Skin Illuminator

by St. Tropez  
Price:
$22.50 
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Category:
Makeup > Face & Body Illuminating/Shimmer > Body Shimmer
Last Updated:
8/6/2014
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
No

This liquid shimmer lotion has a beautifully silky texture that, true to its name, illuminates your skin. Unlike most St. Tropez products, this one does not contain fragrance chemicals that cause skin irritation; in fact, it’s fragrance-free (finally)!

This applies smoothly and leaves a soft, opalescent pink finish that doesn’t feel the least bit greasy. For the best (and the most subtle) results, apply sparingly. The formula is suitable for all skin types and can be enjoyed whether your skin is tan (from a self-tanner, of course) or not.

A creamy, shimmering lotion, that gives the skin instant luminosity. Apply to key areas such as the arms, shoulders and décolleté for maximum glamour.

Water, Phenyl Trimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Mica, Sorbitan Olivate, Sodium Chloride, Polyglyceryl-3 Oleate, Cetyl Dimethicone, Glycerin, Silica, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Phenoxyethanol, C20-40 Acid, PEG-14M, Tetrasodium Edta, Methylparaben, PEG-8, Polyethylene, Tocopherol, Ethylparaben, Butylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Propylparaben, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Citric Acid, Ascorbic Acid, Pentaerythrityl, Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Glyceryl Oleate, Lecithin, Glyceryl Stearate, Titanium Dioxide

St. Tropez (pronounced "Saint Tro-pay") claims first and foremost to be all about getting a safe, sexy tan from self-tanners, but loading up your skin with fragrance that causes irritation runs a close second!

It isn't often that we rate self-tanning products poorly; after all, the vast majority of them use the same one or two ingredients (dihydroxyacetone and/or erythrulose) to turn your skin tan. And, most of them are formulated in pleasant, although basic, lotion, cream, gel, or liquid (aerosol) bases to make application smooth. Generally, the formulations of self-tanning products are a minor detail; much more important is your technique in applying it.

We rate almost all of St. Tropez's self-tanning options poorly because they contain numerous fragrance chemicals known to cause irritation. Examples of such ingredients are eugenol, citral, linalool, and limonene.

If a leave-on product contains only one or two of these fragrance chemicals and only low amounts, it's not a deal-breaker for your skin, but when several of them are present, even in low amounts, the combination can add up to an incredibly irritating product that hurts your skin.

What kind of hurt? Daily, chronic irritation from the litany of fragrance chemicals in these St. Tropez products can damage healthy collagen production, lead to or worsen dryness, and impair your skin's ability to heal (Sources: Inflammation Research, December 2008, pages 558–563; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135 and November-December 2000, pages 358–371; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2008, pages 15–19; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 78–82; Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22.)

Given that this group of products is unusually expensive and that it puts your skin at risk of irritation: Why bother? Besides, there are hundreds of self-tanners and bronzers that do not contain these problematic ingredients—so you can enjoy a sunless tan knowing that you're continuing to take the best possible care of your skin!

For more information about St. Tropez, call (800) 366-6383 or visit www.sttropeztan.com.

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    1 / 4 Poor
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  1. Rachael L
    Reviewed on Wednesday, April 02, 2014
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      1 / 4
    • Value
      1 / 4
    • Recommend
      1 / 4
    Changed the formula?
    • I am on the hunt for a cream or lotion highlighter and read this raving review from Paula. However, every product page I find (Sephora, etc.) lists different ingredients, which include fragrance and citrus oils (a big no-no!) (second half of ingredients listed below:) Parfum (Fragrance), Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Coumarin, Eugenol, Geraniol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Linalool, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, CI 77891

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