Everything you need to know about self-tanners

Self-tanning products help you get a tan in minutes, without having to expose your skin to the sun. Here are our tips and suggestions for a natural glow.

Thanks to their combination of DHA and Erythrulose, self-tanners quickly and temporarily colour your skin. Depending on their concentration levels, self-tanners interact with the keratin in your skin, giving it a darker tone. Although most self-tanners sold today give your skin that natural glow in just a few hours, the effect will progressively fade away if you do not reapply.

The perfect application

To get that perfect tan, there are certain rules to follow:

  • Exfoliate your skin beforehand, preferably the night before you plan on applying self-tanner. In addition to softening your skin, a good exfoliating cleanser helps to eliminate dead cells for a more uniform skin tone.
  • The next morning, make sure you hydrate your skin before applying the self-tanner, using linear or circular motions.
  • To ensure knees and elbows are the same shade as the rest of your body, apply only a small amount of self-tanner and never apply to the same area twice.
  • Lightly shade the self-tanner with a moistened wipe to avoid visible hair and eyebrow lines.
  • When you’ve finished applying the product, thoroughly wash your hands, paying close attention to your palms.

Our self-tanner suggestions:

If you’re in a hurry:

  • Bioderma’s Photoderm Autobrozant Tanning Spray for face and body dries instantly without leaving any visible traces on your skin.
  • Marcelle’s I-Bronze Self-Tanning Cloths are easy to use and will give you a golden glow in just one application.

To top up on vitamins:

  • Vichy’s Idéal Soleil Self Tanner – Moisturizing Milk Face and Body is enriched with vitamin E for a glowing tan that doesn’t fade.

For a cooling effect:

  • Clarins’ Liquid Bronze for face and décolleté is a breeze to apply thanks to its lightly tinted formula.
  • Jean d’Estrées Paris’ Self Tanning Emulsion for Face and Body will even enhance fair skin. Its light, fresh texture intensely nourishes and moisturizes skin.

For glowing legs:

  • Caudalie’s Lightweight Tinted Divine Legs and Lancôme’s Flash Bronzer Dream Legs are perfect for those who simply cannot wait for summer before rocking their sandals. Only apply a minimal amount of self-tanner on your heels, otherwise they might come out looking darker than your legs.

We suggest:

Photoderm Self-tanner, 150 ml
Bioderma

Photoderm Self-tanner, 150 ml

A moisturizing, self-tanning spray for perfectly even tan.

Idéal Soleil Self Tanner, 100 ml
Vichy

Idéal Soleil Self Tanner, 100 ml
Liquid Bronze Self Tanning, 125 ml
Clarins

Liquid Bronze Self Tanning, 125 ml

As fresh as water, as mild as milk!

Careful! We can’t stress it enough—self-tanners do not protect your skin from UV rays. Before you expose yourself to the sun, make sure you apply a cream with an SPF of at least 30.

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Everything you need to know about self-tanners

Self-tanning products help you get a tan in minutes, without having to expose your skin to the sun. Here are our tips and suggestions for a natural glow.
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