I used to be a sun goddess years ago. Tanning beds, baby oil, the whole nine yards. But as I got older and we all learned more and more the negative effects of the sun, I started being more careful about my skin. However, I do still love the tanned look. Over the years, I have tried different self-tanning products, some with decent results. Others, not so good.
I just tried St. Tropez Self Tan Express. This self-tanner claimed two Allure awards including “Best Self Tanner” and “the Best of Beauty Breakthrough Award.” (The Awards will appear are in the October issue of Allure.)
This product is a bit different from other products I have used. It is a foaming mousse product. The application idea is the same--cover elbows, knees and ankles with lotion first--then apply self-tanner. The self-tanner is in a foaming pump container. I put it on a mitt and rubbed it in in a circular manner. It has a tint to it, so it helped in applying to make sure I got even coverage. Then, after allowing it to dry, I went about my day. For a healthy glow, you rinse after an hour, for a golden bronze 2 hours and 3 hours for a dark tan. The tanning continues for eight ours after you rinsed. I rinsed after 3 hours. I could tell I had a bit of color at the time. By later in the evening, it looked as if I had a pretty nice tan. In fact, the next day my friend was over and I was in shorts and a tank exercising. She asked me if I go to a tanning bed or use a self-tanner. When I told her, she said, "You look amazing. You look like you have been to Florida!" I also liked the results. I couldn't find any streaking. I wouldn't say I have a deep dark tan with the one application, but a nice, even tan.
- Easy application
- Loved the results
- Natural looking tan--color was not orangish
- Doesn't have a strong self-tanning odor
- You need to rinse after 1-3 hours