Over the past year and a half, there have been too many trending TikTok beauty hacks to count on two hands, but one in particular made such a major impact, a brand conceptualized it into a product, and we can’t get enough.
What it Is
The self-tanning trend that broke the internet involved pouring the Isle of Paradise Self-Tanning Water Refill Pouch ($14) into a continuous misting bottle to create a DIY spray-tan mister to use at home. After the refills sold out on Sephora.com in just one day, the brand decided to turn the hack into an all-in-one product: Pro-Glow Spray Tan Kit ($28).
Although a large percentage of my free time goes towards testing new beauty products, I had never before tried a self tanner that wasn’t an easy-to-use lotion or cream—having a streaky, fake-looking tan has always been up there on my list of fears. That being said, I was a bit hesitant to try this new mister, but everything changed once I opened the package and got to bronzing.
How to Use It
The kit comes with the brand-new-to-market mister and the refillable pouch of tanner. Once you pour the liquid in, the mister is ready to use. All you have to do before: exfoliate your body (I do this by shaving and using an in-shower scrub) and moisturize dry areas like the elbows, ankles and knees. Next, it’s time to start misting.
The brand recommends jumping in the shower or standing on a towel to avoid the mist getting on anything else but your skin. I opted for the shower just to be 100-percent safe. Holding the mister about six inches away from my body, I sprayed the product in one continuous motion onto my skin. When I got to my face, I followed the brand’s directions and sprayed the left, middle and right side of my face in three separate sections. To create an even transition from my face to neck, I tilted my head back and sprayed the product diagonally across the neck. Lastly, I used my tanning mitt (sold separately) to blend and buff out the tanning water before waiting a solid four to six hours for the color to develop.
What to Expect
When I went back to check on the color, I was so surprised with the result. Not only did I look about four shades darker then I was before, it looked like a sun tan rather than the often orange-tinted tan you occasionally see with faux tanners. There was zero streaks, zero splotches and zero buildup—it was almost too good to be true for a first-time tanner.
Now, it’s four days after my tan and my body still has a bronzed tint, but my face is fully back to my natural shade (that makes perfect sense given I exfoliate and wash my face much more than I do my body). I am so happy with the results and I am looking forward to incorporating this spray into my newly adopted weekly tanning routine.