Clarins Self Tanning Milky-Lotion, R345
What they say: A lightweight self tan which is quickly absorbed, providing a beautiful natural-looking tan. Aloe vera gel and Fig extract soften skin and ensure long-lasting 24-hour hydration, with a fresh, fruity fragrance. A new complete face and body treatment, self-tanning and moisturizing for 24 hours at the core of a rich and creamy milk.
What I say: I never used to be a self tan fan, as most formulas went Trump orange on me (too soon?). But thankfully advancements in formulas has banished most of the orange glow to history.
This one from Clarins has the best scent out of any others I’ve tried, which was another reason I disliked self tans of the past; that horrendous burnt biscuit smell would linger beyond the tan itself. This one is fresh and fruity and does a good job at keeping the usual scent at bay – there is a slight whiff of it as the tan develops, but it’s hardly noticeable.
The cream applies and blends easily, so much so that it feels like you’re applying a regular moisturiser rather than a self tan. But therein also lies its only downfall. I wish it were slightly tinted so that you could see where you’d applied and where you hadn’t. I didn’t end up with streaks, but I was very careful.
The tan result was probably the best home tan I’ve ever achieved. (My favourite is still Vita Liberata spray tan, as long as you’re not going somewhere very humid like Bangkok). But this was a very close second, which is amazing considering it was just me slapping on cream rather than a professional spraying it on.
It can be used on both the body and face, but I’ve never been brave enough to apply self tan to my face myself. Although if I were going to give it a go, this would be the one I tried.
I realise the price tag may be a bit high for some people, but if you are a rare tanner like me, I’d recommend splashing out to get this formula so that when you do tan it’s gorgeous.
And for those of you who tan often, but don’t have the budget for this, I’ll always suggest Caribbean Tan, as they have a great section of colour intensities and formulas.