Almost the Real Thing Self-Tanning Gel
Want a beautiful tan without sun damage? Any amount of sun tanning or time in tanning booths is dangerous but now you can achieve a natural-looking bronze glow without even stepping out the door. Show off your 'tan' in as little as a couple of hours with this fast-acting formula.
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This turned me orange
Review by Sakari
Good Product, Still Smelly though
Review by Ivana
No stinky smell :D
Review by Chrissy
Very good but faible color
Review by Paloma
2. Use a body shampoo to prevent soap film.
3. Exfoliate in the shower, (try baking soda mixed with water, Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser or a Paula's Choice Cleanser), but don't overdo. Do not shave.
4. Towel dry completely.
5. Apply a light layer of moisturizer.
6. Apply Almost the Real Thing Self-Tanning Gel evenly and smoothly, covering one area at a time. Begin with a dime-sized amount and apply in thin layers, adding slightly more product if a deeper color is desired.
7. Wash hands thoroughly to avoid tan palms and cuticles.
8. Use no additional skin-care products at least an hour before or after application.
9. Wait an hour before dressing or getting into bed to avoid stains.
Did You Know?
Self-tanner can collect over creases and dry or rough skin, so use less over those areas or use a paper towel to dab off the excess. Self-tanners do not protect from sun damage so you must still apply a sunscreen.
Sources to support the claims made for Almost the Real Thing Self-Tanning Gel:
The British Journal of Dermatology, August 2003, pages 332–340; American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, Volume 3, 2002, pages 317–318; Chemical Engineering News, June 2000, and http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm049090.htm#DihydroxyacetoneDHA.
That depends on how well it "takes" on your skin. Results often vary widely with the same self-tanner. On some the color may last a week or more, while others find it lasts 2 days or fewer.
How does using an AHA or BHA affect the results I get from using Almost the Real Thing Self-Tanning Gel?
There are pros and cons to combining any exfoliant (AHA or BHA exfoliant or topical scrub) with a self-tanner. Our self-tanner contains dihydroxyacetone (a derivative of sugar that turns skin cells a shade of brown), which affects only the uppermost layers of skin. Exfoliants affect these same layers and, as a result, the exfoliant sloughs off the skin cells affected by the self-tanner, thus reducing how long your "tan" lasts. That's the negative. The positive is that when the skin is smoother (the benefit of using a well-formulated exfoliant) you get much more even-toned results from the self-tanner. Unless you're willing to avoid using an AHA or BHA product or a topical scrub when trying to obtain and maintain a self-tan, the only solution is to compromise. That may involve using the BHA or AHA lotion less often (such as two or three times per week rather than daily) or applying Almost the Real Thing Self-Tanning Gel more often to maintain the level of color you like.