To begin I thought I would tell you a little bit about my skin. I am very pale in the winter months (NC15) but tan fairly easily in the summer (NC25). Most of my teen years and early twenties I stayed very tan either from the sun or a tanning bed (NC30). Finally one day I woke up and realized how horrible this is for my skin and went to the other extreme. For the last three years I haven’t been in the sun without SPF50 and have remained around an NC15. This year I have decided to find a happy middle ground! I have been using an SPF50 on my face and SPF30 on the rest of my body and I’m around an NC20 right now. I apologize to all you ladies that aren’t familiar with MAC foundation colors…
I applied the Bronzing Mouse ($36) with the mitt that is sold separately ($6), which I highly recommend! I used two pumps per arm and three pumps per leg. You have to move pretty fast with this stuff to get an even application. It dries within a minute or so and you can immediately put your clothes on afterwards. It didn’t stain my clothing or sheets. It has a slight scent, but I don’t mind it… it’s not the typical self tanner smell. Each application darkens my skin about half a shade each time. If you want to maintain the color I recommend applying once a week.
When I originally purchased the product I was at my most fair and I wasn’t pleased with the result. I don’t think it will work well for those very fair skin — at least it didn’t on mine. The color was very strange and it didn’t look even. It is much easier to see application mistakes when you are that pale.
BUT once I got a little bit of a tan from laying poolside this baby worked like a charm! I’m not saying that everyone needs a tan before using self tanner… but I think that unless you naturally have a little bit of color to your skin, this self tanner will look odd.
|My arm with some sun exposure, before St. Tropez. (I was slightly burnt so my skin looks splotchy)|
|Left: My arm after some sun exposure and one application of St Tropez; Right: My stomach with ZERO sun exposure or self tanner.|
This is a bit frustrating because the purpose of self tanner is look like a bronzed goddess without the sun damage, but this product definitely didn’t work for me when I was alabaster white. I think the majority of women that have light and medium skin tones would love this though!
What is your favorite self tanner?