I would call myself a somewhat regular user of self-tanner, especially in the spring, but if I forget to use it I’m not too bothered. In other words, I don’t feel like I *need* it, but I do like the way it makes my skin look especially when I’m coming out of winter!
I shared a post about my favorite tanning products last year, but I wanted to update what I’m still loving and some newer products I’ve tried as well!
All of these products will stain your hands, so make sure to wash with soap after using lotion, and use a mitt when applying any mousse products!
St. Tropez Self Tan Purity Bronzing Water Mousse is at the top of my list for ease of use and performance. It has a very pleasant, mild scent that is NOT like the self-tanner scent we all know and hate. You don’t need to wash it off after a certain time either, you simply apply and live your life. I love that!
St. Tropez Gradual Tan Watermelon Infusion Body Lotion has been my favorite lotion to maintain a tan. It is a little bit darker than the original gradual tan in the light/medium formula. Sometimes I mix a bit of this with my non-tanning regular moisturizer to cut the intensity a bit!
I was nervous to use the St. Tropez Self Tan Extra Dark Bronzing Mousse when it was sent as a press sample. This requires washing after applying depending on how long you want to let the product sit on your skin. You can leave it on for up to 8 hours, but I have only ever left if on for a total of 3! The color is very natural, not too orange (it almost looks a bit green when you apply it actually!!), and doesn’t leave a strong scent behind either!
I’ve tried the Tan Luxe drops for face and body too! I like them, but I have to say I prefer using anything by St. Tropez more. The scent with these two products is a bit noticeable, however, I love that you can control the amount of tan based on the drops AND that you can mix it with your favorite moisturizer!
I haven’t tried any drugstore tanning products since my horrible experience with the Jergens Natural Glow Wet skin moisturizer. It was unbelievably streaky, I was so embarrassed!
Overall, I’ve found the system that works best for me is to shave my legs and use a body scrub before I’m going to apply any self-tanner. And it seems to look best on day 2! So, for example, if I have an event or something on Friday, I would apply the self-tanner on Wednesday.