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St. Tropez One Night Only Wash Off Face & Body Lotion

Long-time readers know I consider myself to be an authority on self-tanning.

I wish I could blame a year of Covid isolation for why I look like I live in a cave, but I am just naturally as pale as a ghost.  And as I age, I’m getting paler and my skin thinner, so you can see everything.  A little healthy color helps make my skin look smooth, slightly toned and hides all those veins, lumps, and bumps.

This time of year, I’m all about achieving a realistic faux tan, whether it’s at the local salon or in my bathroom, but I don’t always have the time to go through the whole process. And it is a process. 

Earlier this month, I found myself getting dressed to go to a wedding (I wore this high/low maxi in red from Nordstrom) and just ran out of time to pull off all the steps for an at home tan. But I knew I would feel better if my legs didn’t look like they glowed in the dark so I ran to my local Ulta and picked up St. Tropez One Night Only.

So far, it’s my best beauty buy of 2021.

St. Tropez One Night Only Wash Off Face and Body Lotion

St. Tropez One Night Only Wash Off Face & Body Lotion

Face and Body Lotion, $18

Meg’s Rating: 10/10 

Here’s how this works: 

Apply this while you are in your undergarments before you put on your outfit. You don’t have to, but I use this mitt to apply, just like you would with a self-tanner. It helps you cover more area. This lotion goes on dark and sets immediately. It goes on quickly, and a little goes a long way. You can build the color quickly, so start with a light hand and go from there.

You may get a little on your underwear/ body shaper, don’t worry, it washes off. I put my dress on 10 minutes later, went to a wedding, and danced my butt off. It didn’t sweat off during the night but came off right away in the shower.

Unlike a traditional self-tanner, you don’t need to do all the skin prep. This is essentially makeup, so it doesn’t have to activate.

The key is to blend it out evenly, which is simple. 

Use this for any upcoming event.  It works wonderfully on your legs and arms, chest and neck. I added a bit to my face too using my beauty blender. It looked totally natural and was just what I needed for a night out. 

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St. Tropez One Night Only Wash Off Face & Body Lotion

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Megan Kristel is an entrepreneur, working mom, and former personal stylist. Tired of the one-dimensional portrayal of women online, she founded The Well Dressed Life as a resource for other professional women.

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Tracy Gray

Thursday 10th of June 2021

I love the glow that I get from a self tanner. I admit as a teen and into my 20s I was definitely a sun worshiper. Now that I spend more time in shade I have been looking for self tanners that won’t stain my clothes. I am excited to try this recommendation. Thank you for all the great information you :share with us. I may not comment all the time but I love them all.


Tuesday 8th of June 2021

Hi Megan, Thx for the post!

What happens if you wash your hands in the bathroom? Just bring a few anti-bac wipes from home?

Also...did you find the color transfers onto the inside of your clothes? I’m thinking white Pants...

Thank you!!!

Megan Kristel

Tuesday 8th of June 2021

Hey Wendy, I didn't do anything different, just washed my hands and made sure I didn't scrub the top of my hand too harshly. :) I haven't worn white with it yet, I wore a red dress to the wedding and didn't see any rub off.


Tuesday 8th of June 2021

Thanks for this post. Couldn’t have come at a better time. I have a wedding coming up to and was wondering what type of self tanner I was going to use for my white legs lol. By the way, what did you wear to the wedding? I think you mentioned to the insiders you be doing a post about options for wedding attire? As always, thanks for the great content.

Megan Kristel

Tuesday 8th of June 2021

Hey Terri! Thanks! I wore this red maxi from Nordstrom that I featured a month or so ago. The St. Tropez is perfect for pale legs and arms! Let me know how it works out!