Product Type: St. Tropez Sun Care
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King of the Fake Tan World
St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Lotion
Member Name: rosaliecullen
St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Lotion
Advantages: Really natural tan
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.
Summary: Great fake tan, wouldn't use anything else.
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