Almost the Real Thing Self-Tanning Gel, for All Skin Types

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$13 - 5 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Self-Tanners > Self-Tanners
Last Updated:
3/26/2014
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
No
Almost the Real Thing Self-Tanning Gel, for All Skin Types is a water-based self-tanner that contains dihydroxyacetone to turn skin color. The formula is tinted so you can instantly see where it has been applied, and it dries quickly. It is suitable for all skin colors, which is why I don’t offer separate formulas for light and medium to dark skin. The result is a believable golden tan that lasts for 2-3 days before reapplication is needed. Ideal for all skin types!
Lightweight, silky gel formula dries fast and is caramel-tinted so you will notice any spots you may have missed. Formulated for use on the face and body. Delivers a natural-looking tan in just 1–3 hours. 100% fragrance-free.
Water, Cyclopentasiloxane (skin conditioning agent/silicone), Butylene Glycol (water-binding agent), Propylene Glycol (water- binding agent), Dihydroxyacetone (self-tanning agent), Dimethicone Copolyol (water-binding agent/silicone), Diazolidinyl Urea (preservative), Caramel (natural coloring agent), Sodium Metabisulfite (inorganic, salt-based preservative/stabilizer), Methylparaben, Propylparaben (preservatives)

Disclosure: In addition to reviewing thousands of cosmetic products from hundreds of brands over the past 30 years, Paula also has her own line of products called Paula's Choice. Paula and her team's goal is to help you find the best products possible for your skin whether they are from Paula's Choice or some other product line. Paula's commitment to this is so strong she is the only cosmetics company owner in the world that recommends products other than her own. Paula and the Paula's Choice Research Team formulate our products to meet or exceed the criteria we use to review products from every other brand on this site. We review all products the same way using the same research, objective comments, and praise no matter whose product it is.

Paula's Choice was created in 1995 in response to the many readers who asked Paula to develop her own products. Given Paula's unique overview of the cosmetics industry, 30+ years of research, and earnest desire to help people find the best products for their skin-care needs, creating her own products was a natural extension of her work. Paula's Choice range of products are designed to meet the needs and preferences of just about every skin type and concern imaginable using only proven ingredients substantiated by published research.

Paula's Choice products provide:

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  • Proven effective solutions for wrinkles, acne, rosacea, and sensitive skin
  • Gentle yet effective products for those seeking a natural skin-care routine
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Paula's Choice products and Paula's work is routinely praised by noted dermatologists and other professionals. New York-based dermatologist Dr. Debra Jaliman stated that "I have a lot of respect for Paula Begoun and the way she thoroughly researches her subject. Her recommendations about cosmetics and skin care are deservedly influential." Eminent Seattle-based dermatologist Dr. Brandith Irwin concurs: "She takes a complex subject and makes it easy to understand!"

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Member Comments

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  2. Was this product a good value? (4 = Best)

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  1. Tiffany W.
    Reviewed on Saturday, April 05, 2014
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    so natural!
    • This stuff is awesome! I love it so much more than those lotions you have to use for several days before seeing results. After using this, I had so many complements from people who thought I'd either been to the beach or the tanning bed. There is the telltale self-tanner "smell." However, I've encountered this smell with every product I've tried, and it eventually fades. I'm excited to try Paula's new tanning product after I use what I have left of this.

  2. Theresa M.
    Reviewed on Saturday, October 12, 2013
    • Results
      2 / 4
    • Value
      2 / 4
    • Recommend
      2 / 4
    Not the Best
    • Likes - The lotion doesn't smell and is a good quality lotion (i.e. it isn't as drying as others). Dislikes - Contrary to the one lotion fits all claim, it is too dark for my fair skin and you have to wait an hour to get dressed. An hour.

  3. Lisa A
    Reviewed on Sunday, September 08, 2013
    • Value
      1 / 4
    • Results
      1 / 4
    • Recommend
      1 / 4
    Not good
    • I used it once, and got a LOT of streaks, and I am usually pretty good at applying self tanner.

  4. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Thursday, July 18, 2013
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    Bronze Bliss
    • Easy to apply and dried fast. My skin absorbed the gel quickly so my application was not as even as I would have liked but it's nothing a second coat the day after can't fix. I noticed a golden glow within a few hours. My favorite part: the scent of the product itself is not offensive (there always seems to be an odor w/ the self-tanning process regardless which product I use). Paula says results of self-tanners will vary so this may not be the product for everyone but for me, it's perfect!

  5. Carol M
    Reviewed on Saturday, June 29, 2013
    • Value
      2 / 4
    • Recommend
      1 / 4
    • Results
      2 / 4
    Too orange
    • The caramel color does nothing to help you spread it evenly to avoid streaking despite PC claims. Color development takes forever and ends up slightly orange on my skin even after one use. Who turns orange when they tan?? Not a good self-tanner. avoid it if possible.

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