In an earlier post, I commented that in order to make your self-tanner last longer a moisturizer is a must. It would be even better if that moisturizer was a gradual self-tanner.
What is a gradual self-tanner?
Basically its a moisturizer with a small amount of dihydroxyacetone (DHA) in it. If you remember DHA is the active ingredient in all self-tanners. It is a chemical derived from a sugar acid. DHA will bind itself to the dead skin cells on the outer layer of your skin. Those same dead skin cells will eventually fall off your body which is why your sunless tanner will have to be reapplied on a somewhat regular basis. The higher the amount of DHA the darker the tan it will provide.
Anyway, back to my question…What is a gradual self-tanner?
It is a self-tanner combined with a moisturizer or more truthfully a moisturizer combined with a little self-tanner. These products are not as intense as your average self- tanner. It does contain DHA so it will tan you just, as the name suggests, but at a more gradual rate.
With standard self-tanner you will notice a, hopefully gorgeous, tan overnight. Not so with gradual tanner, it takes a few days to notice color and each day it will get darker and darker until you achieve the desired look you are going for.
Gradual Taner is a little safer choice if you’re nervous about using a self-tanner. You can get a beautiful tan with these but the threat of streaking and orange tinted ankles aren’t as likely. You can streak with these products but it is less likely. Make no mistake, this is still a tanning product and you still should be cautious around your knees, ankles and elbows. I would still suggest the use of gloves.
How does this help with your tan? The daily use will supply your skin with a constant supply of DHA. Making the time between reapplication of your standard self-tanner longer.
I don’t want to be misleading. These are awesome products all on their own. They can and will produce great tans all by themselves you don’t have to use them in conjunction with a self-tanner, but if you choose to your tan will last longer.
L’Oreal Sublime Glow
For many years, I used L’Oreal Sublime Glow alone and not with a separate self-tanner. I have loved this one for a good long time. Thankfully, it is now way more readily available than when I first used it.
L’Oreal Sublime Glow has a pleasant smell. One review compared it to a green tea like smell. I don’t have any experience with green tea because I don’t like it. So, I can’t say if that comparison is true, but I don’t hate this smell.
It looks like a basic moisturizing lotion, there is not guide (meaning it’s not tinted dark). It feels just like lotion and it dries like an average moisturizer.
This one does have a little sparkle to it. There is a little shimmer when it dries but not a lot. You won’t look like you fell into glitter.
Sublime Glow can make your tan very dark, but since it’s a gradual tanner, you can control how dark or light you go.
Would I recommend this product?
Absolutely, this is the perfect choice for just about anyone. The beginning self-tanner. The pro-self-tanner or the gal who just wants to make her tan last longer. If you like a little color all year long this is a perfect product for that as well.
HERE is a link if you are interested in purchasing.