I know I’m not the only person who prefers to have a tan year round. It may sound a little shallow, but my mood is just better overall when I’m tan. I feel so much better about myself and like the way I look.
I used tanning beds all the time in my teenage years. I even had my own tanning bed when I lived with my parents. It was one of those one-sided ones. Cook. Flip. Repeat. — like a hamburger. So much regret. I wish it hadn’t taken me so long to realize what harm I was doing to my skin, but here we are. The desire to get in a tanning bed has gone away but the desire to be tan has not. Thankfully there are a ton of safe ways to get that healthy glow I love without baking my skin.
I’ve done mist spray tans and gotten air-brush tans at salons, which I was pretty happy with. I’ve used drug store tanning gels and lotions, too. Most of them have worked pretty well, but some are a little streaky or have a scent. Some of them worked great and gave me a really nice dark tan in one use, but as soon as it was hot enough outside, the product would literally sweat off onto my clothes. Not cute.
I’ve seen people raving about the St. Tropez Self Tan Express Advanced Bronzing Mousse and decided to give it a try. It was a little pricier than the other drugstore self tanners I’ve tried, so I was a little hesitant to make the purchase. I checked the reviews and saw it had 4.5 stars, so I decided it was worth a shot.
I’m happy to tell you, it was worth it in my opinion. I applied it and left it on for the full 3 hours and got very subtle results. A good kind of subtle though. It definitely made a difference and I can build to a darker tan gradually if I want to.
The directions on the bottle are very simple and clear, so you can easily follow those but..
Here’s how I applied it:
Step 1: Exfoliate thoroughly + shave. The smoother the skin, the better it will apply.
Step 2: Moisturize with lotion, especially focusing on your knees, elbows + feet. These areas are more likely to absorb too much product + appear darker than the rest of your body.
Step 3: Using the St. Tropez Applicator Mitt, pump out product + apply in an upward circular motion all over your body. When product has mostly been applied, use the excess to apply to hands + feet. *I had to get my husband to apply it on my back. Also note that the product has a dark guide tint, which helps you see where you’ve applied it. This rinses off in the shower, revealing a much more natural, lighter tan.
Step 4: Wait until it’s touch dry before you put clothes back on + let it sit for 1 hour for a light tan, 2 hours for a medium tan + 3 hours for dark tan. *I left it on for 3 hours and it still ended up being a very subtle difference, so I recommend letting it sit for the full 3 hours. It didn’t turn out orange at all, so don’t be afraid to leave it on.
Step 5: Rinse off in the shower. The guide tint will come off and reveal your developed tan. *The product directions say your tan will continue to develop for the next few hours, which I found to be true. It still ended up being very natural and glowy.
Much better! I’ll be honest though.. when I first rinsed off the tint guide in the shower, I was like, “OMG, it all just washed off!” but after comparing my before and after pictures, I could see that my skin was definitely darker. It also continued to develop over the next few hours and I plan on doing another application in a few days. I was superrr pale, y’all, so another application won’t hurt, haha!
St. Tropez also offers an In-Shower Gradual Tan that can help maintain a real or self-tain.
Hope you found this review helpful!
I’ll see you all Wednesday!