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SUMMER EDIT WEEK: Self Tanner Line Up


To kick off Summer Edit Week I wanted to round up my self tanner faves. I've done previous self tanning posts, but this is about products specifically and what kinds of fake tanners are available and my be best suited to your needs. 

GRADUAL TANNERS: These are self tanners that are great for newbies or particularly fair skin who want to gradually build up to a more noticeable tan. These are also great for keeping a natural tan topped up and looking it's best whilst moisturising and evening out the skin. I love the St Tropez Tinted Gradual Tanner as it's so natural but builds up to a really nice and subtle tan. I like to mix this in with a moisturiser when applying so I don't go in too heavy handed to start with as it can look a bit daft, especially if you don't apply it right. My favourite is the Vaseline Body Lotions, particularly the Cocoa Radiant Lotion

EXPRESS: These are my favourite kind of self tanners. They take between 1 to 3 hours, you don't have to wait 6 hours before you can wash it off and the results and performance are often better than the regular tanners. I first tried the St Tropez Express Tanner a couple years ago and have been in love with it ever since. Although it's £33 a bottle, it's still a great buy, and I love that I can choose the intensity of my tan, and not only does it have a guide colour, it continues to develop over the next 8 hours to produce your desired tan, but initially your skin has a subtle bronzey-ness. Definitely a must have. 
I have recently been trying out the Vita Liberata Luxury Tan Rapid Mousse, which is very similar in performance to the St Tropez however I feel this one lasts longer, although info only says 4-7 days, I feel it's longer than that, and fades a lot more natural and doesn't look patchy or obvious that you're wearing self tanner. 

BRONZING MOUSSE: The self tanning world has a whole different bunch of formulas and promises, from lotions to oils, but I prefer mousse as I feel it's just the easiest to apply, there's no fuss, no streaks, it has a guide colour and it's light so the likely-hood of it catching on patches of dry skin is low although possible. These are the ones that take up to 6 hours before you can rinse off, so it's a pre-arranged task that needs time on it's hands.
I've always been under the misconception that the standard bronzing mousse takes longer than something like the Express Tanners, but in actual fact, it's the other way around. With the Express Tanners you have to wait for 1 to 3 hours after applying, before washing off, then it develops over the next 8 hours. But with a Bronzing Mousse, you can apply it before bed, wake up in the morning and rinse it off and that's it. Regardless of time, they both give similar results, if applied in long sweeping motions using either gloves or a tanning mitt, which is the best way I've found to apply a mousse tanner, there's no streaks, no blotchy-ness, just a natural, beautiful tan which lasts around 4-7 days unless reapplied.
Although, I prefer the Express more because I can choose the intensity of my tan depending on what I am feeling, and I have control over how my tan looks. I don't have this control using any other self tanning product. 
The St Tropez Bronzing Mousse and the St Moriz Instant Self Tan Mousse Medium  are great options, very similar in perfomance, although I prefer the tone of the St Tropez, the price difference is substantial, with St Tropez putting you back £33, St Moriz is only £4 which is incredible. The one thing I don't like, is the 4-6 hour time window you have before you can rinse it off and enjoy your new tan. They are however fast-drying so 2 minutes max and you can get dressed and whether you go to sleep or go out, once rinsed, they leave a lovely tan behind. 


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