I Tried St. Tropez’s New In-Shower Self-Tanner

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It’s self-tanning season, which means you’re probably looking for the fastest (and easiest) way to get a safe glow (meaning the kind with zero UV radiation). That’s where St. Tropez’s new rinse-off self-tanner comes in.

The amazing feature about this formula is that it develops on wet skin and washes clean after three minutes. All you have to do is get clean in a warm shower, then turn off the water and rub the creamy self-tanner all over your body while your skin is still wet. Wait three minutes, then rinse. Here’s how it works: Wet skin has a smooth, porous surface that enables the tanning ingredient, DHA, to penetrate much faster than when skin is dry. A thin solvent in the formula protects the DHA from breaking down, and within three minutes, enough DHA has reacted with the amino acids in the skin to produce a tan. So after rinsing, the color should continue to develop for eight hours. And like any gradual tanner, you can apply it two or three days in a row for a deeper color.

I found the product much easier to use than traditional gradual self-tanners, and after three applications, my skin was a nice golden shade. The color was pretty and no so obvious (about two to three shades darker than my naturally fair tone), without a single streak.

A word of caution: Be sure to completely rinse the tanner off your skin before leaving the

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