FTC Disclosure: I was sent a bottle of Beautisol self tanner to try as a sample for this review. As per the FutureDerm.com review policy, I do not allow samples to influence my opinions.
The majority of Americans think they look better with a tan, according to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD,
2011). Yet UV rays have been found to cause skin cancer; tanning beds have up to three times the aging UVA rays of the sun; and self-tanners have been associated with increased sensitivity to UV-induced damage for 24 hours after use (Spectrochimica Acta Part A
Luckily, there's a new self-tanner in town, Beautisol
, with antioxidants to help fight future UV-induced damage. Despite this, due to the fact that any self-tanner with dihydroxyacetone (DHA) will increase skin sensitivity to UV rays for an entire day afterward, I would still follow up use of Beautisol
with a broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30.
Why Beautisol is Different
is formulated in two separate compositions, Oily and Dry, which makes perfect sense, considering self-tanner is applied directly to bare skin. I don't know why a cosmetic chemist didn't formulate skin type-specific self-tanner before! At any rate, the ingredients in Beautisol
for each skin type are superior to most other self-tanners: Dry
skin will benefit from a mix of mild hydrators, while Oily
skin gets a pat-down with a high concentration of witch hazel and a type of oil-absorbing clay, Montmorillonite.
Favorite Feature: No Self-Tanner Smell!
My favorite characteristic of Beautisol
is its lack of scent. The DHA in most self-tanners leads to a rather robust chemical smell, but Beautisol
has "Odor-Eliminating Technology" to eliminate about 80% of the odor (Beautisol Press Release
, 2011). The result? All the tan provided by any self-tanner with DHA - without the malodorous experience.
As with other self tanners, Beautisol
needs to be reapplied every 2 to 3 days. This is because the skin sheds itself completely every 35 to 45 days
Overall Thoughts and Opinions
Overall, I give Beautisol
a 9/10 because it provides a tan without damaging UV rays, includes antioxidants to help boost skin's UV protection, treats the skin rather than drying it out like many other self-tanners, and because it doesn't smell! Product Rating: 9/10
(High or optimized concentration of proven-effective ingredients: 3/3. Unique formulation or new technology: 3/3. Value for the money: 3/3. Sunscreen or sun-protection boosting ingredients: 0/1, because DHA increases UV sensitivity, while antioxidants decrease it.)
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Ingredients in Beautisol Skin Type Specific Self-Tanners
Dry: Aqua (Water), Dihydroxyacetone, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Coco-Caprylate/ Caprate, Hydrolyzed Starch Phosphate, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Dicaprylyl Ether, Glyceryl Stearate, Caramel, Erythrulose, Caprooyl Tetrapeptide-3, Polyglyceryl-4 Caprate, Phenethyl Alcohol, Caprylyl Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Alcohol, Lithium Magnesium Sodium Silicate, Potassium Sorbate, Fructooligosaccharides (D-beta), Dextran, Fragrance/Parfum, Red 33, Blue 1, Yellow 5
Oily: Aqua (Water), Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Dihydroxyacetone, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Niacinamide, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Corn Starch Modified, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Glyceryl Stearate, Alcohol, Caramel, Montmorillonite, Syringa Vulgaris (Lilac) Leaf Cell Culture Extract, Fructooligosaccharides (D-beta), Erythrulose, Gluconolactone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Xanthan Gum, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid, Lithium Magnesium Sodium Silicate, Sodium Hydroxide, Phytic Acid, Fragrance/Parfum, Red 33, Blue 1, Yellow 5