St. Tropez Bronzing Mousse

St. Tropez Bonzing Mousse is a must have for vacation!  It definitely works well and while I use it mostly for vacations, I have friends who use it all the time.

St. Tropez Self Tanner
sttropeztan.com, $42

The velvety mousse goes on evenly and gives a streak free natural looking tan.  I usually recruit my husband to apply it.  It’s great to have an extra person to help me with my upper back and to make sure I’m not missing areas.  The applicator mitt is a must buy.

Self Tanner Applicator Mitt
St. Tropez Applicator Mitt, $6.5

Using the applicator mitt will save your hands (or your hubbie’s) from turning yellow.

Before applying self tanner
Before applying self tanner.

You’ll need to wait 4-8 hours before debuting your glow.  It takes about that long to set in fully.  It will show up darker later than when you first applied it.  In this case, I waited about 6 hours before taking this photo.

After applying self tanner.
After applying self tanner.

Of course if you’re going to want to go for a dip in the pool, you’ll want to rinse off before leaving the house.  If you didn’t, you’d find yourself in the pool with a brown cloud around yourself.  Sadly, you’ll see some of your tan rinse down the drain.  It’s best to wait as long as you can between application and showering.  I recommend applying at night and showering in the morning.

Self tanner after the first shower.
Self tanner after the first shower.

This is what happens when you rinse your tan about 6 hours after application.  I’m still more tan than this morning, but if I really wanted to get the most out of this product, it would take a few applications nightly to achieve the proper beach bronze.

Tips for a better application:

  • Make sure you’re not missing any spots as you go.
  • Lightly cover dry skin like your knees, elbows, fingers and toes.
  • Slightly bend your knuckles as you apply over them.  Keeping your fingers straight will give you white creases from the wrinkles in your knuckles.  Bending them a little (like a claw) allows the tanning mouse to get into the creases of of your knuckles.
  • Make sure you cover the area between your fingers.  It’s a giveaway that your tan is fake if you have white webs between your fingers when you spread them.  (Hubs and I made that mistake today.  No worries, I’ll just apply a little before bed tonight and be good as new tomorrow.
  • Exfoliate before you apply.
  • Stay moisturized.
  • If you’re really wanting to extend your tan for a vacation, wedding or event, avoid scrubbing too much in the shower and avoid using soap (just in areas of necessity).  Although, I recommend just taking the St. Tropez mousse with you on vacation, so you don’t need to worry about it.
  • Having it with you gives you the freedom to touch up.  I personally feel like my tan (fake or real) never lasts on my legs because I’m always shaving them.  It’s nice to be able to reapply.
  • I don’t apply it to my face.  I feel a little nervous about doing that and it doesn’t last very well because I was my face morning and night anyway.  It’s better to just match your face with a bronzer powder.  Pssst… I got a chemical peel on my face between the before and after pictures, so please overlook the no makeup look in the after photos.

I can’t show you a self tanner without addressing the one big draw back of self tanners: SMELL.

St. Tropez has a moderate smell.  It’s not the worst one I’ve ever used, but it’s also not the best.  It’s definitely manageable.  I’ve been using this product for years, so it can’t be that big of a deal!

St. Tropez Bronzing Mousse

What’s your fav self tanning product?

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Kate Thakkar

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I loveee St Tropez Mousse.
I personally use the Dark version as I feel I don’t have to apply as many layers to get the color I want. Defiantly the best fake tan I’ve used.

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