5/17/13

My Self-Tanning Routine! St. Tropez Mousse Tutorial

Over the past few years as a fair-skinned gal, I definitely haven't been about looking majorly "tan". I look back at photos of my high school and college days and absolutely CRINGE. I definitely should have embraced my pale-ness and maybe stepped it up a few shades for a bit of a bronze glow. But wow... looking cooked and fake baked is never a good look. Although at the time, I'm sure I thought it was amazing. Tanning beds should be against the law, just saying.

Oh well, you live and you learn. For me, I have a history of skin cancer in my family. So for years, I've taken my skin's health very seriously and gotten skin cancer screenings every 6 months. I cannot tell you how many biopsies and small surgeries I've had on "abnormal" moles.
Countless. I'm serious.
For me, I don't have moles that are raised. Just what appear to be flat "freckles" that are a bit darker. Those are the ones my dermatologist takes seriously because of my history, and the fact that some of mine haven't been "harmless".

So after going through that, I never UV tan. Totally not worth it. Plus, I like the idea of keeping my skin young-looking. So self-tanners are the way to go.
My issue is that I HATE applying them. They always stain my clothes and look unnatural in a few days.

Praise goodness I've found one that works perfectly for me! I'm so excited to share it with you guys!



Here are the products I use for a flawless and natural-looking faux glow:

St Tropez Bronzing Mousse
St Tropez Application Mitt (You NEEED the Mitt. Trust me on this.)
Jergens Natural Glow Revitalizing Daily Moisturizer (Revitalizing Formula) Medium-Tan shade
Jergens Natural Glow SPF 20 Facial Moisturizer in Medium-Tan
(Pre-tan: Nivea Express Hydration)

Because self-tanning can be tricky, I decided that rather than describe how to apply it (which can lead to trouble where this topic is concerned), I'd actually SHOW you. To see how I apply these and for all my tips, check out my video tutorial below!




What are YOUR favorite self-tanning products??

18 comments:

  1. My fav self tanner is probably Bare Essentials Faux Tan (in the white bottle)

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  2. I'm too much of a wuss to try fake tanning in case I end up with streaks everywhere haha :') I think I'll just have to embrace my paleness :) x

    louiseloveslipstick.blogspot.co.uk

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  3. I just ordered a new mousse tanner this week and was wondering how best to use it, so this tutorial came at the perfect time! This will make it a lot less scary.

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  4. the loreal sublime bronze absolutly love!!!
    xoxo

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  5. Thanks so much for this tutorial! I regret ever using tanning beds and I have recently started using self-tanners because, when I think about it, I don't want to end up looking like the lady on "There's Something About Mary" and more importantly I definitely do not want to get skin cancer. I use Jergen's but now I want to try this St. Tropez! Thanks so much!

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  6. Thanks for talking about this topic! I had a melanoma removed when I was 21...and like you, visit the derm every 6 months and routinely have biopsies taken. I haven't completely learned to embrace the pale so I rely on Sun labs sunless tanner. I've tried the St. Tropez lotion and wasn't crazy about it. I'll have to give the mousse a try.

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  7. I definitely needed this tutorial! So thankful you did it!!

    xo, Jordan
    opalandviolet.com

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  8. Thanks for the tips! It was very insightful :)
    x

    www.MyStyleGlobe.blogspot.com

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  9. I use Banana Boat Endless Summer for dark skin. I like to mix it with a regular body lotion and I never look streaky, its a daily build-able tan.

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  10. Thank you for the demo. I use Jergens, but after a few uses, I see patches all over my neck and chest, so I try not to use it a lot. Otherwise, I like how it does not stain clothes.

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  11. Great tutorial -- self-tanners kind of freak me out, so seeing how the mitt works helps a lot! Do you use the mitt when you put on the Jergens, also? -Liz

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  12. Tiffany does the jergens stain the palms of your hands?

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  13. Do you apply the Jergen's face moisturizer every day? Do you also use your regular face moisturizer before you apply your foundation?

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  14. I use Sun Labs with Latex Gloves. Works wonderfully. I have the same skin tone as Tiffany, and the Sun Labs finishes in the same color as St. Tropez, but comes out darker initially. (Which I find helps with application AND you get immediate color!)
    I have extremely sensitive skin on my Face (i.e. I change my pillow case every 2 days) and use this product on my Face - no clogged pores and no breakouts!! (Applying from the outer corners into the center - helps with "HACing" as well)
    Hope this helps! Thanks for this Tiffany!!

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  15. I just started using the St. Tropez and I'm kind of disappointed. I'd say I'm your skin tone and well, I've applied for 3 days and don't look much different then when I started. I'm not looking for bronze goddess, but I'd like to look a little less like the alabaster disaster I feel like I'm portraying. I'm going to try using some Jergen's too, but I really hate how DHA-ish it smells. :|

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  16. Thanks for that video,it was really helpful.
    It's hard to get the Jergens products here in Germany and if you get them they're really overpriced.
    But now a friend will bring me some stuff from the USA. :) Can't wait to try it out.
    Hopefully it will work out so well like yours. ;)

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  17. This review is very helpful for me.i try to use.Fake Tan

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  18. Just stumbled upon "Pretend Tan" Over the years I have used them all and this is the best I've seen. Available in spray and mousse and comes with a mit to even things out. Great natural color.

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