A subtle (we stop far short of fauxorange) self-tan glow can make a face and cut down on the need for foundation, but self-tanners can be tricky, especially when it comes to fussy complexions. So we were excited to try the newly-launched Need I Glow More? skin type-specific self-tanners for the face from San Francisco-based Beautisol. Available in two formulas, one for normal to dry sensitive skin and another for normal to oily problem skin, these tanners are made to boost your hue while taking care of your skin at the same time.
“What you put on your shins or calves is not what you should put on your face, so why would self-tanners be any different? Everyone has different skin types and conditions, so by using a skin type-specific self tanner you are addressing your skin’s specific needs,” Beautisol’s Tonia Korakis tells us.
The question, of course, is do they work – and how well?
We tested both tanners ($26 for 1.5 fl oz) on normal and dry, somewhat sensitive skin. First impressions:
- The scent is a far cry from that weird-chemical-kinda-burnt odor that so many self-tanners have. Beautisol’s Need I Glow More? smells light and slightly floral, which, in our books, makes it worth using over harsher-smelling brands right off the bat.
- We tried a light touch at first and received a natural glow. Later we tried applying thicker layers and were still pleased with the smooth, streak-free results.
With continued use:
- At no time did we have problems with the product staining our hairline or brows. We followed the directions and suggestions for getting a natural tan from the company, which included applying before bed, waiting six hours or more before washing or sweating after applying and exfoliating before and every few days for the best results and even fade.
- Our skin remained clear, blemish-free and seemed somewhat more hydrated after using the product.
An added bonus:
- Beautisol’s self-tanners for the face are paraben-free, so we felt even better about slathering on this faux-glow.
- We seriously didn’t find any, but as with any skincare product, we recommend testing a small amount first before diving in.
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