I don’t want to Jinx anything, but it would seem that (whisper it quietly, we don’t want to scare it away) summer has arrived in the UK. So that means it’s time to slap on the fake tan. Now, we all know the dangers of frying in the sun or using tanning beds, so I won’t get into that here. Suffice to say, it’s a pretty bad idea.
There was a time when I wouldn’t have touched fake tan with a barge pole; it was smelly, streaky and usually orange. However, in the last few years, there has been such a huge improvement I have ventured into a bronzed new world.
I have to say, I do still prefer a gradual tanner, rather than a full-on tan in a bottle. This is because I am a coward, and a messy one at that. I still feel – as idiot-proof as most tanners are – there is too much margin for error for someone as careless as myself. So when I saw that St Tropez had brought out a new in-shower lotion, I was quite excited. It all sounded so easy! Simply wash in the shower as usual, then spread the lotion on, wait for three minutes and rinse off. The tan the develops over the next few hours and voila! A gorgeous tan.
But is this just too good to be true? Well, for me, yes. The first time I used it I followed the instructions to the letter, even turning off the shower when the tube told me to (the instructions that is, the packaging doesn’t actually speak). I rinsed off (using just water) and carefully dried myself, and immediately got dressed. So far so good, no stickiness or nasty smells evident at this stage. I had showered in the early evening, so I then watched TV for a couple of hours, eagerly checking my arms every 30 minutes or so. Not much to see there. Not to worry, I thought, it must need longer to develop. Then I went to bed, convinced I would see a slightly tanned me in the mirror the next morning. Alas, it was not to be. I didn’t look ANY different. So, I tried again, repeating the steps that day, and the next, and the next. In total I repeated five times before I ran out of lotion. What did I see after all that? A little change in colour, but only very slight. Enough for me to notice, but I certainly didn’t look as though I had taken a trip to St Tropez in my free time.
So would I buy the in-shower lotion again? Well, actually yes. The thing is, the colour is very subtle, but it is so easy to use that I think it could work as a top-up when using a proper fake tan, or if you have a ‘real’ tan, obtained the old fashioned way.
Just to break it down even further, here I present to you the Pros and cons, in my opinion:
- Super easy to use, almost fool proof.
- It dries as you do, so no need to wait around feeling sticky.
- No nasty smell, so can be applied any time of day.
- Subtle colour for those with fairer skin.
- nice colour (eventually) – not too orange.
- Subtle colour, unless you’re prepared to repeat the process over a few days you may find it disappointing
- Not cheap – £14.50 per tube – bearing in mind I used the whole thing before seeing much effect.
So, there it is, overall I think the St Tropez in shower tanning lotion is pretty OK, but don’t rush out and buy it if you’re looking to get an instant dark tan.
What is your favourite tanning mousse or lotion? Let me know in the comments if you can recommend an affordable, effective alternative.
As always, thanks for reading!