Clarins is one of the most popular self tanner brands, and it offers various types of skincare products apart from self tanners. The brand is popular and successful because its products are effective.
A lot of people have complained to us that they used the gel but didn’t get satisfactory results. And we investigated and realized that many users didn’t apply it appropriately.
Here’s an important warning. If you have sensitive skin, it’s advisable to consult your doctor before using any self tanning gel. Furthermore, for people whose skin is allergic to certain ingredients, we have given the list of ingredients of Clarins gel below. Check the ingredients before you use the gel. You may come across things that your skin reacts to.
That being said, overall, the gel is safe and has been accredited by the American Academy of Dermatology Association (AAD). Now, let’s get down to the real business.
How To Use Clarins Self Tanning Instant Gel? 8 Easy Steps
To Use The Gel Appropriately, You Need To follow The Steps Below:
1. Start By Shaving Your Hair
You need to shave the hair on your body first. You can do this the day before you apply the tanning gel. This is because your pores will open up immediately after shaving your hair, and this could allow the tanning gel to get into your pores. So, you might need to wait for several hours or the following day to start tanning.
2. Exfoliate Your Skin
The buildup of dead skin cells can reduce the efficacy of the tanning gel. So, you need to keep your skin fresh by removing a layer of dead cells. Your self tanner will have a better impact on your skin that way. So, you need to exfoliate a night before the day you want to apply the gel on your body.
However, exfoliating opens up your pores. So, you need to take a cold bath or dab your newly exfoliated skin with a wet piece of cloth to close the pores. Do not take a warm or hot bath as this opens the pores.
3. Dry Your Skin After The Cold Bath
It is not advisable to apply the gel on wet skin. That’s why you need to pat your body dry before you start applying the gel. Dry skin aids unform distribution of the gel. When your body is dry, you can start applying the tanning gel.
4. Apply The Gel
The next step is to apply the gel to your body in sections. The body is divided into arms, legs, neck, face, and torso. You can decide the order of the sections. You may start with your face and move down to the neck. After that, you can pick another section.
Apply the gel to your hands last. Make sure you wash your hands with soap after every section. The longer it stays on your palms, the higher your chances of having orange-colored palms. That’s why it is a good idea to wash your hands after applying the gel to every section of your body.
5. Apply It Lightly On Your Knees, Elbows, And Ankles
The knee, ankles, and elbows are usually darker than other parts of the body. You don’t want to darken these areas further. This is why you should apply the gel lightly to these areas so that they can blend with the other parts of the body.
6. Wait For Your Skin To Dry
After applying the gel, you have to wait for it dry before you put on your clothes. It takes less than 30 minutes to dry up. Nevertheless, even after 30 minutes, it may not be fully developed. The gel takes about 2 to 4 hours to develop fully. During this period, you should wear only loose clothing and stay away from rigorous activities that could make you sweat.
Without full development, sweat could wash it off.
7. Ensure You Apply The Gel Under Bright Light
Ensure you self-tan under very bright light so you can see every part of your body easily. This helps you to spread the self tanning gel across your body evenly. In a poorly lit compartment, poor visibility may affect the distribution of the gel.
8. Apply Sunscreen Every Day
Self tanning gel does not have the ability to protect your skin against the ultraviolet rays of the sun. So, you need to apply sunscreen to your tanned skin every day. We will recommend any sunscreen that is water-resistant and offers broad-spectrum protection and at least SPF 30.
Ingredients Of Clarins Self Tanning Instant Gel:
The Ingredients Of The Gel Are:
- Ascorbic Acid
- Butylene Glycol
- Ci 15985/Yellow 6
- Disodium EDTA
- Larrea Diva Ricata Extract
- PEG/PPG-20/15 Dimethicone
- Potassium Sorbate
- Sodium Chloride
- Sodium PCA
- Xanthan Gum
- Caramel and Cocoa extracts
- Aloe Vera and Shea butter extracts
Functions Of Key Ingredients:
The gel has a few key ingredients that play major roles in making your skin smooth and glowing. Here are the functions of each of the key ingredients.
- Shea butter and Aloe Vera extracts soften and moisturize the skin.
- Cocoa and Caramel extracts create a luminous and bronze color when applied to the skin.
- Micro Pearls make the skin glow all the time.
- DHA and Erythrulose give a long-lasting and natural-looking tan.
What To Expect From The Gel?
When you apply the gel to your body appropriately, you should see a natural-looking tan all through the year. Furthermore, your skin will have a golden and evenly distributed tan. If you have oily skin, the gel will suck the oil in, reducing the oil on your skin because it melts into the skin easily.
People that have used it have confirmed that it dries up very quickly. You should be able to wear your clothes within 10 to 15 minutes after using it. Moreover, some of its ingredients help to soften the skin while your tan color develops.
If you apply it once in a while, you’ll get the look of sun, and if you apply it regularly, your skin will get the graceful deep-down tan. The product is for all skin types. Nevertheless, if you have sensitive skin or skin allergies, you need to show the ingredients to your doctor and get his/her consent before using the gel.
In fact, we suggest you apply it to a small area of your skin and see how your skin will react to it. If everything goes well, you can then prepare to apply it to your entire body. We’re glad that it does not contain phthalates, sulfates, and parabens because these chemicals are not too friendly with the skin.
Although we get tons of questions about this product, we have answered the few most asked ones right below. You may want to go through it as you may find the answer to your question on the product too.
How Long Does It Take For Clarins Self Tanner To Work?
It takes only 2 hours for the gel to work. This means that after applying the gel, you should wait for only 2 hours before you put on your clothes. It works faster than many other self tanning products.
Furthermore, it is necessary to wait for up to 6 hours for the tanner to develop fully. During this period, you can’t take a shower, or you’ll wash the tanner off. Also, you can’t do things that will make you sweat. If it doesn’t develop fully, your sweat can also wash it off.
How Long Does It Take The Self Tanning Instant Gel To Develop?
It takes the gel only 2 to 4 hours to develop fully. Remember that many self tanners take about 6 to 16 hours to develop fully. This implies that the instant gel works faster than average self tanners. Kudos to Clarins. Make sure you don’t wear tight clothes, take a shower, swim in a pool, or engage in sweat-eliciting activities until your tanner has fully developed.
How long does it last on the body and does it rub off on cloth
Some users reported that they could still see good color even after 7 days. This is awesome. So, we’ll say the gel lasts for about 7 to 10 days. We will like to remind you that it can only last this long if you avoid common mistakes. Make sure you apply it according to instructions.
Always moisturize your skin every day. When your skin becomes too dry, your tanner may dry up and fade out sooner than it should.
Once you wait for at least 2 hours for the gel to develop fully, it won’t rub off on your clothes. There are numerous testimonies on that. At the same time, we have received several complaints that it transferred to clothes and beddings, but after careful investigations, we realized that those who complained didn’t allow it to dry completely before they put on their clothes.
Once you apply Clarins instant self tanning gel appropriately, you’ll get a great tan look on your skin, and it will last for at least 7 days. Also, it takes only 2 to 4 hours to develop fully. And when it does, it will not rub off on your clothes. Most importantly, you’re advised to exfoliate the day before you apply it to your skin.