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Faking it: We all do it from time to time. And when it comes to our beauty routine, we’re serious fans of faking a summer tan with the help of a little self-tanner. During the fall months, you may find yourself craving some golden color—and self-tanner is one way to get exactly that. The good news is, you have plenty of self-tanner options to choose from if you’d like to rock a faux glow. Today, we’re here to talk to you about self-tanning lotion, which is basically the most classic type of self-tanner you can opt for—and it’s popular for good reason! Below, learn about the best self-tanner lotion from L’Oréal Paris and how to use it.
Ready to achieve a golden look? Pick up the L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze™ Self-Tanning Lotion, which comes in medium. The self-tanner formula moisturizes your skin while a perfect sunless tan develops. What’s more, the lotion is formulated with a combination of vitamin E and gentle alpha hydroxy acids to help provide a beautiful, streak-free tan. All you have to do is apply it with the proper application technique. Keep reading for instructions!
It’s important to master your self-tanner technique in order to create streak-free bronzed color. So, follow these steps for using the L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Lotion.
Step 1: Cleanse and exfoliate skin. If you want your self-tanner to go on smoothly, you should start with cleansing and exfoliating your skin. Reach for a gentle body scrub in the shower, gently massage it onto your skin using circular motions, then rinse off. You can also try dry brushing your skin before you get into the shower to help exfoliate. (Read our guide to dry brushing here.) Thinking of applying self-tanner to your face? Exfoliate with a gentle facial scrub made specifically for your facial skin.
Step 2: Apply an oil-free moisturizer. After you hop out of the shower, moisturize from head to toe while your skin is still damp, as this can help lock in hydration. Choose oil-free lotions for your face (such as the L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Oily Skin) and body and pay particular attention to dry areas.
Step 3: Reach for your self-tanner. It’s finally time to get your glow on! All you have to do is squeeze some of the L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze™ Self-Tanning Lotion onto your hands and apply it evenly all over your face and body. You may want to consider applying your self-tanning lotion with an application mitt to avoid staining your hands.
Step 4: Don’t go overboard. Keep in mind that it’s a good idea to use self-tanner sparingly around areas that tend to get dry, such as your elbows, knees, and ankles, as they can soak up color—and chances are you probably want your tan to look even. As far as your face goes, use your self-tanner sparingly around your eyebrows and hairline.
Step 5: Wash your hands. If you used your hands to apply self-tanner, wash them thoroughly once you’re done. After all, you don’t want your hands to look darker than the rest of your body, do you?
Step 6: Wait to get dressed. Be patient! Don’t get dressed or put on makeup until your skin has completely dried. When you do get dressed, opt for dark, loose clothing to help avoid staining.
And there you have it! Use the L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze™ Self-Tanning Lotion daily until you have achieved your desired level of tan, then use 1-2 times per week to help maintain your color. Looking good!
Ready to try another self-tanner option? You’re in the right place! We’ve got step-by-step instructions for using self-tanning towelettes, self-tanning mists, and self-tanning serums, so you can easily find the best self-tanner method for your lifestyle. Which one will you try next?