St. Tropez Bonzing Mousse is somewhat of a staple in my routine. It’s a good sunless tanner that’s applies easily, builds well and gets the job done. The velvety mousse goes on evenly and gives a streak free natural looking tan. I usually recruit my husband to apply it, especially on hard to reach places, like my back. It’s great to have an extra person to help me with my upper back and to make sure I’m not missing areas. Using the applicator mitt, which can be bought separately or as part of a full set, will save your hands (or hubbie’s) from turning yellow.
You’ll need to wait 4-8 hours before exposing your tan to water. I find it’s easiest to apply the tan before bed, so I don’t mistakenly wash my hands. In the above photos, I waited about 6 hours before taking the after photo and showered just before taking the final photo.
Showering before before exposing your tan to water is essential. If you dip in the pool without showering away the excess tan, you’ll form a brown cloud around yourself and that’s not cute. Same goes for sweating and getting rained on. Sadly, you’ll see some of your tan rinse down the drain during that first shower, but it’s part of the process. I try to wait longer than 6 hours if I can because my tan is slightly darker when I do.
You can see what happens to the tan when I shower after 6 hours. It takes a few applications to get the perfect tan, so I start the process three nights before a trip or just keep up with applying it routinely for an even tan. Exfoliating all of the tan away and starting fresh is necessary when you notice product buildup (around 2 weeks for my skin).
Tips for Applying St. Tropez Bronzing Mousse:
- Make sure you’re not missing any spots as you go. The dark solution makes it easy to see where you’ve applied.
- Lightly cover dry skin like your knees, elbows, backs of hands and 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 it will be fixed in the morning.
- 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 wash my face morning and night anyway. Lately I’ve been using Tan-Luxe The Face illuminating self tanner specially designed for the face and it matches well. St Tropez has a similar face tanner. I haven’t tried it, but let me know if you have.
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!
What’s your fav self tanning product? Comment below.
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