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St. Tropez Tanning Essentials Self Tan Bronzing Mousse

What it is:A super-lightweight, easy-to-apply, velvety mousse that dries in 60 seconds and delivers a rich-bronze tan.What it does:This lightweight mousse delivers a rich-bronze tan and is infused with conditioning aloe vera. You will get a perfectly natural looking, streak-free tan that dries in 60 seconds. The innovative Aromaguard™ fragrance technology eliminates the tell-tale self tan aroma by a minimum of 70%.What it is formulated WITHOUT:- Parabens- Sulfates- Phthalates
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Questions & Answers for St. Tropez Tanning Essentials Self Tan Bronzing Mousse

Question
can you use this on your face?
asked 4 years, 4 months ago
Anonymous
on Self Tan Bronzing Mousse
8 answers
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answer 1
I used this on my face and my forehead broke out I clear pustules. This was the only new product I heave introduced to my skin care routine. I have never had any breakouts on my face in all of my 37 years. Has this happened to anyone else.
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
Chellebelly1
(Tampa,fl)
answer 2
I agree with the comment above about the 'dirty' look. The problem is, the face tends to have dry patches and different types of skin (i.e. cheeks and forehead) and it will really stick in those areas. I applied with a makeup sponge. They sell gradual self tanning face moisturizers, but that's a waste. Just mix a little of this, or any self tanner with your daily moisturizer in the palm of your hand and apply that way. It will look alot more natural and if your face still isnt dark enough the next day, just do it again. The mousse is very thin and therefore difficult to apply/absorb evenly on the face.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
stuckiniraq
(Miami, FL)
answer 3
I used it on my face and I am super pale. I applied it sparingly to test it out, and it worked very well. Blend very fast though because it dries quickly. Speed is more important than applying it perfectly.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
kats1285
(philadelphia, pa)
answer 4
Absolutely!
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
angebabe
(Northern Virginia)
answer 5
Too dark
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
camiller12
(OKC, OK)
answer 6
I have acne prone skin & have used this product on my face with success.
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
mary22
(cambria,CA)
answer 7
I went to the actual St Tropez sight for videos of application and artist recommendations. If you watch the video, it shows you that you can use it on your face but to use either a make up triangle or your hands. I, unfortunately, broke out from the product so be sure to take care of your skin after that.
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
kelseyms
(Boston, MA)
answer 8
Yes, you CAN use it on your face; however, it comes out a bit dark for the face and tends to look a little "dirty". There are great self-tanners for the face that work much better. If you want instant color, benefit's "Talk to the Tan" is a good option.
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
terrimundy
(Birmingham Alabama)
Question
Will it come off if I sweat while working out?
asked 4 years, 6 months ago
Liligal04
(Houston, TX)
on Self Tan Bronzing Mousse
7 answers
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answer 1
Yes, it will comes off when you sweat. I work out daily and if I am wearing a white shirt, the mousse is all over it.
If you put it on the night before, you should be okay but you will notice some of the color if you sweat or get wet and dry off.
answered 8 months ago
ampstella
(Orlando, FL)
answer 2
You're not suppose to sweat or shower for at LEAST 4 hours after application.
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
missmasstan
(Uxbridge MA)
answer 3
????? not after it dries and no not after the first shower no way
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
fleck
(chicago,il)
answer 4
That depends...the product says not to sweat within 4 hours of applying. I apply it on my body at night and when I shower in the morning, you can see it washing off (the water is kinda brown). I think if you were to wait the full 4 hours, you should be good, but I would test it out first before working up a total sweat in public =)
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
Sherski311
(Toms River, NJ)
answer 5
Apply it at night and shower in the morning. The tint will wash off and you will have a lovely tan that will not sweat off at all. If you workout BEFORE showering, the tint will sweat off onto your towel.
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
SongBird529
(Branson, MO)
answer 6
The instant tint will come off with water or perspiration. The self tan that develops underneath wears off gradually in a few days. That doesn't really come off with sweating unless you rub your skin pretty hard. Hope this helps.
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
plendy
(Michigan)
answer 7
No it stays on for about a week. After each shower I noticed slight fading
answered 4 years, 6 months ago
CathyZ
(Chicago)
Question
How long until I can put lotion on my skin after I use this? I don't want to streak the color but my skin feels dry...
asked 3 years, 8 months ago
emilliken
(Arlington, VA)
on Self Tan Bronzing Mousse
7 answers
Answers
answer 1
I have very very light skin too. I loved this at first. It didn't make me orange or anything! But once it started wearing off, it got really streaky, and you could def. tell the difference because I'm so light. So I put more on, and that made it worse. If you get this, just let it wear off before you put more on!!!!! Also, make sure you wear gloves. This stained my hands really badly, and make sure you get this on the top of your hands and feet, it will look really weird if you dont!
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
macvssephora
answer 2
I wouldn't until you wash the product off your skin in the shower. Lotion often dilutes tanner. This is why it is often recommended to put lotion on your elbows and ankles before you begin tanning (so the color comes out lighter or hardly at all for a more natural look).
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
trishilicious
(Metuchen, NJ)
answer 3
The first time I used this I used it without putting lotion on first...mistake! My skin felt very dry. The next time I used lotion first and then applied this and the results were great! Now I do it this way all of the time. If my skin feels dry at any point afterward I just make sure an hour has past and then I apply lotion. So far it hasn't interfeared with the color.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
chul
(Denville, NJ)
answer 4
I used lotion the day after I applied it directly after my shower and it didn't affect my color at all.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
pritipaige
(Tulsa, OK)
answer 5
I would wait to put lotion on as long as possible. Try putting on lotion before you go to bed and putting tanner on in the morning after showering. I find that it won't streak if u put lotion on right after u use it, but it washes right off when u shower the next time. You won't be building the color and you're going to be putting it on more often. It kind of just slides right off when its mixed with lotion.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
makeupaddict00
answer 6
I would wait at least four hours before applying lotion over the tanner. You could also try mixing a bit of lotion to the mousse when you first apply it. It won't dry as fast but it might help with the dryness.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
buster9002
answer 7
I put this on before bed. I showered in the morning and applied Sephora's body butter afterwards. I didn't have any streaking and my skin was super soft.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
mntnlaurel
(Austin, TX)
Question
Is this an online exclusive or can I purchase this in the store?
asked 4 years, 5 months ago
redditor
(Houston, TX)
on Self Tan Bronzing Mousse
7 answers
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answer 1
I bought mine in the store, there was a whole stand of St. Tropez products. But A) I live in Miami and B) its summer. So, not all stores may be the same. I'd doubt you'd be able to find find it as easily say, in Chicago in the winter.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
stuckiniraq
(Miami, FL)
answer 2
You can purchase in store, but it may not have additional products, like the application mitt.
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
FirstTimeTanner
(Philadelphia, PA)
answer 3
I got it in the San Diego store. Might wanna check with yours first tho, the lady told me they didn't have it for a few summers. And it's pretty popular. I'd call ahead if you're not already close by.
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
MrsCatucci
(San Diego,CA)
answer 4
could not find it in my local sephora store...had to buy it on line.
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
yntbom
(lake oswego, oregon)
answer 5
They don't sell it in the store..YET
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
april0830
(Merrimack, NH)
answer 6
I live in NC and the stores here do not stock it. The girl said that about 90% of customers asking for self tanners ask for this stuff; You would think they would carry it.
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
vanessa27574
answer 7
I called a Sephora store and was told it is only available online.
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
briarose21
(New York, NY)
Question
how long to get a real deep tan?
Mazzy you answered my last question, I have been applying the st tropez mousse on in the evening and sleeping with it on then taking a shower in the morning. I have been doing this on and off mostly on for about 2 weeks now and I have a slight tan. I am very careful to apply it evenly with the mitt. I also purchased the polisher and the moisturizer by st tropez. I thought I would have better results by now. Any advice?
asked 3 years, 5 months ago
collier2
(Lancaster, Pa)
on Self Tan Bronzing Mousse
7 answers
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answer 1
Try to keep it on for as long as possible! I apply mine after I shower in the morning (I don't find it streaky whatsoever so it's fine for daytime) and then I don't rinse it until I shower the next day (12+ hours). If I do this two days in a row I get a ton of questions/compliments about my tan. Be sure to moisturize after you've rinsed it off because that helps keep the colour. Applying it more than one day in a row will definitely deepen it.
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
daniellear
(Canada)
answer 2
After the first application I noticed a difference but two applications and I think I was good. Then I wait a few days and apply it again. Depending on what I have going on, is how often I put it on. During the week, I usually don't use it.
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
livi6
(Louisville, KY)
answer 3
I've learned that how you apply is the key to the tan. If you rub hard or apply too much pressure during application it can ruin the tan. You dont want to rub it in deep to your skin. Just lightly smooth the mitt across your skin. Try that! :)
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
whatmatters
(Tx)
answer 4
This is not a gradual building color tanner, so the color that comes out on your skin is the color you get. It won't get darker over time or more applications of it. I find if I want it to be darker, I apply before bed and then wake up and not shower it off. The only problem with doing that is if you get wet or sweat you will get streaks and can come off on your clothing. I find if I have it on and go swimming or spend a day in the water of anykind, the color is gone totally. I have to reapply about 3 times a week to maintain color, but it never gets darker.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
lissie
(Boise, ID)
answer 5
I personally love the bronzer lotion. I apply a little bit of lotion to it and it glides on and looks beautiful the minute you apply it. For the first time last night, I applied it before bed and woke-up to take my shower, washing-off the first layer. I was left with a beauuuutiful layer of tan and can now layer more if I'd like. I love the lotion and would highly recommend it over the mousse!
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
nbsobay
answer 6
I put it on in the morning and then wash it off at night so I don't have to worry about it getting on the sheets. I have put it on in the morning and slept in it and washed it off the next morning. I have a nice tan after the first application.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
dizzytalk
(Sherman Oaks, CA)
answer 7
Try a different product. This one is awful.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
ellenbr55
(Columbus OH)
Question
How do I clean my hands after applying?
I have used it twice and really love the color, for the first time after trying many self tanners. The only problem is that, even though I wash my hands throughly after application, they still get all dark and stained. I have tried exfoliating right after application, but still, no success. Any tips from anyone out there? Thanks!
asked 1 year, 4 months ago
crislyn
(Miami, FL)
on Self Tan Bronzing Mousse
7 answers
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answer 1
Just get the applicator mit and you have no worries! Seriously worth everything owning the mit. I went a few applications without and I wish I wouldn't have been so stingy.
answered 6 months ago
atl0114
(Wethersfield, CT)
answer 2
Try applying lotion to your palms/hands beforehand. I've not had this issue... But I also wash my hands a couple of times while applying so it doesn't have time to "set" on my palms. Hope that helps!
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
julygirl
(St. Joseph, MI)
answer 3
the best way to avoid this is to use the tanning mitt or even rubber gloves.
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
kelseyb
(Laguna Beach, CA)
answer 4
I suggest using latex gloves while applying. To get on the top of your hands, use a foam painters brush to blend in. No stains on the palm. Rub lotion into the wrists when complete so that it doesn't settle into the creases.
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
happyinheels77
answer 5
Buy the self tanning mitt! It will protect your hands, plus it saves time AND it looks a lot better. I think the mitt is only $6, so it's money well spent!
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
jessagwen
(Chicago, IL)
answer 6
We suggest applying this product with the tanning mitt, sold separately here > http://bit.ly/IqOisY
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
1877SEPHORA
(San Francisco, CA)
answer 7
Buy the glove. It makes each application even and your hands won't touch the self tanner.
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
mmihm
(chicago)
Question
use on face?
has anyone used this product on their face? sephora doesn't sell the face tanner from st. tropez, and i'm reading mixed reviews on how it worked on the face..
asked 4 years, 5 months ago
kristen9292
(Los Angeles, CA)
on Self Tan Bronzing Mousse
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
sephora does sell a St. Tropez face tanner
answered 1 year, 5 months ago
Sin6988
(Chatsworth, CA)
answer 2
Girl I love this on my face. For some odd reason it makes my face look healthier! Plus I don't need to wear makeup when i put it on.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
lnutt88
(Oakland, TN)
answer 3
No it settles into my large pores.
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
erincraig
(Citrus Heights Ca.)
answer 4
With very light application it looks quite natural. By very light I mean using what is leftover on your mitt or hands and not adding any new product.
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
Audrey24
(Las Vegas, Nevada)
answer 5
I've used it on my face and I liked it. Not too dark:)
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
michario
(Newport beach ca)
answer 6
I often use this product on my face, but usually the night before. At first it makes my skin look really shiny so I try to avoid using it immediately before going somewhere. I just put a small amount of mousse on my hands then apply it like a moisturiser.
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
DaylaEve
(La,CA)
Question
if you use this tanner at night and then go and swim at 5:00 p.m. the next day, will it all fade?
I'm 13 and absolutely cannot tan what so ever. All of my friends are tan so i decided to try a self tanner. I used the jergens natural glow daily foaming moisturizer. I used it 4 days in a row and it made me orange, then i went to my friends swim party and it all washed off, and we were probably only in the pool for like an hour. So will this tanner wash off if i swim or shower?
asked 4 years, 4 months ago
tanme
(Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)
on Self Tan Bronzing Mousse
6 answers
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answer 1
I would definitely recommend. It would turn you orange and it is safe.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
bungabun
(Hanford, CA)
answer 2
No but if you rub off with a towel a lot of course it well fade bc youre rubbing your body off!
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
lnutt88
(Oakland, TN)
answer 3
Mine wouldn't fade in that short of time even after swimming.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
angebabe
(Northern Virginia)
answer 4
yes
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
camiller12
(OKC, OK)
answer 5
you need to leave it on at least 4 hours prior to exercise or exposure to water. The bronze tint will wash off, but the tan will stay.
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
mary22
(cambria,CA)
answer 6
It will wash off the first time you shower or are exposed to water...but the good news is - you keep the great color after the shower, so even though you see some of the color go down the drain - it doesn't change the color of your pretty newly-tanned skin. You can apply this every other day to keep a nice dark color all the time. Just be sure to go swimming AFTER you have already showered for the day and do not re-apply the self-tanner prior to your pool time.
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
terrimundy
(Birmingham Alabama)
Question
Latex gloves or hands?
Should I use a latex glove or is it ok to just use my hands? Or will it stain them?
asked 4 years, 4 months ago
tanme
(Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)
on Self Tan Bronzing Mousse
6 answers
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answer 1
I always wear gloves or it will really destroy your hands. I like vinyl, no powder gloves.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
angebabe
(Northern Virginia)
answer 2
gloves are better
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
camiller12
(OKC, OK)
answer 3
You need to wash it off immediately after application.. If any residue, a small amount of nail polish remover will do the trick !
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
mary22
(cambria,CA)
answer 4
When reading the instructions, you are supposed to have the mit that St Tropez sells for $6 on their site for application. I used latex gloves and they worked fine. The great thing about St Tropez is that the only places that will look patchy are the areas you missed. I don't recommend using just your hands because it dries faster than most self tanners.
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
kelseyms
(Boston, MA)
answer 5
GLOVES GLOVES GLOVES!!!..by all means. Or you will have brown hands than will not come clean - without bleach or oxy-clean. But latex gloves work great, it's what i use. I use one glove at a time, I do both legs and my left arm with my right hand, I then take off the glove, and then to re-use it, (because it's inside out when you take it off) I put the opening around my mouth and blow to "pop" the finger back out again so i can put it on my left hand, but since it's a little moist from my breath, I add a SMALL shake of baby powder to the inside and my other hand just slide right in, I apply my self-tanner to my right arm and i'm ready to go!! No mess and it's super easy...and saves on gloves.
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
terrimundy
(Birmingham Alabama)
answer 6
use an old sock insideout. trust me it works from experience.
you can use a few times before getting another one. if you dont old socks lying around, get cheap ones from dollar store
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
mangoicecream
(toronto, canada)
Question
would it wash off when i go swimming ?
so i'm going to sixflags in 2 days & i have a dark patch behind my knee due to my eczema & a little bit of redness .
would this product be able to hide it & irritate my skin ?
thanks . (:
asked 4 years, 4 months ago
alicee
(new york , NY)
on Self Tan Bronzing Mousse
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
As far as I understand, symptoms of eczema include dry skin. The thing with this product is you need exfoliate dry skin prior to application otherwise its going to be patchy. I think if you try to exfoliate eczma, it is just going to get more red and irritated, and just make it worse. And what's more, if you apply the product, its probably going to make the area still just darker than the rest of your skin.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
lovesttropez
(New York, NY)
answer 2
I don't have any skin conditions, but my skin is fairly sensitive. It didn't bother me at all, even on my face.
It seems to cover blotchiness, however if there are dry patches it will absorb the tan and be darker than everywhere else. I would try it on an area that you can hide easily and see if it exacerbates your condition.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
kats1285
(philadelphia, pa)
answer 3
Follow the directions. Don't get it wet for four hours.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
angebabe
(Northern Virginia)
answer 4
yes I do think it would definately wash off if you went swimming right after. Maybe the next day you would be ok.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
scarlet8272
(ohio)
answer 5
yes
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
camiller12
(OKC, OK)
answer 6
I have to SCRUB to get it off, if that helps!
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
apparishen
(Albuquerque, NM)
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