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The Million Dollar Tan (That’s Under 5 Bucks!)

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Tis the season for bare skin and a beautiful bronze glow! When preparing for such a summer shade, people will spend hours bathing in the sun or relaxing on a tanning bed…allowing their skin to absorb harmful UV rays that cause pre-mature aging, wrinkles, and most importantly increased susceptibility to skin cancer. If that’s not bad enough, the very top layer of the skin becomes toasted from prolonged sun exposure and results in a spotty, flakey and uneven tan. The best, safest way to get a beautiful tan, no matter how fair or dark you naturally are, is to tan with a sunless-tanner that contains the active ingredient dihydroxyacetone (DHA). DHA is a sugar that reacts with your skin to darken the very top layer of the epidermis, giving a semi-permanent, non-removable tan color to your skin.

The perfect tan that's under five bucks!

So with that, may I introduce you to my favorite tan-in-a-can, St Moriz Instant Self Tanning Mousse! Because this product is based out of the UK, one of the only places you can buy it at its least expensive is from Amazon. After using St. Moriz, I can testify to its unmatched greatness. Here are a few reasons why this stuff is my go-to for summer:

1. Its mousse consistency glides evenly on the skin, leaving a streak-free tint behind to ensure an even application.

2. The bottle costs around $7.00 (you can do the math for how cheap each tan application is – under $5 a tan? That’s a steal!), and works just as well, if not better, than expensive high-end tanners like St. Tropez and Fake Bake (I’ve tried them all!).

3. The color goes on brownish-green (I know, this may seem weird) but leaves behind a deep, brownish-gold glow that looks incredibly real after the tint is washed off.

4. The tan lasts up to ELEVEN DAYS (on me) and comes off the skin just like a real tan; evenly and subtly.

The perfect tan that's under five bucks!


When applying this mousse, I suggest using either latex gloves or a self-tanning application glove, because this stuff can get intense on bare hands, and your palms may be a rich dark brown if you are not careful! In fact, scrub the palms of your hands with some baking soda along with hand soap to make sure the mousse is off and even exfoliated if the DHA has already started its work. You might ask a friend or family member to apply it on your back, since it is very hard to get it on evenly by yourself! And lastly, it’s a good idea to moisturize your body before applying the tanning mousse, as this will allow for a more even application.

The perfect tan that's under five bucks!


Here is a before and after photo of my St. Moriz-ed legs after one application! Let me know what you think of this product, and share any of your favorite sunless-tanners for this summer!


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17 Responses so far.

  1. Megan says:

    I just found your big and so far I’m loving it!!!
    I searched amazon for this, and I noticed a lotion version also.
    Have you tried that one as well?

    • by Ashley Burke says:

      I haven’t tried the lotion version, but if you do please let me know what you think of it, because I always love hearing about great products! :)

  2. Ashley says:

    I just saw this for the first time. I’m trying to find out how to tan my extremely pale skin. I have tried all kinds of self tanners and so far my favorites are Adonia for the color it gives and st tropez.
    I definitely want to give this one a shot though it seems a lot cheaper than the other kinds!!!
    Let me know if you have any tips at all for real tanning too for pale skin. I have never had a brown natural tan only pink skin or burn lol!

    • by Ashley Burke says:

      I always opt for tan-in-a-canning because there is no risk of sun damage or skin cancer and it gives a more even tan tone. :)

  3. Caitlin says:

    This looks really cool! But what’s ur advice on when to shower? Is there a certain amount of time after applying this that u have to wait?

  4. lee says:

    WOW…..to buy this product in canada on amazon.ca it’s $82.00!!! What a ridiculous price difference!!

  5. Nicole says:

    I’m excited to try it. Have you tried their brand of lotion? Is it as good as the mousse?

  6. laura says:

    Do you use this same bottle on your face ….i saw they have a separate. One you could buy. Just wondering. .id rather just but the one bottle if i could :-)

    • by Ashley Burke says:

      You can use it on your face, but I recommend a product that is more sensitive and meant for the face, like Jergens.

  7. Valerie says:

    How does it fair in a pool or the ocean? Also, does it flake off all blotchy like Mystic Tan and Versa Spa?

  8. Nia says:

    Just found your website and I’m totally in love with it! You should be on BlogLovin so I can subscribe to your posts, I’m sure other girls would really be interested in what you have to share :) keep up the fab work!

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