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How To Use Tanning Drops

how to use tan drops

If you’re looking for a simple way to achieve a natural-looking golden glow, these small but mighty tanners may be just what you need. Beloved by the beauty industry (with good reason!) adding tanning drops to your routine will help you to achieve a streak-free, natural tan while reaping some seriously skin-nourishing benefits. So, are tan drops skincare or a self tanner? We like to think that they’re a perfect hybrid of the two. Without further ado, here’s how to use tan drops for a gorgeous lit-from-within glow. 

How to use tan drops

Customisable, rinse-free, multi-tasking, and easy to use, tanning drops are the future of tanning skincare. Perfect for days when you’re short of time, tan drops dry quickly upon application with no sticky residue and no need to rinse. Plus, they leave skin glowing with your own perfectly customised shade of bronze. It sounds almost too good to be true but, luckily for us, it isn’t! 

Here’s how to use tanning drops for the ultimate glow… 

1. Prep the skin

Not wanting to sound like a broken record, but a good tan really is made in the preparation. Before you apply your self tanning drops, make sure that your skin is exfoliated and any dry patches are well moisturised.

2. Decide which way you want to glow

As mentioned above, part of the attraction of tanning drops is their versatility. They can be applied directly onto clean, dry skin or mixed into your favourite moisturiser or serum. Simply choose the method that suits you and your routine best! 

3. Set your tone

And it’s time to glow! Whether applying your tanning drops directly onto the skin or mixing into your moisturiser, decide on your preferred depth of tan. The more drops you apply, the deeper your tan. As a guide, apply 2 drops for a light glow, 4 for a medium golden tan, 6 for a beautiful deep bronze, or neat for your deepest glow.

Once you’ve added the drops, rub your palms together to evenly mix them into your moisturiser or serum. Work the mixture into your skin in circular motions, blending down the neck for a seamless finish. Whether you’re topping up an existing glow or applying a fresh tan, the customisable nature of our tanning drops means that you’re in complete control of your tone.

4. Wash hands and wait

After applying your tanning drops, don’t forget to wash your hands. In 4-8 hours, your perfectly tailored tan will have developed! 

With a no-transfer formula and no need to rinse, when using tanning drops you can enjoy your golden glow immediately. Simply top up as often as needed to maintain your tan and you’re good to go! 

how to use tan drops

About our St.Tropez tanning drops

If you’re looking for the best face tanning drops, you’ll love our brand new Luxe Tan Tonic Drops. As well as delivering the perfect customisable glow, they promote a radiant-looking complexion by helping to…

  • Even skin tone
  • Plump and protect
  • Keep skin hydrated
  • Reduce the appearance of fine lines

Enriched with antioxidant Niacinamide, Vitamins C and E and ultra-hydrating Hyaluronic Acid, they work to promote a more hydrated, balanced complexion while helping you to achieve the perfect golden glow. You should never have to sacrifice good skin care for your signature glow, so with our Tan Tonic Drops we’ve made sure that you get the very best of both. 

Using tanning drops on the body

Did you know that tanning drops can be used on the body as well as the face? The application method is the same, but it’s always worth spending a little time on the prep to ensure that your glow lasts as long as possible.

The day before you tan, buff away dead and dry skin with our Tan Enhancing Body Polish And Exfoliator and follow with a generous dollop of our Tan Enhancing Body Moisturiser. A couple of hours before you tan, moisturise any particularly dry areas again, such as the knees, feet and elbows. This will leave you with a smooth base, promoting an even, longer-lasting tan.

Knowing how to use tanning drops can transform your glow game! With a perfectly tailored tone, you can flaunt your most natural-looking tan yet while reaping some seriously nourishing skincare benefits. 

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