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Can you really tan in the shower?

St. Tropez Gradual Tan

Hey, want to get a tan while you’re showering?

When I first read about this new product by St. Tropez (the ultimate tanning peeps), I was completely skeptical. How could you get a tan, while you’re in the shower? Showering? WITH WATER? Wouldn’t that like, rinse it off? Aren’t you NOT SUPPOSED TO GET WET? WHAT IS HAPPENING TO THE WORLD! I DON’T UNDERSTAND!!

So as I’m sure you can imagine, I hightailed it to my nearest Sephora to go check it out myself. It’s called Gradual Tan “In Shower”, the in showering tanning lotion. Mkay…. (pursed lips…mmm hmmm. Really!)

I got home and read the directions – yadda yadda, get a natural looking tan, streak free, no orange, no bad smells. Okay. So you get in the shower, and wash your body, exfoliate with a good scrub like you would a regular spray tan or lotion tan. Directions then say turn off the water, and take a handful of the lotion – while you’re still wet – and rub it all over your body. Then you’re supposed to stand there for 3 minutes, then turn the shower back on, and rinse it off, and get out of the shower, and go about your happy-go-lucky day. It says to do this everyday in the shower until you’ve reached your desired level of tan-ness.

Okay simple enough! I hopped in, exfoliated, and got ready to apply. But then I realized something. I have to stand in the shower? Without the water on? For 3 MINUTES? I’m gonna get cold….I don’t know if you’re like me or not (maybe I’m just a cold blooded unicorn, right?) But I get cold very easily, and standing wet and cold in the shower, for even just 3 minutes, put a frown on my face. So what I did, is I just pushed the showerhead away from my body and left a little space in the shower where I could stand without getting wet, but also where I could easily watch the clock. This way the steam from the hot water at least would continue to warm me, and I wouldn’t have to endure 3 endless minutes of wet shivering. ( #firstworldproblems)

I will note as well, that the directions do say, DO NOT GO OVER 3 MINUTES. I don’t know if something really, really, bad will happen, like your skin will start to wrinkle or turn orange like a carrot, or that Justin Beiber might appear, rapping in your bathroom, but I followed the rules to a T just in case.

It was very easy to apply and with the creaminess of the lotion and the water still on the skin, it made it simple to see that you couldn’t give yourself streaks as long as you went over every inch of you. There was a slight tanning smell, but nothing really to give a pause about. I stood there, waiting for the clock to hit 3 minutes, counting my toes and re-rubbing my arms and legs to make sure I had applied it evenly enough. DING! we were done, and I rinsed off, and hopped out of the shower and toweled off.

I swore when I got out, that it looked like I was actually a little more tan. Say whaaaaat? It seems impossible to me that I could tan in 3 minutes, so I decided it must be my mind playing tricks on me. Every hour after that, I checked my skin, and to my surprise and delight, it actually was working! There WAS an actual tan glow that seemed to get a little darker as the evening went on. Tanning in the shower! Winning!

The next day, I did it again when I had my usual shower. Same thing, same everything as the day went on. I actually looked like I was getting more tan! This stuff actually works! MINDBLOWN.

I used it three days in a row, and by the third day I looked like I had a perfectly even, light brown tan. WHAT THE HELL! This is a miracle for us who hate having that sticky tanning lotion on for 8 hours, or 6 hours, or even my recent favorite the 1-2-3 hour express tans. I noticed a bit of a tanning smell by the third day that lingers a bit, but if that’s the only thing it has, I’d say this is the best tanning revolutionary product I’ve seen in ages. All in all, I’d say try it for yourself. Leave a comment below of your take on it. What did you think?

Aimee J’Adore Pick? YES

Worth the price? It was $25 (US Dollars), which is a bit spendy for how much and how often you use it, but weighing the pros and cons, it could be totally worth it to you.

Pros – No need to wait long hours for a tan to develop, easy application, you don’t need one of those weird mitts, no orange color, not much of a smell, only 3 minutes in the shower! Gradual, buildable light, natural golden color.

Cons – For us weaklings, 3 minutes in the shower can be difficult, but I figured out the method to tough it out. Price wise to how much you would use it, could get a bit spendy to keep up with your new tanning addiction. May not get as dark, dark tan as some girls need.

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