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St. Tropez Gradual Tan: A Pale Girl's Summer Saviour

St. Tropez Everyday Gradual Tan - £14.50

I'm super pale. In the winter months, when 90% of my body is hidden away underneath several layers of knitwear, that's okay - I can almost pretend I'm rocking a 'pale and interesting' vibe. But in the summer months when it's time to get my little legs out, it's less 'pale and interesting' and more 'plucked chicken.' Now don't get me wrong, some people can make pale look super hot (I'm looking at you Lily Cole) but I just end up looking like I've been living in a dark cave my entire life.

I haven't had the best experiences with tanning products. The first (and last) time I tried a proper fake tan I was 13 and for some reason I thought it'd be okay to only put it on my legs, and to apply it right before I went to bed. I woke up the next morning with legs that resembled wotsits and bright orange patches all over the rest of my body - not quite the look I was going for. I've tried various gradual tan lotions over the years and 9 times out of 10 I've ended up with streaky orange knees and not a lot else. Last year I even made the fatal error of buying a lotion that had shimmer in it, so I was both pale and glittery. I looked like a wannabe member of the Cullen family. Not okay. I'd pretty much given up on any form of tanning product until my mum bought the St. Tropez everyday gradual tan. I've borrowed it a few times over the last week (sorry mum) and, at the risk of sounding overdramatic, it has revolutionised my life.

The formula is fairly light and easy to work with. At first it doesn't have that horrible fake tan smell at all - I have noticed a faint hint of that biscuity smell a few hours after application but compared to other products it's barely noticeable. It's marketed as an everyday lotion but given my past fake tan fails, I've been using this every other day just to be on the safe side. This is the only product I've ever tried that hasn't turned me into a tangerine and there's no orange knee syndrome in sight. So far, the result has just been a very light, natural bronze (I'm basically a healthier colour) that I reckon I'll be able to build up nicely if I keep using the lotion a few times a week. I wouldn't normally be prepared to spend £14.50 on a tanning product, but after road testing my mum's (one of the many perks of coming home for the holidays) I'm definitely going to have to invest in some of this. No more tan-envy for me!

1 comment

  1. This works well for me too! Jade has a tough time getting tanning lotion because she's allergic to a certain ingredient in most of them (including this one) but I don't think you can beat St. Tropez. <3

    Tara x


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