“ Brand: Clarins / Self Tanning / Type: Face Spray / Subcategory: Tan / UV Protection Factor: SPF 13 / What it does: Tans, „
England isn't a place where you can maintain an all year long healthy glow without a bit of fakery, and the healthiest way to do this is a self tanning cream, spray or wipe. There are so many different options, but I went for Clarins Self Tanning Spray with SPF13. Here's my review based on my experiences.
- Price and Availability -
Clarins Self Tanning Spray is available from all good Clarins concessions including those in Selfridges, Harvey Nichols, Boots, House of Fraser, Debenhams and online. It costs £27.50 or thereabouts - this is quite standard I find, as all high end self tanners sit at around the £30 mark.
- Looks -
The Clarins self tanner comes in an orange box which is nice as it is easy to wrap if you are giving it as a gift. The bottle itself is a burnt orange colour with touches of brown and a little white, with a sun motif. Very apt! It looks as you'd expect by a Clarins product, quite classy and the Clarins logo is quite large.
- Why Clarins -
I chose Clarins personally as I have sensitive skin, and Clarins is very good in that it is hypoallergenic. Another plus for me is the fact the spray is oil free so no greasy residue (on my clothes or on my sheets) and it dries within a few minutes so you can dress after using it if you wish, ideal if you are in a hurry. Furthermore the scent is only very mild and not the awful sweet biscuity smell or chemical odour you can get from other tanners.
- Application -
I find it is best to use any self tan be it spray or lotion after a shower and exfoliation (using an exfoliating glove, sponge or cream), then a liberal moisturisation (especially on the drier areas like knees and ankles). Once you are scrubbed & soft, all you need to do is spray a light mist of the self tanner over yourself, I use the Clarins spray on my whole body but opt for a cream from the same range for my face, as a lot of people tend to do.
It is easy to spray, whatever angle you are going for, and doesn't cling to your bathroom tiles and make it look like you've had a mud party in there!
- Results -
After about 15 minutes you can see the tan develop, it gives you a good, even caramel toned healthy tan, rather than a dark David Dickinson type tan. You will get people asking you if you've been on holiday, or commenting you've caught the sun, rather than giggling behind your back that you've been at the Cuprinol! This is ideal for me, as I don't want to look like I am wearing fake tan, I just want to give my complexion a healthy glow rather than the sallow, pale skin I have during the winter months (and after having a baby!).
The added advantage is that you don't have any tan lines, can re-apply for a deeper tan if you wish, and it's more economical than going for a weekly or fortnightly spray tan. And you can spray your wobbly bits without having a stranger do it!! There is, of course, the added health benefit in that skin complications and wrinkles are not a worry as they are with tanning beds.
The tan lasts a good week and can be reapplied any time, it is totally waterproof, ideal for going on holiday and it gives you bikini or swimsuit confidence. I would actually recommend it to men and women. One bottle on a 10 day reapplication time, over the whole body minus the face, will last me two months, I think this is good value for money for £27.50.
The self tanning spray gives a good, fine mist which is very easy to apply, yet it includes an SPF 13 which is a great bonus - not only does it give you a healthy sunkissed glow, it actually protects your skin from the sun's harmful UV rays which cause skin cancer and premature signs of ageing.
- Recommend? -
There are lots of different types of self tan out there but this is an area where you do get what you pay for. Cheap tanning lotions, sprays, mousses and wipes will give you a streaky orange finish (I've found) which looks awful. These mid ranged ones (Clarins, Fake Bake, St Tropez etc) all have their pluses and minuses but for me, who is just looking for a healthy glow in a bottle, I am very happy with the Clarins Self Tanning Spray and the added SPF in it just tips the balance for me over other tanners. I highly recommend it and will certainly be buying it again. A very well deserved five out of five stars - I do think it is worth every penny.
CLARINS SELF TANNING INSTANT SPRAY ? OIL FREE At this time of year most of us are looking pale and pasty from the lack of sun. You will look much healthier and better looking with a tan, so why not fake one? Although I have bought some disastrous fake tans in the past, I have found one that is fantastic. One of the reasons why I didn't use the stuff a lot in the past was the hassle of putting fake tan on, I mean who has time these days to sit around for two hours wearing next to nothing waiting for the tan to sink in? I recently looked on pharmacy2u.co.uk to have a look at their current special offers. They do quite a lot of clarins products at discount prices so I decided to take a look at what I could treat myself with. I couldn't help but notice that they had fake tans for offer so I decided to buy the self tanning spray for the body and a cream for the face (in a future opinion). It wasn't cheap for around £27.50, but who cares? It's about time I spent some money on myself for a change. When it arrived perfectly packaged in its little orange box, I was delighted. It looked as expensive as it cost. The actual bottle is orange in colour as well with a brown, white, gold and yellow sun that made it look very nice and summery. The bottle came with a little leaflet and after searching through a few different languages came the English instructions. I think that the instructions could have been a little more detailed, but it mainly said just spray on and you can get dressed straight away. After having a shower, shaving and exfoliating, I moisturised my legs (best advice for having a streak-free tan). All you have to do to apply the product is to spray it onto the desired area, smooth over with your hands and that it! No waiting around, just spray and go. It was so quickly over with I couldn't believe it. After two hours, the tan came out. It isn?t a mahogany tan, but it isn't too light eith
er, so it looks like you have spent a good day or two in the sun but without the redness. You can build the colour up by reapplying every few days or so until the desired shade is achieved. As for streaks? I only had one little streak on my arm where I hadn't smoothed it over with my hand afterwards properly but it was hardly noticeable and I did not have another streak elsewhere on me. What I was very impressed with was that it wasn't an orangey brown colour. In the past I have had some orangey fake tans that make me look as if I have been tangoed! It is a natural looking tan that I was very pleased with. You can buy Clarins Bronzer from many places including boots and pharmacy2u. If you buy it off pharmacy2u, it is a lot cheaper than boots and this applies with a lot of products that the two sites offer. There was no particular smell on this product, just a light refreshing smell that could not be smelt after I had sprayed it onto my skin for very long. This was good as some bronzers smell like a chemical factory! The advantages of this product are that it is easy to apply, quick to dry, develops into a nice even tan and comes in attractive packaging so it will look nice on your dressing table. The disadvantages of this product are that it is quite expensive and sometimes it stings a little, especially if you have just shaved your legs! Otherwise this product is fantastic. So for all you pasty people out there, there is a way, and the way is Clarins Self Tanning Instant spray. It will make you feel gorgeous in an instant! :-) Sarah
After treating myself to a facial at my local Clarins counter then I was faced with the choice of what to spend my £10 booking fee rebate on. So as it was a particularly rainy day I thought I'd try a fake tan that I hadn't tried before. It was a lot more expensive than I had tried previously so I was very cautious about the amount I used. I found it easy to apply as because of the spray only a little is dispensed at a time. Leading to me not overloading knees and elbows which is my usual problem. So down I sat and waited for me to become healthier looking and lo and behold over the next few hours I turned very slowly a pale golden colour. So I will certainly splash out on this product next year as well