Everyone looks better with a tan. Literally, everyone. Ok, yes there are a few people out there who rock the English rose look to perfection but that said, generally, on the whole, as a rule, I personally think, most people, look better with a tan! Faking it is a poor substitute for the real thing, as I often think it's not as much about being brown, as it is about that healthy sun kissed glow and natural radiance that you get after a week in the sun (preferably longer). Alas, for the majority of the year, bottles of the brown stuff & strategically placed highlighter is as close as we can get.
Sun worshiping session over, I'd like to tell you about my new favourite product from the world of tan! All hale the St Tropez Everyday Face Moisturiser from the 'Gradual Tan' range. As is always the case, a tan lasts longer on your body (fake or real) than it does on your face purely because you're constantly washing your face, applying make up, removing make up, exfoliating, cleansing, toning etc. It's infuriating as I believe a tanned face, is a better face. On a casual peruse around the aisles of Boots I came across the St Tropez Everyday Face Moisturiser and although pricey at £14.39 for 50ml, I thought I'd give it a try and substituted my regular moisturiser for one that promised to make me brown. I applied it one night and by morning, no difference. I wasn't expecting miracles but I was expecting something. I had even bought the Dark/Medium version opposed to the Light/Medium in a bid for a slightly darker tan! I applied it again that morning and by the evening my whole opinion of the product changed, I had clearly been incredibly impatient as in less than 24hrs I had the results I was looking for! My face looked subtly tanned and any signs of facial pastiness had been banished. I've continued to use this once a day since and absolutely love it!
I love the fact that I now wear less foundation as my skin instantly looks better and my complexion appears clearer. My face now seems rid of any apparent discoloration or hyper pigmentation which are probably 2 of the main reasons I actually wear foundation. I should explain that I'm not claiming that this product actually makes your skin any clearer etc, all it simply does is give you a subtle and maintained facial tan but because of that my skin appears better. It smells gorgeous and that trademark fake tan scent have been replaced with a lovely floral concoction. If I wasn't already pleased enough with my newly bronzed skin, the fact that this product is also a great moisturiser would have sealed the deal. It is a white gel like lotion that sinks in quickly and leaves my face feeling super soft.
For those of you thinking that perhaps I'm now looking 100% lily white with an orange face, I do fake tan all over too! Though that said, if used once every other day this is subtle enough to be used alone to just give your face a subtle bronzed glow. My fake tan routine tends to vary depending on how bothered I can be and how orange I'm willing to let my sheets get. I've recently started mixing a bit of St Moritz Self Tanning Mousse with my trusty Garnier Summerbody Moisturiser and am really happy with the results! It gives me an all over subtle but instant tan (without all the mess) that's gradually buildable with further application. I will tend to use St Moritz on it's own if I want a much more intense tan for a variety of different occasions!
The St Tropez Everyday Face Moisturiser (50ml) is available from Boots for £14.39 and if I was to have one complaint about this product it would be exactly that. Their pricing is a little off considering a 200ml bottle of the St Tropez Everyday Body Moisturiser is also £14.39!