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How to Use Self-Tanner for a Summer Glow

Sun Care & Self-Tanning

How to Use Self-Tanner for a Summer Glow How to Use Self-Tanner for a Summer Glow How to Use Self-Tanner for a Summer Glow

As the weather gets warmer by the day, we know our favorite time of year is on the horizon. But along with thoughts of vacation, sandals, bikinis, and margaritas slurped on the beach, may come the sudden realization that your beach body needs a bit of buffing and polishing—quite literally. The thing is, after spending months in dry air and being covered up under sweaters and boots, your skin may be looking a little lackluster right about now.

Chances are, you probably don’t want to strut your stuff in your favorite swimsuit or summer outfit if your skin is looking dull. It doesn’t have to be that way, though. It’s all about using self-tanner to fake a golden glow that you’ll want to show off all summer long. Here, find your self-tanner match and learn how to apply it.

If you’ve always wanted to get the bronzed faux glow of your favorite celebs but never knew how to achieve the natural-looking finish—we’re here to help! With the right self-tanning product, you can achieve natural-looking golden color.

Self-Tanning Lotion

If you’ve ever used a self-tanner before, it’s a good bet that it was a lotion, as this is one of the most popular types out there. The L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze™ Tinted Self-Tanning Lotion is an advanced skin-smoothing formula with alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and vitamin E for a perfect, streak-free tan. This transfer- and water-resistant formula creates an instant streak-free bronze tint with a hint of shimmer.

How to Use the L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze™ Tinted Self-Tanning Lotion

Use daily until you reach your desired level of tan, then once or twice a week to maintain results.

Step 1: Cleanse and exfoliate skin.

Step 2: Apply an oil-free moisturizer to any dry areas.

Step 3: Apply the self-tanning lotion evenly all over body.

Step 4: Use sparingly around ankles, knees, and elbows.

Step 5: Wash hands thoroughly after use.

Step 6: Let skin dry completely before putting on makeup or clothes.

Self-Tanning Gel

Lotion not your thing? Try a self-tanning gel instead! The L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze™ Self-Tanning Gelee is a refreshing, skin-smoothing formula with AHAs and vitamin E for a perfect, streak-free tan. The non-tinted, lightweight formula applies easily and dries quickly.

How to Use the L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze™ Self-Tanning Gelee

Use daily until you reach your desired level of tan, then once or twice a week to maintain results.

Step 1: Cleanse and exfoliate skin.

Step 2: Apply an oil-free moisturizer to any dry areas.

Step 3: Apply evenly all over body.

Step 4: Use sparingly around ankles, knees, and elbows.

Step 5: Wash hands thoroughly after use.

Step 6: Let skin dry completely before putting on makeup or clothes.

Self-Tanning Towelettes

If you’re planning a summer getaway, stash some self-tanning towelettes in your suitcase to use while you’re away. The L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze™ Self-Tanning Towelettes for Body are convenient single-use wipes that are perfect for sunless tanning at home and for travel. The self-tanning formula applies easily and dries quickly.

How to Use the L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze™ Self-Tanning Towelettes for Body

Use daily until you achieve your desired level of tan, then once or twice a week to maintain results.

Step 1: Cleanse and exfoliate skin.

Step 2: Smooth towelette all over body, unfolding as needed.

Step 3: Use sparingly around ankles, knees, and elbows.

Step 4: Wash hands thoroughly after use.

Step 5: Let skin dry before putting on clothes.

Self-Tanning Serum

We’re not done yet! Self-tanning serum is yet another option you have when it comes to faking a tan. The L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze™ Self-Tanning Serum has a quick-dry, streak-free formula.

How to Use the L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze™ Self-Tanning Serum

Use daily for three consecutive days for a tan that lasts for up to two weeks.

Step 1: Cleanse and exfoliate skin.

Step 2: Apply an oil-free moisturizer to any dry areas.

Step 3: Pump serum directly into palms.

Step 4: Apply evenly all over body.

Step 5: Use sparingly around ankles, knees, and elbows.

Step 6: Wash hands thoroughly after use.

Step 7: Let skin dry completely before putting on makeup or clothes.

Self-tanning Mist

Want to achieve a professional-looking tan from the comfort of your own home? The L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze™ ProPerfect Salon Airbrushed Mist gives you salon-inspired airbrush tanning results at home. The 360 wide angle jet applicator provides continuous coverage for a natural-looking tan—and the super-fine mist applies evenly and dries quickly with no need to rub in.

How to Use the L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze™ ProPerfect Salon Airbrushed Mist

Use daily until you reach your desired level of tan, then once or twice a week to maintain results.

Step 1: Cleanse and exfoliate skin.

Step 2: Apply an oil-free moisturizer to any dry areas.

Step 3: Spray the mist slowly and continuously at arm’s length without rubbing in. Formula will dry quickly.

Step 4: Use sparingly around ankles, knees, and elbows.

Step 5: Let skin dry completely before putting on clothes.

Wash-off Self-Tanner

Want to gain a gorgeous glow for a special event? Consider using a wash-off body makeup lotion. The L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze™ Summer Express Wash-Off Body Makeup Lotion is a full-coverage lotion that leaves skin looking bronzed and radiant while providing long-lasting hydration. It’s transfer- and sweat-resistant but washes off with soap and water.

How to Use the L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze™ Summer Express Wash-Off Body Makeup Lotion

Apply whenever you’re in need of a summer glow!

Step 1: Smooth evenly onto clean skin using your hands.

Step 2: Apply a second time for a more intense result.

Step 3: Wash hands thoroughly after use.

Step 4: Let skin dry completely before putting on makeup or clothes.

Step 5: Wash off with soap and water.

Why You Need to Prep Your Skin for Self-Tanner Application

Have you ever had a self-tanner mishap? We’ve all been there—you apply your self-tanner of choice, only for your tan to end up looking streaky or uneven. That’s why it’s super-important to follow the instructions no matter what self-tanner method you choose to use. While you now know how to prep your skin for each L’Oréal Paris self-tanning option above, we’re delving into each prep step a little further right here. Consider this your self-tanner application checklist!

Before applying self-tanner…exfoliate. Dead skin cells can build up on the surface of your skin, leading to dryness. And that buildup can cause your self-tanner to go on patchy. Not exactly what you want, right? Exfoliate beforehand to help slough away the dead skin cell buildup. Use a gentle body scrub while you’re in the shower to do so.

Before applying self-tanner…moisturize. After showering, apply an oil-free body lotion to damp skin to help lock in hydration before you move on to self-tanner application. Make sure to pay specific attention to areas that tend to get dry—like your knees, ankles, and elbows—since they may absorb more color. Of course, you want your tan to look even all over!

While applying self-tanner…follow the directions. Depending on the type of self-tanner you use, you may be instructed to apply it in circular motions to help create an even-looking glow. If you’re using a lotion, gel, or serum, you may want to invest in a self-tanning mitt so that your hands don’t get stained during the application process. And remember: A little bit of self-tanner goes a long way. Don’t worry if you don’t see color immediately—oftentimes, depending on what self-tanner you use, your bronzed tint will develop after a specified period of time. Be patient!

After applying self-tanner…play the waiting game. First things first, wash your hands to avoid them becoming darker than the rest of your body. Then, it’s time to wait it out! Let your skin dry completely before getting dressed, since you don’t want to cause streaks to happen. When you do get dressed, reach for loose, dark clothes to help avoid staining.

There you have it! Congratulations—you’re now a self-tanner pro. Whether you decide to use a lotion, gel, serum, towelette, mist, or wash-off formula, one thing’s for certain: A self-tanner can help you create a pretty faux glow that’s perfect for summer. We hope you enjoy showing off your summer bod this season!