Tan Optimiser Body Moisturizer
8 fl. oz. for $15
Last Updated:12.22.2010
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview
We really don’t like being the bearers of bad news about an otherwise well-formulated body lotion, but here it is: This formula contains several plant extracts and fragrance chemicals capable of causing irritation. Far from being an essential product for “softening dry areas before self tan application,” the irritants in this body lotion hurt your skin by hindering its ability to produce healthy collagen and impairing its healing process. Given the number of body lotions that omit these irritants (and are great to use before applying self-tanner), there is no reason to settle for a product that includes them. Your skin deserves better!
Well-nourished, deeply moisturized skin is our top tip for a natural looking tan. This daily hydrator is packed with a luxurious blend of ingredients, to help keep your skin looking sleek, supple and hydrated every day. Essential for softening dry areas before self tan application.
Water, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Stearic Acid, Glycerin, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Jojoba Esters, Glyceryl Stearate, Dimethicone, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Aloe Barbadensis Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Orchis Mascula (Purple Orchid) Flower Extract, Aleurites Moluccana (Kukui Nut) Seed Oil, Tyrosine, Panthenol, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Cucumis Sativa (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Hypericum Perforatum Extract, Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Seed Extract, Humulus Lupulus (Hops) Extract, Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Extract, Arnica (Montana Flower) Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Fruit Peel Extract, Sambucus Nigra Flower Extract, Valeriana Officinalis Root Extract, Calendula (Calendula Officinalis) Flower Extract, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Glucose, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Tocopheryl Linoleate, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Myristyl Myristate, Myristyl Laurate, Propylene Glycol, Corn Starch Modified, Butylene Glycol, Triethanolamine, Carbomat, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Glyceryl Undecylenate, Disodium Edta, Fragrance, Cinnamal, Coumarin, Limonene, Eugenol, Alpha Isomethyl Ionone, Geraniol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Isoeugenol, Linalool
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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