Bit of a mouthful that title isn’t it?!
I’m a complete tanning novice with only a few orange streaky applications of Dove Summer Glow under my belt when I was around 15 years old.
This year, what with the heatwaves we had, I felt confident enough to wear shorts but that meant I’d have to expose my milk bottle legs to the world. I did and I felt fine doing this but I was so jealous of all the girls with gorgeous tanned legs. Plus I’d managed to acquire some interesting tan lines on my feet which look friggin’ awful!
I actually first saw this gradual tan on YouTube, I watched a couple of vids from people who’d reviewed it and thought I’d give it a go. To be honest though, looking back, these girls who reviewed the product were already quite tanned to start with…
This product appealed to me as I’m mega lazy and it claimed to work BEFORE a shower and take one minute to do so. I could so easily fit it into my daily routine no probs, my prayers had been answered!
Here’s what St Tropez claim on their website:
The World’s first One Minute Pre-Shower Tanning Mousse is the most convenient way to an everyday sunkissed glow. Simply apply to dry skin daily and shower off after just 1 minute for a subtle golden glow from day one. Reapply daily, or leave on longer for a deeper glow.
I WAS SOLD.
*Just a note to do a test patch the day before you use this product in case you are allergic to it*
To apply this mousse was really nice and easy if I’m honest. It comes out as a white fluffy mousse and when you put it onto your skin it’s white too which makes application much easier as you can see where you’ve applied it.
There was a slight smell on application but it reminded me of shampoo rather than biscuit-y tan smell which was quite nice tbh! It also soaked into my skin really quickly.
St Tropez say on their website that you can leave it on for up to 5 minutes so that you get a deeper glow so I thought I’d try make the most of the product.
After 4 minutes I hopped into the shower and washed my body with my usual shower gel.
Throughout the day I kept checking my legs to see if anything was developing but didn’t really notice anything…
After sleeping with the product on, I woke up to my legs looking, not so tan-like, but as if the product had evened out my skin tone. Which was good but I was expecting more of a little glow.
I could also smell the dreaded biscuit-y smell… BUT there was no transfer on my pyjamas or bed sheets.
Onto the next application…
Before I had my usual shower of the day I stuck another layer on my legs, waited the full 5 minutes this time and then showered it off.
During the day I did notice a very very slight tan beginning to develop but I wouldn’t really call it a tan if I’m honest.
When I woke up this morning I REALLY wanted to see lovely tanned legs and they just weren’t there… I would say that it definitely evened out the skin tone of my legs but again, no real tan to shout about.
I decided to give it one last try as it is a gradual tan after all and I guess the results I’ve got are gradual…
So again, I applied another layer of the tan before my morning shower, waited 5 minutes then washed it off.
I did notice this time during the day that a bit of colour developed! THANK THE LORD!
I don’t think gradual tanners are for me, I’m faaaaaaar too impatient! This product did even out my skin tone and gave me a very slight tan but I don’t think it’s for me.
What doesn’t work for one person may work for another though and I do think it’s worth a shot.
I think I’m going to give St Tropez’s Self Tan Express Bronzing Mousse a go next. Has anyone used it or got any recommendations for other self tans?