Self Tan Bronzing Spray

by St. Tropez  Self Tan Bronzing
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$35 - 6.7 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Self-Tanners > Self-Tanners
Last Updated:
11/26/2012
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
No

This aerosol-based self-tanning spray contains several ingredients that make it a problem for all skin types. The amount of alcohol and the inclusion of numerous fragrance chemicals is a recipe for disaster for your skin. The irritation damages your skin’s ability to produce healthy collagen, causes dryness, and impairs your skin’s ability to heal and act younger. Who wants all of that trouble when there are lots of self-tanners that work beautifully without hurting your skin? Please see our list of Best Self-Tanners for some great options.

This super-fine self tan spray delivers the ultra-even, ultra-smooth all-over tan you’ve always wanted. Infused with conditioning aloe vera and long-lasting color, you’ll have a perfectly natural looking tan in an instant. With 360° spray technology. 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.

Dimethyl Ether, Water, Alcohol Denatured, Dihydroxyacetone, Polysorbate 20, Propylene Glycol, PPG-5 Ceteareth 20, Fragrance, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Erythrulose, Sodium PCA, Lactic Acid, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Benzyl Salicylate, Linalool, Hydroxyisohexyl Citronellol, Arachis Hypogaea (Peanut) Oil, Hexylcinnamal, Cinnamal Alcohol, Eugenol, Hydroxycitronellal, Alpha Isomethyl Ionone, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Bht, BHA, Citric Acid, Red 4,Yellow 5, Blue 1

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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