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How to properly choose your self-tanner?

To prevent lasting damage from UV rays on the skin, there are simpler, more effective, and safer ways to achieve a tan without the risk of sun exposure. Self-tanners are among these solutions. However, with the multitude of self-tanning products available on the market today, making a choice can be complicated. Here are some tips to help you select and find the self-tanning product that suits you best.

Criterion No. 1: Pay attention to the concentration of self-tanning active ingredients.

The self-tanners contain between 1 to 15% of DHA. The higher the DHA content, the darker your skin tone will be.

Depending on the desired tanning shade, the concentration of DHA can influence the choice of self-tanner. Therefore, there are two types of self-tanners: "classic" self-tanners for intense tanning and "progressive" self-tanners. The classic self-tanners with 5 to 15% DHA allow for a pronounced bronzed complexion to be achieved within a few hours after application, and this lasts for five to seven days.

On the other hand, progressive self-tanners have a lower DHA concentration (<3%) but enough for a subtle tanning effect. This means that the tan will appear over time, with each application, thus adjusting the intensity of the coloration as desired. This type of self-tanner is particularly suitable for fair skin, as they offer a more subtle tan than other formulas.

With 10% DHA, our self-tanning serum is a progressive self-tanner that can be applied daily to achieve a natural-looking tan based on the number of drops mixed with your regular face cream.

Criterion No. 2: Verify the formulation of the self-tanning product.

Beyond self-tanning active ingredients (DHA, erythrulose, etc.), choose a product that also contains antioxidant agents (vitamin C, vitamin E, resveratrol, etc.) and moisturizing agents (aloe vera, glycerin, hyaluronic acid, vegetable oils, etc.). Indeed, DHA, the chemical agent responsible for the natural tanned glow, can be quite drying for certain skin types.

In conjunction with DHA and erythrulose, our self-tanning serum also contains carob extract and buriti oil. As for our body self-tanning gel, it additionally includes aloe vera and turmeric extract.

Furthermore, it is recommended to look for a self-tanner without irritating ingredients to limit the risk of allergic reactions. Indeed, many self-tanning formulas can contain fragrances and high concentrations of alcohol, which can worsen the appearance of the skin over time, especially for sensitive and reactive skin types.

Before using a self-tanner, test it by applying a small amount of the product to a small area of skin (behind the ear, inner wrist, elbow crease, etc.). Then wait 24 hours to see how your skin reacts.

Criterion No. 3: Consider the formulation of the self-tanner according to your skin type.

In the market, self-tanners are available in a variety of formats, each with its own advantages and disadvantages.

  • Mist, spray: Aerial, easy to use, and with a moisturizing formula, mists and aerosol sprays can be sprayed everywhere, thus helping to cover the hardest-to-reach parts of the body. Thanks to the fine spray, they also allow for a more uniform application without the need for a glove, thereby reducing the risk of streaks. However, one of the main drawbacks is the dosage.

  • Cream, lotion, and milk: In addition to providing a tanned complexion to the skin, these types of self-tanners are the best for the face as they moisturize the skin at the same time. They are therefore more suitable for dry skin. However, their creamy texture can make application difficult, which is less so with the milk, resulting in a less uniform outcome than with other self-tanning products.

  • Gel: With its cool, non-sticky feel, gels have a faster drying time because they contain a low proportion of oily phase.

  • Wipes: Convenient, single-use wipes are portable products that are ideal for achieving a faux tan during travels and trips.

  • Foam: Pleasant to apply, foam-textured formulas have a lighter consistency that is better suited for users with oily skin. In addition to drying quickly and not being sticky, the foam self-tanner provides results more quickly, as well as a longer-lasting and more even tan.

  • Serum: This form of self-tanner is the most customizable and adjustable among the various self-tanners, meaning it offers more control over the shade of the tan. The more you use, the darker the tan will be. It can easily be added to your daily moisturizer (face and body) for a tan that develops within a few hours.


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