In an effort to avoid premature aging and the risks of skin cancer, we’re all about fake (not bake) tans. Whether your limbs have been shrouded under layers of clothing for months or you’ve been strategically staying out of the sun, occasionally there are life moments and events—such as weddings, weekends at the cottage or beach vacations—where we want to achieve a natural tan without relying on damaging UV rays. Luckily, it’s easier than ever to get a convincing glowing skin.
Still, the difficulty most women face is finding the time for home tanning —or, if they’ve managed to apply a self tanner, mastering how to make their fake tan last. Fortunately, we have a solution to both dilemmas. Wherever you are, there’s one product that is small enough for you to take anywhere, and it’s carry-on-friendly and so user-friendly that you can apply it in just a few minutes: L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Towelettes . These self tanning towelettes deliver an even, super-flattering, natural-looking fake tan, plus they’re ideal for touch-ups. Each sheet is soaked with enough tanning product to coat the entire body. The formula envelops skin with a refreshing, light layer and dries down quickly, developing to a warm, golden, natural-looking fake tan in just a few hours.
While it feels risky to take the plunge and apply a faux glow—especially on the go—this self tanning product is foolproof. Here’s how you can incorporate this natural-looking fake tan into your routine, wherever your day and travels take you.
How to keep your fake tan going strong at the gym
If you love to work out and use self-tanners, you know that patchy tans can crop up due to perspiration, dehydration and friction. For fitness enthusiasts, sunless fake tans tend to wear off first on the inside of the upper arms, the legs and under the breasts due to friction. Keep the rubbing to a minimum by choosing materials that are moisture wicking, thin and, ideally, seamless. You should also moisturize after you get out of the shower. DHA, which is the tanning agent used in self-tan formulas, is a naturally drying ingredient. Even though the tan towels are infused with vitamin E and alpha-hydroxy acid to smooth and soften skin, regular moisturizing is essential to help lock in the colour. To keep your natural-looking sunless tanner going strong all season long, use L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Towelettes once a week after a workout, post-shower. This will keep patches at bay and your skin flawless.
How to get a natural tan and maintain it while on vacation
Why wouldn’t you want that mustard-yellow sundress or tomato-tinted one-piece to pop against a gorgeous (faux) tan in your vacation snaps? And let’s not overlook the body positivity that can result from a good fake tan glow—it boosts confidence. However, the problem with most self-tanners is that they come in lotions, mousses or oils that are almost always larger than 100 mL—relegating them to the “do not fly” list. Enhance and prolong your tan without damaging your skin with L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Towelettes . These travel-size tan towels are stealthy self-tanners that will tint your limbs and face in a single application. The sachets are a space-economizing option, fitting inside a weekender, a purse or even your pocket! Use a self tanning towelette for a full-body metamorphosis to get you travel-ready. While on vacation, you can reapply five or six days later to maintain your golden-goddess status.
How to tan at the office—yes, we’re serious
Imagine this: You head to work with a change of attire in tow for a big event that evening. Mid-lunch break, you realize that the dress you brought will be putting a spotlight on your legs, which are very pale and need a major boost of bronzer. If you shaved your legs the day before or, better yet, that morning, the razor will have provided enough exfoliation to apply a self tanning product, stat. When you get back to your desk, take a hand cream from your drawer and moisturize your knees and ankles thoroughly (to avoid patchiness) before you break out the L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Towelettes . Apply the self tanning towelette from your feet to your upper thighs; by the time 5 p.m. hits, your tan will be fully developed and you’ll be ready to leave with a natural-looking golden glow.