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.
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.
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.
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!