At first glance it seemed really odd that you would apply a self-tanner then immediately rinse it off (not to mention you’re applying it to wet skin also). So I decided to put it to the test. This is a full review of the St. Tropez In Shower Tanning Lotion.

While in Ulta the other day looking for the Classic St. Tropez Bronzing Lotion to re-stock my bathroom, I stumbled across this product in a duo for the same price. This product came in a bundle with the Self Tan Advanced Bronzing Mousse also by St. Tropez.

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The product itself looks and applies like a gel, rather than a lotion or cream and it’s a clear/yellow color.

How to use it

(As described from the directions on the bottle):

  1. Fully cleanse and wash [body] with warm water in the shower.
  2. With the shower off, generously apply in circular motions to wet skin to create even coverage. Wash hands after application.
  3. Wait three minutes.
  4. Fully rinse off with warm water only.
  5. Gently dry yourself before getting dressed.

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I kept putting off trying this product simply for the fact that I didn’t want to turn the water off mid-shower. Thinking about standing in the shower, cold, starting at the adjacent wall for three minutes while the product absorbed, didn’t sound very appeasing at first. But when I didn’t finally bite the bullet and try the product, I just found other things to do during that three minutes to keep myself occupied.

…with the water off…

After turning the shower off, I gently wiped off any excess water from my skin using my hands and a damp cloth so that it’s not dripping everywhere potentially causing the product to run down my legs (“streaky” isn’t a good look).  I squeezed about a quarter-sized amount of the product onto my hands, lathered them together, and applied the product to my legs first and worked my way up to my arms and decollete, skipping my face (I don’t usually tan my face unless it’s an airbrush tan, but it’s a personal preference). I also kept a wash cloth, an exfoliant, and some water in a glass to the side to clean off my hands after applying the product.

After all of the product was applied to my body, I reached for some of the exfoliant rubbed it into my hands, poured some water on them, and wiped them onto the wash cloth. I did this to avoid any of the tanning lotion from absorbing into my hands and staining and making me look like I just stuck my hand in a bag of Doritos for the next 7 days.

I then spent the next 3 minutes applying conditioner to my hair, and then I put it up in a bun with a hair elastic to make sure it didn’t get in the way and wipe off any of the self-tanner, and then I applied a mask to my face. I typically use a mud mask once a week to open up my pores and draw out impurities – it also helps to avoid breakouts! My favorite masks to use are Origins Out of Trouble (when my face is breaking out), Clear Improvement, or Clinique’s Pore Refining Solutions, but any kind of clay mask pretty much works the same way.

At this time it was about 3 minutes to where I could turn the shower back on and rinse off the self-tanner and warm myself up again!

St. Tropez In Shower Tanning Lotion

My Thoughts

My first thought was that I really liked how it applied, definitely more like a gel, rather than a lotion. It is clear, so it was more difficult to get it evenly distributed across my skin, and it was kind of sudsy – if that makes sense. I really didn’t see much a change if any in my own color, unforunately.

This product that I purchased in the package that is featured in this post is the ‘light’ version for lighter complected skin tones. There is also a ‘medium’ version for a deeper self-tan. I didn’t know there were two different shades (and it doesn’t give an indication of this on the package), and I honestly probably would have purchased the ‘medium’ shade product if it was in the store. I’m sure that’s why I didn’t see much of a change in my skin tone from this product… and I’m about as pale as it gets… like a pearly white shade of printer paper on a good day! Heehee.

St. Tropez In Shower Tanner Score

All in all, I think it’s a great product, and I love the St. Tropez brand as a whole, but I just think this was a miss for me, because I didn’t see much of a change in my skin tone at all.

Maybe I will have to try to medium shade and see how it works! I think the concept of an in-shower self-tan is awesome though.

Have you tried this? What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments below!


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