St Tropez Gradual Tan in Shower

I’m not a die-hard fake tan girl, but I do love a glow. I feel better with a bit of colour but too rubbish at maintenance to keep up a full fake tan year round. So I tend to chop and change between being tanned or going natural. Anything that potentially offers me the chance to have a tan without the need for all the effort immediately catches my attention. The newest launch from St Tropez Gradual Tan In Shower was one of the most perfect examples of a product just designed to take all the hassle out of a beauty chore.


Firstly, let me introduce the product and what it promises/offers. It’s an in shower product, in a similar vein to that of the Nivea In Shower moisturiser. You apply and massage into skin whilst in the shower – and leave it on for three minutes whilst not under the water. It’s best to actually step out of the shower for the application so you don’t immediately rinse it off. Then after those three minutes you can hop back in rinse off, jump out and pay yourself dry. The colour that develops is a gradual one – probably even a little more gradual than the actual St Tropez Gradual Tan product. It’s subtle, a nice way to maybe boost a post holiday tan or if you really just want a touch of natural colour then it’s ideal.

In terms of ease of use it’s much easier and quicker than other types of tan – albeit more subtle than a ‘proper’ self tan product. The whole ‘having to get out of the shower’ thing is a little bit of a faff, but not exactly the worlds biggest hardship. I just use the time to hop out, brush my teeth and wash my face. By the time I’m done it’s time to hop back in and rinse off.

One downside is that because it is a tan there’s still the chance of uneven/patches. I found the colour still stuck to dryer patches around my ankles and heels. So don’t forget to have a good scrub whilst you’re at it – an easy to forget step when it comes to gradual tan anyway, especially one as easy to apply as this one.

All in all, I do love a quick and easy product so this gets a thumbs up from me with the slight caveat that you need to still be careful on application and also be aware when they say gradual they do mean it. But thank you tanning product world – keep the quick and easy solutions coming!

St Tropez Gradual Tan in Shower



  1. August 17, 2015 / 8:25 am

    I’m loving this tan right now. You’re right, it is subtle but it manages to take the edge off the whiteness so I look a bit healthy without being tangoed!

  2. Alex | Pink Elephant Blog
    August 17, 2015 / 11:11 am

    I like the general the idea behind this tan but the thought of standing in the shower for 3 minutes with the water off and freezing really terrifies me! :O

    Alex | Pink Elephant Blog.

  3. August 17, 2015 / 1:01 pm

    I recently purchased this too, I’m super lazy when it comes to tanning so this is so good for me haha, I found the same about it being slightly patchy in places but still a great gradual tan x

    Lucy |

  4. August 20, 2015 / 2:59 pm

    Want to try this so badly! Saw it on offer on the boots website the other week, went in the next day and it was full price again 🙁 Gutted! Need to make the purchase soon though looks decent! I’m all up for the easy tanning life haha 🙂

    Pippa | LittleLifestyle

  5. August 27, 2015 / 10:45 am

    I bought this as the first self-tanning product i’ve ever tried as it seemed so easy and simple. I found that i’ve only used it a few times as I can’t be bothered to wait the 3 minutes, cold and naked! 🙂

    Great review, it’s nice to see an honest review when so many others seem to be raving about it with no downsides or things to consider.

  6. September 3, 2015 / 7:10 am

    After showering, the self-tan actives will naturally start to work, developing gradually and deepening with regular reapplication within the shower. Carry out a patch test 24 hours prior to use, apply for 3 minutes then rinse off.

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