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How To Use A Gradual Tan Moisturiser

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From a light, sunkissed radiance to a deep, golden bronze, a gradual tan is great way to build a natural-looking tan that’s tailored to you. As one of the easiest fake tans to apply, we show you how to use St.Tropez gradual tanner, and offer our insight into some of the best products to try.  

Why use a gradual tan?

If you’re new to the world of tanning, a gradual tan is a great place to start. Tanning moisturiser can be applied and reapplied until you achieve your desired depth of tan. 

The St.Tropez gradual tans are really hydrating (perfect for dry skin!) and offer a beautiful, sunkissed glow that fades evenly.  

How to apply gradual tanning lotion

Step 1: Prep the skin

Exfoliate well and moisturise before applying any sort of tanning moisturiser, including gradual tan. Pay close attention to particularly dry areas, like the knees and elbows. 

Step 2: Reach for your gradual tan

Apply your chosen gradual tan moisturiser with your hand or a mitt, smoothing carefully from the legs upwards. We recommend using circular motions to ensure all areas are evenly covered. 

Step 3: Wash your hands

You don’t want your hands to be darker than the rest of your body – it’s a major tanning faux pas! Make sure you wash your hands thoroughly to avoid staining or over tanning them. 

Step 4: Enjoy the glow!

After 4-8 hours, your gradual tan will be fully developed into a natural, sunkissed glow. To achieve a deeper bronzed look, reapply daily to build your tan. 

The best St.Tropez gradual tan

Our iconic gradual tanners are firm favourites for many, creating a gorgeous, glowing tan that is easy to apply and build up. 

  1. The everyday classic mousse
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    The everyday classic mousse

    Try the St.Tropez Gradual Tan Classic Everyday Mousse for a subtle radiance. It’s great for those who are new to self tanning! Whether you’re going for a gently bronzed look or a deep golden tan, our lightweight tanning mousse can be applied daily, until you reach your desired level of glow. 

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  2. The everyday classic lotion 
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    The everyday classic lotion 

    Available in two beautiful shades, the St.Tropez Gradual Tan Classic Everyday Body Lotion is a great option for those with dry skin. This ultra-hydrating gradual tanning lotion offers up to 48-hours of moisture and a natural-looking glow that can be built up daily.

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  3. A fruity twist on a classic
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    A fruity twist on a classic

    Why not try the St.Tropez Watermelon Gradual Tanning Lotion for a new summery scent?

    Our uplifting, refreshing watermelon gradual tan offers the same easy application and flawless, radiant glow that lasts up to 10 days as our classic gradual tanner. Infused with Watermelon Extract and Hyaluronic Acid, lock in moisture for up to 72-hours and reapply to build a deep, even tan. 

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  4. A hint of tint for the body 
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    A hint of tint for the body 

    If you’re in a rush and looking for a tanning moisturiser that offers an instant radiance boost, opt for the St.Tropez tinted moisturisers. 

    The St.Tropez Gradual Tan Tinted Everyday Body Lotion provides a beautiful hint of bronze from the moment you apply, while developing into a long-lasting, natural tan in just 4-8 hours. 

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  5. A hint of tint for the face 
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    A hint of tint for the face 

    And for the face? Try the St.Tropez Gradual Tan Tinted Everyday Moisturiser and Primer Face Cream for a non-pore blocking, sunkissed glow. A great substitute for makeup, this gradual face tan with tint is perfect for bare face days when you still want a subtle glow.   

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  6. A pre-shower glow
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    A pre-shower glow

    Convenience is key when it comes to gradual tanners, so anything you can include into your existing routine is a bonus. 

    The world’s first St.Tropez Gradual Tan One Minute Pre-Shower Tanning Mousse creates a subtle sunkissed glow from day one, and can easily fit into your everyday regime. Apply directly to dry skin, then jump in the shower after one minute (yes, one minute!) to achieve a light bronze in just 4-8 hours. If you’re after a deeper, radiant tan, leave on for slightly longer before showering.  

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  7. An in-shower glow 
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    An in-shower glow 

    Looking for something even quicker? We’ve got you covered with our in-shower gradual tan – perfect for on-the-go glow getters. Simply apply the St.Tropez Gradual Tan in Shower Golden Glow Medium Lotion during your shower for 3 consecutive days to achieve a medium, golden tan that looks natural and fades evenly.

     

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