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Clarins Self Tanning Instant Gel

What it is:A self-tanning gel to bring out healthy color in the skin.What it is formulated to do:This lightweight and non-oily gel promotes a natural, golden tan for face and body without sun exposure. It's instantly absorbed, so there's no need to wait before dressing, with results in just two hours. Clarins Self Tanning Instant Gel is ideal for those who wish to maintain a year-round tanned appearance.
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Questions & Answers for Clarins Self Tanning Instant Gel

Question
How long does it take to start to see color?
asked 3 years, 10 months ago
dianadams
(STL Missouri)
on Self Tanning Instant Gel
8 answers
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answer 1
Hello,

It takes about 1-2 hours to see the color develop.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
melissabt
answer 2
8 hours you will see a slight color change. very minimal. thats about it. don't expect much.
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
melo18
answer 3
For me, it takes between 4-8 hours to see significant color. I usually put it on before bed and wake up to a golden tan.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
ania79
(Albuquerque, NM)
answer 4
Apply it before you go to bed and you'll wake up with a tan. I found that this is the best way to apply the product as the smell might put you off durin the day.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
SkinExpert22
(Annapolis, MD)
answer 5
When I use it I put it on at night before I go to bed, then when I wake up the color has fully developed. Just make sure you let it dry completely before going to bed. I would say approx. 5-6 hours for full color.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
ErinOK
(Houston, TX)
answer 6
after a day you see a little....if you put on every day youl see a fast result
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
behhh
(brooklyn, ny)
answer 7
It takes about 24 hours from what I've noticed. But it's subtle.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
jilljarb
(Detroit, MI)
answer 8
1-2 hours
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
EllenML
(North Bergen, NJ)
Question
Does this product come off after showering or will it last? And is the result as flawless on your face?
asked 5 years, 7 months ago
Migi
on Self Tanning Instant Gel
7 answers
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answer 1
LASTS 3-4 DAYS
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
2146
(glenshaw,pa)
answer 2
This product applies absolutely flawlessly to your face, well atleast to mine. It lasts a long time too. I spoke to a Clarins employee who told me that this product is meant to be used on body and face, unlike some of their other products.
answered 4 years, 9 months ago
gloriousgorn
(New York, NY)
answer 3
The product takes several applications to build up to the color you want and unfortunately it only lasts a couple of showers at best before requiring another application. Although the instructions don't warn against using the product on the face, it's not advertised as a face self-tanner. I would opt for a product specifically made for the face or skip the self-tanner on the face altogether and use a good bronzer.
answered 5 years, 6 months ago
ageandwisdom
(New Jersey)
answer 4
This does not come off after showering. It generally lasts several days to a week depending on frequency of shaving/exfoliating. It also works wonderfully on the face.
answered 5 years, 6 months ago
momma2tara
(Maryville, TN)
answer 5
Only lasts 1-2 showers on me. The clarins self-tanning products don't seem to last very long on me.
answered 5 years, 6 months ago
KG2110
(Boston, MA)
answer 6
product stays on
answered 5 years, 7 months ago
mattsmom
answer 7
Yes it is as flawless at least on my face. A little bit of the product comes off when you shower but all tanners do that (as far as I know) but the real deep color stays on.
answered 5 years, 7 months ago
rossanam
Question
Does this product work on your face as well as your body? Or is it strictly body tanner?
asked 4 years, 3 months ago
Anonymous
on Self Tanning Instant Gel
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
This is definitely a face tanner (and works for body as well). It's non oily and lightweight and great to use on the face.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
diorCherie
(california)
answer 2
It also works on the face, though it doesn't specifically say so. I have very sensitive acne-prone skin and it hasn't caused me to break out.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
ania79
(Albuquerque, NM)
answer 3
I use it on my face as well as my body and the color turns out perfectly.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
ErinOK
(Houston, TX)
answer 4
can be used for face but i wouldnt id be scared..it can be streaky
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
behhh
(brooklyn, ny)
answer 5
FACE ALSO BUT NO OTHER MAKE UP OR LOTION TILL NEXT DAY. OVERNIGHT BEST TIME TO USE
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
2146
(glenshaw,pa)
answer 6
good for face
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
susub
(bronx ny)
Question
what color is this?
I am light skinned....... and don't want to use the tanning beds anymore. I don't have time to lay out in the sun. I'm also a youngish 73, who is going to the Caribbean in three weeks with my tanned husband, which means I need to order quickly. I'm reading one report that the product streaked, and was unable to wash out. How do I know if this is what I need? (sigh)
asked 3 years, 8 months ago
Anonymous
(St. Augustine, Florida)
on Self Tanning Instant Gel
6 answers
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answer 1
This has great color to it, but it takes a few applications for it to show up! Good luck! : )
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
mls312
(Manhattan, KS)
answer 2
My experience with this product is that it adds a very very subtle glow. On the up-side, it is one of the only sunless tanning products that i've used (and I've tried a LOT of them!!) that does not tend to rub off on clothing, towels or sheets. It is very moisturizing which is okay if your skin is dry, but my mature combination skin couldn't handle all the extra moisturizing and became quite oily while using this product. I have gone back to using St. Tropez for my face and Tan Towel for body, and am very happy with both.
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
LivnInNewEngland
(New England)
answer 3
I have used this product for some time and have never had a problem with streaking.
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
maryjudy
(Las Vegas NV)
answer 4
I didn't get any streaking, but I did get a orangish tone. It will depend on your skin tone. I recommend Bare Escentauls Faux Tan for a self tanner. But be careful, they have a bronzer by that name and you have to specify self tanner.
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
gatorsprincess
(ST. Augustine, FL)
answer 5
This turned very dark on me after 24 hours and showed every slight streak. Perhaps with more practice it would be okay -- it's just so difficult to apply these products. It's very expensive. A friend of mine loves the Mary Kay product, but it streaks on me. Maybe it depends on the chemicals in our skin. I loved Loreal Sublime in Fair-Medium but now they don't make that lighter shade.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
ascotsgranny
(clayton, ca)
answer 6
The saleswoman who recommended this product to me was in her late 60s and this is what she uses. She had a very convincing tan! Works on me, too, and I'm 23... I think this one has all the bases covered. :)
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
annakatherine
(Austin, Texas)
Question
How do you apply this product with out making you look fake?
i put this on and kids at school said i looked orange it sort of made me feel dumb some one please help! =)
asked 3 years, 2 months ago
nick47
(vienna Maryland)
on Self Tanning Instant Gel
6 answers
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answer 1
My first thought is that you may have used too much. The gel spreads very easily and takes just a tiny bit. I would suggest a very thin application. You can always apply it again the next day if you want a deeper color. It's much easier to add more later than to wait for an overenthusiastic application to fade.
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
katiejo302
(Ashland, KY)
answer 2
Use an exfoliator before use. I recommend Sephora Double Duty Exfoliator + Mask for the face, and Bliss Super Minty Soap n' Scrub Energizing Exfoliator for the body. This will get rid of all the dead skin and make application more even and leave no streaks. Also, before you apply, lotion your elbows, feet, wrists, and hands. For the inner arm, you may want to add a little bit of body lotion to the tanner so it's a lighter application, since your inner arm is always lighter than your outer arm. Hope this helped!
answered 3 years ago
Anonymous
(New Jersey)
answer 3
apparently you put too much on. Try using less & not stacking it every nite on...every 3 or 4 days is enough for a more natural look.
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
leamarc
(scottsdale, az)
answer 4
The only time I saw an orangey look with this product was once in between my fingers when I forgot to wash my hands after applying it. I think it was because there was too much of the product there. I have good luck when I apply a couple of very thin coats instead of applying a generous amount. Seems to look natural and more golden than orangey.
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
dancingdonna
(Hampstead, MD)
answer 5
use full strength on forearms and lower legs and thighs. But around knees, ankles, elbows, etc, dilute with a bit of hand lotion and use about half as much as you would in other areas. Don't over-do it the first time. Wait to see how it works on you before a second application.
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
zannadanna
(Houston, Tx)
answer 6
I always blend my tanners with a regular lotion ( Aveeno or whatever you use). It lasts much longer this way and looks way more natural! Give it a try!
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
rosejaymes
(Edmonton, AB)
Question
I'm Sticky (Drying)
If I'm still kind of sticky after 30 minutes am I not dry?
How long will this sticky feeling last?

-thanks
asked 2 years, 11 months ago
Anonymous
(Chicago, IL)
on Self Tanning Instant Gel
6 answers
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answer 1
after about an hour or so i noticed it went away.
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
ava28
(ga)
answer 2
Still tacky after 30 minutes? This is one drawback. You definitely can't get dressed immediately. I either apply immediately after my shower in the morning. By the time I've done my makeup and hair I am dry. My other option is to apply in the evening and enjoy a magazine before bed until I'm dry. The results are worth the effort.
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
katiejo302
(Ashland, KY)
answer 3
Clarins Express stays a bit tacky until you wash it off.
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
glamourama
(North East)
answer 4
Are you applying too much? I use it sparinly, a little goes a long way and still gives a tanning effect. The stickiness goes away and the product absorbs in 5-1- minutes.
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
msleona
answer 5
Sounds like you're using too much product. just use the size of a quarter for your legs - you can always apply more later after it absorbs. I find it best to use at night - allow 15 min. before putting on jammies and look great in the morning!
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
cindylun
(Portsmouth, RI)
answer 6
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answered 2 years, 11 months ago
1877SEPHORA
(San Francisco, CA)
Question
Will Clarins Sunless Tanner hurt my face?
I post this question because I know that the face is more sensitive than the rest of the body.
asked 2 years, 10 months ago
jma1946
(Easley SC)
on Self Tanning Instant Gel
6 answers
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answer 1
I use it on my face with no irritation, but there is fragrance in it, so beware.
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
jbuchanan
(Ohio)
answer 2
I haven't used this on my face, Clarins has a couple of separate options for your face and neck which are gentler and not as deeply colored. It might not hurt your face, but you may end up with more color than is natural because your facial skin is so much more delicate. I would suggest trying the tanning towels by Dr. Dennis Gross for facial tanning. They are great.
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
elligray
(Fort Payne, AL)
answer 3
Not at all! This leaves skin feeling smooth and doesnt cause break outs. I rub a dime sized amount onto cheeks, nose, chin and forehead - where the sun would naturally tan my face. Blend outward and smooth fingers along hairline and jawline, then immediately wash your hands!
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
msleona
answer 4
I use this on my body and love it but have sensitive skin on my face so I was hesitant to use this on my face because it is a thick consistency and a bit greasy. So I tried Clarins intense bronze tint and love it! Easy to apply and no skin reactions. It's a tinted liquid but use sparingly because it is dark! Hope that helps good luck ;)
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
Anonymous
(Long Island, NY)
answer 5
i used it on my face and was completely fine but i recommend adding some face moisturizer with a little bit of the gel so the color is not as intense.
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
ekarah
answer 6
I put a light layer on my face and had no irritation or reaction whatsoever.
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
bettypants
Question
Is this non comodegenic?
My skin is acne prone.
asked 4 years, 1 month ago
catespace
(Atlanta, GA)
on Self Tanning Instant Gel
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
I have very sensitive acne-prone skin and this product hasn't made me break out. To apply it to my face, I use the excess that's left on my hands after applying it to other parts of my body. I've never put a thick coat on my face, so I'm not sure if doing so would cause a breakout.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
ania79
(Albuquerque, NM)
answer 2
I'm very acne prone and it did not break me out at all. I have used it many times.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
ErinOK
(Houston, TX)
answer 3
If you a prone to acne I would suggest asking your dermatologist what tanners they promote. Clinique has a lot of oil-free products so they may have a self-tanner for people prone to acne.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
glamorousglow
(Detroit, MI)
answer 4
I have occasional acne and don't have a problem with this. Just apply it to clean dry skin and wash your face with a gentle soap before you go to bed. I just started using the clinique acne solutions toner and night lotion and it works well, you should try it!
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
jojo919p
(Acton, MA)
answer 5
I am prone to breakouts...i have very sensitive skin. Never have had a problem with this product!
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
Only39
(Enfield, CT.)
answer 6
THIS IS SO LIGHT WEIGHT IT WON'T CLOG PORES
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
2146
(glenshaw,pa)
Question
how do you apply to face?
asked 4 years, 1 month ago
dina33
(hamden,ct)
on Self Tanning Instant Gel
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
When you are applying this product to your face, you can squeeze out a pea sized amount and evenly smooth it over your face - make sure to avoid getting the formula into your eyebrows, but blend it towards your hairline so that there is no noticeable line. Additionally, you would also want to apply the product to your jawline and neck while applying it to your face so that there is no break between your new golden tan and your pale skin. Wash your hands thoroughly after application. I would not recommend gloves as they tend to cause streaks.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
nicolepatrice
(Northridge, CA)
answer 2
1. Clean face to remove make up/dirt
2. Exfoliate using a gentle facial scrub
3. Pat dry after rinsing
4. Squeeze almost a dime-size amount of the gel into the palm of your hand and spread onto your palms (for easier, more even application)
5. Working quickly, smooth onto face and neck, taking care wound eyebrows, hairline and jawline
6. Wash hands well immediately after application
7. Allow gel to dry completely before applying make-up, if wanted
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
Wiggsy
(Toronto, Canada)
answer 3
Hi! When applying Clarins Self Tanner Instant Gel to the face its as easy as putting on your daily face lotion. I apply to a freshly exfoliated face after applying my face lotion. The only trick to applying the self tanner is avoiding eyebrows and hairline. But, don't distress! If you apply a thin layer there should be no worries about your hairlines. And, if you do by chance notice the self tanner a little heavy in some spots once the tan has activated, simply use your facial exfoliate or I find that a washcloth rubs these spots right out. This is a great product for face and body I recommend it.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
Evelouise
(Oregon)
answer 4
Just apply it to clean dry skin and blend in like you would a moisturizer.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
jojo919p
(Acton, MA)
answer 5
Apply it just like you would any other lotion. Just be sure to keep it out of your eyes and mouth.
It doesn't streak and leaves you with a GREAT glow!
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
Only39
(Enfield, CT.)
answer 6
I PUT IT ON AS IF I WAS USING REGULAR LOTION FACE AND BODY , EXFOLIATING FIRST AND I DON/T APPLY ANY MAKE UP OR OTHER LOTIONS TILL THE NEXT DAY.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
2146
(glenshaw,pa)
Question
what color is the self tanning gel?
i wanna know the color of the tanning gel ?
asked 2 years, 10 months ago
almagarcia2424
(alvin, tx)
on Self Tanning Instant Gel
6 answers
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answer 1
It is clear
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
funnygirlie89
(Milwaukee, WI)
answer 2
Gel is clear - so take your time putting it on and remember to wash your hands.
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
ladytuxedo
(Chicago, IL)
answer 3
It is golden brown with a hint of orange. Color is better than most others I've tried.
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
glamourama
(North East)
answer 4
The gel it self is kind of an ivory/peachy color. I know that doesn't really help, but it isn't clear, and yet not a dark brown either. Hope this helps some!
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
sarah214
(New York, NY)
answer 5
This is a clear, lightweight gel; you cant see any color immediately, but it's pretty fool proof - no blotches! A little also goes a long way!
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
msleona
answer 6
It's kind of a cloudy clear; which does make it a little difficult to know if you have missed any spots. You just have to look and see if any areas may be dull in color, as that may be a spot missed.
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
leilei17
(Van Nuys, CA)
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