Self-tanning has come a long way since the days of orange palms and stained sheets.
And the latest development is ground-breaking to say the least.
Fake tan waters are invisible until your developed, natural-looking tan starts to show itself.
Leading the way is long-renowned tan brand, St Tropez, whose $42 Purity Bronzing Water Mousse is being hailed as the answer to pale winter skin and has been dubbed a ‘miracle worker’ by beauty experts online.
Fake tan waters are invisible until your developed, natural-looking tan starts to show itself and leading the way is St Tropez – whose product has been hailed as the answer to pale winter skin
The $42 Purity Bronzing Water Mousse (pictured) has been dubbed a ‘miracle worker’ online by beauty experts
The tan is vegan-friendly, made from 100 per cent natural ingredients and boasts a pretty tropical scent (pictured wearing the tan)
Newly launched in Australia and sold at Chemist Warehouse and Priceline, St Tropez’s Purity Bronzing Water Mousse layers on weightlessly to deliver a just-got-back-from-holiday glow.
The tan is vegan-friendly, made from 100 per cent natural ingredients and boasts a pretty tropical scent.
The website explains that you can expect a light golden glow for several days after application.
‘This lightweight, clear water-to-foam formula is infused with 100 per cent naturally derived and vegan friendly tanning agents that refresh and revive your skin, with no need to rinse off,’ it reads.
‘For a transparent and wearable tan that can be applied day or night, that doesn’t transfer onto clothing and develops into a natural looking, streak-free golden tan over 4-8 hours.
‘Apply with an Applicator Mitt for best results and moisturise daily to lock in for longer.’
‘This is the best tan ever, so easy to apply it just glides on. The result is a streak free, even tan in a lovely natural shade,’ one reviewer posted (pictured before and after using the tan)
‘The water turns into mousse as soon as it comes out of the bottle. It smells amazing and driest really quickly,’ another reviewer added (pictured before and after)
Those who have tried the tanning water mousse online are nearly unanimously effusive.
‘This is the best tan ever, so easy to apply it just glides on. The result is a streak free, even tan in a lovely natural shade,’ one reviewer posted.
‘The water turns into mousse as soon as it comes out of the bottle. It smells amazing and driest really quickly,’ another added.
‘It felt like I had nothing on my skin and great to get dressed and go about my day. Lovely, even holiday glow.’
Others have dubbed it a ‘game changer’ for their beauty regimes.
Ten steps to the perfect fake tan
St Tropez shared the ten steps to the perfect fake tan
1. If you’re a tanning junkie, make sure you exfoliate regularly to avoid build up as several layers of tan can result in an uneven result.
2. If you’re waxing or shaving before tanning, make sure you do it more than 24 hours before your tan.
3. When you’re tanning give yourself a good all-over polish and apply plenty of moisturiser the night before to get your skin as silky as possible. The most common cause of a patchy tan is dry skin, so it’s crucial to moisturise problem areas (wrists and hands, elbows, knees, ankles and feet) immediately prior to self tan application.
4. Keep palms tan-free – try using latex gloves or our applicator mitt when applying, then simply sweep the backs of the hands with self tan diluted with moisturiser. Our Tan Remover– which you can use for up to four hours after tanning – removes any unwanted tan.
5. When you’re applying your tan, make sure you’re covered all over. Don’t worry if you go over the same area twice – the tan will only be patchy if you miss a bit, not if you double up.
6. Make sure you don’t rub in your gradual or self tan. Gentle smoothing is all you need, then you can let the product do its work. Rubbing may make the finish uneven.
7. Try to avoid washing your hands for as long as possible in the development time – a minimum of 2 hours. Try a hand sanitiser or wipes instead.
8. Your tan won’t get deeper the longer you leave it – once it’s been on for the required amount of time (check the pack) it will have given you the natural-looking golden colour you’re after. For a deeper tan you should re-apply on successive days – 2 – 3 days in a row will give you a really deep, rich bronze tan.
9. When you’ve applied your tan wear loose, dark clothing and avoid tight-fitting underwear. Anything that’s pressing on the skin may make the results a bit patchy.
10. The hands and face will fade quicker than the rest of the body so apply Rapide Face to the face and the backs of the hands to keep your tan looking fresher for longer. For a colour boost for the rest of the body, try using St Tropez Self Tan Intensifier every 2-3 days – but don’t forget to polish and moisturise, too, or your colour won’t fade evenly.
Source: St Tropez
‘This lightweight, clear water-to-foam formula is infused with 100 per cent naturally derived and vegan tanning agents that refresh and revive your skin,’ the St Tropez website reads
Of course, this isn’t the only fake tan water out there. Just two months ago, beauty lovers went wild for Isle of Paradise’s $33 option, which also promises a streak-free even tan.
Created by Jules von Hep the Isle of Paradise waters have colour-correcting elements to them, meaning the peach gives you a light tone, green a medium tan, and lilac a dark glow.
Alternatively, you could try Tan Luxe’s The Water, which is infused with purified water, Vitamins B, C and E and raspberry seed oil.
Others swear by Aussie beauty brand Eco Tan’s Face Tan Water.