Well I bought the kit "years ago" from another store, and it had the moisturizer and bronzing lotion, and I followed the instructions, and until I got used to the color from the tanner by itself, I mixed the moisurizer with it for my face, for a little diluted color then full fledge with body, and I am still addicted! Ive tried drugstore brands, and Bliss and keep coming back to this... But you could probably use regular body lotion to dilute with or premoisturize dry areas like elbows, knees etc, and the latex gloves are a great idea!
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
(Virginia Beach, VA)
Any good lotion will do the trick; the st tropez lotion is probably shown in the video to market their own brand of products. I find Palmer's Cocoa Butter lotion to work well at hydrating my skin before self tanner, and it mixes well with tanners because it is thick and creamy. You can use an exfoliating scrub in the shower or one of those scrunchy sponges with a moisturizing body wash in buffing circles for several minutes to exfoliate your skin and prep it for self tanner before applying the lotion. I believe st tropez makes the buffing mitt in the video for a smoother application of the product, but I've found using well-fitting latex or vinyl gloves will also keep your hands clean and smooth the product on well. Just google buffing mitt and you will see links of where to buy it if youre interested. Again, though, gloves work fine for me. And to answer your last question, you can absolutely apply the product, sleep in it, and wash it off the next day to reveal your tan. Just be careful that you use older pajamas and sheets because the tint from the lotion rubs off and can stain white clothes and sheets and can discolor fabrics especially when you sweat in the night. I always apply it at night after exfoliating and wash it off in the morning.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
Any lotion works with it! I put it on at night then rinse it off in the morning, and I haven't had any problems!
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
I didn't watch any tutorial, just followed the instructions on my original sample. (Purchased a full size bottle immediately after using it.) I just put mine on after my evening shower before bed and wash it off in the am. I don't use any moisturizer with it and I also don't buff after. Mine always comes out looking amazing and flawless. I don't need to use the tanner every day, so I use a really good moisturizer on the off days and also in the mornings to keep my skin healthy enough to skip it on the nights I apply tanner. Hope that helps, I'm going to check out the tutorial anyway.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
I have been using the self tanner for years, and only once have I actually followed the routine subscribed (using the St. Tropez lotion,etc.) I exfoliate in the shower, then apply the self tanner. I have a bottle of the self tanner remover, which is great, and I wash my hands with that. I then apply my regular body lotion over the self tanner. It smooths it out, and I don't think I have ever had any streaking. I think that for your money, just use your own moisturizer after you apply. I apply before I go to bed, and I shower in the morning. Again, I have never had an issue not following the 4-6 hour rule!
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
Not a beauty sister here. I'm a guy. :) First, the video is great. I watched a couple weeks after I had started using the product. I was actually doing it wrong. I was applying too LITTLE. I am finding that I can not mess up with this stuff. I apply very liberally. I look about 10 shades darker while applying. Then I gently buff it with a soft cloth (too cheap to buy the mitt). Even if it looks a little uneven immediately after I finish, it looks great in 10-20 minutes. In my case, it is my sensitive skin that is reacting to the application and buff. Once my skin "settles down" it looks perfect. The last thing I do, if I have time, is shower after about 4 hours. I have never had it bleed onto towels or clothes. As for the lotion. I have mixed it with lotion and the result, for me, was that it was too much moisture for my skin.
Good luck. You will look great!
answered 3 years, 11 months ago