TANNING FAQ'S

FINDING THE RIGHT TAN TO SUIT YOU…

WHY IS ST.TROPEZ DIFFERENT?

With one St.Tropez tanning product sold every fifteen seconds and one St.Tropez spray tan performed every minute, St.Tropez is the leading Tanning brand chosen by celebrities, professionals and beauty editors alike. St.Tropez’s wardrobe of products provides a natural looking, streak-free tan to suit every skin tone and lifestyle. Our multi-award winning, salon-inspired formulations are paraben-free, easy-to-apply, contain 100% natural tanning agent, as well as our NEW Mood-Boosting fragrance for no self tan smell.

WHICH TAN IS RIGHT FOR ME?

Although every skin tone is different, our wardrobe of products are tailored to provide a natural looking glow to suit every skin tone – whether you’re looking for an instant fix for one night only, a sun-kissed everyday glow or a golden streak-free tan that lasts for days. Generally speaking, you can expect the following results from each of our award winning ranges:

 CLASSIC

Our innovative fragrance technology helps to take away the tell-tale tanning aroma to make way for a beautiful subtle, yet refreshing fragrance.

Created by ST. TROPEZ the tanning experts you trust to get it right.  So whatever skin type, it’s easy to use for the most natural looking, ultimate tan.

  • Allow to develop over 4-8 hours before showering off to reveal a natural looking, streak-free golden tan that lasts 3-5 days. 
  • Ideal for weekly or occasional tanners.

DARK

For a spray tan which give the wow factor, St.Tropez Dark Bronzing Mist will leave your customers thrilled with their deep bronzed look. The signature Aroma-guard fragrance will give them the tanned look without the tell-tale spray tanned smell.

The melanin technology contained in the spray works with the body’s skin cells to deliver a tan which customizes itself with the individual’s natural skin tone.

  • Contains innovative Melanin Technology to ensure your tan tailors to your individual skin tone. The tanning agent (Vegetan Premium) targets more of the brown pigments in the skin for a darker, but natural tan taking you a few shades darker than the Self Tan Classic range. 
  • Lasts 4-7 days
  • For regular tanners or those seeking a deeper, darker bronze that lasts longer.

EXPRESS

Self Tan Express is St. Tropez’s most revolutionary tan yet. It lets you select how dark you want to go by choosing when you shower. The formulation contains fast-acting ingredients that absorb quickly into the skin while intelligent shade technology allows you to select your depth of color; For a light, sun-kissed glow – shower after 1 hour. For a golden-bronze tan – leave on for 2 hours. For a deeper, darker result – wait 3 hours or more.

  • Formulated with 100% Natural DHA
  • Non Transfer, Mistake proof, streak-free tan No self tan smell, with our new mood enhancing breakthrough fragrance
  • Shower off guide color after 1, 2, or 3 hours of development

PREP & MAINTAIN

  • Maintain your Self or Gradual tan for longer with daily moisturization using our Tan Enhancing Body Moisturizer and exfoliate twice a week with our Tan Enhancing Body Polish for no-streaks and even fade. 
  • Alternatively, extend the life of your fake tan for up to 3 days longer with our Tan Booster – the perfect top-up as your Tan begins to fade.

 

ST.TROPEZ contains a higher concentration of the tanning agent (DHA), which provides a natural looking tan that lasts up to 5 days after just one application. ALL contain a tinted guide color and also benefit from an instant wearable color while your tan develops underneath. Tan should ideally be left to develop between 4-8hrs (1-3hrs for Express) before showering off the tinted guide color to reveal your natural looking tan. The developed color will then last between 3 –10 days depending on which product was used and how the tan is maintained.

PREP

For an ultra-even, streak-free fake tan, always ensure you’re working with a clean canvas. Remove any old Tan Build Up with our Remover Mitt and exfoliate with our Tan Enhancing Body Polish 24 hours before applying your Self Tan to remove dead skin cells

MAINTAIN

Maintain your tan for up to 3 days longer with daily moisturization to keep skin hydrated and exfoliate twice a week for even fade. Try Self Tan Booster to extend the life of your tan for up to 3 days longer.


I HAVE NEVER USED ST. TROPEZ BEFORE, IS THERE ANYTHING I SHOULD BE AWARE OF BEFORE FOLLOWING THE APPOINTMENT?

As everyone’s skin tone and type is individual to them, we highly recommend carrying out a patch test 24hrs prior to applying any tanning product for the first time.

HOW DO YOU CARRY OUT A PATCH/SKIN TEST?

Apply a small amount of the self tan product with a cotton bud to the inner crease of the elbow or behind the ear and leave dry for 24hrs. If any contraindications occur such as redness, swelling, inflammation or itching, avoid using the product as this is a positive reaction for sensitivity. If no reaction occurs then it is fine to proceed with the full body application.

HOW LONG DO I NEED TO WAIT BEFORE SHOWERING AFTER APPLYING ST.TROPEZ?

  • For optimum results, we advise avoiding showering, swimming, sweating for 4-8 hours (ideally 8hrs) to allow your tan to develop on the skin. 
  • Our new professional Express Mist can be left to develop between 1-3 hours.

CAN I SWIM ONCE I HAVE APPLIED ST.TROPEZ?

 It is advisable to allow 4-12 hours development of your tan before washing or swimming. Once your tan has developed you can swim but sea water and chlorinated pools may result in your tan fading more quickly.


MAINTAINING THE PERFECT SUNLESS TAN

HOW LONG WILL MY ST.TROPEZ TAN LAST?

Everyone’s skin naturally exfoliates at a different rate, but your tan will last anything between 4-7 days, with good preparation and maintenance this could be considerably longer. To ensure your tan looks great for as long as possible use ST.TROPEZ Tan Enhancing Body Exfoliator to remove all your dead skin cells to provide an even surface to tan. Following application keep the skin hydrated with daily application of St.Tropez Tan Enhancing Moisturizer. For perfect fade exfoliate every 2-3 days. Why not try our Self Tan Booster which is proven to extend the life of your tan for up to 3 days. All available at Spa la Vie.

SKIN SENSITIVITY

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I THINK I'M SENSITIVE OR ALLERGIC TO ST. TROPEZ?

Although extremely rare, always seek medical advice if you think you have had an allergic reaction to St. Tropez products. We do recommend that you carry out a patch test at least 24 hours before using St. Tropez products whether at home or in salon. ST.TROPEZ has introduced a Self Tan Sensitive range which is hypoallergenic and dermatologically tested however, we do still recommend a patch test prior to using this product.

CAN ST.TROPEZ BE USED DURING PREGNANCY?

The Cosmetic Toiletry and Perfumery Association (CTPA) confirm that spray tan and self-tanning products are safe to use during pregnancy and breastfeeding (lactating mothers may choose to avoid the breast area during the breast feeding stage).
Although there are no known dangers of using tanning products, they can sometimes cause an allergic reaction, particularly during pregnancy when hormone levels are high and skin becomes more sensitive. As with all treatments ST.TROPEZ recommends that a patch test is undertaken at least 24 hours before a tanning treatment and that this is of paramount importance for pregnant women. For anyone with a pre-existing condition or existing health concern, we do advise our pregnant clients to consult their Dr"s prior to starting a tanning regime.

DOES ST. TROPEZ PROTECT ME FROM U.V. EXPOSURE?

No. There are no sun filters in St. Tropez products so it’s very important that you still use a sun protection product with sufficient levels of SPF when exposing your skin to the sun.

CAN I USE ST.TROPEZ IF I HAVE ECZEMA?

ST.TROPEZ can be used on skin disorders such as eczema, however we advise a patch test is completed at least 24hrs to the tan being applied to check for skin sensitivity. Apply ST.TROPEZ Tan Enhancing Body Moisturizer to the dry area/s prior to applying the tan to prevent over-development. Avoid applying tan to any aggravated or broken skin.

CAN ST.TROPEZ COVER STRETCH MARKS OR SCARS?

A tan can help to reduce the appearance of stretch marks and scars.

IS ST.TROPEZ TESTED ON ANIMALS?

ST.TROPEZ is against animal testing and none of our products have been testing on animals.

 DOES ST.TROPEZ PRODUCTS CONTAIN MICRO-BEADS?

We took the decision several years ago to stop using solid plastic particles in our new product development across our entire wash off portfolio, and started the process of substituting this ingredient with natural alternatives. We completed the reformulation of those products which did contain plastic micro particles at the end of 2015 and, despite it often being a lengthy process to properly validate safe and effective alternatives that do not compromise the performance of the product, we are proud to have successfully achieved this.

St.Tropez takes environmental concerns seriously and is committed to protecting our oceans from pollution for the benefit of future generations. For this reason, we have been determined to working as quickly as possible to eliminate this material as a scrub particle from our products ahead of industry recommendations, but well in advance of any likely legislation.

As with any replacement program, there may still be some older products in the supply chain for a period of time, and consumers will be able to identify these by reading the labeling back of pack. To reiterate, St.Tropez no longer uses solid plastic micro particles in the manufacturing of any products globally.

IS ST. TROPEZ TOXIC IN ANY WAY?

None of the active ingredients in St. Tropez have any known toxicity. We use only 100% Natural Tanning Agent, which is Eco-cert approved.

IS ST.TROPEZ SUITABLE FOR ALL AGES?

St.Tropez is safe for all ages and skin types, however we strongly recommend a patch test is carried out at least 24 hours ahead of tanning to check for skin sensitivity, particularly users under 16 years old.

WILL THE SELF TAN DARK RANGE BE TOO DARK FOR MY FAIR SKIN?

The ST.TROPEZ Dark contains our innovative Melanin Technology™ to ensure your tan tailors to your individual skin tone. The tanning agent (Vegetan Premium) targets more of the brown pigments in the skin for a darker, but more natural tan taking you a few shades darker than the Self Tan range, so even pale skins can benefit without the fear of going too dark.

WILL I TURN ORANGE OR GO TOO DARK?

ST.TROPEZ is well known for delivering a natural golden glow. This is due to our unique blend of tanning agents and skin conditioning ingredients that work to the individual’s skin tone to deliver a natural finish that will not develop ‘orange’.

WHY DO SELF TANS SMELL?

The biscuity smell that everyone associates with self tan is caused by the tanning agent DHA (dihydroxyacetone).  We teamed up with top fragrance house Givaudan to create a new fragrance featuring our mood-boosting technology, which works to not only mask the smell but also eliminate it by making it undetectable to the nose or brain.  The new fragrance containing notes of bergamot and green apple combines all those feel-good moments and emotional triggers to capture an invigorating holiday feeling, helping to make the whole tanning process a lot more pleasant and enjoyable.