I had to be tanned for work this week – and I wasn’t. The make-up team gave me St Tropez Express Advanced Bronzing Mousse – and I was to apply it myself. Working in very humid conditions, an eight hour development was not ideal. The express version of the classic St Tropez mousse – that I’ve loved for over a decade – develops quickly. I exfoliated with a glove, moisturised my feet and knees and got to work.
St Tropez’s Self Tan Express Advanced Bronzing Mousse seems to have no self-tan smell. It also doesn’t leave a sticky residue on the skin. It contains no Parabens, Sulphates or Phthalates – and does contain 100% natural tanning agents. The tan result was streak free and natural.
Exfoliate – I usually use a grainy exfoliator such as St Tropez Optimiser Body Polish. Here I used gloves with a shower gel.
Moisturise – Moisturise feet, hands, elbows and knees to create a partial barrier with a lotion such as ARK Skincare’s Nourishing Body Lotion.
Use a mitt – The St Tropez Mitt not only projects your palms from becoming an intense golden brown, but also blends tan perfectly. A mitt is the key to a flawless finish.
Depending on the depth of tan that you want to achieve, leave on for 1 hour to see a light colour, 2 hours to see a medium colour and 3 hours to see a dark colour. Results will depend on initial skin colour. If you already have colour and want to deepen it slightly – 1 hour is probably best. I left it on for just under three hours.
During the week I topped up with Dove’s Soft Shimmer Nourishing Lotion in Medium/Dark.
To buy –
St Tropez Express Advanced Bronzing Mousse 200ml is £33.00 with free worldwide delivery HERE
St Tropez Applicator Mitt £3.57 with free worldwide delivery HERE
*I’ve just seen that ASOS offer a free mitt with the tan for £33.00 HERE*
In terms of sunscreen this week which is always a hot topic for me I can’t recommend Dead Sea Spa Magik Sunsafe SPF50 enough – 8 hours of waterproof protection. I would happily use this product on children – it’s easy to apply and kind to the skin – giving high UVA protection as well as UVB.