Finally a Sunless Tanner that Spares Your Palms from Tanning

As a avid fan of almost every Neutrogena product, I was quite excited to see that they have brought in a new sunless tanning product. In my opinion, after using trying several sunless tanners, Neutrogena has the been the brand that I have had the best results with. From the foams, sprays, and lotions, Neutrogena always leaves me looking like I had a spent a few weeks at the beach. Anyone that used used sunless tanners before knows the hassle of having to wash your hands thoroughly after using a sunless tanning product. With some sunless tanners it seems that no matter how thoroughly you have washed your hands, there still seems to be a darker tint to your palms. Seems as though Neutrogena has picked up on the hand scrubbing hassle as well. In turn, they have a new product out that is a dream come true to a sunless tanner. For $9.99, I purchased Neutrogena’s new MicroMist Tanning Sunless Spray .

Neutrogena MicroMist Tanning Sunless Spray

Neutrogena MicroMist Tanning Sunless Spray is a self tanning mist that is applied to your skin “hands free”. Unlike the traditional plastic tubes or bottles, this spray comes in a aerosol type bottle, and sprays on kind of like hair spray.

Neutrogena claims this product is like an airbrush spray and will easily work in angles for hard to reach places (such as your back). They also promise that once applied, the mist will dry will in less than 5 minutes. Unlike most self tanners that advise on waiting to shower for a full two hours, Neutrogena MicroMist Tanning Sunless Spray says that after the 5 minute time alloted for the mist to dry, you can shower, dress, and go. The tanner is oil free, alcohol free, and non-comedogenic (meaning it will not clog pores).

Of course, the directions for using this particular sunless tanner is a bit different than the usual tanners because you don’t have to bother using your hands. After your skin has been exfoliated (this gives the best results), hold the can at least 6 inches away from the area of your body that you want to spray. Sweep the spray evenly across your skin and make sure to keep the can in constant motion. To avoid over applying, it is very important to stop the spray at the end of each stroke. As with all sunless tanners, use this spray sparingly around your elbows, knees, and ankles. The only time your hands need to used if you want to use the spray on your face. In that case, you will need to spray some of the mist into your hands and apply (being careful around your eyes, eyebrows, and hairline).

After applying, it usually takes about two to four hours for the full tan to take effect. If you are not satisfied and would like a deeper tan, simply reapply the mist again. The tan will usually last for several days.

My experience with Neutrogena MicroMist Tanning Sunless Spray

After preparing my skin to use the tanner, I did just as the directions suggested. I held the tanner at an angle and started out with a continuous motion for each stroke. The first thing I noticed is that this tanner is the lightest feeling tanner that I’ve used so far. The application was painless and went on smoothly. I had my entire legs covered in less than five minutes. Since I could tell that the areas of my legs were slightly wet, it was easy not to miss any spots. Next, I tried my back and I must say I have fell in love with this product just because of this experience. I started spraying at an angle over my shoulder. Again in less than 5 minutes, I felt the spray hit every angle of my back. The application for the rest of the areas were no different. It was an easy and quick process, but best of all my hands stayed dry the entire time.

The one thing that always gets to me about the sunless tanners is the scent. Sorry to say that this sunless tanner is no different. This product certainly does the “sunless tanning ” scent as well. However, I really didn’t notice any scent at all when applying. But a few hours later, I could smell a scent that wasn’t really unpleasant, but not really wonderful either. After showering however, the scent does go away.

After applying, I noticed that it took my skin approximately an hour and a half before a full tan took place. The results were outstanding. There were no missed spots and the tan looked perfectly natural. After 5 days my tan still looked as good as it did when I first applied the product. Going on the 6th day, I noticed that the tan was starting to fade a bit. Of course, this is my own experience and each skin type and person will be different. Some may have the tanner last a few days longer, and it may be a day or so shorter with others.

Final Recommendation

I must say unless someone else comes out with something that is hands free and can top my experience with this product, I will from now be using Neutrogena MicrMist Tanning Sunless Spray as my sole source for sunless tanning. Everything that Neutrogena promises about the product they do fulfill. The application was simple, the spray went on evenly, and the results were just as I would have expected from a Neutrogena product. Therefore, I do recommend this product to anyone looking for a safe alternative to the sun looking for a healthy looking tan.


Water, Dimethyl Ether, Witch Hazel Water (Hamamelis Virginiana), Ethoxydiglycol, Dihydroxyacetone, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Dipropylene Glycol, Isoceteth 20, Methyl Gluceth 20, Glycereth 7, Propylene Glycol, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Sodium PCA, Citric Acid, Fragrance

A few warnings

Always avoid contact with your eyes and never spray this product directly onto your face. This product is in no way a sunblock or sunscreen and should not be used as one. This tanner is also flammable, so please don’t use this product near a fire or near heat. As always, keep this product out of the reach of young ones.

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