How To “Spring Break” Without Spring Breaking

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Spring break is usually the time of the year when PSU students all relocate to some warm island where there’s nothing but a beach and the broiling sun beaming down on them. With State College’s brutal winter, it’s no surprise students want to evacuate to a warmer climate to get tan all week long. Luckily, if you’re stuck at home all break, there’s still a way to make it seem like you spent the past 7 days in the sun.

Without the harm of sitting outside under harmful UV rays, brands like Jergens and St. Tropez have created self-tanning products that make it extremely easy to get your skin glowing.

When it comes to using self-tanners, the thought of your skin becoming streaky, patchy, or dry may come to mind. However, these two brands have perfected their formulas over the years and have made it much easier for customers to use.


Jergens is not only just a brand of body lotion, but they also have numerous tanning products that vary from lotions to mousse, to moisturizing toilettes.  The Jergens Natural Glow Revitalizing Lotion has been around for years and is more of a gradual self-tanner, so if you were to use this product it would give your skin more of a natural tan.

Over the course of a week, you would take the lotion, rub it between your palms to get the lotion warm and then massage it all over your body until you feel like it’s coated evenly. There is a lotion that is specifically meant for the face, but VALLEY recommends you only buy the all over body lotion as the body lotion is the same formula. For more of an instant glow, the Jergens Natural Glow Instant Sun Moisturizing Lotion mousse is perfect. All you need to do is pump a quarter size amount in your palm and rub it all over your face – avoiding the eyebrows – and repeat that process all over your body.

“The Jergens Instant Sun is my baby. I rub it all over after I shower, but I should be using gloves or a tanning mitt because my hands will turn orange if I don’t wash my hands right after,” says Rachel Davis, a freshman studying graphic design. “I’ve definitely been a bit too orange in the past, so now I use it in moderation rather than every day.”

St. Tropez

Another brand with a similar product is St. Tropez Bronzing Mousse. In comparison to Jergens, it’s more similar to the mousse than the lotion. However, the biggest difference is the price. While Jergens can be found in drugstores for around $10, St. Tropez is more of a high-end version with a cost of $42.

“The first time I ever used it I was so confused because it comes out black and I didn’t know I needed a mitt applicator. So, when I bought one, I started to put it on my skin and it was really smooth and it didn’t feel like anything was on me,” Isabella Liebman, a freshman nutrition major says.

“It gradually gets tanner and is probably one of the best products I’ve used. The only gross thing is it smells funny and I feel super sticky after, but overall best product even though it’s on the expensive side. It doesn’t get blotchy for like 2 weeks and it looks really natural.”

If you can’t make it down to a sunny island or a warm-weather destination, with these products out on the market, you’ll look like you went somewhere without even leaving your house.


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