Who else gets really pale in winter? When it’s time to get those legs and sundresses out, I usually feel like Snowhite in summer. That white spot that is walking towards you on the street? Yea, that’s me ;-) So every Spring I hope for some sunny days to get my legs some sun, or I reach for a subtle self tanner.
A little while ago I got the chance to try an alternative to a self tanner. (Thanks, Maison PR!) Why an alternative? Because it’s more like a body oil, rather than a mousse or cream and because it’s DHA-free (more on that later!) I’m familiar with the self tanning sprays, mousse and creams but I never considered what it might do to your skin. So I decided I would try the DHA-free alternative!
Glow Oil by Hand Chemistry
To avoid any confusion: this is not a self tanner, it’s an alternative. The Glow Oil is a dry body oil with a lasting glow, when applied for two to three days. This is what the website states:
“Fast-absorbing hydrating dry body oil offers golden radiance right away while our DHA-free raspberry-based keto-sugar forms a lasting glow after 2-3 days of use.”
I’m very careful with self-tanners, as I usually use a tanning glove to avoid streaking. Since this is a dry oil it seemed kinda weird using a glove, so I went and applied the glow oil with my bare hands. I was a bit afraid of streaking so I made sure I applied evenly. I didn’t experience the fast-absorbing part, as I felt the drying time wasn’t much faster than self-tanners I’ve used before. But maybe that’s just impatient me ;-) I left my left leg untouched, so you could see the result better. After a quick shower the next morning, this was how it looked like:
After the first application, there is already a colour difference. It might not be as tan as you might first expect, but the promised glow is definitely there! Before showering you can see the difference even more, but of course it’s the lasting colour that is the most important. After three applications, the colour lasted on me for a good week and a half!
DHA & Paraben Free
DHA is a colouring agent and one of the main ingredients that are used in most self tanners. DHA reacts with the proteins in your skin, making it appear tan. Since the reaction only occurs on your upper skin layer and thus on a layer of dead skin cells, it was always presumed that is was perfectly safe.
However, lately there has been some debate about DHA. To keep it simple, some studies have found that when our DHA-tanned skin comes in contact with sunlight, it can suffer from free-radicals which can turn cells on a bad behaviour spree. And when you’re inside a tanning booth, it’s also not very healthy to inhale the product. Health-wise you’re better off with a cream or mousse. Or even better, something that is free of DHA like the Glow Oil!
The Glow Oil contains a raspberry-based keto-sugar, known as erythrulose. Erythrulose is used with DHA to balance out the orange tone of DHA, but it can be used on its own. And that’s exactly what’s going on with this product. Did I also tell you it smells good? Hand Chemistry added watermelon fruit extract to the dry oil. There is also a trace of that true self tanner scent, but that’s kinda inevitable. This is how the glow oil looks like on my hand:
The oil is surprisingly pale, but make no mistake. After application, my leg turned golden! I would recommend to wear a short for an hour, until you’re certain it’s dry. This is to avoid streaking and stains.
The recommended use is to apply it once or twice daily for the first three days. I applied it once for three days and here’s the result:
I really like how even the colour is, without using a tanning glove. No streaking! The healthy glow is definitely here and my legs look naturally tanned! You might see a slight difference at my ankles, but let’s just say I’m not the best self tanner in regards to my ankles and feet ;-) Let’s see a close-up:
For a glowing face, you can also mix the glow oil with your favourite moisturiser. I haven’t tried this yet, but if anyone would like to see the results let me know below!
Overall, I’m really happy with this product! It’s streak-free, it gives a beautiful golden tan without being too orange and it keeps pretty long for a dry oil! For all of that, I would gladly repurchase again.
You can buy Hand Chemistry’s Glow Oil at Ici Paris XL for € 28 or at www.chemistrybrand.com.
This product review includes products that are sent to me by a brand or company. Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are honest and are all my own. Please see my disclaimer.