If you haven’t found a great sunless self tanner yet then you really need to try the St. Moriz Instant Self Tanning Mousse. I’ve tried a few drugstore self tanners and I was never happy with the results as all I ever achieved with them was an orange tint to my skin. I don’t know about you, but the Snooki look…not for me.
I had been wanting to try the St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse, but not for $40 a bottle. That’s a little too high in price for my liking. Maybe one day I’ll give it a try, but not on my current part-time salary. So when I heard about a self tanner that works just as well as the St. Tropez I knew I had to try it. I found an eBay seller who sells the St. Moriz Self Tanner at a reasonable price so I figured I’d give it a go.
And I have to say…this stuff is pretty awesome. Incredibly easy to use, dries almost instantly, has somewhat decent lasting power, and gives a gorgeous golden-brown tan. What more could you ask for in a self tanner?
Before using the self tanner, you should also always properly exfoliate to ensure the best possible results from your self tanner. I just use my Soap & Glory Flake Away Scrub with a loofah in the shower right before I apply the self tanner. I then apply moisturizer everywhere using Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream– the tanner will go on patchy if your skin is dry.
I use a self tanning mitt from Ulta to apply the product and it gives a perfect even coverage without any streaks. I usually purchase them when Ulta brand products are buy one, get one free. Because the self tanner dries so quickly, you have to work quick. I use about three pumps on the mitt and apply to one arm and quickly rub it everywhere covering my entire arm from hand to shoulder. I do this in front of a mirror to ensure that I don’t miss any spots. The St. Moriz self tanner also has a tint to it so you can easily see where you applied the product and any spots that you missed. I just do a quick swipe over the tops of my hands and in between my fingers with whatever is left on the mitt and I avoid my palms all together. They get extremely orange no matter what color your self tanner is. I carefully blend the tanner on my wrists in with the bottom of my palms so that there isn’t a harsh line where the self tanner stops, although I’m not always successful with this (for proof, see photo below). I then use two pumps on the mitt to cover my chest and shoulder blades, two pumps to cover my entire abdomen, three pumps for each lower half of leg, then another three pumps to cover my thighs and butt. For my feet I do the same thing as my hands and just lightly go over the tops and around the ankles.
Once I’m done with the self tanner, I use Jergen’s Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer for medium to tan skin tones and apply it to me feet and hands to ensure proper blending of the tan without making them look orange (a little tip I picked up from Natty’s blog– she’s the queen of self tanning).
As far as my face goes, all I do is use about one pump for each side of my face on a cosmetic wedge and blend all over my face concentrating on my cheeks and forehead and then I blend down into my neck.
Since this product dries almost instantly I can quickly put on clothes when I’m finished and go about my business without having to worry about it staining. I’ve heard a few complaints about bed sheets being stained from some people, but I have yet to have this problem. Just to be sure, I usually wear pajamas to create a barrier between my skin and the sheets. I almost always tan at night, that way I can shower when I get up in the morning and not worry about the tan not fully developing. You aren’t supposed to take a shower for four to six hours in order to ensure full development of the self tanner.
I found that the tan usually lasts around three to four days and then I have to reapply. The tan on my face, however, only lasts about two days which means I have to reapply the tanner to my face more often.
So overall, this is an excellent product that gives you a great bronzed glow for only around $8. Not a bad deal for a realistic tan, especially since you’re avoiding severely damaging your skin from UV rays.
Want some self tanning tips? Click on the link below for a video from the St. Tropez Website that shows how to properly apply the self tanning mousse: