12.22.2010
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Everyday Gradual Tan for Body
Rating
6.7 fl. oz. for $35
Category:Skin Care > Self-Tanners > Self-Tanners
Last Updated:12.22.2010
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

Whether you’re considering the Light to Medium or Medium to Dark versions, this self-tanning lotion is a problem for all skin types. The self-tanning ingredients are present in a lower amount than in most self-tanners, so they provide softer color, which is fine. The problem is that it contains numerous fragrance chemicals known to cause irritation. Exposing your skin to these irritants damages your skin’s ability to produce healthy collagen, causes dryness, and impairs the skin’s ability to heal and act younger. Given the number of self-tanners and “gradual” self-tanners that do not contain needless irritants, there’s no need to consider this overpriced entry. Please see our list of Best Self-Tanners for options.

One more comment: St. Tropez’s Aromaguard fragrance technology is supposed to minimize the odor that is apparent with some self-tanners, which occurs when the “active” ingredients in a self-tanner interact with the uppermost layers of your skin to make it tan. The only thing that Aromaguard is doing is covering up this odor with a strong fragrance. In that sense, it’s hardly surprising that St. Tropez reports a 70% reduction in the odor!

Claims

This enriched, nourishing body moisturizer cleverly combines serious skin care benefits with a healthy touch of bronze. Infused with soothing aloe vera, this lotion will help give you smoother, skin while building a gradual golden tan, every day. Our innovative Aromaguard™ fragrance technology eliminates the tell-tale self tan aroma by a minimum of 70% and instead gives a beautiful subtle, yet refreshing fragrance.

Ingredients

Light to Medium: Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Butylene Glycol, Isononyl Isononanoate, Cyclomethicone, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Dihydroxyacetone, Ethoxydiglycol, Ceteareth-20, Propylene Glycol, Hydrolyzed Algin, Magnesium Sulfate, Laminaria Digitata Extract, Manganese Sulfate, Polysorbate 60, Sorbitan Isostearate, Tetradibutyl Pentaerithrityl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Fragrance, Sodium Bisulfite, 2-Bromo-2-Nitropropane-1,3-Diol, Phenoxyethanol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Benzyl Salicylate, Linalool, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Geraniol, Citronellol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Cinnamyl Alcohol, Eugenol, Hydroxycitronellal, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Cinnamal, Isoeugenol, Limonene

Medium to Dark: Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Butylene Glycol, Isononyl Isononanoate, Cyclomethicone, Dihydroxyacetone, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Capric/Caprylic Triglycerides, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Ethoxydiglycol, Ceteareth-20, Propylene Glycol, Hydrolyzed Algin, Magnesium Sulfate, Laminaria Digitata Extract, Polysorbate 60, Sorbitan Isostearate, Tetradibutyl Pentaerithrityl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Fragrance, Sodium Bisulfite, 2 Bromo 2 Nitropropane 1, 3 Diol, Phenoxyethanol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Benzyl Salicylate, Linalool, Hydroxyisohexyl 3 Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Geraniol, Citronellol, Hexylcinnamal, Cinnamyl Alcohol, Eugenol, Hydroxycitronellal, Alpha Isomethyl Ionone, Cinnamal, Isoeugenol, Limonene

Brand Overview

St. Tropez At-a-Glance

Strengths: Good body wash and body scrub; well-formulated Skin Illuminator; some intriguing tools to make self-tanner application easier.

Weaknesses: Expensive, and the self-tanning products are not superior to those that cost a lot less; almost all of the self-tanning and bronzing products contain fragrance chemicals that cause irritation, which hurts your skin's ability to heal and act younger.

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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