by corinne iaia

May 25, 2014

SUMMER-IZE YOUR SKIN: PART 2



If you read the Part 1 of this series, your skin should be properly prepped and conditioned for any summer ensemble you may feel like tossing on. Now you are ready to kick things up a notch, and by kicked up I mean adding a little color to that pasty white-ness you're probably rocking, as am I. While I like things a bit bronzed every now and then, I do not believe in tanning outside, it makes my skin feel tight and dry and then a few days later it brings every blemish out to play (gross, I know). I am also very picky when it comes to self-tanners, as the majority that I have tried make me look like I rolled in a weird orange mud and left it to stain my skin.

 I tend to stick to what I know works in this department because ain't nobody got time for orange streaked skin that sticks around for four days or so. Some of the only products that I can promise you will not create this result, no matter how pale you are, are the St. Tropez Everyday Body Moisturizer and the St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse. If you are looking for a more gradual and less obvious option go with the Everyday Body Moisturizer, as this is a moisturizer that builds up a bit of color each day until you have just the right amount of natural glow. On the other hand, if you have somewhere special to be and want a faster-fix, go for the Bronzing Mousse. The mousse is almost like a tanning stain, and I find it to be really convenient because you can see where you are applying it. 

Overall, I find the moisturizer to have a longer lasting result, but the mousse will produce a much darker stain, yet still does not give an orange effect. When using a self tanner, reach for a tanning mitt to protect your hands from the telltale oompa loompa marks that will remain if you do not. I use the mitt from the St. Tropez line which I believe has been reused more than ten times and can be washed without any issues, making it worth the investment. For best results when using any tanning products, try following my Part 1 tips for 'Summer-izing" your skin, because a smooth base makes for optimal product adherence.  
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