| Review | COOLA Organic Sunless Tan Anti-Aging Serum

| Review | COOLA Organic Sunless Tan Anti-Aging Serum 

Summer skin, year-round? Yes, please! With a little bit of color in our skin, we all look a bit healthier and more radiant but with winter months approaching, many of us will be holing up inside wrapped in blankets. Here comes COOLA Suncare to the rescue with this innovative gradual tan serum! This serum was very kindly sent to me by COOLA.  

The COOLA Organic Sunless Tan Anti-Aging Serum retails for $54.00 USD and is available at Sephora, COOLA, and other retailers. If you want to know a little bit more about the brand and their commitment to clean, organic, and sustainable ingredients, check out my review on their Classic SPF 30 Dawn Patrol Makeup Primer, or check out their site COOLA.com. 

COOLA does an impressive packaging job! From the box to the bottle, it feels so high quality and luxurious. The box the product comes in is a very thick cardboard material that slides open to reveal the beautiful glass bottle inside. The package of the actual product is a very sophisticated brown frosted glass bottle. It feels very heavy and luxurious. The pump mechanism dispenses a small amount of product, which is great for controlling how much you want to use. You can always pump more, if needed. 

The product is a clear serum with a gradual tanner that not only treats the skin, but gives it a beautiful and natural glow. The serum contains skin-treating ingredients, such as hylauronic acid, vitamin, c, and argan oil, to hydrate, brighten, and smooth the skin. As with all their products, most of the ingredients are organic and this product doesn't contain any preservatives and parabens! I really appreciate their commitment to providing clean and natural products. Many higher end brands claim their products are "natural" or "contain natural" ingredients but often the truth is, the amount of natural ingredients is minuscule! 

Here is the full list of ingredients for the COOLA Organic Sunless Tan Anti-Aging Serum:

Water, Propanediol, Dihydroxyacetone, Glycerin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder*, Heptyl Undecylenate, Argan Oil, Polyglyceryl-6 Esters, Centella Asiatica Meristem Cell Culture, Hydrolyzed Algin, Caprylic/Capric Glycerides Polyglycerin-10 Esters, Sodium Hyaluronate, Chlorella Vulgaris Extract, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract*, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract*, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil*, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil*, Cetearyl Glucoside, Alcohol Denat.*, Maris Aqua, Polyglyceryl-4 Caprate, Cyamopsis Tetragonoloba (Guar) Gum, Xanthan Gum, Fragrance, Gluconolactone, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate. *Certified Organic.

This product is versatile and can be used many ways. As with any kind of self-tanning product, skin preparation is highly recommended. Especially if you have dry or textured skin, be sure to use a scrub prior to use. This product is a gradual tanner, so if you are trying to achieve some serious color as soon as possible, it is recommended that you layer the product or use it day and night. You can apply this directly to you cleansed skin or for even more gradual effect, mix it in with your moisturizer. If you use this product at night, COOLA recommends that you sleep in dark clothing and sheets. I used this product in the evening and I have not noticed any staining but I do have dark colored sheets and pillowcases. 

The effect is subtle yet noticeable but can be somewhat accelerated through continual use or layering. After using it one night, I saw an immediate difference in my skin! I had a noticeable amount of color all over and it was very even and natural! I love this product because year-round, I often have the problem that my face and particularly, neck is lighter than the rest of my body! With this gradual tanning serum, I can have an even skin tone all around! Also, it's kind of nice that I don't have to switch up foundations or buy a new shade for fall/winter! Plus, I love the high quality and clean ingredients included! I have always been a gradual tan fan but I am usually deterred by the fake-tan scent (you will understand if you use fake tan often), I haven't noticed much of a "fake-tan fragrance" with this product, which is really nice! You can't go wrong with a a skin nourishing serum that adds a little touch of color. My winter skin is very thankful to have this. 

The color is very natural and can be built up quite quickly because I had a very noticeable amount of tan after one night of use! For me, that one application just the perfect amount of color to even out my skin tone and give me a healthy glow to my face. I have also notice that this serum is incredibly hydrating! My skin felt amazing in the morning, it was so plump, hydrated, and smooth! I really feel that the nourishing ingredients in the product made a difference in my skin. This product really does treat and tan the skin so well! I was a bit skeptical because these dual-purpose products tend to lack in one of the departments and it's usually in the skincare portion. COOLA , to me, is a very high quality and trusted skincare brand. I really believe that they would not sacrifice the skincare properties just for some tanning properties. This product was shockingly impressive and I will be using it all throughout winter and spring, until I can get out in the sun more. It is a great hydrating and tanning treatment for all skin types and skin tones!