The season we all know and love, summertime will be upon us before we know it which means goodbye pasty white Ellie and hello summer glow. Unfortunately, I’m not one of these people that can just go in the sun and come back bronzed. Oh no, I could bake myself continuously for hours and come back a tiny bit pink. I also might add, I’ve studied the long term effects of sun damage in quite a lot of depth recently so I’m definitley a fan of self tanning creams as an alternative to that method too.
Ive experimented over the years with a number of different gradual tanning creams from drug store to high end. The St. Tropez Gradual Tan Classic is one of my favourite gradual tanning moisturisers to date and it’s one that I just keep coming back to. It is slightly more pricey than alternative drug store options but this one has proven it’s worth to me time and time again.
Some might not agree with me but for me personally, I’ve always been a fan of the formulas that St. Tropez use in their products and I have never been unhappy with the results they give. I’ve also worked with a number of St. Tropez products professionally with me being a beauty therapist and they’ve never failed me yet.
This is shade medium to dark which some of you may find quite odd because of my pale comlexion. I’ll be honest with you, I dont know what it is about my skin but any tanning products I use in light to medium will never work. I have no idea why this is but they make no difference to me whatsoever, it’s basically like not putting on anything at all when I’ve used them. Medium to dark seems to be the only tanning product of any brand (Ive tried an extensive amount over the years) that will give me some colour.
In the past, I’ve applied all kinds of false tanning foams, lotions etc weekly to keep some colour in my skin but over recent years, I’ve just not found the time to be able to keep up with this routine anymore. This is where gradual tanning products have come in really handy for me because I find it less messy and it has been something I can fit into my regular skincare routine.
The smell is a big thing when it comes to tanning products of all kinds because they can leave you smelling quite biscuity (oh yes, the aroma us gals know so well). I also think that it just screams ‘I’m wearing false tan’ so it’s a bit of a give away. The St. Tropez Gradual Tan actually smells rather sweet and there’s also something quite exotic about its aroma. Please don’t get me wrong, I would be lying if I said it wasnt biscuity at all. I would say about 4 or 5 hours after application, it will have ever such a slight hint of the biscuit smell but I wouldn’t say it’s that noticeable if I’m honest.
The colour pay off from using this is excellent, it doesn’t take long to build up a nice, subtle glow at all. I also think it looks quite natural, I’ve used some before that leave what I would describe as a shimmery residue on the skin which can look a bit false. I find the colour isn’t orangey, so I don’t look like I’ve been tango’d after a few applications which is great. Another issue that can occur with gradual tan moisturisers is, because they don’t have a base colour there can be risks of being patchy in places. I would say it’s important to make sure you cover everywhere so it’s probably a bit more time consuming to use these kind of products compared to a normal body moisturiser. I’ve never had issues with looking patchy with this product and I really like the consistency of it, it’s not too thick or runny.
This is a product that can always be found on my summer essetials shopping list. I think it’s a really good option to consider if you like to use faux tanning products. It’s always been a winner for me so I really wouldn’t hesitate in recommending this little beauty.
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