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Wash Off Instant Glow Face
Rating
1.6 fl. oz. for $15
Category:Makeup > Face & Body Illuminating/Shimmer > Face Shimmer
Last Updated:12.22.2010
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

This lightweight bronzing gel smoothes on easily and provides a convincing tan tint. Its texture is ideal for normal to oily or breakout-prone skin. The problem: It contains numerous fragrance chemicals that cause irritation. The irritation in turn leads to collagen breakdown, causes dryness, and impairs your skin’s healing process.

Many brands offer tinted self-tanners and bronzing gels that omit these problematic ingredients, so there’s no need to settle for one that contains them. Please see our list of Best Bronzing Powders, Gels, and Liquids for great options!

Claims

This velvety smooth, tinted facial lotion gives an ultra-even all over glow to the face. Deeply hydrating, Wash Off Instant Glow Face will leave the skin feeling soft, smooth and radiant. Free from tanning agent, the lotion is non-transferable so you can tan and go.

Ingredients

Water, Butylene Glycol, Diisostearyl Malate, Caramel, PEG-20 Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Fragrance, Sodium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Coumarin, Geraniol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Linalool, Alpha Isomethyl Ionone, Yellow 6, Red 40, Blue 1

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.

About the Experts

The Beautypedia Team proudly and unequivocally maintains the commitment that Paula Begoun, founder of Beautypedia and Paula's Choice Skincare made over 30 years ago-to help you find the best products possible for your skin. We do this by relentlessly pursuing and relying on published scientific research so you will have unbiased information on what works and what doesn't-and the sneaky ways you could be making your skin worse, not better!


The Beautypedia Team reviews all products using the same research, criteria, and objectivity, whether the product being reviewed is from Paula's Choice or another brand.

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