Watching that golden, glowing tan that I worked so hard to achieve gradually fade away along with Summer is always disheartening. Fortunately, however, the COOLA Sunless Tan Anti-Aging Face Serum* is here to keep me looking naturally sun-kissed and radiant all year long.
This product is $53 and can be purchased at Sephora, Ulta, or the COOLA website.
The packaging is very sophisticated with a luxurious, matte glass bottle containing 1.7 ounces of product and a convenient pump that dispenses the perfect amount.
This cruelty-free, vegan, and organics unless tan serum is an antioxidant-rich blend of argan oil, vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, glycerin, aloe, grape seed oil, hibiscus extract, and plant stem cell cultures; the combination of these ingredients improves my uneven, dry skin, leaving it smooth, hydrated, and glowing. This product claims to have anti-aging benefits, preventing fine lines and the loss of firmness and elasticity.
I love how natural this self-tanner looks on my skin — it never looks orange, but has the perfect neutral undertone mimicking the color my skin turns after a day at the beach! To achieve a darker, more noticeable tan, I apply one to two pumps of the serum directly onto my face after I complete the rest of my skin care routine before bed. For a more subtle, gradual tan, I mix two to three drops of the serum with my moisturizer before applying it to my face. I find that either way, it works best when I exfoliate my skin first because it prevents it from clinging to any dry patches. To achieve a perfectly radiant glow, I apply a light, even layer all over my face, blending it up to my hairline and down my neck and jaw line, focusing more product on the areas of my face where I would typically apply bronzer — under my cheekbones and on my temples. It feels moisturizing, but dries quickly without leaving any residue and does not clog my pores or irritate my sensitive skin. This formula is streak- and transfer-free, and although you can use it every day, the tan lasts up to three days without needing to be reapplied. I also appreciate the refreshingly tropical coconut-pineapple scent, since it reminds me of Summer!
Overall, I think that if you are looking for a luxurious self-tanner that is also hydrating and has anti-aging benefits, you will love this one as much as I do! My favorite thing about this is that because it allows me achieve the most beautiful and even skin tone, I feel less of a need to wear foundation, which has been very empowering.
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