Self-tanners: sunshine in a bottle

If winter is rough on your complexion, try self-tanners. They're your best allies for getting a little colour quickly and safely. Don’t worry. The orange tone of the 90s is long gone! The latest products give a natural tan in no time at all. Here are some tips on finding the one that’s right for you and how to use it.

How they work

Ingredients like DHA and erythrulose react with the amino acids and keratin present in the skin to reveal brown pigments on the surface. The result is a darker complexion within a few hours. It's temporary, though, and gradually fades if the product isn’t reapplied.

How they work

DHA and erythrulose are natural active ingredients. DHA is found in wheat, rapeseed and beets, while erythrulose, a vegetable sugar, is found in raspberries.

How to avoid mistakes

Not everyone gets the same result with self-tanners, even those with similar complexions. Factors like skin pH, temperature, stress levels, diet and hormonal cycles can all affect results. Try testing different areas of the body that are easily concealable to get an idea of the colour and finish before you start.

Make sure that the concentration of the active ingredients is appropriate for your complexion. For pale skin, a gradual tanning formula with a concentration of 1 to 3% DHA is ideal. It helps you better control the level of tanning for a more natural look. For dark skin, use a 5% DHA concentration. Avoid using anything higher in winter. The most concentrated products (up to 8%) are great for maintaining an existing tan.

One of the golden rules to respect if you want a result that meets your expectations is to exfoliate first. Free of dead skin, you’ll get a more uniform and pronounced effect. For even better results, use a daily moisturizer after application. And don’t forget to wash your hands, especially your palms!

Which self-tanner should you choose?

Do you want a quick tan? Increase the hydration of your skin? Liven up your complexion? It's important to choose the right product.

For rushed mornings

If you don’t have time to apply a self-tanner because of all the care it requires, choose the quick solution: a spray mist. It’s easy to apply and covers every angle in no time. Holding the bottle about 20cm from your body, spray the self-tanner on clean, dry skin, making sure to cover the entire area, and you’re done!

Another option is a lotion you can apply in the shower after washing. Apply the lotion to wet skin in circular movements, let it set for 3 minutes, then rinse with hot water. Tanning will develop with successive washings.

For rushed mornings
In-Shower Tanning Lotion, 200 ml, Light
St. Tropez

In-Shower Tanning Lotion, 200 ml, Light

Our most convenient way to tan, available in a darker shade, for a deeper golden glow. This nourishing lotion gradually builds in just 3 minutes, as part of your daily shower regime. Apply for 3 consecutive days to achieve a healthy looking tan to suit all skin tones.

Photoderm Self-tanner , 150 ml
Bioderma

Photoderm Self-tanner , 150 ml
Sublime Bronze Airbrush, 150 ml, Medium
L'Oréal Paris

Sublime Bronze Airbrush, 150 ml, Medium

For glowing legs

Well-hydrated skin means a long-lasting and radiant tan. That’s why many self-tanners, especially those with a creamy or milky texture, contain a moisturizing factor. Use them to get smooth, silky legs or to give dry areas like the neck and décolleté a boost.

Idéal Soleil Self Tanner, 100 ml
Vichy

Idéal Soleil Self Tanner, 100 ml
Natural Glow Instant Sun Sunless Tanning Mousse, 180 ml, Deep Bronze
Jergens

Natural Glow Instant Sun Sunless Tanning Mousse, 180 ml, Deep Bronze

Flawless, natural-looking colour instantly

For dull complexions

Some self-tanners are specially designed for the delicate skin around your face. Apply them before your day or night cream, being sure to continue onto your neck and ears, and around your eyes to avoid the ‘goggles’ effect. Avoid getting tanner on your eyelashes and eyebrows!

Autobronzant Aqua Gelée, 50 ml
Biotherm

Autobronzant Aqua Gelée, 50 ml
Radiance Plus Golden Glow Booster Self Tan, 15 ml
Clarins

Radiance Plus Golden Glow Booster Self Tan, 15 ml

The like-magic self-tanner to combine with your usual skin care products for a radiant glow all year round!

Be careful!

It can’t be said enough that a self-tanner doesn’t protect you from UV rays. Before sun exposure, use a product with an SPF of at least 30.

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Self-tanners: sunshine in a bottle

If winter is rough on your complexion, try self-tanners. They're your best allies for getting a little colour quickly and safely. Don’t worry. The orange tone of the 90s is long gone! The latest products give a natural tan in no time at all. Here are some tips on finding the one that’s right for you and how to use it.
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