Admittedly, I’m new to the sunless tanning world, but after a long winter I was feeling especially pale and needed a little healthy glow. I’d heard so many amazing things about Isle of Paradise Tanning Drops that I decided to give them a try.
I’m a big believer that getting real sunshine is incredible for your health, but when it’s cloudy, or you’re like me and very prone to melasma and dark spots, I always try to keep my face covered in my favorite daily SPF (I wear No.2 in winter and No.3 in summer) and wear a hat. That means that my face is often lighter than the rest of my body.
These drops get rave reviews so I was excited to test them out for myself. Here’s what I thought…
Isle of Paradise Self Tanning Drops Review
First thoughts—these are amazing! So easy to use and provides great, natural-looking results.
After just a couple days of my first use of the Isle of Paradise Drops, I was looking tanned and glowing. I love that it didn’t look fake at all, just healthy and tan. Because they’re drops, you can easily customize how tan you want to be.
Comes in 3 Shades
The Isle of Paradise Tanning Drops come in 3 shades—light, medium and dark—which is so handy because there are so many different shades of skin out there. What’s right for me, naturally more olive-toned, would not be right for my sister who is fair-skinned and freckled.
I went with the medium shade and it’s been perfect for my skin tone. It looks natural and even, which is exactly what I was going for. The drops themselves are actually almost clear, but the color develops within a few hours of applying.
The Drops are Non-Toxic
As you guys know, I ‘m a clean beauty junkie, and was thrilled to learn that these tanning drops are formulated in a way so they are vegan, cruelty-free and organic. Because of this, I’ve been using them while pregnant as well, but if you’re concerned, of course, ask your doc!
Use on your Face & Body
This product is designed to be used on your face and body, which is great—one less thing to buy. I also loved that these really helped reduce the appearance of dark spots and melasma for me. Not because it makes them go away, but because my skin is darker, it makes them less obvious!
If I was to sit in the sun to get my face darker, my dark spots and melasma would also get worse, so this is a great option for anyone else who’s dealing with those issues, scars or hyperpigmentation.
How to Apply Isle of Paradise Self Tanning Drops
To apply the self tanning drops, mix a few drops with your moisturizer and apply like normal.
Make sure to wash your hands after applying! Can’t stress that enough.
It’s easy to forget since the drops go on clear. But if you don’t wash it off, your hands will develop a tan too, which doesn’t look so natural.
Tanning Drops for your Face
I apply tanning drops on my face about 3 times per week to maintain and even, healthy glow. When you first start, you might want to apply them for 2 days consecutively to achieve the color you want. And then spread out your application to every other day or more. I found that the tan showed up faster than I was expecting, so you might not need to do that.
When I first tried them, I started with one drop mixed with my daily moisturizer—I’m hooked on this clean one, but didn’t notice much of a difference. I asked around and most people said 3 drops, so I tried that, and felt like it was too much. Even Rob made a comment that I suddenly looked like I’d been hitting the tanning beds, haha!
I found that two drops mixed with my moisturizer about 2-3 times per week was ideal. I’ve also noticed that my tan looks best when I apply the drops the morning or night after I’ve exfoliated.
I typically give it at least a half hour to absorb before applying makeup, longer if I can, but I didn’t notice any issues with streaking or splotchiness after applying makeup. If anything, the natural glow makes my makeup look better and more even.
Tanning Drops for your Body
Since you’re covering more surface area when tanning the rest of your body, you’ll want to use more drops per area.
Knowing how much was right for my face, I upped it for my body. I started with 3 drops per area (leg, stomach/chest, arm) mixed with my body moisturizer and that did the trick for me. Just to clarify, that means 3 drops per single leg or single arm.
My best tip for even application? Dry brush before applying your drops, or use a good scrub in the shower to exfoliate—I LOVE this non-toxic one. This will slough away dead skin cells and give you a more even and more natural-looking tan. Shaving your legs before applying is also a great idea because it naturally removes the top layer of dead skin cells.
If you want a darker tan, add more drops to get the look you’re after, or opt for a darker shade.
I found it was best to avoid showering for at least 4 hours and stick to looser fitting clothing while the tan develops. On nights I’m going to use it, I’ll take an early shower and just wear baggy sweatpants or my robe until bedtime and I haven’t had any issues with it staining my sheets.
To make your tan last longer, make sure to regularly moisturize your body too. I use this body lotion every night and it keeps my skin glowing and so hydrated.
What If I Add too Much?
The good thing is that if you overdo it, it won’t last forever. After my initial face-tanning test and overdoing it, I simply didn’t apply it for 3-4 days and it looked normal very quickly.
If you need a little extra help, do some gentle exfoliation with a cleanser like this one for your face, or use a body scrub, I love this Lemongrass Scrub, to help lessen the intensity. And, be patient! It’ll fade over a few days.
Where to Buy Isle of Paradise Tanning Drops
Amazon: I get mine from Amazon because we have Prime and you can’t beat that super fast shipping.
Sephora: If you’re a Sephora loyalist or VIB member, snag them here.
If you’re looking for a healthy, tan glow without the sun, I highly recommend you try these out. I think you’re going to be as obsessed as I am! If you have any questions that I didn’t cover, leave them below and I’ll get back to you ASAP!