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I'm a huge fan of fake tan and I get through quite a lot of it, especially during the winter! My skin is naturally quite pale and pasty though and even when it is summer I don't tan well naturally, I just go red!
Over the past couple of years I've used a lot of different brands of fake tan and one that I've been using on & off is the st tropez tanning lotion. I bought my current bottle of this about a month ago from Boots because it was part of a 3 for 2 offer. It cost me £20 for a 120ml bottle which in my opinion is good value because a small amount goes a long way and it is good quality too. The first thing I like about this is the simple but expensive looking packaging and I love that it comes in a pump bottle rather than a squeezy tube as I find it less messy and it dispenses just the right amount with each squirt when I press down on the pump.
The lotion itself is the perfect consistency. It is lightweight as well as nice and smooth and it spreads over my skin evenly - it glides on and doesn't go all gloopy and clogged on my tanning mitt. I always exfoliate before using it though else it can highlight dry patches if I don't, especially on my knees which is not w good look! Exfoliating prevents this though and it doesn't take long. I only need a pretty small blob of it to cover each of my arms (one blob for each arm) and another slightly larger blob for each of my legs so a bottle lasts for a long time. I also like that the lotion is quite a dark brown colour when it comes oit of the bottle because that way I can see where I've already applied it which means that I don't have to go over the same areas of my skin to make sure it is all covered and the finished look is always streak free and natural looking.
The tan does not need rubbing in, I just smooth it over my skin and it dries pretty quickly which is a huge advantage as it means I'm not waiting around for ages for it to dry. The colour is instant and it quite dark even straight away and it makes a drastic difference to my appearance seeing as my natural colour is very pale but it does look really natural and I like how it continues to develop and become more intense over the course of several hours. It is recommended to not let your skin get wet for at least 4 hours so I usually apply it before bed then have a shower in the morning. The overall finish is always completely natural looking and I have never any issues with streaks, unevenness or patchiness. The colour lasts for (on average) four to five days which is a good amount of time in my opinion.
Another thing that I like about this tan is that it doesn't irritate my sensitive skin and I've not had any problems with it aggravating my eczema or drying my skin out which is a huge advantage. I would recommend doing a patch test the day before you use it though to make sure you aren't allergic to any of the ingredients. All in all I highly recommend this tanning lotion and I give it five out of five stars. I was contemplating knocking one star off because I don't like the smell of it (it has the usual biscuity fake tan smell) but because the smell fades really quickly & the overall quality is really good, I've decided not to knock a star off.
This St. Tropez self tanner is promoted as being the best self tan and funnily enough I can't argue with that statement! The lotion not only tans your skin but bronzes it to give you the best tan out of a bottle. As well as giving you a sun kissed glow St.Tropez has integrated aloe vera into their ingredients to care for your skin.
So how do I use it?
Do NOT forget to exfoliate and moisturise as you would using any other self tan.
Now put your gloves on, you don't want to end up with filthy brown stained hands.
Smooth the lotion over the area you are wanting to tan, don't rub as this can make your tan streaky and patchy.
Wait until your skin has absorbed the lotion before putting clothes on.
This tan is instant and develops over hours too.
This tan is the best tan I have ever bought, after failing to give a streak free tan the first few times I applied it, I finally got the nack of how to use it and now I get no streaks at all.
The aloe vera is amazing for my skin and it does not flare me up with eczema.
Fast acting, this tan does not take long to dry so after I have tanned myself I don't have to wait hours to put my clothes back on.
No self tan smell, well, less than the others. When the tan has developed the day after you do get a slight smell of fake tan.
The price, I'm not so happy about this but it is true, you get what you pay for.
The colour of the tan is a little too dark for my skin tone. I go to bed looking like a white piece of paper and wake up looking like I actually have been to St. Tropez for a month.
This is an amazing tan, I can't fault it at all. Non steaky, slight smell, what more could you want? Well I would prefer the price tag to be a bit smaller but it is worth the money.
Would I recommend?
Of course I would recommend, I would not recommend it to paler skinned people.
As a tan-a-holic I tend to look for a product that will give me a nice colour, smell nice, easy to apply etc, which St Tropez does, however it is ridiculously expensive!!
The product itself I cannot fault. It is very easy to apply, goes on evenly and does not streak. The colour develops to your own skin tone so minimises the risk of turning orange, which is always a plus! It doesn't have the strong biscuity smell that some other tanning products do, and after a day the smell is gone completely. The colour can last for around a week if you take care to moisturise daily to help it last and stop your skin from drying out, which can be a result of the tan product.
Honestly, I think you are paying for the St Tropez name. There are other products on the market which are virtually the same but a fraction of the price. Nice if you can afford it, otherwise I'd look elsewhere!
St Tropez is a well known brand in the self-tanning world. At around £25 for a small 120ml bottle, it does not come cheap but in this case, you definitely do get what you pay for. Having tried lots of self tans in the past, many of which make me very orange and very streaky, St Tropez was like striking gold (or bronze!) in the self-tan department.
==What you get==
The packaging for St Tropez is very basic and they tend to change it every so often. The lotion comes in 120ml or 240ml bottles, the larger bottle has a pump on it (see photo on dooyoo), the smaller has a flip lid whereby you can squeeze the lotion out. The pump action is much better as you can control how much you need much more easily than the flip lid.
==How to apply==
First things first, you NEED rubber gloves of some description or be at risk of looking like an orangutan for the rest of the week. Unlike many fake tans which are white in colour and develop to a fake orange colour, St Tropez lotion is brown and boy do you look you've been rolling around in the mud when you put it on. I have a bath and then apply it before I go to bed. There is "step 1 and step 2" which comes before the fake tan lotion (which is step 3), they are exfoliate and moisturise but I've always had variable results using the moisturiser so don't bother with it.
Unlike many other tans, the less you rub St Tropez into your skin, the better the results. You need to stroke it on in as few strokes as possible and yes you will look streaky and patchy, but be aware this fake tan washes off the next day (unlike most where by it is best to rub in as best as possible).
Be aware of hands, feet, wrists and ankles, they need MUCH LESS lotion than other areas and these areas need rubbing in and wiping down to make sure you get an even tan.
Make sure the tan is fully dry then sleep in old Pyjamas and try to limit how much skin is exposed to bed sheet in the night. This last part is tricky but I have never found St Tropez to permanently stain the bed sheets or pyjamas, they definitely do need a wash after though.
The smell isn't too bad compared to many other false tans. I think it smells of biscuits. My husband hates the smell so I warn him in advance of tan night :)
Next morning, or as long as you can leave the tan to develop, wash the tan off gently in the bath or shower and pat dry. You should have a streak free bronzed tan.
I find the tan is nicest about 36 hours after application. If I want a tan for a Saturday, I apply the lotion on the Thursday night as it looks better on the Saturday than on the Friday if that makes sense?
One of the ingredients in St Tropez is a green pigment which allows the tan to develop to be brown/bronze rather than orange. Out of all the false tans I have ever used this is the most natural and people occasionally will say how well I look when I have used it. It is a bit pricey but I would rather use this than any other brand of fake tan, although I have heard Fake Bake is very similar in terms of results.
The downsides are that you can't apply it and walk out of the door (well you could but you might get some strange looks) - it can be a bit messy but in terms of the results it gives, I can't recommend it highly enough.
I am a self confessed fake tan addict. I have tried most of the products on the market, across the price spectrum, and including all types of formulations...sprays, foams, lotions etc.
St. Tropez is easily one of the most well known fake tan brands and it has the reputation of being the best, but is it really worth the hype?
* Smells quite nice on application, doesn't smell as bad as some of the cheaper tans while developing
* Leaves a nice, natural golden brown colour
* Lasts a long time
* Doesn't wear away as patchy as some of the cheaper tans
* Quite easy for it to streak, you need to make sure you really rub it in well, but the instant tint of the product makes this simple enough to do
* Fairly pricey, but I really do think you get what you pay for when it comes to fake tans
* Stains clothes, it is one of the worst fake tans that I've ever used for this
In my opinion it is one of the best products on the market. I wouldn't necessarily say it was THE best, there are others out there that definitley stand in good competition, namely Xen Tan, but this is good. Yes it has some down sides, but I am yet to find a cheap tanner that you can just slap on, dress and go with no residual smell. St. Tropez is one of the closest to the perfect fake tans around though!
The classic original lotion for a natural-looking, long-lasting deep tan / St. Tropez' original, salon-inspired formula is specially created to give you the richest, deepest tan / Infused with aloe vera and long lasting color, simply smooth on to deliver an ultra-even tan / St. Tropez' innovative Aromaguard fragrance technology eliminates the tell-tale self tan aroma by a minimum of 70% and instead gives a beautiful subtle, yet refreshing fragrance / Created by St. Tropez, the tanning experts you trust to get it right / So whatever your skin type it's easy to use for the most natural looking, ultimate tan / Golden Rules: Exfoliate with St. Tropez Body Polish before moisturising dry areas thoroughly with St. Tropez Body Moisturiser (elbows, knees, ankles and feet) / Help protect light eyebrows and hairline with a little extra moisturizer / Then, smooth on from top to toe taking great care not to rub as this can make your tan uneven / Once you've got coverage, wait until touch dry before getting dressed / Try not to get wet, or sweat, for at least four hours / Finally, shower off to reveal a perfectly golden, natural looking tan / To maintain, re-apply a couple of times a week, nourish daily with St. Tropez Body Moisturiser and smooth with regular exfoliation for ultimate results /