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Self tanner

A Hint of Summer is an award-winning, certified organic self tanner that enriches both face and body with a golden summer glow.

A Hint of Summer

A Hint of Summer Q&A

What is A Hint of Summer?

A Hint of Summer is a certified organic, award-winning, ecolabeled self tanner that easily transforms your favorite cream or oil into a luscious sunless tanner, making it easy for you to build and maintain gorgeous bronze radiance on both face and body – completely without the sun. The drops contain aloe vera to nourish and add moisture, antioxidant-rich açai berry and natural DHA molecule to make your skin glow.

How do I use A Hint of Summer?

Simply blend A Hint of Summer with your own cream or oil. Dose the recommended amount into your favorite cream or oil and blend them together in the palms of your hands. We recommend building the tan gradually to achieve a beautiful and natural result.

How many drops should I blend into my cream or oil?

If your skin is very pale, we recommend starting with 1 pump for your face. For the body, you can begin with blending 2 pumps of A Hint of Summer with your usual application of body lotion.

If you have a medium skin tone, we recommend starting with 2 pumps for your face. For the body, you can begin with blending 4 pumps of A Hint of Summer with your usual application of body lotion.

If your skin tone is darker, we recommend that you start with 3 pumps for your face. For the body, you can begin with blending 6 pumps of A Hint of Summer with your usual application of body lotion.

Try mixing A Hint of Summer with Açai Anti-stress Facial Cream, Açai Anti-ageing Facial Moisturizer and Açai Facial Oil or Açai Body Lotion and Body Oil.

Can A Hint of Summer be used on both my face and body?

Yes! A Hint of Summer is a sunless tanning product created to give both your face and body a gorgeous glow and a natural-looking, flawless tan.

Can I use A Hint of Summer on its own?

The product can be used on its own, but be aware that it can be a bit more difficult to achieve an even result. If you do use the drops on their own it may result in a deeper tan, so be careful. You may want to do a patch test first somewhere on your body that is not usually visible, and await the results before you decide to use A Hint of Summer on its own.

How quickly does the product absorb into the skin?

The product absorbs quickly and isn’t greasy or sticky, but it leaves the surface of the skin moist.

How intesense is the glow you get from A Hint of Summer?

A Hint of Summer leaves your skin with a gorgeous golden tone. The intensity builds upon your natural skin tone and varies depending on how many doses you use. If you prefer a more intense tan, you can easily build it up by adding one or two extra pumps of A Hint of Summer with a repeat treatment in the next few days.

How often should I use A Hint of Summer?

It depends on the tan you wish to achieve. We recommend that you build your tan gradually and wait a few days between applications.

How long will the final result last?

One application of A Hint of Summer typically lasts for 2-3 days. After that, it’s necessary to repeat the treatment and blend additional pumps with your favorite cream or oil.

How can I make the glow last longer?

You can make the glow last longer and get a more even result if you thoroughly prepare the skin before application. Get your skin ready for a bronze summer glow with gentle exfoliation. Exfoliating the face and body helps boost cellular renewal and remove dead skin cells, leaving your skin with an even surface and enabling it to absorb products more easily. You can also maintain your gorgeous A Hint of Summer glow for even longer by moisturizing your skin both morning and evening.

When should I use A Hint of Summer?

You can use A Hint of Summer all year round and pamper your skin with a healthy summer glow. A Hint of Summer is especially fabulous for the first days of summer when your legs are seeing daylight for the first time, or if you want to maintain a tan after your holidays.

And we all know what it’s like to want a little extra glow for a special event or party. It’s a good idea to build your tan gradually, so if you’re going to a party on Saturday, start your treatment on Thursday.

How long will it take to see visible results on the skin?

Skin differs in its ability to accept and react to the tan molecule DHA. But the tan generally begins to develop between 2-4 hours after application. A good tip is to apply A Hint of Summer before bed so the glow has time to develop and absorb overnight. You’ll wake up with a fresh, sun-kissed summer glow.

How soon can I take a shower after using A Hint of Summer?

The product will wash off and disappear if you take a shower soon after application. Since the glow often must develop on the skin for between 2-4 hours prior to obtaining a visible result, we recommend that you wait the same number of hours after application before taking a shower.

Can I sunbathe and get a tan even though I’m using A Hint of Summer?

You certainly can! A Hint of Summer gives your skin a natural tan that simply boosts your own skin tone – even if you’re getting a tan from the sun’s rays. A Hint of Summer is especially suitable for those first sunny days at the beach when you may dream of achieving a golden glow before it comes naturally from the sun! However, the product does not offer protection against the sun’s harmful UVA or UVB rays, so you must always remember to use sunscreen when you are in the sun – with or without A Hint of Summer!

We recommend using a sun care product from our sun series containing SPF 15, 30 and 50.

Must A Hint of Summer be mixed with a Rudolph Care product?

You can use A Hint of Summer in your own personal favorite skincare products! If you already have a favorite cream or oil, simply add the recommended dose to the product.

Is there a difference in using A Hint of Summer with cream or oil?

Both cream and oil give excellent results on the skin. But it may require a little extra patience if you choose to mix the product with oil. Since both oil and A Hint of Summer have a liquid consistency, it can be more difficult to ensure an even distribution of the product. So give yourself good time if you are using oil and apply the mixture with long, smooth strokes across the body. Also make sure to carefully massage the mixture all over your face.

How does A Hint of Summer smell on the skin?

A Hint of Summer has a mild and delicate fragrance which is maintained when the drops come into contact with the skin. You won’t experience the characteristic odour that traditional self tanners are often associated with – just A Hint of Summer’s own light fragrance notes accompanied by a hint of Rudolph Care's natural signature fragrance.

How many applications do I need to build a glow?

You can easily build a beautiful glow with A Hint of Summer, but be aware that it takes patience to achieve a deep, sun-bronzed tone. Start with blending the recommended number of drops with your cream or oil and wait for your result. The final tan intensity will be visible in approximately 2-4 hours, but we recommend that you allow the product to develop overnight for the best results. You can then repeat the treatment as often as you wish.

What causes the glow?

Dihydroxyacetone (DHA) is a naturally derived molecule found in plant, animal and human cells. Its self tanning effect is due to a tan building up on the outermost layer of the skin (the epidermis). DHA reacts with proteins, peptides and amino acids in the epidermis to generate golden polymers, called melanoidins, which lend the skin an even, golden tone. DHA is natural and plant-based.

How can I avoid streaks, edges and spots?

In order to avoid irregularities it is important to prepare the skin before applying A Hint of Summer. Begin your treatment with a gentle exfoliation of both face and body to give your skin the best foundation for a smooth result.

Self tanner tends to settle and build up in dry skin areas. So it can be helpful to use a little cream or oil on dry areas such as elbows, knees and heels before using A Hint of Summer. This will make it a lot easier to apply the product evenly. This tip will prevent irregularities so you can achieve the best result possible.

After applying the mixture to your face, you can also prevent irregularities by dabbing your jawline, eyebrows and hairline with a dry cotton pad to remove excess product.

Apply the product with long, smooth strokes whenever possible across the entire body to avoid streaks, edges and spots.

What do I do if I get streaks or stains?

No need to panic. If, despite careful application (and washing your hands after use), you still experience irregularities on your skin, you can remedy the situation. A shower will naturally remove some of the self tanner, but it probably won’t be enough. Use a mild scrub product and exfoliate carefully and thoroughly on the area. The result should be significantly improved after exfoliation. Remember also to moisturise your skin thoroughly as this will make the result more natural-looking and eliminate visible traces of streaks or stains.

A little extra tip – you can also eliminate streaks/stains by using pure lemon, which can actually tone down the glow.

How do I tone down A Hint of Summer?

If your glow has turned out a tad too intense for your liking, you can tone it down by giving your skin a gentle exfoliation with a scrub product. Exfoliating your skin helps boost cellular renewal and remove dead skin cells on the outer layer of the skin. But be careful not to rub too hard – even gentle exfoliation will reduce the glow.

Try Acai Facial Scrub Mask and Acai Body Scrub.

Does A Hint of Summer stain/transfer onto clothes and fabrics?

The self tanner effect in A Hint of Summer develops on contact with your skin and generally adds glow to your skin only. But there is a small risk that the product can transfer some effect onto fabric. You can avoid clothing stains by allowing the product to fully absorb into the skin before putting on your clothes. We also recommend that you use A Hint of Summer in your night cream or oil, which allows the product to develop and absorb overnight so it won’t stain your clothes the next day. You may want to place a towel over white or light-colored pillows to ensure that the product does not transfer onto your bedding. If staining does occur, we recommend that you wash your clothes or bedding according to the laundry instructions.

How long should I wait to get dressed after applying A Hint of Summer?

We recommend that you allow the product to absorb into the skin before continuing with your day and getting dressed. Optimal results are achieved by allowing the product to absorb for 20 minutes before putting on clothes. You can use A Hint of Summer overnight as part of your evening routine so the product has time to develop and absorb into the skin. You’ll wake up with a fresh, sun-kissed summer glow.


The philosophy behind the Rudolph Care facial products is to enrich your everyday beauty routine with luxury, sensuousness and care without compromising on high quality or sustainability. Our skincare cares for you responsibly without harming your environment or your body. Firming açai, restorative shea butter, cleansing witch-hazel, moisturizing hyaluronic acid and soothing chamomile are just a taste of what awaits you among the natural, active ingredients in this range.

All our facial skincare consists of a minimum of 95% natural ingredients, and we take great pride in promoting skincare routines with an attitude and no room for compromise. All our facial products are certified with the Nordic Swan Ecolabel and the organic COSMOS label. By far the majority of our products carry the Vegan Trademark label. You will never find a Rudolph Care product that contains the 26 fragrance allergens, parabens or strong preservatives.

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