After I mentioned my favorite self-tanner here, I’ve gotten some questions about how to use it so I thought I would do a tutorial. This will probably be TOO informative because when dealing with self-tanner, I think it’s better to know too much than too little so I’m going to write this as if I were explaining it to my sister. Because y’all know sisters tell all.
I get the biggest bottle (the 8 oz.) and it usually lasts me a year. I’ve been using St. Tropez for 5 years now. My law school roommate, Haley, introduced me to it and said all of her Ole Miss sorority sisters used it in college. So thanks for spreading the beauty secret knowledge, y’all.
Step 1: take a shower and exfoliate really well. Then dry off completely.
I usually use St. Tropez the night before I want to be tan. It lasts for about two days but fades with every shower so if I have a wedding Saturday I usually do this Friday night. Even though it fades with every shower, but is never “splotchy / dotty” like spray tans can be when they come off. This will just gradually get lighter.
I’ve also put this on my legs RIGHT before walking out the door to go to a wedding. So, you can do it the day of, but I wouldn’t recommend it. St. Tropez has some odor, not bad, but it’s not perfume. Plus, you never want to risk being caught in the rain since it needs to be dry for 4 hours to “set.” So after you put it on, don’t shower, go to the gym, or work up a sweat on the dance floor for at least 4 hours. Just… do it the night before. I’ve never had a problem with it getting on my sheets. But if it does it will wash out.
Step 2: apply the foam wherever you want to be tan.
right before bed (or really just when I know I’m not going to see anybody the rest of the day) I rub the foam on as if it’s lotion. I like this self tanner because you can see exactly how it is going to dry and can make sure it’s even. The foam makes the whole “streaky/ uneven” thing a non-issue.
You can give it a few seconds for it to dry and then apply another coat if you want. It just depends how dark you want it. More coats = darker. It also gets a little darker over night. But when you wake up and take a shower in the morning you’re left with just the right amount of tan.
I put it on the tops of my hands and on the tops of my fingers. And the tops of my feet.
and the underside of my arms
do NOT put it on the palms of your hands. Also, this is why the glove is SO KEY. I used this product for 3 years before getting the glove and it’s SUCH a game changer.
If you don’t get a glove and just use your hands wash them IMMEDIATELY after applying – even then, you’ll have to scrub really hard (and for a pretty long time) and it will get on your towels when you dry your hand off. It washes out of the towels, but the point is, the glove makes it so much less of a hassle to put on. And requires no clean up.
yep – I even put it on my face
put it everywhere you would put bronzer. (i.e. don’t put it between your nose and top lip because it might make it look like you have a mustache – or if you do put it there just put put a tiny bit. But the rest of your face, have at it.)
don’t forget to put it on your neck/ chest so you can’t tell where the white ends and the tan begins. That’s it! You’re done!
I wear my normal pajamas because if it gets on anything it will just wash out. It might be different for different people but for me it washes completely off in 2 days.
This is the best product I’ve found to keep me tan. Tanning beds give you wrinkles, and cancer, and so does the sun. I just wear sunscreen anytime I’m at the beach or by the pool, and use St. Tropez to make it look like I have a tan. They actually just passed a law in North Carolina that says minors aren’t allowed in tanning beds! Say what!? I wish that law had been in Mississippi ten years ago. Maybe I would’t have looked like an oompa loompa at my prom.
If you have any other questions about this feel free to email me or ask in the comments below. Hope you’re enjoying the unofficial start to summer and thank you so much for reading!