I haven't issued an official reminder in approximately 13 minutes, so here it is: Sun exposure can cause skin cancer (not to mention premature signs of aging, hyperpigmentation and melasma). I'll spare you a(nother) lengthy rant about how about vitamin D is easily absorbed by the body in supplement form and just cut to the chase: I, too — despite being a sun-averse, dermatologist-worshipping, vampirish, always-crosses-to-the-shady-side-of-the-street beauty editor — like to look tan sometimes.
In fact, I'm naturally olive-complected, which means my skin rarely burns and I can look sickly and green when I'm at my palest. But spending time in the sun without my trusty high-SPF, broad-spectrum sunscreen simply isn't an option for me. So I turn to self tanners. And most recently, I've come to swear by this super-lightweight mist-on version from St. Tropez, which the brand sent me toward the beginning of the summer.
As someone who loves a good face mist and obsessively spritzes herself with one throughout the day, the mechanism of using this watery spray is super appealing to me: You literally just spray it all over skin — it can be before makeup and skin-care products or after, doesn't even matter — and then let it sit for about 30 seconds to dry before moving on with the rest of your beauty routine/life. Yes, like all self-tanners, it works best when you've exfoliated first, but other than that, it's totally low-maintenance and pretty fool-proof. There's no need to rub it or blend it into skin; the airy, fine mist takes care of evenly dispersing the product (and therefore the color it imbues) for you.
Now for the drawbacks: It has a very strong fruity-floral scent that's attempting to cover up that infamous DHA self-tanner smell (which, I've noted before, I seem to be the only person on the planet who doesn't inherently abhor). I could do without that heavy fragrance, but otherwise I've found the formula to be pretty downside-free. I did notice that some of the Sephora reviewers complain that the color isn't noticeable enough, but that, perhaps, is precisely why I like it so much: The results are natural and subtle, with no telltale orange tones or splotchy patches. I've become so enamored with it, I've even begun to use it on the rest of my body, laying down a towel on the bathroom floor before generously spritzing it all over my arms and legs. It's an off-label use, but honestly, it's one of the fastest, least-streaky, most fool-proof self-tanners I've found, so you can sure as hell bet I'm going to just start putting it everywhere I have skin.*
*Not actually everywhere, don't worry.
St. Tropez Self Tan Purity Bronzing Water Face Mist, $30, available here
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