Tan Optimiser Shower Cream

by St. Tropez  Tan Optimisers
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$15 - 6.7 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Sensitive Skin Products > Body Soaps/Washes
Last Updated:
12/22/2010
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
No

This is a good moisturizing body wash for normal to dry skin, although the formula doesn’t contain anything special for getting optimal results from a self-tanner. Applying a light layer of your usual body lotion before applying self-tanner will work just as well, if not better.

The plant oils in Tan Optimiser Shower Cream protect and soften your skin during the cleansing process, but they also make it difficult to rinse, and you want to rinse this thoroughly because it contains numerous fragrance chemicals that can cause irritation if left on your skin. Without the fragrance chemicals, this body wash would’ve earned our top rating.

Well nourished, deeply moisturised skin is our top tip for a natural looking tan. This refreshing, luxurious shower cream is enriched with Mediterranean oils combining grapeseed, olive and sunflower oils with organic aloe vera, to help leave skin silky soft and beautifully smooth.

Water, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Sodium Trideceth Sulfate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Sodium Lauroamphoacetate, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Sodium Chloride, Lactic Acid, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate, Tetradibutyl Pentaerithrityl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Geraniol, Linalool, Limonene, Alpha Isomethyl Ionone, Coumarin, Hexyl Cinnamal, Eugenol, Methylisothiazolinone, Cinnamal, Isoeugenol, Sodium Hydroxide

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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