One of the hardest parts of winter is losing that summer glow we worked so hard to build up over the course of three months. As the days become more frigid, our sun kissed skin begins to fade slowly but surely as we return our normal selves. In some cases, this means our pale & pastey winter selves.
We all know the dangers of tanning. You’ve heard it a million times. Yet so many women still choose to hit the tanning booth to avoid the impact of the winter weather on their skin. While it may temporarily have a positive effect on your self esteem, it is having an even worse long term effect on your body.
So what are the best options if you’re not willing to risk skin cancer and early wrinkles? Many go for a spray tan or self tan. A good spray tan can cost you up to 70-90 dollars and will last for anywhere from a few days to a week. These are the higher quality spray tans. They are pricey and can’t be afforded on a regular basis. Then you have the downgraded spray tan; the orange, streaky crap you find at most tanning salons. You go in pale, come out looking like an oompa loompa. No one’s going for that style these days. What about self tanner? If you’re not careful with it, you will look like a wrinkled Dorito. I’ll never forget when self tanning mousse first hit the shelves of CVS. My Mom and I ran out to get some as we were eager to experiment. Said experiment left me unable to wear capri pants (hey, those were cool in the 8th grade) for two weeks until the dark orange stain washed off. At that point, I was thankful for flare jeans and the fact that I hadn’t decided to test drive it on my arms. The formula of self tanning products have definitely improved since then but I still have been hesitant to use them ever since my scarring middle school experience.
With an upcoming wedding in California, I knew something had to be done. I was destined to be the palest person at the party and my dress was a little too skin baring for that. I’m too wise now to step foot into the tanning booth (and too poor) so I decided to take my Super Bowl box winnings to Sephora and find the best self tanner I could find. I had heard good things about the brand St. Tropez . I used to have the face lotion back in the day but rarely used it regularly enough for it to have a solid effect. They have a range of different products such as mousse, gradual tan lotion, or in-shower gel. I decided to go with the gradual tan cream. Similar to the popular Jergens product, this cream builds a tan over the course of multiple uses. This sounded safe enough to me. I still have a fear of tanning mousse so I decided to forego that option. I purchased the lotion and a tanning mitt and wished myself luck as I exited the store.
I had never been so excited to shower before. I jumped out of the shower, dried myself & applied the lotion in circular motions all over my body using the mitt. The mitt is supposedly key so that you don’t end up with streaks over your body. It helps spread the lotion more evenly than if you used your own hands. The results? I’ve been using it for a week and definitely have seen a difference. You know the products working when you realized you missed a spot so the rest of your arm is tanner than that part (oops)… Overall, it’s been a life saver on short notice and I’ve had minimal streaks using the mitt. The color is perfect. It looks like a completely natural tan and hasn’t made me look like a pumpkin. It’s good to know that there is a safe product out there that works really well. $30 on an everyday lotion that moisturizes your skin AND tans at the same time or $20 for 10 minutes at your local Beach Bum with the risk of skin cancer? I’d say your $30 is going a lot farther with St. Tropez gradual tan.
Purchase here: St Tropez Gradual Tan @ Sephora