Experts consistently rate Clarins Self Tanning Instant Gel as the best self tanner for its easy application and smooth, silky texture. This gel covers and spreads a very even tan without having to sit in the sun and worry about sun damage.
It looks like you just stepped out of a tan booth about 4 hours after the gel is applied. Not bad considering a mystic tan costs $20.00 a session where as this entire bottle costs about 30 and your tan lasts for months. It has a slight scent that is ok but the benefits of a glowing tan out way the smell.
Reviewers love the natural color it imparts, although some say it may take a couple of applications to reach the desired color, depending on your skin tone.
The only downside is that it's quite sticky while it's drying. The bottle suggests waiting about ten minutes before getting dressed so the product has dried enough to not rub off on your clothes. If you don't mind the wait, this is a great product.
Clarins Self Tanning Instant Gel is a bit expensive, but the results are worth the cost, especially because the tanning gel is virtually streak-free and the odor is more tolerable than that of most self tanners.
Some self-tanning tips:
(1) take your time, make sure you don't miss a spot.
(2) don't wear gloves, but do wash your hands about every minute that you are applying.
This way you can feel what you are doing, but the tanner doesn't get left on your palms long enough to absorb. Don't forget about cuticles and under nails.
(3) Make sure you use a body exfoliator before self-tanning this will remove the layers of dead skin cells allowing for a smoother self-tanning application.