6 January 2015

Clarins Instant Smooth Self Tanning Review

Clarins Instant Smooth Self Tanning review
Tanning can be a risky business during the winter months, not least because everyone knows you haven't been seeing any sun in England. The cool winter light calls for softer, diffused veils of bronze as opposed to a thwack of faux tan, which is where the Clarins Instant Smooth Self Tanning cream comes cleverly into play.

This caramel-tinted, whipped-up mousse should be applied in place of your makeup primer, as it gives skin a velvety, smooth texture while blurring away fine lines and pores. Not only does a layer patted on seem to make my foundation last longer, it helps to even out blotchy tones before I've applied my concealer.

This smoother skin tone comes down to the tawny hue the mousse imparts instantly, which lends a glow of warmth to complexions without looking fake or orange. The slippery texture makes it ideal for blending along the jaw and hairline, and a small injection of DHA leaves a gentle tan after you've washed it off.

It's the subtlety of both the instant and fully-developed tan that makes this ideal for breathing some life into sallow skin throughout these cooler temperatures. It's also one of few facial tans that doesn't dry out my fragile skin, which, when central heating is sapping up every last drop of moisture, is all too crucial. The perfect winter facial tan? It's an unequivocal yes from me.

Clarins Instant Smooth Self Tanning, £19

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