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, 2008).
Beautisol 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.
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.
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.)