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As the temperatures dip to lower than ever, it’s hard not to dream about sunny summer days and the gorgeous golden glow you sport when it’s warm outside. While we can’t control the weather (sorry, everyone!), we can let you in on a little beauty secret: It is possible to create the appearance of bronzed skin in winter—all it takes is the help of a gradual self-tanner lotion. Not exactly sure how gradual self-tanner lotion works (or how it differs from traditional self-tanner)—but curious to learn more about this skin care product and how to add it to your skin care routine? Keep reading for all the deets on our gradual self-tanner lotion and how to use it.
If you’re here to learn more about gradual self-tanner lotion, then you’re in the right place! The L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze™ Hydrating Self-Tanning Milk Medium is designed to gradually deliver an even, bronzed glow while softening and nourishing skin.
So, you might be wondering where the differences lie between gradual self-tanner and the traditional kind. With traditional self-tanner, noticeable color will typically develop within a few hours and last few a few days up to a couple of weeks, depending on the self-tanner formula you use. Conversely, gradual self-tanner lotion generally offers a subtler color payoff—and that color develops with continued use over time (usually, you’d use a gradual self-tanner lotion a few times a week to build color).
Why, exactly, should you try a gradual self-tanner lotion? Not only does our gradual self-tanner lotion soften and nourish skin, it provides a bronzed glow within hours of application, and it gradually deepens your skin tone for buildable glow all year round with continued use over time. That means you can rock a summer tan even if there’s a blizzard raging outside. And why not use a snow day to catch up on your beauty routine?
It’s important to master your self-tanner technique in order to create streak-free bronzed color. So, follow these steps for using our gradual self-tanner lotion. For best results, use as a body lotion three times per week. Pencil it into your calendar!
Step 1: Cleanse and exfoliate skin. If you want your gradual self-tanner to go on smoothly, you should start with cleansing and exfoliating your skin. Reach for a body scrub in the shower, gently massaging it into your skin using circular motions, then rinse off thoroughly with lukewarm water. You can also try dry brushing your skin before you get into the shower to help exfoliate.
Step 2: Reach for your gradual self-tanner lotion. It’s time to get your glow on! All you have to do is smooth our gradual self-tanner lotion evenly over your entire body. Use sparingly around joints (knees, elbows, and ankles), as these areas tend to soak up color—and you want your tan to look even. If you have blonde or white hair, avoid applying gradual self-tanner lotion to your eyebrows or roots of your hair.
Step 3: Wash your hands. If you used your hands to apply gradual self-tanner lotion, 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 4: Wait to get dressed. Be patient! Don’t get dressed or put on makeup until your skin has completely dried post-gradual self-tanner lotion application. When you do get dressed, opt for dark, loose clothing to help avoid staining.
Ready for more self-tanning options? We’ve got you covered. Check out our article, How Do You Use Self-Tanning Towelettes?