Charlotte Tilbury Tanning Drops

Charlotte Tilbury launches face Tanning Drops to get you glowing ahead of summer

19th March 2024 | Author: Victoria Woollaston-Webber

The new Charlotte Tilbury face tanning drops contains skincare ingredients and tan-enhancing molecules to give you a sun-kissed glow


Charlotte Tilbury has launched yet another new product – its first-ever self-tanning product called the Charlotte Tilbury Beautiful Skin Island Glow Easy Tanning Drops.

The tanning drops, which cost £38, have been formulated with skincare ingredients aimed at not only giving you a sun-kissed glow, but also boosting the health and appearance of your skin.

These include hyaluronic acid and glycerin, to hydrate and plump the skin, and antioxidants including chicory root extract.

The tan itself comes from the use of DHA – a common ingredient found in tanning products – alongside Erythrulose, a natural-keto sugar, which helps the tan develop evenly across the skin and reduce patchiness.

Here’s everything else you need to know about the new Charlotte Tilbury tanning drops, including where to buy.

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Charlotte Tilbury Tanning Drops

Charlotte Tilbury Beautiful Skin Island Glow Easy Tanning Drops.Charlotte Tilbury

Exclusively available via Charlotte Tilbury’s website and app, the Charlotte Tilbury tanning drops are available in two shades:

  • Fair/Medium: Fair/Medium is best for people with cooler, pink undertones who may be prone to burning easily in the sun.
  • Tan/Deep: Best suited to people with warmer undertones.

You can apply the Beautiful Skin Island Glow Easy Tanning Drops directly onto clean, exfoliated skin, mix them with their favorite moisturiser, or layer them over their skincare products.

The product then develops over the following six to eight hours and promises to last for four days.

The main list of ingredients, and their benefits are as follows:

  • Dihydroxyacetone (DHA): DHA reacts with the amino acids in the dead layer of the skin, creating a temporary browning effect that gives skin a tanned look.
  • Erythrulose: Similar to DHA, it reacts with the keratin in the skin to produce a temporary tan. Erythrulose develops more slowly than DHA, resulting in a more even and natural-looking tan.
  • Glycerin: A humectant that attracts water to the skin, helping to hydrate and maintain the skin’s moisture barrier.
  • Cichorium Intybus (Chicory) Root Extract: Known for its skin conditioning properties, it can improve the skin’s texture and provide anti-inflammatory benefits.
  • Citric Acid: Used to adjust the pH of cosmetics to prevent them from being too alkaline or acidic, which can also help with the exfoliation of the skin.
  • Caramel: Provides color to cosmetics, offering a natural-looking tint or shade.
  • Gluconolactone: A polyhydroxy acid (PHA) that exfoliates the skin, moisturises and has antioxidant properties.
  • Sodium Hyaluronate: The salt form of hyaluronic acid, it can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water to hydrate the skin.
  • Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891): A white pigment used in cosmetics to provide opacity and protect skin from ultraviolet light.
  • Mica: A mineral that gives products a shimmering appearance and can create a smoother, more radiant skin complexion.
  • Tin Oxide: Often used in cosmetics as a colouring agent or to add a pearlescent effect to products.

In trials – granted of a very small group of just 106 people over two weeks – 95% of people agreed that their skin looked naturally tanned, and 96% said the tanning drops adjusted well to their skin tone. We’ve ordered the tanning drops and will update this page once we’ve had the chance to test them properly.

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