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After the past year, "sun-kissed" and "glowing" are the last words I'd use to describe myself. The last time I stepped foot on a warm beach was summer 2019, and I have the pallid complexion to match my stay-at-home lifestyle. Clearly, I'm not the only one who feels this way, because thousands of Amazon shoppers are picking up a $10 self-tanner that makes it seem like they get out more than they actually do.
The L'Oréal Paris Sublime Bronzer Hydrating Self-Tanning Milk is designed to deliver a gradual, streak-free tan and disguise the fact that you haven't left your house in weeks. The hydrating formula contains vitamin E for softer, smoother, and healthier-looking skin over time. Shoppers say its lightweight consistency glides on as easily as body lotion and smells like the beach.
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Apply the $10 lotion up to three times a week for a natural-looking glow. The brand says its medium shade steadily builds up over time, so you won't have to worry about staining your sheets or discoloring your clothes.
The L'Oréal self-tanner has earned over 1,500 positive Amazon ratings and is a best-seller in its category. Shoppers love how its blendable formula avoids the pain points of other self-tanners, like orange discoloration, patchiness, and streaking.
"I tend to shy away from self-tanners because I'm relatively fair and tend to turn into an Oompa Loompa," a reviewer explained. "I bought this after reading the reviews because I wanted my co-workers to think I've been active and outdoorsy during quarantine, which is a lie. Guys, I look like a bronzed goddess of summer. I am glistening. I am glowing."
Other shoppers compare the drugstore find to high-end brands like St. Tropez and Loving Tan, with several claiming it's the best tanning lotion of all time because of its high-quality formula and affordable price. One raves that the L'Oréal self-tanner provides the "perfect mix of hydration and glow," while another admits, "I wish I could buy it in gallons."
Make sure to exfoliate and shave 24 hours before you self-tan for even results, and go light on your hands, feet, knees, ankles, and elbows so that they're not significantly darker than the rest of your skin. To make your tan last, regularly apply a moisturizer (like this $17 one from CeraVe) and avoid exercising and showering for a few hours after application.
The countdown to summer is on. Shop the L'Oréal Paris Sublime Bronzer Hydrating Self-Tanning Milk for $10 today on Amazon.