When ever I think of self tanners St Tropez is the first brand that pops into my head.
This is probably because it was the first brand I ever used and for a long, long while it
was the market leader and the one that most celebrities hailed as their tanning secret.

As much as I like the original St Tropez self tanning mousse sometimes I require
a more subtle tan particularly in the winter months when an all out summer glow doesn't quite seem fitting
but I still want to perk my pasty skin up a little that is when gradual tanners are a godsend
as they warm the skin gently giving a healthy dose of colour without looking over the top!

Recently I have been testing out St Tropez Everyday Gradual Tan Mousse,
which is pretty much the mother of all gradual tanners.
Unlike most gradual products which tend to favour a body lotion type of approach this
is a mousse product which makes application a breeze as it glides on with such ease and dries in record speed - another element you will be thankful for when the winter comes a knocking!
Sadly it is not a tinted formula so you do have to apply with some precision to ensure the best results,
my tip is to use a tanning mitt and go over each area twice.

St Tropez Everyday Gradual Tan Mousse is not an instant tanning product so it does take a few hours
for the colour to develop, I tend to apply it at night and then rinse away the self tanning smell
in the morning - truthfully the scent isn't too bad with this product 
but you can still tell that false tanner has been used.

You can use this as often as you like, my advice would be to use it daily until you achieve
the shade you wish to be then maintain the tan with a top up every third day or so.
One application of this product warms my skin by around one shade darker
which truthfully is all I want from a gradual tanner.
When used daily I did find this product to be a little drying so I would alternate days
of using it with a good rich body butter to prevent the skin drying out.

St Tropez Everyday Gradual Tan Mousse* 120ml/£16.34 via Hairtrade - link

Self Tan Disclaimer - I do not show before and after photos as self tanners are an individualist product and truly do depend on your natural skin tone and wouldn't want to display unrealistic results for some.