It’s almost summer, y’all, which means bring on the bronzers and self-tanning solutions. Honestly, the warm-weather couldn’t come soon enough for my pale skin. I wear SPF religiously, so I stay protected from harmful UV rays — plus, I live in San Francisco, a city that’s not known for poolside hangouts on the reg, to say the least. Don’t get me wrong, though: I totally embrace my fair complexion, but sometimes, I miss being bronzed.
I’ve found several sunless tanners that I love for my body (shout-out to Vita Liberata Body Blur Instant HD Skin Finish [$45]), but I’ve never discovered one that works well for my face. I have sensitive skin that would freak if I just slathered it with whatever I was using on my bod, so discovering the new St. Tropez Tanning Essentials Self Tan Express Bronzing Face Sheet Mask ($9), launching at Sephora on May 22 and everywhere else this June, has been a perfect find for summer. It gives me a noticeable glow, doesn’t wreck my skin, and works quickly. Here, four answers to the questions that are likely lingering in your head. Read on and learn why I’m obsessed AF.
Does it actually work? This sheet mask delivers on its promise to gradually bronze your skin. It doesn’t turn you orange by any means, and you’ll definitely notice an immediate sun-kissed effect after application before the full depth kicks in over eight hours. I wake up looking like I spent the day at the beach; it’s the best thing EVER.
Can I control how dark my color is? You can easily customize the color you want by tweaking how long you leave the mask on. Five minutes of wear will give you a light, natural-looking glow, while opting to go for the full 15 minutes will result in a fresh-from-a-tropical-island tan. I find the best color for my fair skin tone comes after exactly 10 minutes of sheet-masking.
Will I look orange? Just like the full range of St. Tropez products, the formula never appears orange, red, or brown; it’s a truly gorgeous glow that’ll have people asking you why you look so good (aren’t those days the best?). It’s also a lifesaver if you’re dealing with post-vacation-tan unevenness.
Is it possible to overdo it? Everything is pre-packaged, taking the guesswork out of the application. Simply fit the mask over your face and you’re set.
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