Now that bikini season (and warm weather, hopefully) is approaching, it’s time to get your glow on — the safe way. My favorite self-tanner is this bronzing mousse from St. Tropez. I find it super easy to use – just make sure to use the bronzing mitt so your hands don’t turn brown! If you don’t have a mitt, I use a shower cap to apply the mousse.
To apply, make sure you exfoliate in the shower first, taking extra care of your elbows and knees. Then, apply your regular body lotion to moisturize. Wait until it has been absorbed, and then use the St. Tropez miracle. I like to use lotion beforehand so I don’t go TOO overboard on the self-tanner; it prevents any major streaking issues. To start bronzing, do certain sections of your body at a time. I like to start with my legs and work up so I don’t mess up my arms while trying to reach down to tan my feet. I typically use 1-2 pumps of the mousse for each arm/shoulder, and about 3 for my legs. Start with a small amount and work up to the level of bronzed-goddessness you would like to be. 🙂 I buff it on in circles and rub in until it’s absorbed. Make sure to do a double check for streaks before moving on to the next section. And move fast – this stuff will dry in about 60 seconds!
A few tips…You can dress after you apply, but I recommend avoiding any light colors. Also, the instructions say to wait several hours before sweating or showering, so I typically do this process in the evening after my shower. By the time you wake up and shower in the morning, you will be glowing. The picture below is from my birthday last summer – I used my St. Tropez mousse to give my summer tan a major boost. And for those interested – both of the dresses below are from Forever 21. I got the black leather one on sale for 20 bucks!
What is your favorite safe-tanning product?