As far as beauty treatments go, for most people, getting (and maintaining) a tan is pretty high up on the list of intimidating—not to mention confusing—practices. Of course, it’s no secret that sun exposure and tanning beds are both harmful ways to achieve a sun-kissed glow; more and more people are smartly opting out of both.
Left wondering how to get a tan? We don’t blame you. This leaves those who want some colour in the summertime with a couple of other options. The first? Spray tans—which can be expensive and time-consuming. Then there’s self-tanner, which understandably has developed quite an intimidating reputation. Between the gloves, the horror stories involving patchy, streaky skin and the memories of stained-orange palms, it’s no wonder people tend to be afraid to delve into the world of sunless tanning.
But self-tanners have evolved dramatically over the past few years and are now available in not only incredibly sophisticated formulas and textures but also a wide array of price points. Enter: L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Water Mousse, the affordable and impossible-to-mess-up self-tanning mousse that you’ll want to use all year round. What makes it so different from other sunless tanners on the market is that the product actually comes out of the bottle clear (hence the word “water” in its name). That means it won’t stain your sheets, palms, clothing or bathroom.
Another thing you’ll love about L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Water Mousse is its scent. Yes, really. We know what you’re thinking: Besides the potentially streaky finish of other self-tanners on the market, the worst part about applying self-tanner has always been the smell. Rest assured that the strong chemical scent of DHA (that would be dihydroxyacetone—the chemical responsible for dyeing the top layer of skin) that is so prominent in many other self-tanners is non-existent with this product. Instead, it smells refreshing and tropical, like coconut water—one of the self-tanner’s hero ingredients.
In addition to coconut water, L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Water Mousse is infused with hydrating vitamin E. So each time you use it, you’ll get not only a sun-kissed glow but also softer, smoother skin—a surefire recipe for the best self-tanner you could ask for.
To apply, simply shake the bottle and pump the product into your hands. Using a circular motion, spread it evenly all over clean, freshly exfoliated skin. The quick-drying, clear formula will gradually develop into a tan, which you’ll begin to notice in four to eight hours. This self-tanner is so foolproof that you can be sure you won’t be met with a streaky, too dark or (worst of all) orange tan later in the day. Upon first application, you’ll notice a soft, natural glow—one that looks like you’ve just spent a couple of hours at the beach. The formula is buildable, so if you want a tan that’s darker and deeper, your next application will build upon your current glow rather than result in a blotchy, uneven finish. You’ll be shocked at how natural looking your tan will look.
To make the very most of your new tan, use products that will enhance and draw attention to your skin’s beautiful glow, like highlighter and lipgloss with warm, gold undertones and facial oils to take your glow to the next level. And there’s no need to worry about uneven, splotchy fading. L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Water Mousse fades as gradually and evenly as it’s applied. Now that you’ve mastered the art of self-tanning, thanks to the best self-tanner on the market, you’ll wonder how you ever lived with the streaky, messy products of the past.