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Glitter oil, the trending product to enhance one's tan.

Glitter oil is a product that straddles the line between skincare and makeup, adding a festive touch to the skin. It is particularly cherished during the warm season and enhances a tan. Learn more about this summer essential.

Published May 25, 2023, updated on June 3, 2024, by Pauline, Head of Scientific Communication — 4 min read

What is glittering oil?

Glittering oils are highly favored products during the summer. They contain glitter (micas) or mother-of-pearl, which create a shiny and sparkling effect on the skin. There are different sizes of mother-of-pearl particles, allowing for various light effects. Glittering oils are often used to add a touch of radiance to the skin of the body, face, or hair.

They are often enhanced with a light, appetizing or floral fragrance. Formulated based on different vegetable oils, such as thesweet almond oil (INCI: Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil), theargan oil (INCI: Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil), thejojoba oil (INCI: Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil), or thecoconut oil (INCI: Cocos Nucifera Oil), they often possess several beneficial properties for the skin.

How to apply a shimmering oil?

Glitter oil is a treatment that can generally be applied to the face, body, or hair, depending on your preference. This treatment provides a festive touch and can, for example, be used when going to the beach or a party. Here are some tips for applying glitter oil.

  • By small touches: soak the tips of your fingers, then lightly tap the raised areas, such as the tops of the shoulders, the collarbones, the bridge of the nose, and the cheekbones. Don't hesitate to also apply a small amount to the tips of your hair to achieve beautiful highlights.

  • Mixed with your moisturizing cream: blend a few drops of glittery oil into a dollop of your regular moisturizing cream before applying it to your face to achieve a subtle and satin-like effect.

  • Spread all over the body : Apply the glittering oil to your body through circular motions that will enhance its absorption by the skin, and amplify its hydrating and nourishing actions. Then wait a few minutes before putting on your clothes to avoid leaving marks on them.

Note : Glittery oils do not protect against UV rays and do not exempt from applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen before exposing oneself to the sun.

Which shimmering oil should you choose to enhance your tan?

Today, we encounter a myriad of shimmering oils designed to enhance tanning in the cosmetics market. Several criteria can help you make your choice.

  • Your skin's sensitivity : if you have sensitive skin, we recommend choosing an oil that contains neither allergens nor fragrance in order to limit the risk of irritation.

  • The Texture : Depending on your skin type, you should favor a rich and nourishing shimmering oil for dry skin, or a light and dry one for oily skin.

  • The intensity of the shine : Glittering oils contain pearls of varying sizes, which modulate the intensity of the shine achieved. Depending on the result you want to achieve, you will opt for a treatment that is more or less sparkling or discreet.

  • The color : today, you can find golden, silver, rosy, coppery glittering oils... This variety of shades offers you great freedom.

  • The Ingredients : to combine the practical with the pleasant, you can turn to a glittering oil containing antioxidants or other beneficial active ingredients for the skin (soothing, firming...).


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