One of the things that really gets my goat when using fake tan is stained hand. Even with a mitt some of the product always seems to escape, leaving me with a darkly bronzed thumb or little finger. The St Tropez Tan Remover aims to decrease staining woes, removing fake tan mistakes on the hands ‘in an instant’. The salon inspired formula is specifically designed for palms and fingers, and can be used up to four hours after fake tan application. For someone like me who’s had their fair share of glowing orange palms and always seems to get a concentrated tan splodge or two in the wrong area this seems like a godsend, but does it really work?
Presented in a 240ml bottle of St Tropez’s signature accent blue, the
tan remover is actually a very pretty product when pumped out- dense
exfoliating grains suspended within a pearlescent yellow-green-blue
lotion that makes it look much more attractive than the usual
exfoliator. It has a strong scent that hasn’t been carried through from
their tanning range: quite obviously artificial, but I don’t find it
unpleasant. The lotion is applied to the hands with water, paying
particular attention to the fingers and palms where fake tan builds up;
it doesn’t foam, but that helps to maximise on the gentle scrubbing
action as none of the grains are lost.
I’ve found this
tan remover very hit and miss – it removes instant wash off tan easily
(although you could really do that with soap and water) but for
developing tans it isn’t so effective. There have been times when I’ve
used this product immediately after applying self tan with my hands, was
happy that I’d got every last bit off, but still woke up with dark
palms. This suggests that it’s better at removing the tan guide colour
than the DHA, which is the active ingredient that develops and tans the
skin. I also find that it really takes a lot of work to remove dense
areas of staining – sometimes I’ve given up and moved on to another
I think the main downfall of this tan remover
is that in essence, it’s just a scrub. Considering it’s from one of the
most well known self tan companies globally, I would have expected
chemical tan removers to be included in the formula to make the manual
work more effective, as well as ensuring the DHA is broken down and
removed so it can’t develop into a strong colour. Unfortunately the St
Tropez Tan Remover isn’t as efficient on my stained hands as I’d hoped,
especially not on developing tans or very dark guide colours. In future I
think I’ll be replying on a simple sugar scrub and chemical wipes
instead to keep my fingers and palms stain free.
The St Tropez Tan Remover is available online for £10.46.
Written by Kirsty Paterson