Staring out a window while social distancing might be a bummer, but you’ll always have sunshine in a bottle with these new self-tanning staples from St. Tropez!
Recently, I was lucky enough to receive the St. Tropez Purity Vitamins VoxBox complimentary from Influenster, just in time for spring! I don’t know about you, but I’m so ready to shed these winter blues and embrace the warm sunny days ahead, despite being under social isolation due to COVID-19. ☀️.
This winter was a tough one here in New York, let alone the fact we’re all being asked to practice social distancing by staying home. Your girl has been in some major need of Vitamin D, I’m giving Casper the Friendly Ghost a run for his money! I used to be an avid user of tanning beds, but know that they’re so bad for you. So instead, I’ve been opting for some more affordable self-tanning option.
I had been using the St. Tropez Gradual Tan Watermelon Infusion lotion that I received in a previous VoxBox. It quickly became a favorite and I’m already on my third bottle of it, so I had a lot of high expectations with this new lineup.
Here are my thoughts about the products. Reminder: All opinions are my own and all products were received complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.
I had been seeing a lot of bronzing water products hitting shelves recently and admittedly I was curious but a little skeptical. I was really excited to see this was included in this VoxBox and see for myself what the hype was.
The first thing I loved about this product was the scent: It has a citrus base, and doesn’t have that dreaded self-tan smell (a win-win!). It’s made with glow boosting Vitamins C & D and hyaluronic acid which helps hydrate the skin. After using the product consecutively for three days, I noticed that my skin was well moisturized, unlike using other self-tanners that seem to dry me out.
When it came to the color pay-off, I wasn’t impressed the first time I used it. The original color it developed into wasn’t drastic and didn’t look like I put any product on at all, until I noticed I didn’t blend it in well enough on my bicep (oops). However, with continued use I was able to achieve a natural glow, similar to the results I got with the Watermelon Gradual lotion.
The applicator nozzle deposits a very fine mist, which makes for application easier since it didn’t seem to absorb into the nooks and crannies like my elbows and ankles and you’re able to work quickly since it’s a liquid formula.
The key to a good self-tan is to invest in a solid applicator mitt. Friends don’t let friends have orange palms and there’s nothing more embarrassing that having Cheetoh-Paws.
I’ve used my fair share of mitts in the past, everything from the generic ones from Ulta to Loving Tan. I really like this one from St. Tropez because it’s double-sided and the velvet texture doesn’t absorb all the product. Even though it’s rather inexpensive compared to other mitts, I love the fact it’s washable and can be reused.
One of the trickiest part of achieving a flawless self-tan is blending your face to the rest of your body. Since self-tanners are highly pigmented, it’s never recommended to apply directly to the face, and often I just use whatever is remaining on my mitt.
St. Tropez has created a serum specifically for the face and within six hours, your face will be glowing like the rest of your body, all while staying hydrated with the same ingredients found in the bronzing water. Plus, it doesn’t block pores and I have more peace of mind knowing I’m not creating problems on my face by using the wrong products.
The serum has the same citrus scent as the water and its gel-like consistency melts into the skin. Similarly to the water, the first time application doesn’t deposit a ton of color, but with continued use you can achieve a glow in no time.
☀️ My current self-tan routine 🧴
My current self-tan routine has drastically been simplified courtesy of the St. Tropez Self-Tan Purity Vitamins products. Here’s a breakdown of how I achieve a gorgeous glow, even in quarantine!
- I like to self-tan twice a week, usually on Tuesdays and Thursdays because we love alliteration and it’s easy to remember
- Before showering, I dry-brush my entire body starting with my feet and working my way up to my chest by using long strokes towards the heart and by using clockwise motions on my stomach, ankles, knees, wrists and elbows. This acts as a way to stimulate the lymphatic system, helps cellulite and a first-line form of exfoliation
- When in the shower, I shave and exfoliate with a body scrub. My current favorite is the Brazilian Bod Buff from Sol de Janiero because it also acts as a mask
- Normally, prior to self-tanning I will apply a fragrance-free moisturizer to my ankles, knees, wrists and elbows, but with the St. Tropez Self-Tan Purity Vitamins products, I noticed this step isn’t necessary because the color doesn’t gather and deposit in my nooks and crannies!
- Once I’m towel-dried, I take the bronzing water and start with my lower half: I spray the water on my calves and thighs and quickly buff it in with the mitt. Then, I run the mitt over the tops of my feet, ankles and knees
- Working my way up, I apply more water on my stomach, chest and back and use the mitt to blend it in. Since this is a water, I mist my back and buff in where I can reach and can still ensure that I’m covered
- I finish by doing both arms (wrists up to shoulders and upper back/chest) and neck and topping it off by running the mitt over the back of my hands and create a claw-like formation to get in-between my fingers
- Since discovering the face serum, I use this after I have cleansed and toned my face on the same days I self-tan in the morning and evening. Since the serum melts into the skin, you can combine it with your moisturizer and use it as a BB cream
What are your favorite self-tan tips and tricks? Let me know in a comment!
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