No secret that I love to be tan. I was pampered in North Carolina for the past 4 years since it was sunnier and warmer for more months out of the year. Now I'm back in CT and I honestly think I'm one of those people with seasonal depression. I need my vitamin D!
It only started getting warm in the past few days, so I've resorted to popping a vitamin D pill and applying self tanner to get me in the mood for summer. My personal favorite sunless tanning brand is St. Tropez, and it never fails me. I've been using the Classic Bronze Lotion for about 2 years now, and recently I've started using the Self Tan Express Bronze Mousse.
The classic lotion is great and I highly recommend it, but if you're looking for a darker tan, opt for the Express Mousse. I've included a picture below of my legs before/after applying the mousse. I sincerely apologize for how blinding white I am in the before picture!!
So here's what I do: before I use St. Tropez, I exfoliate. This usually consists of dry brushing OR using Frank Body scrub or Bliss Body Scrub. Obviously the goal is to get all the dead, dry, winter skin off so the tan can last longer. Then, towel off and make sure you're completely dry. To apply the self tanner, I use the St. Tropez Applicator Mitt. This ensures that you're hands don't get discolored, and that the tan goes on evenly.
I always start with my legs, and work my way up. I use two to three pumps on each body section, and make sure to rub it in very carefully as to not be patchy. BE CAREFUL AROUND YOUR FEET AND ANKLES! It's really easy for them to look fake!
I go through every body part and do some weird twisting to get my back nice and tan....obviously it's easier to ask someone to do your back.
Now, the face. It's totally up to you if you want to use this on your face or not, depending on the face makeup you use. St. Tropez has their own products specifically for your face, so it's your call if you want to buy those as well, but I prefer to just use the same product as my body. I'm not wearing foundation anymore, so it honestly works as a base for my skin! I put a small squirt of mousse on my tanning mitt, and then apply it on my face, paying careful attention to bring it into my hairline and my neck. Less is more, so start with a small amount and if you feel like you need more, then add a little bit at a time.
The tan lasts a few days; it depends on which product you use and your showering habits. I don't really self-tan during the week, though. Mostly just weekends when I know I'm going to be going out and seeing people.
St. Tropez is the first tanning product that I've used that actually make you look healthy and not fake. It works very well with my skin tone, too. That being said, obviously each product works differently on different people, so take all my opinions with a grain of salt! All the women I work with are now using St. Tropez; it's addictive!