What Are Tanning Drops?

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Many of us just love the look and feel of tanned skin. We obsess over it. But that natural tan risks our health and takes time.

For that year-long sunkissed look, there are so many products on the beauty market to choose from. From self-tanners and tanning waters to spray tans and tanning wipes, there’s one more product to add to the list: tanning drops.

Tanning drops are the new buzz to get that bronze goddess look. But what are Tanning Drops? 

These drops added to your favorite moisturizer or body lotion may be exactly what your winter tanning routine is missing. 

Today we’ll break down what tanning drops are. We’ll also go over what they’re made of, and how best to use them so you never have to go without that sun-kissed glow. 


What Are Tanning Drops, Exactly? 

Isle of Paradise Tanning Drops

For those following beauty trends, you’ve probably noticed the hype surrounding tanning drops. Unlike some products, the hype for tanning drops is warranted.

These solutions add a bronze warmth to your skincare routine. They allow you to achieve effortless color year-round. 

Isle of Paradise Tanning Drops

Tanning drops are extremely concentrated tanning solutions in a convenient dropper bottle. This type of self-tanner is similar to a beauty serum or oil.

They can be dropped into your regular moisturizer to add a subtle and buildable bronze to your skincare routine. 

Because tanning drops work by being added to your go-to moisturizer, this can help ensure a more natural bronze. So, say goodbye to the Oompa Loompa days of an orange glow.

Tanning drops are also great at ensuring a streak-free finish since your moisturizer will help to smooth the coverage evenly. 

Tanning drops are also a great way to save time on your self-tanner routine. Without messy mousses, foams, or wipes, tanning drops added to your regular face moisturizer or favorite smell-good body lotion will cut down on the preparation for your self-tanning days. Also, the concentrated formula added to your own lotion means no more rubbing off on clothes, sheets, or walking around smelling like a used sock. 

These drops will develop in just a few hours and are customizable. The more drops you add to your moisturizer, the darker the color you will develop. 

Tanning drops are a great and efficient way to get that year-long bronzed look without spending a ton of money and time to keep it. 

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What’s In Tanning Drops?

Jergens Tanning Drops

For those with sensitive skin or who are conscious of the health of the skincare products they use, here’s a little more information on what’s exactly in tanning drops. 

Like most self-tanning products, tanning drops contain DHA or Dihydroxyacetone. This is what gives most self-tanners their color. Tanning drop products range in the amount of DHA they contain with some containing up to 40%. 

Most tanning drops are water or even coconut water-based. They also can contain moisturizing ingredients such as avocado oil, peppermint oil, or eucalyptus oil. Some tanning drop solutions include ingredients such as Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid. 

When deciding which tanning drops to add to your skincare routine, consider your skin type and sensitivities. Then, find a formula or experiment with different types to find the one that works best for you. 

Your bronze glow doesn’t have to come at a price, most tanning drops come in various formulas so that everyone can enjoy a sun-kissed glow all year. 

How Best To Use Tanning Drops

L'Oreal Tanning Drops

Now you’re probably ready to get your hands on some tanning drops and elevate your self-tanning routine. These convenient drops are so easy and convenient to use. 

To get the best results with your tanning drops, follow these easy steps below. 

How to Use Tanning Drops

1. Skin Prep

As with any self-tanner, skin prep is one of the most important steps. Before applying tanning drops make sure your skin is clean and exfoliated. This will ensure smooth and even coverage. It will also help your glow last longer and fade more evenly. 

Use your favorite exfoliator to remove dead skin and don’t forget to shave or remove any unwanted hair prior to application

2. Mix In Your Tanning Drops 

For the best results with self-tanning drops, you’ll want to mix them evenly into your regular moisturizer. How many drops you add is up to you, the color is customizable! For a deep, dark bronze add in more drops, for a lighter, sun-kissed glow add less. 

Put a dime-sized amount of moisturizer in your palm and apply the drops over the cream. Then, with two fingers gently blend the solution in your hand. Apply the solution to your face in gentle circles being sure to cover the whole area. For even more blended coverage, don’t forget your neck! 

Be sure to wash your hands thoroughly when you are finished applying the solution to ensure no excess product develops. 

3. Watch Your Skin Glow

Most tanning drops only take a few hours to develop. For best results, apply tanning drops to your night moisturizer. The color will develop during sleep so you can wake up to a freshly tanned face. Each tanner will have specific directions for how long it will take color to develop so be sure to read each label. 

Tanning drops are such a great way to elevate your self-tanning routine with ease. The simple application and customizable color options mean the days of orange streaks are long gone.

Add these tanning drops to your skincare routine and feel like a bronze goddess all year long. 

Written by Kayla Young

Kayla is the founder of LuxeLuminous. She has worked professionally in the tanning industry for years. She has been interested in esthetics since childhood, and has tried every hair, skin, and makeup product ever produced (more or less).