Ingredient Spotlight: Hyaluronic Acid

Mar 22, 2020 | Products

In the world of skincare and tanning, Hyaluronic Acid is no passing trend. Hailed as a ‘wonder ingredient’, it’s the key to stronger, smoother and more hydrated skin. Here’s everything you need to know about the benefits of Hyaluronic Acid.

What is Hyaluronic Acid?

Don’t be fooled by the word ‘acid’. Hyaluronic Acid actually has a texture similar to gel, and is a molecule that’s found naturally in your skin. It’s a powerful, moisture-binding ingredient that allows your skin to retain more water, keeping it plump and hydrated.

What are the benefits of Hyaluronic Acid?

With a low molecular weight, Hyaluronic Acid targets deep rehydration, resulting in a more even and longer-lasting tan. It also makes your skin appear more youthful – but the benefits don’t end there …

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  • It prevents moisture from evaporating: Hyaluronic Acid actually absorbs moisture from its surroundings. As it’s applied to skin, it actively draws more moisture into your cells, keeping skin hydrated long after you’ve applied your skincare.
  • It keeps your skin hydrated: As it’s able to retain over 1,000 times its weight in water, Hyaluronic Acid is an incredible hydrator.
  • It improves the look and feel of your skin: It also conditions your skin. Expect to see a visibly firmer, smoother and more radiant complexion.

Top tip: Hyaluronic Acid is particularly effective when found in no-rinse tanning products that sit on your skin all day long, such as our Purity and Purity Vitamins ranges.

Why should I use Hyaluronic Acid-based self tanners?

Tanning and skincare go hand in hand. Without healthy and hydrated skin, your tan will look patchy and uneven (as the dry areas will absorb more tan). So, for the most natural-looking glow possible, we’d recommend using a Hyaluronic Acid-infused self tanner. Not only will it give you a beautifully bronzed look, but it will hydrate and nourish skin too – and, as we all know, the healthier and more hydrated your skin is, the longer your tan lasts!

Top tip: We use a skin care grade of Hyaluronic Acid in our products for optimum benefits.

What are the best Hyaluronic Acid-based tanning products?

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Whether you’re after instant results, a no-rinse tanner or a buildable, gradual glow, we’ve got the best Hyaluronic Acid-based tanning products for both your body and your face.

  • The express solution: Self Tan Express Advanced Bronzing Gel

Infused with Hyaluronic Acid and Intelligent shade technology, this lightweight, translucent Express Bronzing Gel not only allows you to achieve a gorgeous glow in as little as one hour, but it keeps your skin hydrated for up to three days too.

Apply it using an Applicator Mitt, then rinse it off in the shower after one hour for a light glow, two hours for a medium bronze or three hours for a deep, dark tan. It’s the perfect way to achieve a long-lasting, natural-looking tan instantly, whilst nourishing your skin at the same time.


  • The no-rinse option: Self Tan Purity Bronzing Water Gel and Face Mist

Refreshing, non-sticky and fast-absorbing, both the Self Tan Purity Bronzing Water Gel and Face Mist give you a natural, sunkissed glow and an instant boost of hydration.

Whilst both are infused with skin-quenching Hyaluronic Acid, the face mist also boasts antioxidant-rich Hibiscus Extract and reviving Green Mandarin Water, so you’ll have healthy, radiant skin from head to toe.


Top tip: Apply the gel using an Applicator Mitt for a streak-free tan and up to 72 hours of hydration. Then, spritz the mist onto your face three to five times to give your complexion a radiant glow too. Both will develop into a medium golden colour over the next four to eight hours.

  • For a boost of vitamins: Self Tan Purity Vitamins Bronzing Water Mist And Face Serum

Supercharged with Hyaluronic Acid, as well as Vitamin C and D Boosters, the Self Tan Purity Vitamins range is the definition of ‘skincare meets tanning’. Not only does it hydrate, refresh and protect your skin, but it mimics the effects of the sun to brighten and revive it too.

Spritz the Water Mist onto your body, then use the Applicator Mitt to blend it in for a seamless finish. Next, mix a few drops of the Face Serum with your moisturiser and massage it into your face using your fingers. Your sunkissed glow will develop over the next four to eight hours, and your skin will be left feeling soft and moisturised. It’s the ultimate skin caring duo!


  • The gradual solution: Gradual Tan Classic Everyday Face Cream and Watermelon Infusion Everyday Moisture Miracle Body Lotion

If you prefer to gradually build your tan, then these products are the ones for you.

A fruity twist on our classic tanning cream, the Watermelon Infusion Body Lotion blends Hyaluronic Acid with Vitamin E and a refreshing watermelon scent to lock in moisture for up to 72 hours as your tan builds. Apply it every day onto clean, dry skin – starting from your feet and working your way up. Then, apply the Gradual Tan Classic Everyday Face Cream (which also boasts the wonder ingredient) for an all-over radiance.


And that’s everything you need to know about the benefits of Hyaluronic Acid and finding the right Hyaluronic Acid-based tanning product, so you can care for and tan your skin in one go.

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