May 17, 2017

Self-Tanner Reviews: St. Tropez, Dr. Dennis Gross & Tan Luxe

Self Tanner Reviews: St. Tropez, Dr. Dennis Gross & Tan luxe
Self tanning season is here! We're hitting the 90s here in the city so it's time to shave my legs lol and put a little color on them. I enjoy JERGENS® Natural Glow® lotion to slowly build up some color but thought I'd give some other self-tanner options a go to see if I could find a new fave. Here are some I tried along with my thoughts:

Tan-Luxe Hydra Mousse Hydrating Self-Tan Mousse $57- "The ultra-hydrating transparent tanning mousse is formulated with a unique blend of skincare-grade Vitamins B, C and E, Raspberry Seed Oil and naturally derived tanning actives to deliver a natural looking tan. The light, whipped foam works with skin's natural melanin to create a flawless tan that mimics your unique skin tone, and leaves skin ultra-hydrated with a spot-free, smudge-proof application." Never tried a mousse before so was curious. Also kind of fun that it's clear! There are two shades. I went with Light/Medium that was a nice gradual color. The first time I applied I was a bit liberal since I hadn't used a mousse and it was a bit too orange. I went with much smaller amount (pictured above) and that was much more appealing. Wasn't super hydrating, I had to wait to layer with a lotion.

St. Tropez Gradual Tan Tinted Body Lotion $30 - "For an instant hint of bronze that illuminates the skin. Gradually builds to create a healthy sun-kissed glow. Instant skin perfecting coverage to blur imperfections. Reapply daily, or as desired, to build your depth of tan. Lightweight, streak-free and easy to apply. No self tan smell, with our new mood-boosting fragrance." St. Tropez is one of the go-to's so have been curious to finally get my hands on one. I will say that it is one of the better smelling options although it looks absolutely gross poured out lol. The first time I used it I went with a light application to make sure I didn't look scary but not much changed so I went more thorough the next time. You definitely need to build up the color as I was surprised how light it was at first. The lotion is rather thick and sticky compared to Jergens.

Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta® Glow Pad for Body $45 - "Reinvent self-tanning with these pre-dosed, no-mess pads that prep skin with a streak-free tan and smooth, exfoliated skin. The pads exfoliate for a smooth, even application and to reveal glowing, revitalized skin. Packed with antioxidants and exfoliants, skin is nourished and energized, and the micro-encapsulated tanning agents penetrate the skin's surface to resist fading and prolong your glow." I like these wipes and they are large enough to cover all the areas of the body. Color is revealed in a few hours after application. Your skin is dry after application (unlike with lotions) but I'd still wait to put on clothes to ensure that it's fully absorbed and won't rub off. These do give more of an "orange" glow than I prefer but the color lasts with just one application. I wish they had different shade options like a light rather than my fair skin jumping to a medium overnight.

Which self tanning products do you prefer to use?

Disclosure: This post features some products sent for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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