Everyday Gradual Tan Perfect Legs

by St. Tropez  Gradual Tan Everyday
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$30 - 5 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Self-Tanners > Self-Tanners
Last Updated:
12/22/2010
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
No

Although St. Tropez claims this product is special for your legs, it isn’t. In fact, nothing in this self-tanning lotion is unique for skin on the legs—different parts of your body don’t need different self-tanners. Skin is skin from head to toe, and skin everywhere on the body responds the same way to the ingredients in self-tanners (most often dihydroxyacetone) that tan the skin.

Unfortunately, this self-tanner makes the same mistake as several others from St. Tropez: It contains numerous fragrance chemicals that cause irritation. The irritation damages your skin’s ability to produce healthy collagen, causes dryness, and impairs your skin’s ability to heal and act younger. Knowing that, there’s no reason to choose this self-tanner over countless others that omit the problematic ingredients.

This ultra-rich product combines a gradual self tan and a flawless finish of instant bronze specially for legs. Infused with soothing aloe and a marine extract, you will have a gorgeous natural-looking tan that lasts.

Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Butylene Glycol, Isononyl Isononanoate, Cyclomethicone, Dihydroxyacetone, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl/Taurate Copolymer, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol Diethylhexanoate, Ethoxydiglycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Ceteareth-20, Creatine, Gelidium Cartilaginium Extract, Polysorbate 60, Sorbitan Isostearate, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol, 2-Bromo-2-Nitropropane-1, 3-Diol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Benzyl Salicylate, Linalool, Hydroxyisohexyl 3- Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Geraniol, Citronellol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Cinnamyl Alcohol, Eugenol, Hydroxycitronellal, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Cinnamal, Isoeugenol, Limonene, Citric Acid

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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