Looking to get rid of the winter blues? Girl, get yourself a tan. Here’s the 411 on how to properly do an at-home St. Tropez tan in the dead of winter.
It’s winter here in New York, and your girl certainly isn’t above rocking the St. Tropez tan into the arctic tundra known as the Northeast. I’m usually St. Tropez’ing [is that a word? It is now!!] during the summer months- when my skin is moisturized to the max from all of the humidity. On the flip side, here we are in the dead of winter and dry skin is the norm. This results in some less than desirable skin cracking and dryness, which leads to the possibility of an inconsistent application of self tanner. In order to get a sick St. Tropez tan, your skin needs to be hydrated + prepped for bronzing to perfection. Here’s what has worked for me:
I have just recently become a massive fan of exfoliating as of recently, which is why I decided to bring Harper + Ari sugar scrubs into Lifetique. I was so excited to get my hands on these scrubs- as soon as they came I dropped everything I was doing and I took a shower to try them out. Not only do they all smell incredible (the Coconut is my favorite, Lemon is a close second) the best part about these cubes is they work double duty: first, to scrub away dead skin cells with their rough, sugar coated exterior. As you rub away the rough exterior of the cube, the inside contains a fab mix of Shea butter and aloe, leaving skin hydrated and ready for a flawless tan application. The inside of the cubes are like little soap cubes. I make sure to focus on my elbows, knees + even heels to gently buff away dryness and add hydration.
After showering I pat dry and apply Philosophy Amazing Grace to my elbows, wrists, feet, and knee caps. This helps prevent the tan from seeping into any cracks that could result in some blotchiness. It doesn’t have to be Amazing Grace lotion, it’s just- my Mom bought me the massive size for Christmas last year and I am still tackling finishing it! (shout out to QVC’s today extra value!)
Girl, you’re ready to tan. First and foremost, you need a tanning mit for this. No ifs, ands or buts- you need a tanning mit. If you don’t have one, get yourself dressed and go to Ulta/Sephora and buy one. If you don’t use one, your hands are going to look orange/brown/horrible. I’m not exactly sure why it turns your hands so orange- because this tan makes your body the perfect shade of bronzed, not the slightest bit orange.
I use St. Tropez Self Tan Express Advanced Bronzing mousse. I like to make smooth, downward streaks and I try not to go over the same spot twice. Stand around for twenty minutes after application to dry, then get dressed (in all black) and wait anywhere from 1.5-2 hours for the tan to develop.
Rinse off, and voila! You’re a moisturized, soft skinned bronze goddess in a winter wonderland.