Before these last 8 weeks or so I’ve had essentially zero interest in bothering with a “fake tan” through a tanning lotion. But I have so much travel and different things on the calendar this spring and summer that I have been a little bit more conscientious of my pale, pale skin.
Listen, I like my pale skin. I really do. I used to go to the tanning bed (cue regretful sigh) in high school and my mom will even tell me that I used to get really tan as a child. But along the line my skin has gotten more and more sensitive. I’ll burn pretty easily and I’m prone to getting seriously intense rounds of sun poisoning.
That’s one of the main reasons I invested in rash guards last summer.
Anyway, I saw an ad for Jergen’s Natural Glow Wet Skin Moisturizer so I picked it up at Ulta. It was about $10.00 and it looked, well, pretty fool-proof. I applied it just like the directions suggested, and then settled into the couch that same evening for a movie with Justin. I didn’t look at myself again until the following morning when I was getting ready to go on a run.
My legs were covered, COVERED, in orange streaks, from my thighs all the way down to the top of my feet. I was SHOCKED. I did what any normal millennial-type person would do and turned to Instagram Stories to tell everyone about it. So, I’m sure some of you have heard this story already.
I had to live with my streaky legs for a few days until it finally faded. Many suggested a lemon juice + baking soda mixture to get rid of the stains, but I opted for just wearing pants. If I had had a very specific reason to wear a dress or shorts I would have tried the magic mixture, but I didn’t need to and didn’t take the time.
Anyway, I promptly returned the product and even told the saleslady that it was, well, a little misleading. The reviews of the product online are mixed. Some people love it, others had blotchy streaks like me.
I started to think through what I’ve been told about sunless tanning lotions. So many recommended applying the lotion with a mit, and in remembering that advice I recalled that I had a basically unused bottle of St. Tropez Gradual Tan Everyday Lotion in light/medium sitting in my linen closet. I bought it last spring or summer, but I threw away the mitt by accident. So I was waiting to use it.
For a year. I can’t explain it, don’t ask me why I didn’t just go buy a mitt.
So then, I found a mitt. And then I started applying.
The first 3 days I didn’t really see a change. And that made me both really happy and really skeptical. I was so happy to not see streaks and dark spots. But I was beginning to wonder if it was actually going to work.
And then, on day 4, I saw a distinct difference between my leg and arm color and my midsection color. And it looks so natural! The mit makes it super easy, and I can’t imagine a better feeling lotion than this.
It’s hydrating with zero greasiness. It feels a touch sticky immediately after you apply it, but it quickly dries and then it just feels like you’ve applied a lightly hydrating lotion.
I love the subtle color, and at this point I can’t imagine a time that I’ll stop using it. I’ve been wearing bronzer on my face more, so I’m applying the St. Tropez Gradual Tan Lotion all over my upper shoulders, decollate, and neck. I feel like the overall look is much more fluid, and matches a bit better than a “tanned” face with pasty arms.
It’s a very subtle result, and I’ve only been using it for about 7-8 days, but I would highly, highly recommend it.