The Best Self Tanning Method For You: Gel, Spray Or Mousse?


There are so many options when it comes to getting a fake tan that it can be confusing to decide which one is for you. We’ve taken a look at some of the pros and cons of gels, sprays, lotions and mousses so that you can have a better idea of which one suits your needs.

Gels – While gels tend to be a go-to for the busy woman, they can be harder to apply. If you’re not a newbie with self-tanners, this may be for you as it has a less sticky feel and less drying time.

Sprays – These have been hyped on reality TV (hello Jersey Shore) and for good reason. Spray tans are fast, immediate tans. However, this type of self-tanning using involves an extra pair of hands to spray you down – with the exception of the face, neck and upper chest which is easy to do yourself.

Lotions – Lotions tend to last longer than sprays, which is good because the colour isn’t as immediate as sprays. This type of self-tanner is optimal for those who don’t want to go from pale to dark in one sitting and prefer gradual tans over the course of a few days.

Mousses – Unlike a gel or lotion, a mousse doesn’t contain as much moisture in its formula, making it better for oilier skin. Beware though, mousse lotions tend to fade unevenly.

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