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Summer is just about here, the weather is improving and, for many of us, it’s the first chance to pull out our lighter wardrobes and begin to show some skin. Nothing feels better than the first day I finally get to wear open toed shoes to work again! I gleefully step outside with a new spring in my step, knowing the cold weather is a distant memory. While I’m happy to have open toed shoes, skirts, and capri pants make their way back into my wardrobe, they present a new problem…my pale, dull, winter skin. What’s a girl to do, you say? The answer is simple, pull out the self tanners, and who better to reach for than the legendary St. Tropez.
If you aren’t familiar with St. Tropez, they are a BIG name in the bronzing world. Over the years, I’ve seen them featured in many beauty magazines and they’ve been given award after award for having some of the best self tanners out there. We tested the Bronzing Lotion and their Everyday Gradual Tan Mousse. All of their products use the main self tanning agent, dihydroxyacetone (DHA), which is essentially a colorless sugar that interacts with amino acids on your skin, staining it, temporarily creating a tan. The nice thing about DHA is it has no known toxicity, so it’s even safe during pregnancy. What makes St. Tropez unique is they combine DHA with a very expensive ingredient, Erythrulose, found in raspberries, which adds moisture, to create a more even, long-lasting tan.
I must be honest and tell you I haven’t worked with many self tanners. There’s a certain degree of dread when it comes to applying it. I worry about streaks, weird patches, and looking like an orange stained mess. But St. Tropez took the fear factor right out of it, with products that are easy to apply and incredibly forgiving.
The first time I applied the Bronzing Lotion, I was sure I’d make a mess and would look terrible. Not so! Within a couple hours, I had an AMAZING amount of color, I could barely find a streak, and I didn’t look orange at all. The lotion itself is almost the color of mud (and I mean that in a good way) and contains a small amount of green pigment, to take away any resemblance of orange. It’s perfect if you need to look tan right away and can be applied every couple days to maintain it.
The latest from St. Tropez, the Everyday Gradual Tan Mousse is meant to be used daily, to give you a more gradual, build up to color. I found that by using it in between Bronzing Lotion applications, it gave me a healthy glow and a decent amount of color. The mousse is colorless and comes out as wonderful burst of foam, which was even easier to apply than the lotion. You can rub it onto arms, legs and face so fast, and it feels like a refreshing lather of suds. I absolutely loved the ease of application and, within hours, I could already see its effects.
The other amazing thing about the St. Tropez line is the innovative ingredient, Aromaguard, which makes the whole self tanning experience much more enjoyable. Aromaguard is a breakthrough in fragrance technology and takes away that awful, tell tale smell you get from self tanners by at least 70%. I’m not going to say I didn’t smell at all, later on, but it was way less compared to any other time I’ve gotten a spray tan or used a self tanner. If you need to be somewhere for the evening, you could definitely get away with using these self tanners as part of your “night out prep time” and then heading out the door.
After years of being afraid to use self tanners, I can honestly say, St. Tropez has made me a believer. I am so impressed with their products, that my only disappointment is I didn’t try them sooner! It feels great knowing I can have a beautiful, natural looking (not to mention almost scent-free) tan without ever leaving my living room. Give them a try, I promise you will love them!
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Erin is a secondary science teacher who adores makeup and fashion. She spends her free time pursuing her other passions which include cooking, antiquing, and decorating.
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