I feel pasty. And very pale. Almost transparently so. Gone are the summer days and my savage tan (no actual savages were harmed in the making of my tan, by the way). I’m lucky to have some Italian heritage in my blood, and with that, an olive complexion that hardly ever burns and tans very easily. In high school, I used to joke with my much paler best friend that her summer “tan” was my “winter color”. But these days, I’m feeling her pain. Or at least her pale.
Luckily I have an ally in the war against the whiter shades of pale. For years I searched and searched for a self-tanner that I liked. Or could even tolerate. Tolerate, you ask? Yes. Tolerate. Notoriously, self tanners have had consistent issues that, for me, made them unusable: streaking, fake looking color, difficult to apply and the smell. They always smelled awful. The smell may have been the biggest issue of all for me.
However, a few years ago, I read an online review for St. Tropez Sunless tanning products. It almost sounded too good to be true. They claimed that the mousse was the easiest to use (St. Tropez has lots of products, including a spray too). It was apparently hard to mess up the application. If applied as directed, streaking was almost eliminated. The color was legitimate and also varied (they had light to dark color options). And the best yet, the smell wasn’t totally offensive. So I bought some from Amazon (I chose the dark mousse but they offer a light version) and decided to give it a try.
And guess what? I LOVED it. It is pretty easy to apply and even easier when using their specially designed mitt and while you can make it streak, it’s not nearly as streak-prone as other self-tanners I’ve tried (especially if you have exfoliated and/or done used a body brush beforehand). The color looks extremely realistic and the smell? Not so bad! I don’t know if it’s just me or if this happens to everyone, but there is a scent that just comes from sunless tanning. Period. My guess is it’s from the chemical reaction on my skin. So I’ll likely never be able to escape that. But at least the actual product smells kind of nice.
Some people choose to use their product that’s formulated for the face. Not me – I use the mousse on my face too, because I feel that the color match is better (the face tanner of theirs never seemed to tan my face in the same color tones as the rest of my skin). But I’ve heard others say it works great.
So for those of you not blessed with a trust fund to enable a visit the isles once a month this time of year (I’m in the not blessed group) and you’re hoping to avoid blending in with the snow entirely, go try it out. St. Tropez has no idea I’m pumping them up, but I’m sure they’d appreciate the biz. And you’ll appreciate not being mistaken for a snowman. You’re welcome.