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Trend Alert: Clear Self-Tanners

Sun Care & Self-Tanning

Trend Alert: Clear Self-Tanners Trend Alert: Clear Self-Tanners Trend Alert: Clear Self-Tanners

When it comes to self-tanner, there are so many different types to try. From lotion to towelettes to mousse formulas, if you want to maintain your summer glow all year long, one of the numerous self-tanner options out there is sure to be the way to go. When it comes to deciding which of these formulas to use to get your glow on, there’s something new you may want to consider. While we often think of self-tanner formulas as being bronze, like the color they tint your skin, the latest beauty trend to make waves is clear self-tanner. Below, find everything you need to know about this of-the-moment skin care essential.


So, what exactly is a clear self-tanner? A clear self-tanner, or a self-tanner water, is just what you’d think—a self-tanner that is completely transparent. Why do people love clear self-tanners so much? Not to be dramatic, but they’re basically the answer to our sunless tanning prayers. The clear formula will prevent your sheets and clothes from staining. Yes—you read that right. No more clothing yourself in head-to-toe black to avoid ruining your favorite outfits and no more having designated clothing items that need to be re-worn each time you tan since they’ve already paid the ultimate price. With a clear self-tanner, you can truly tan and go—whether that means out to the bar or to bed.


Ready to hop on the clear self-tanner bandwagon? We’ve got you covered! The L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze Towelettes for Body have a clear, quick drying formula. Their towelette format makes them a super convenient self-tanning option. A single towelette has enough product for one self-tanning application, so these are easy to stow away in your bag for when you’re on the go or out of town.


So how does one go about applying a clear self-tanner? Read below for a step-by-step guide on how to get sun-kissed skin with this must-have sunless tanning product.

Step #1: Exfoliate your skin

Before applying any self-tanner, you want to remove dead skin from your face and body, providing your self-tanner with a smooth, even surface to latch onto.

Editor’s note: Be sure to read our article, How to Exfoliate from Head to Toe, for more exfoliating tips.

Step #2: Take out your razor

Shaving prior to self-tanning is always a good idea. Not only can it help self-tanner apply more smoothly, but you also won’t want to shave for a few days post-tanning, since shaving could strip away your self-tanner. So, take out your razor and shave your body as you normally would. Ideally, use a new razor to ensure you have the closes shave you possibly can. Don’t forget to use a shaving cream to steer clear of any nicks or razor bumps!

Step #3: Apply a moisturizer

Next, apply a moisturizer to your body and face. Make sure to focus on areas of your body that are often dry, such as your ankles, elbows, and knees. Moisturizing will ensure your skin is hydrated pre-tan, so when you do apply your self-tanner it absorbs evenly and isn’t soaked up by dry areas (which can lead to a patchy appearance).

Editor’s note: Need more moisturizing tips? Head over to our article, How to Use Moisturizer from Head to Toe.

Step #4: Apply your clear self-tanner

You may think that a clear self-tanner would be more difficult to apply, but we promise it isn’t! Simply open one towelette, unfold, smooth it evenly over your skin, and wash your hands thoroughly after applying. The tan will develop in two to four hours. Wondering how to get an even application? Focus on applying the self-tanner in sections based on your body parts. For example, first focus on applying self-tanner to your left arm and then your right. By breaking your application into sections, you’ll be more aware of where you’re applying your self-tanner and will be left with an even and streak-free, natural-looking tan!

Looking to learn about another trending type of self tanner? Check out our article, What Is Gradual Self-Tanner Lotion?