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If there’s one skin care product that can come in handy when you want to get your glow on, it’d be self-tanner. Adding a self-tanner to your skin care routine is a great idea if you want bronzed color. Self-tanner doesn’t have to be reserved only for the summer months, though. You can use it year-round to achieve that just-back-from-vacation tan. Keep reading for our best self-tanners from our Sublime Bronze™ line along with tips for applying them for a streak-free finish.
There’s no shortage of self-tanner options available at your fingertips. Our Sublime Bronze™ line includes a variety of self-tanner formulas, including lotions, mists, towelettes, and serums. Here are our best self-tanners.
L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze™ Tinted Self-Tanning Lotion: This self-tanner lotion is formulated with vitamin E and alpha hydroxy acids.
L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze™ ProPerfect Salon Airbrush Self-Tanning Mist: This self-tanner mist bottle features a wide angled jet applicator that sprays a continuous, 360-degree mist.
L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze™ Towelettes for Body: Each self-tanner towelette contains enough self-tanner for one application.
L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze™ Self-Tanning Serum: This streak-free self-tanner serum offers long-lasting color.
We have good news for you: There’s no bad time to use self-tanner! Self-tanning may often be associated with summer, but all year round you’re perfectly within your right to become a bronzed goddess. Whether you have a special occasion coming up or simply want everyone to wonder whether you’re fresh from a tropical vacation—it’s self-tanner time.
If you get home from the store and immediately slather your skin in self-tanner—desperate to get your glow on ASAP—you’re doing it wrong. Self-tanner may be a quick way to give your skin color, but it still requires prep work. Before you can break out a bottle of self-tanning lotion or a towelette, you need to cleanse your skin. You don’t want any dirt or grime getting in the way of your tan! After that, it’s time to exfoliate, since sloughing away dead skin cells is essential in achieving color that isn’t streaky. Use a gentle scrub anywhere you plan to apply tan, paying extra attention to knees, elbows, and ankles. Once you’ve used a body or face scrub, you’re almost ready to go. Just smooth on an oil-free moisturizer and let it sink in before moving on.
Beyond taking it slow and being thorough, how you apply self-tanner depends entirely on the type you choose to use. Here’s how to use our best self-tanner formulas:
Self-tanning lotion: Apply evenly all over your body, using your hands or a mitt for better coverage.
Self-tanning mist: Spray the mist slowly and continuously at arm’s length without rubbing in—the formula will dry quickly on its own.
Self-tanning towelettes: Smooth a towelette all over your body, unfolding it as needed.
Self-tanning serum: Apply evenly all over face and body.
Once you’ve applied your self-tanner, the next steps are the same no matter which route you’ve taken. You’ll want to wash your hands straight away to avoid dark, blotchy palms and fingers. It’s also a must to let the self-tanner dry completely before getting dressed. You don’t want your tan to immediately transfer to your best outfit, right? Right. When it is time to clothe yourself, pick out something dark to minimize the risk of staining. Oh, and avoid your white sheets for a few hours.
After putting all your effort into self-tanning, you won’t want your sun-kissed look to fade straight away. To help maintain your tan, it’s key to keep using your self-tanner of choice. Just one application won’t be enough. You can use your Sublime Bronze™ self-tanner every day until you’ve reached your desired color. Once you’re happy with your look, reapply once a week to help maintain your results.
Haven’t had your fill of self-tanner facts just yet? In that case, head on over to our article, 8 Self-Tanner Mistakes You Could Be Making.