Naturally Glowing Self-Tan Drops, All you Need to Know
Our colourless tanning drops deliver a lasting, natural glow to give you a sun-kissed complexion all year round, without exposing your skin to the sun.
- Develops in 2 hours
- Fast drying, no streaking, no staining due to the colourless formulation
- No horrible fake tan smell
- Natural DHA works with your skin to give you an all-over natural glow
- Be in control of your tan, the more drops, the deeper the tan
- Vegan, Cruelty Free, palm oil free
- Enriched with essential nutrients from coconut water such as amino acids, sugars, vitamins, minerals to nourish and hydrate, as well as orange and rose flower water to soothe and calm
No Added Fragrance
We’ve formulated this product with no added fragrance because we understand how sensitive some skin types can be.
How To Use
Add 3-5 drops to your favourite moisturiser or serum and mix together well in your hand and apply to your cleansed and dry face and neck. If using on your body, mix well in your hand with your favourite body lotion to apply, again ensuring your skin is completely dry first.
The more drops you add, the deeper your tan, which works with your natural skin tone from paler skin right through to olive and darker skin tones.
Wash hands after application. Tan will develop in 2-3 hours and full colour can take up to 6 hours. Use as often as desired.
Do not apply to broken or irritated skin. Avoid direct contact with eyes, hair and fabric.
This product contains no SPF protection.
Once opened, use within 12 months
Perfectly paired with our Radiance-Boosting Face Cream
No Palm Oil
Many skincare products list palm oil, or its derivatives, in their ingredients but we choose not to use it in any form in ours, due to its negative impact on the environment, habitat, animals and eco-systems.
There’s hardly a day goes by without reading in the press about deforestation for palm oil production and the fact that the very existence of orangutans is threatened because of this.
Many ingredients used in skincare include a derivative of palm oil, and it’s not always obvious that it’s been used. For example, some emulsifiers are sourced from either palm oil or coconut and the manufacturer of the emulsifier may not differentiate the source. We can confirm that no palm oil or derivatives of palm oil are used in any of our products.
- Palm oil (including derivatives of palm oil)
- Artificial dyes
All packaging for our Tan Drops is fully recyclable:
- Frosted glass bottle
- Plastic pipette lid
- FSC cardboard outer carton
- FSC cardboard inner liner
- How long will my tan last?
Generally, it will last about 5 days, but It really depends on a number of things, such as: the quantity of tanning drops mixed with the moisturiser; your exfoliating routine; your skin type; and your individual cellular renewal – the older you are, the longer the cell turnover.
- Can I suntan whilst wearing Lucy Bee Tanning Drops?
Yes, you can still get a tan when using the Tan Drops. Fake tans do not produce a skin-protecting barrier like sunscreens, so tanning naturally can still occur. Please note they contain no SPF or sun protection, so it is important to also use an SPF.
- Can I use the Tanning Drops on the rest of my body?
Yes of course, just mix in as many drops as you’d like with your favourite body moisturiser and rub in well. Everyone's body size and shape is different, so it's hard for us to say how many drops you'll need. We recommend starting off with less and building up if you want a darker tan.
- How long do the Tanning Drops take to develop?
They develop in 2-3 hours and full colour can take up to 6 hours.
- Can I use the Tanning Drops whilst pregnant?
According to the NHS it's generally considered safe to use fake tan products during pregnancy. The active ingredient in fake tan - dihydroxyacetone (DHA) is a non-toxic substance. It can’t penetrate further than the top layer of the skin and it is not absorbed into the body.
- What colour will I go?
It really depends on your skin type. The more drops you add, the darker the tan. If you are fairer skin, then use less drops and build up. The benefit of the drops is that you can control how much you apply to your skin, and therefore the depth of the tan.
We've added a few functional ingredients to gain a natural looking colour of your tan. The key one is erythrulose, a natural keto-sugar which takes part in Maillard’s reaction and leads to the formation of brownish polymers. It balances out the orange tones created by DHA (a colour additive), giving a deep, even and natural long-lasting tan.
- What is the base colour of the Self-Tan Drops?
There are no green or orange base colours in the Self-Tan Tan Drops. The colour comes from how the DHA reacts with your skin & UV light. The colour is dependent on your skin, this means as it develops it will give a natural look and glow.
- Are there other options than medium?
These medium tanning drops cover many skin colours. If you have fairer skin, then we’d recommend using less drops and building up if you’d like to see a darker tan.
- How does fake tan work? What is the reaction that creates tanned skin?
Sunless tanners contain dihydroxyacetone- commonly known as DHA. DHA molecules combine with the amino acids in the top layer of your skin to cause a chemical reaction which forms brown-coloured melaninoids. It is well known as Maillard reaction.
The individual cocktail of amino acids in the skin determines the tanning effect, that’s why each individual tans differently.
- What is DHA in skincare?
DHA is the standard self-tanning agent for all types of cosmetic products and has been the most common active agent used over the past 70 years. It is a solely natural reaction of DHA with the amines, peptides and free amino acids in a Maillard reaction (independent of UV rays) – this means it reacts with the top layer of the skin to tan. The benefit of using tanning drops is that you can achieve a sun-kissed glow without damaging your skin with harmful UV rays.
- Is the DHA used in the tanning drops natural or synthetic?
We can confirm that the DHA used in our Naturally Glowing Self-Tan Drops is 100% natural.
- Will the tan transfer to my clothes?
As with all tanning products, there can be some transfer of the product onto clothes if it hasn't sunk in properly, and this can be washed out. If applying the tanning drops to your body, whilst the product is sinking in and working its magic it may be best to wear loose clothing and avoid any lighter colours to reduce the risk of the tan transferring!
- How long will it take to develop?
It depends on the condition of your skin and also your skin type. The more tanned the skin, the quicker the drops develop. It also depends how much moisturiser you mix the tan drops with. As a general rule, it takes 2-3 hours to start developing and full colour can take up to 6 hours.
- Will makeup remover remove my tan?
It will remove a small amount of the tan, but you can keep applying more drops every day to keep a continuous sun-kissed glow. It’s important to note that physical and chemical exfoliators (including our AHA Dazzling Tonic) will remove the tan at a faster rate.
- Do the Tanning Drops smell?
No, we haven’t used any fragrance in the drops.
- Self-tanning versus natural tanning
When you sunbathe, UV rays cause the skin to increase its production of the protective pigment melanin, which manifests itself as a tan. Tan is actually a sign of skin cell damage, which can increase the risk for skin cancer and accelerate skin ageing. Using a self-tanner is always a safer option than traditional sun tanning as it can give your skin a tanned look without exposing it to harmful ultraviolet rays.
- What is the 5% of non-natural ingredients in the tanning drops?
This is preservatives which protect products from harmful microbial contamination, antioxidants and stabilisers. You can find most of these ingredients in nature and they are synthetised in the laboratory to get a pure and unique molecule.
- Why do you use Lucy Bee Coconut Water in the tanning products?
Coconut water is a great water alternative with additional skin moisturising benefits.
- How long does the product last?
This is difficult to give an exact answer because a drop isn’t easily quantified. However, as a guide, this 30ml bottle contains approximately 500 to 600 drops.
- How often do I need to apply for a natural glow?
This really depends on a number of things, such as how many drops you use, your cleansing routine, your skin type and your individual skin cellular renewal (the older you are the longer the cell turnover). Generally speaking, the tan will last about 5 days.
- Can I use any body moisturiser?
Yes you can.
- Will the tan wash off in the shower?
The Tanning Drops aren’t a wash-off tan. Instead, your tan will slowly wear off over a few days – the exact number of days depends on your cleansing routine, your skin type and your own individual cellular renewal. Generally speaking, the tan will last about 5 days.
- When should I do a patch test?
When using any new product we recommend doing a patch test first. See here for how to patch test.
- Can men use them?
Yes they are great for men, as they are really natural in colour and work with the skin, so you cannot tell you have used a tanning product.
- How do I stop my beard/stubble going orange?
Firstly, this product will not make you go orange due to the way it has been formulated. If applying it to your beard or stubble, you could find that the natural DHA in the product builds up as it clings to the hair.
It’s super simple to use - start with a few drops and add more over the week if you fancy, and don’t rush it.
Lucy recommends getting a dollop of your moisturiser in your fingertips, add a couple of drops of the self-tan serum and rub it together using your fingertips.
Start by applying on bare skin/cheeks and not directly putting it on your beard or stubble. Once you have applied to the cheeks, under the eyes, forehead, nose, neck, back of neck and ears, use the reminder that is in your hands to blend into the start of the beard or stubble or gently glide over it, avoiding your eyebrows (you do not need to go over these).
Once a week, we recommend exfoliating because this will remove dead skin cells and will help the tan to last longer. It also removes any unwanted tan, so that you can start again.
It’s a gradual, natural colour, so build it up and don’t overdo it! The colour develops after 2 hours with the full colour after 6 hours
Lucy’s tip: You can also use coconut oil or a barrier oil on your beard/brows/hair line, but remember this would need to be washed out so if you’re going out and about it’s not ideal as the tan takes 2-6 hours to develop and you don’t want to get your face wet during this time.
- Can I use them if I have rosacea?
UV rays by the sun can trigger rosacea to get worse over time. Even if you feel like your skin feels better from the sun, it can cause negative effects long-term so it is best to avoid too much sun, but if you still want a natural glow then these tan drops are the perfect option.
The tan drops are fragrance free and Lucy has rosacea herself (although not always visible but easily triggered) and they are perfectly fine and she says they actually help cover up her rosacea or redness when she uses them which helps when socialising as she doesn’t get paranoid about her cheeks going red. Daisy, her sister also suffers with sensitive skin and finds they work perfectly fine for her and she doesn’t get any flare ups.
The Self-Tan Drops contain aloe vera, orange and rose flower water and (Lucy Bee) coconut water so are hydrating and soothing. As we always like to stress though, we are all different so we hope they work for you if you do try them!
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Aqua, Dihydroxyacetone, Alcohol Denat., Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Water, Pentylene Glycol, Glycerin, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Flower Water, Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Water, Xanthan Gum, Erythrulose, Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Metabisulfite.
- Vegan Society
- Cruelty Free International