The Easiest Summer Glow Ever? St Tropez In-Shower Self Tanner Review

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St Tropez In Shower Sunless Tanner

I'm mostly English and Irish, which means that despite the smattering of Potawatomi Indian in my blood, I'm very fair complected. I gave up on laying out years ago, I don't seem to change color at all in the sun. I might burn a little, and I'll develop clumpy freckles that are unflattering (no, they are not the cute smatterings of freckles. These are big clumps that from more than a foot away look like melasma. It's not cute).

But a little bit of a tan? Heh, not so much.

So, I mostly follow my mom's lead, and wear a lot of sunscreen to avoid the blotches of freckles. My mom has stayed out of the sun and slathered us with sunscreen in the 1980's when everyone else had tanning beds in their basement. The results are obvious, she definitely looks younger than her friends who spent a lot of time achieving the perfect tan.

Michael Kors Spring 2014

Those images right there. They are 100% the reason why I can't give up the idea of having a tan. It is all the fault of Michael Kors. His ads always feature models with a jet set lifestyle, wearing clothes that I want, and just the right amount of tan.

So, while I'm usually pale, every now and then I decide to give self tanners a shot again. In the past I've done well with traditional self tanners like Beautisol and Clarins. They don't turn my skin orange, and I didn't have problems with streaking. But the products take a while to apply and then dry. I don't have time for that! I've also tried gradual tanning lotions like the Jergens lotion, but who wants to smell like self tanner every day? And I admit that these products have turned me orange and had a surprising number of streaks. Last year I was really excited about Josie Maran's Self Tanning Body Wash. It was something that only added a few minutes to my daily routine and did give me some color. But the difference was subtle and it took 4 uses (and half of an expensive bottle of product) before even I noticed anything.

I was still excited about the new St. Tropez In-Shower tanner, despite the less than stellar experience with Josie Maran. This product came out earlier this year in the UK and has been selling out, there were some advance online reviews that had good things to say... so when it finally came to stores in early June, I stalked ULTA until it was available. And then I bought 2.

This product is pretty easy to use. I use it at the very end of my shower, after I've shaved and washed everything. First I put a hair mask in my hair and clip it up and out of the way so it won't drip onto my body. Then I shut off the water and use my hands to remove most of the water from my body. I start at my ankles and start applying the product, using my hands to apply product in a circular motion. I use simply work my way up my body. I did the tops of my feet and the backs of my hands last, and then turned on the water briefly to rinse the product off of my palms. Then I stood here, a little cold, for 3 minutes. This would be a great time to have a song to listen to, or brush teeth (if you do that in the shower), etc. Personally, I just stood there and thought about things I needed to do. At the end of 3 minutes you rinse off the product, though I've read online that you can leave it on longer, so I've started waiting more like 5 minutes. Note that you do need to use your hands a bit to get all of it off, you don't want to leave any on as you'll get blotchy. I just patted myself dry. I wasn't sure if I could apply lotion or not, but the product is pretty hydrating so I just skipped that step.

After my shower I did feel like I had applied a light lotion. I didn't smell anything on my skin at all, and over the course of the day I noticed that my skin was slowly adding a bit of color. The color isn't orange at all, instead it is a very natural looking glow! I definitely had more glow in 1 use than after using most of a bottle of the Josie Maran body wash. Note, that I used about 1/4 of the bottle in my first use. Since that time I've used it twice more just on my legs, which I would like to be a little darker. That's taken much less product. My glow isn't streaky or blotchy at all. The hands and feet do seem to get a little darker than the rest of the body, so I apply less product there and apply to those areas last.

I do think that I'll be using this self tanner throughout the summer. It's a pretty easy to use and fast way to add some color! If you want a dark tan, it would probably be a good idea to start with a darker, more traditional self tanner and then use this product to keep the tan, rather than using up an entire bottle with many uses to get to your desired color.

What sunless tanner are you using? Have you found a great product?

You can buy the St Tropez In-Shower Self Tanner at ULTA, Sephora, QVC or St. Tropez.

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Amy in StL said...

Why would you not put this on at the beginning of your shower? Since I'm likely to only do my legs, I'm thinking I could use the handheld shower to rinse my legs then apply the product and let it sit while I brushed my teeth and maybe sudsed my face before getting in the shower to finish up.

Christine Mikesell said...

If you aren't planning to shave that would probably be ok. I think in what I read they did suggest the end of the shower in part because the penetration of the product is better when your skin has been wet for a bit, sort of like shaving is better after you've been in the shower for a while? Truthfully, I'm one of those girls that can't stand having any hair on my legs at all, so I shave every time I'm shower (I'm going to the derm next week for my first laser hair removal session on my legs actually), so I can't do it in that order.

Miki Nyckel said...

Hmmm, well it certainly sounds tempting! But putting on a quick dry self tanner seems just as easy, if not easier. I'm absolutely in love with Tanwise, but it gives me the darkest color possible, comparable to every tanning product out there. This shower product does sound great too, a very interesting concept. I agree though, as an add on. So much for so little ... not worth it.

Jenny T said...

I've been using the St. Tropez in-shower tanner for several weeks, and I think I love it! The color is beautiful and I love being able to apply it in the shower and then rinse it off. I have also found I don't need to moisturizer until later in the day when I use it. Also, I have to wait until I'm done with my hair or just put my hair up and skip washing my hair when I use it. The first time I tried it, I rinsed out my conditioner at the same time I was rinsing off the tanner, and it left huge streaks of untan, like the product ran off in rivulets down my legs. The nice thing about rinsing off the product is I don't get any transfer to furniture or sheets, or clothing with this product, and I just find it easier to apply in the shower.

Christine Mikesell said...

I have left the hair mask on until after rinsing all of the St Tropez off, then rinsed off my hair. I haven't had any streaks!

I did use St. Tropez's foaming tanner yesterday to deepen the color, and it did work, but I like the color of the in-shower a little more, it's a bit more natural for my pale skin.

Sherry P said...

Christine, I also have the lovely large "spots" although I tan easily. Does the in shower tan product make the spots larger? Thanks for the post, I may just have to try this :)

Christine Mikesell said...

I don't currently have any big clumps of freckles, but in the past sunless tanners haven't done anything to them either way. You should be fine!

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