Well at least those days are over (right?)! I went several years sans tan and still longed to go a teeny bit darker. Exposure to sun only burns me so I constantly lather on SPF 30+. I've had a few sunburns in my life and I'd never like to encounter another (I got a nasty one on my stomach and back a few years ago and I hope to never have that again). Since then I've hunted and tried on different self tanners to develop a solid routine.
To prep for my tan I will exfoliate with a sugar scrub like the one from Tree Hut (Honey Almond is my favorite) and I find that this is more delicate on the skin than a salt scrub. I do also like the mineral body exfoliator from AHAVA, but it is more pricey. Following that I use Nivea's Extended Moisture Body lotion. This lotion is fantastic as it sets in quickly without stickiness and leaves my skin soft and nourished feeling until my next shower.
After moisturizing I follow the instructions per the St. Tropez bottle. I find that apply this in the evening after showering is best so I'll just rinse off in the morning. I haven't had a problem with color transfer to my sheets, but my sheets are a dark grey color so nothing would be too apparent. Additionally, to extend the tan that St. Tropez lends me I'll supplement with the Jergens Natural Glow daily moisturizer. I find that this combination works well and appears quite natural.
This routine worked well for me last summer and continues to this summer. I would like to continue this routine during the school year, lets see how far I can get, but it can be a bit time consuming adding up all the prep time and waiting time for the mouse to dry to the time it takes for the Jergens lotion to set. I guess if you are concerned with having a tan then the time wouldn't bother you. For me, meh. idk, its good for these few more weeks of summer I have. HAHA. I have read and seen loads rave about Xen Tan and I'd like to give that a try in the future, time permitting obviously.
Do you use any products for tanning? What are your thoughts on this silly business?
P.S. This post would have been up sooner if I had planned better prior to embarking on Part 1 of my honeymoon! Part 2 will be following shortly at Universial Studios Orlando with HARRY FREAKING POTTER.Thanks for all your comments on my update post too! I means loads to see so many people excited for HP, like me.