
I’m really pale so I fancied a change.
I followed the instructions, put it on and I got darker and darker, then started turning green.
The bottle says leave it on for around six hours or overnight, then you wash it off in the shower like you would a spray tan. I had it on for two hours and it was turning green.
This was only medium, they have dark and ultra dark as well.
I was scrubbing in the shower worried it wouldn’t come off and even text my mum to say ‘I can’t go out the house tomorrow’.
She text me the next day asking if I needed anything from the shops because she thought I couldn’t leave the house.
But I sent my friend a picture and she was like ‘oh my god’.
Once I’d washed it off the tan was so good though, it was a lovely colour.
Oh we do love it when a story has a happy ending.
St Moriz declined to comment on Toni’s Hulk-like tanning experience.
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Emma Rosemurgey is an NCTJ trained Journalist who started her career by producing The Royal Rosemurgey newspaper in 2004, which kept her family up to date with the goings on of her sleepy north east village. She graduated from the University of Central Lancashire in Preston and started her career in regional newspapers before joining Tyla (formerly Pretty 52) in 2017, and progressing onto UNILAD in 2019.