The Find: St Tropez’s Gradual Tan In Shower Lotion. Yes, “in shower”.

Image: supplied.

Two things you might not know about me: 1) I still lick my plate after particularly good meals (at home, obviously, I’m not that uncultured…). 2) I own about seven bottles of fake tan but never get around to using them because, well, I can never be bothered taking the time to do so.

Introducing the product every beauty die-hard is coveting: St Tropez’s Gradual Tan In Shower Lotion, $39.95. Yes, “in shower” as in, you apply the good stuff while your skin is wet.

But won’t that make it look weird and streaky? How does it sink in if your skin is wet? We had the same internal monologue but don’t worry – the experts at St Tropez have thought it through.

Basically you need to shower and wash yourself. Then, turn off the shower stream and apply the lotion onto your wet skin as you would with moisturiser.

Please excuse the cringeworthy leg shot... (Image: supplied.)


Be sure to massage it into your skin and apply evenly. Next step? Wait three minutes for it to sink in. Three minutes might sound like a piece of cake but it can actually feel like an eternity when you’re standing wet and naked in the shower.


My advice? Chuck a hair mask on at the same time. Two birds. One stone. Once the three minutes is up, it’s time to turn the shower back on and rinse off.

Be sure to pay extra attention to scrubbing your hands to avoid your palms looking as though they’ve taken a trip to the Bahamas. Dry off and voila - you’re done.

"My advice? Chuck a hair mask on at the same time. Two birds. One stone." (Image supplied)


The patented formula (it’s basically the beauty equivalent of the KFC Colonel’s seven secret herbs and spices) activates on wet skin and uses sweet almond oil to hydrate and seal in the colour. The rest? I think it’s probably just magic.

I cannot begin to tell you the joy of washing off the lotion, emerging from the shower and hopping into bed without that greasy fake tan feeling.

Bonus points for the fact that I could nod off knowing that my side of the bed would not be a shade of brown by the morning. It’s genius.

It’s recommended that you apply it a few times in the shower before seeing big results. I found that it didn’t make too much difference after the first application, but by the third and fourth I was seeing some nice, even, natural-looking results.

There are currently 4537+ Australians on the waiting list for this product (it hits our shores on October 15 - put it in your diary), and it’s estimated one tube of it gets sold every 10 minutes in the UK.

If, like me, you’re extremely lazy when it comes to any form of faux tan, this product can take the fuss out of your beauty regime. And no one can ever accuse you of “smelling like fake tan” again.

St Tropez’s Gradual Tan In Shower Lotion is available at Priceline, Myer, David Jones and leading salons. 

Will you be trying the St Tropez Gradual Tan In Shower Lotion?