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Ask Jean: Fastest, Cleanest Tan?
We want to answer your most pressing questions—or, you know, just the things that you’re curious about. Please keep them coming to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Below, a q for our beauty director, Jean Godfrey-June.
Dear Jean: I think self-tanning takes too long—and I hate when it gets on my clothes. Since going totally clean, I’m looking for a great, easy, nonsmudging tanner. Is there such a thing? —Marina S.
Dear Marina, I am skeptical of fast-drying tanners, particularly those that aren’t tinted: Ill-placed, unblended tanner is invariably and invisibly left to develop into unnatural streaks and blotches. And the fast-dry aspect makes it harder to blend.
This clear tanning “water” that whips itself into a light, fluffy foam as it’s dispensed, however, is miraculously easy to blend. Somehow, the foam is light and/or moisturizing enough that it melts into your skin, rather than seizing on it, as many fast-dry tanners do.
It also takes seconds to apply because of the lightness. I highly reccomend using the company’s mit so your hands never absorb the tanner; it fluffs pleasantly as you smooth it on; and it sinks right in. It feels like nothing on your skin once it’s on—not sticky, not tight, nothing. And when you wake up (I like to put it on at night, but because of its no-transfer qualities, you can apply it, put on a fresh white sundress, and go about your day if you like), the tan is smooth, totally natural, splotchless, and perfectly glowy.