By Caitlin Kenny
For a while this spring, I’ve been convinced summer just isn’t going to happen. And the only thing scarier than that is the idea of my pasty paleness in shorts, tanks or—dear Lord—a bikini after this never-ending winter.
Fortunately, there’s St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse, which has helped me make the leap to higher hemlines for a few years now. A vegetable-based tanning ingredient sets St. Tropez apart by preventing the giveaway orange tint. (Cheryl Burke from Dancing With The Stars once told me that overdoing it with St. Tropez gives skin an olive-green tone, rather than the usual carroty cast—so it’s still wise to use sparingly, though I’ve never had a Kermit case myself.)
I find the mousse easier to blend than other thick lotions, making application fairly foolproof. I use the foam mitt to avoid the two major pitfalls of self-tanning: streaks and stained palms. Though the line has a patented technology to reduce that funky DHA smell, there’s still a faint whiff of it, so I use it before bed, sleep in dark, loose pajamas (I have a pair devoted to my application nights), and wash it off in my morning shower.
Even just one session a week is enough to reassure me I won’t blind everyone at the beach, when that day finally comes again.
St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse and Application Mitt Duo, $50. Available on The Shopping Channel.