It didn’t give me a dramatic tan, largely because I only use three to four drops, but I loved that it was:
- Totally streak-free
- Evened out my skin tone (and minimized my sunspots)
- Not sticky (ever feel your face crunch when you smile after using self-tanner? No thank you.)
- Lightly scented—with only the faintest whiff of Dihydroxyacetone (DHA), the ingredient in self-tanners that creates that bronzed look (and often smells yeasty)
I love that I can control how tan I want to be, based on the amount of drops I use. As you can see, most days I opt for something that’s very subtle, just lightly sunkissed, like I get my vitamin D from the sun and not a bottle of vitamins. (Though I did fake my return-from-Key-West tan by going heavier on the application, since I’m a hardcore SPF 30 to 50 user.) Isle of Paradise recommends going for nine to 12 drops per half teaspoon—and yeah, let’s just say that anything higher than seven makes me look more like an NSYNC doll from the “It’s Gonna Be Me” video than an extra in the upcoming Barbie movie. I use it primarily on my face and neck, but the drops can be mixed with lotion and used all over your body.
So yes, while I’m still working on that whole “tired” thing (who can get in eight hours when Stranger Things, Umbrella Academy and Only Murders in the Building have dropped new seasons?!), this little faux-glow has been a big confidence booster, which I hear helps you genuinely, uh, glow.
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