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With one St.Tropez tanning product sold every fifteen seconds and one St.Tropez spray tan performed every minute, St.Tropez is the leading Tanning brand chosen by influencers, celebrities, professionals and beauty editors alike. St.Tropez’s wardrobe of products provides a natural looking, streak-free tan to suit every skin tone and lifestyle. Our multi-award winning, salon-inspired formulations are paraben-free, easy-to-apply, contain 100% natural tanning agent, as well as our bestselling scents for no self tan smell.
Although every skin tone is different, our wardrobe of products are tailored to provide a natural looking glow to suit every skin tone – whether you’re looking for an instant fix for one night only, a sun kissed everyday glow or a golden streak-free tan that lasts for days. Try our Tan Finder to find your perfect match!
Generally speaking, you can expect the following results from each of our award-winning ranges:
- A no-commitment tan that washes off with soap and water
- With Rainmac Technology™, these easy-to-use lotions are water and transfer resistant
- Available in Light/Medium for a golden tan or Medium/Dark for a deeper bronze result, simply apply with an Applicator Mitt and wash off as desired
- Ideal for first time or nervous tanners, a last minute instant fix or one-off special occasions
- A subtle sun kissed glow that you can build daily to achieve your desired depth of tan, with no need to wash off
- Available in Light/Medium and Medium/Dark. Ideal for nervous or first time users or regular tanners looking for a subtle glow/fits into their daily skin care routine
- Use our Gradual Tan Body or Face Lotions in place of your usual moisturizer once a day or every other day as desired to maintain an everyday natural looking tan
SELF TAN CLASSIC
- Apply a one-off application using a St.Tropez Mitt using the tinted formulas to guide application
- Allow to develop over 4—8 hours before showering off to reveal a natural looking, streak-free golden tan that lasts up to 10 days
- Ideal for weekly, occasional tanners or those nervous of a patchy tan
SELF TAN PURITY WATERS
- Apply a one-off application using a St.Tropez Mitt using the light sheen to help guide application
- No rinse, no transfer & a new tropical scent
- Allow to develop over 4—8 hours before showering off to reveal a natural looking, streak-free golden tan that lasts for days
- Transparent and ultra-hydrating formulas packed with natural skincare actives
- Ideal for weekly or occasion tanners and those short on time tanners
SELF TAN EXPRESS
- Apply a one-off application using a St.Tropez Mitt using the tinted formulas to guide application
- Choose your depth of tan by when you rinse off. Rinse off after 1 hour for a sunkissed glow, 2 hours for a medium tan or 3 hours for a deep, dark tan that lasts for days
- Ideal for weekly, occasional tanners or those short on time
SELF TAN DARK
- A one-off application range that contains innovative Melanin Technology to ensure your tan tailors to your individual skin tone. The tanning agent (Vegetan Premium) targets more of the brown pigments in the skin for a darker, but natural tan taking you a few shades darker than the Self Tan Classic range
- Tinted formula to guide application, delivering an olive based tan that lasts 4—7 days
- Ideal for regular tanners or those seeking a deeper, darker bronze that lasts for longer
PREP AND MAINTAIN
- Prepare your skin and remove old or patchy tan with our Tan Remover Mousse
- For stubborn areas use our Tan Remover Mitt with your usual shower products
- Maintain your Self or Gradual tan for longer with daily moisturization using our Tan Enhancing Body Moisturizer and exfoliate twice a week with our Tan Enhancing Body Polish for no-streaks and even fade.
St.Tropez Self Tan contains a higher concentration of the tanning agent (DHA), which provides a natural looking tan that lasts up to 5 days after just one application. Self Tan Classic, Express and Dark contain a tinted guide colour for ease of application (so you can’t miss any patches) and also benefit from an instant wearable colour while your self tan develops underneath. Self Tan should ideally be left to develop between 4 to 8hrs (excluding Express) before showering off the tinted guide colour to reveal your natural-looking tan. The developed colour will then last between 3 and 10 days depending on which product was used and how the tan is maintained.
St.Tropez Gradual Tan contains less tanning agent than Self Tan, providing a light sunkissed glow. It does not contain a tinted guide colour which is ideal for discreet tanning every day and should still be left on the skin to develop over time (although you will see results from 4 to 12 hours). This product range is ideal for those who wish for a light tan or to build up their depth of colour. Gradual Tan can be applied daily or every other day to build greater depth of colour, but it will not develop as dark as a Self Tan product.
The main active tanning ingredient used in St.Tropez formulations is Dihydroxyacetone (also known as DHA), which is derived from plant sources such as wheat and rapeseed. St.Tropez uses a 100% natural form of DHA called Vegetan. This is combined with a unique blend of skin conditioning ingredients (including Vitamin E) that protect and hydrate the skin whilst providing a natural-looking tan. The DHA reacts chemically with the amino acids found in the upper epidermis (top layer) of the skin producing different tones of colouration from yellow to brown. Each person has a different level of amino acids which is why we all naturally tan slightly differently in the sun. In the same way, every self tan result is individual to you and tailors to your individual skin tone. DHA should be left to develop on the skin between 4 to 8 hours for optimum results. Vegetan Premium (used in St.Tropez Self Tan Dark & our Professional Express Mist), has additional brown/black plant pigments to achieve a deeper tanning result.
For an ultra-even, streak-free fake tan, always ensure you’re working with a clean canvas. Remove any old tan build up with our Remover Mitt and Tan Remover Mousse. Always exfoliate and remove any unwanted body hair 24 hours before tanning to ensure pores are closed. Make sure your skin is free from any moisturizer, perfume, deodorant and essential oils just before your tan application.
Apply a small amount of Tan Enhancing Body Moisturizer to hands, elbows, knees and feet and any other dry patches – this will ensure the tan doesn’t over develop. For an even, streak free tan, we always recommend using a St.Tropez Tan Applicator Mitt, which is lined and waterproof to prevent the palms of your hands getting stained.
Apply your choice of Self Tan (whether it’s Self Tan Classic, Dark Mousse, Lotion or Spray), in long sweeping upward motions. in an upwards, sweeping movement ensuring you overlap each area. Claw your hands, separating your fingertips before applying the residual tan on your Mitt to hands, followed by feet. Allow to dry for a few minutes (or until touch dry), before getting dressed and allow your tan to develop over 4—8 hours for optimum results, before showering off the guide color to reveal a natural-looking, streak-free tan. If you have chosen Express Tan, then shower off after 1-3 hours depending on the depth of tan you desire.
Whilst your tan is on the skin developing, wear loose dark clothing; do not get the skin wet and avoid exercise. Our Self Tan Purity Bronzing Waters are clear formulas that will leave a light gleam to guide application. You don’t have to rinse it off and it doesn’t transfer onto clothing or bedding.
Maintain your tan for up to 3 days longer with daily moisturization to keep skin hydrated and exfoliate twice a week for even fade.
Exfoliate the face before tan application. We have specially designed products for the face, that are non-pore blocking and give you a natural finish. Apply your chosen tan to the face, just the same way you would do with a face moisturiser and blend into the hair line and over the ears for a flawless finish. You can try our NEW Gradual Tinted Moisturiser + Primer and achieve the trendy “no make up” make up look
As everyone’s skin tone and type is individual to them, we highly recommend carrying out a patch test 24hrs prior to applying any tanning product for the first time. HOW DO YOU CARRY OUT A PATCH/SKIN TEST?
Apply a small amount of the self tan product with a cotton bud to the inner crease of the elbow or behind the ear and leave dry for 24hrs. If any contra-actions occur such as redness, swelling, inflammation or itching, avoid using the product as this is a positive reaction for sensitivity. If no reaction occurs then it is fine to proceed with the full body application.
All St.Tropez products can be used on the face however, we also have products that have been designed specifically with delicate skin in mind. For the easiest way to tan your face, try our Self Tan Purity Bronzing Water Face Mist This tropically scented transparent tan requires no rinsing or blending so you can simply spritz & glow under or over makeup, day or night. Infused with hyaluronic acid and natural skincare actives, your glow will subtly develop over 4-8 hours.
Apply a light layer of St.Tropez Tan Enhancing Body Moisturizer to your hands and feet prior to applying your tan to avoid too much product clinging to these extra dry areas. When applying your tanning product, only blend the excess product on to your hands and feet for a more natural finish. When using spray tanning products hold the can 10 inches away and claw the hand so the spray falls in the creases.
To tan your hand we recommend forming a claw like shape and applying the left over tan from your mitt in 3-4 strokes down your hand to your fingers. For best results, use our Self Tan Purity Face Mist on hands and feet for a streak-free and subtle finish.
- Our Self Tan Purity Bronzing Waters, Instant Tan or Gradual Tan products do not need to be washed off, excluding our Shower collection. For Gradual Tan In Shower Lotion we recommend rinsing off after 3 minutes and for Gradual Tan One Minute Pre-Shower Tanning Mousse just 1 minute
- For optimum results using our Self Tan products, we advise avoiding showering, swimming, sweating for 4—8 hours (ideally 8hrs) to allow your Self Tan to develop on the skin, with the exception of Self Tan Express and Extra Dark where you can rinse off after 1-3 hours and 4 hours respectively, depending on your desired depth of tan
- Our new professional Express Mist can be left to develop between 1 and 3 hours.
We advise allowing 8+ hours development of your tan before washing or swimming. Once your tan has developed you can swim but sea water and chlorinated pools may result in your tan fading more quickly.
St.Tropez products develop to your natural skin tone to provide a tan to suit you and wont turn the skin yellow. If you do have any colour variation, simply remove with our Tan Remover Mousse in just 5 minutes and re-apply, ensuring your skin is dry and clean. Keep your natural-looking tan fresh by exfoliating every 2-3 days and keep skin moisturized.
Everyone’s skin naturally exfoliates at a different rate, but depending on the product you use, your tan will last anything between 4—10 days, with good preparation and maintenance this could be considerably longer. To ensure your tan looks great for as long as possible use St.Tropez Tan Remover Mousse to remove all your dead skin cells, old tan and to rebalance your skin prior to application. Following application keep the skin hydrated with daily application of St.Tropez Tan Enhancing Moisturiser. For perfect fade exfoliate every 2—3 days.
The St.Tropez Self Tan Classic, Express, Dark and Gradual Tan Tinted ranges contain a guide color so you can see exactly where you apply it. You don’t need to worry about applying too much – only missed bits can give an uneven or patchy finish. The St.Tropez Gradual Classic, Shower and Self Tan Purity Bronzing Waters collections do not contain a guide color but it does leave a light sheen on the skin so you can see where you have applied. All St.Tropez products also contain hydrating ingredients such as Apricot Oil and Aloe Vera which makes application smoother whilst hydrating the skin. We always recommend using an Applicator Mitt to apply any product to ensure a flawless finish and fully recommend daily moisturization and exfoliating skin twice a week for a long-lasting no-streaks finish and even fade.
Although extremely rare, always seek medical advice if you think you have had an allergic reaction to St.Tropez products. We do recommend that you carry out a patch test at least 24 hours before using St.Tropez products whether at home or in salon.
The Cosmetic Toiletry and Perfumery Association (CTPA) confirm that spray tan and self-tanning products are safe to use during pregnancy and breastfeeding (lactating mothers may choose to avoid the breast area during the breast feeding stage).
Although there are no known dangers of using tanning products, they can sometimes cause an allergic reaction, particularly during pregnancy when hormone levels are high and skin becomes more sensitive. As with all treatments, St.Tropez recommends that a patch test is undertaken at least 24 hours before a tanning treatment and that this is of paramount importance for pregnant women. For anyone who is pregnant and suffering with a pre-existing condition or existing health concern, we would advise to consult their doctors prior to starting a tanning regime.
Whilst there is nothing in the products that would be harmful to children, we don’t promote self tan products to children. For our professional spray tans we have clear safety guidelines that our St.Tropez approved salons are trained to follow: we would not advise children have a spray tan but if parental permission has been given, then a parent/guardian must be present during the tan. We do have Instant Tan at-home, cosmetic products which are designed to be washed off that you may deem to be more suitable.
No. There are no sun filters in St.Tropez products so it’s very important that you still use a sun protection product with sufficient levels of SPF when exposing your skin to the sun.
St.Tropez can be used on skin disorders such as eczema, however we advise a patch test is completed at least 24hrs to the tan being applied to check for skin sensitivity. Apply St.Tropez Tan Enhancing Body Moisturizer to the dry area/s prior to applying the tan to prevent over-development. Avoid applying tan to any aggravated or broken skin.
St.Tropez can help to minimize the appearance of Vitiligo. We recommend you apply a St.Tropez Self Tan product to the lighter areas with a cotton bud and allow to dry. Leave for at least 8 hours and then wash away the guide color. If the tan is not dark enough repeat the process. Alternatively St.Tropez Instant Tan can be applied to the area as a temporary cover-up measure.
A tan can help to reduce the appearance of stretch marks and scars. Apply a St.Tropez Self Tan product to the area with a cotton bud. Leave for at least 8 hours and then wash away the guide color, then apply your all-over tan as normal. If the tan is not dark enough, repeat approximately every 8 hours until satisfied.
We took the decision several years ago to stop using solid plastic particles in our new product development across our entire wash off portfolio, and started the process of substituting this ingredient with natural alternatives. We completed the reformulation of those products which did contain plastic micro particles at the end of 2015 and despite it often being a lengthy process to properly validate safe and effective alternatives that do not compromise the performance of the product, we are proud to have successfully achieved this.
St.Tropez takes environmental concerns seriously and is committed to protecting our oceans from pollution for the benefit of future generations. For this reason, we have been determined to working as quickly as possible to eliminate this material as a scrub particle from our products ahead of industry recommendations, but well in advance of any likely legislation.
As with any replacement program, there may still be some older products in the supply chain for a period of time, and consumers will be able to identify these by reading the labeling on the back of pack. To reiterate, St.Tropez no longer uses solid plastic micro particles in the manufacturing of any products globally.
All our tanning products are formulated with vegan-friendly and 100% naturally derived DHA.
St.Tropez is safe for all ages and skin types however, we strongly recommend a patch test is carried out at least 24 hours ahead of tanning to check for skin sensitivity, particularly on users under 16 years old.
The St.Tropez Self Tan Dark range contains our innovative Melanin Technology™ to ensure your tan tailors to your individual skin tone. The tanning agent (Vegetan Premium) targets more of the brown pigments in the skin for a darker, but more natural tan taking you a few shades darker than the Self Tan range, so even pale skins can benefit without the fear of going too dark.
St.Tropez Instant tans contains RAINMAC™ Technology which combines select ingredients to ensure your tan is water & transfer resistant and gives you 24hr wear (Ideal for one night only).
St.Tropez is well known for delivering a natural-looking golden glow. This is due to our unique blend of tanning agents and skin conditioning ingredients that work to the individual’s skin tone to deliver a natural finish that will not develop ‘orange’.
The biscuity smell that everyone associates with self tan is caused by the tanning agent DHA (dihydroxyacetone). We teamed up with top fragrance house Givaudan to create our signature fragrance, featuring our mood-boosting technology, which works to not only mask the smell but also eliminate it by making it undetectable to the nose or brain. This fragrance contains notes of bergamot and green apple and combines all those feel-good moments and emotional triggers to capture an invigorating holiday feeling, helping to make the whole tanning process a lot more pleasant and enjoyable! We have also introduced two new fragrances, so you now have more choice. Our award-winning Self Tan Purity Bronzing Waters have a light and refreshing tropical fragrance, while our Bronzing Watermelon Infusion Mousse and Lotion have a juicy and fresh watermelon scent. We’d love to know which St.Tropez scent you love the most!