The DHA-Free Self-Tanner That Won’t Turn Your Face Into An Orange And Streaky Mess

by Gio


This is a review I never thought I would have written.

I haven’t used anything like this in… 10 years? Gosh, I can’t even remember, it’s been that long.

I just don’t see the use for it. For self-tanners, I mean. I love my pale skin. It rocks.

And my natural white looks a lot better than fake streaky orange on the face. That’s what my teen self usually got when she dabbled with this stuff.

So, why did I go back? It’s not for money. I got this sample for free, that’s true, but this is not a sponsored post. No one paid me to talk about, let alone rave, about it. Pinky swear.

It’s all down to curiosity. This beauty geek is just dying to try the latest skincare innovations out there. And that means I need to know how well a DHA-free self-tanner works (DHA is the thing that turns your face into a streaky orange mess).

I think Hylamide Glow Radiance Booster (I know, with a name like that everyone thinks it’s a brightening serum, not a self-tanner) is the only one that doesn’t use it. At least, it’s the only one I’ve come across so far.

So, how does it work instead?

Raspberry Keto-Sugar: The New DHA?

You won’t find raspberry keto-sugar on the label. It’s called erythrulose there. So, what the heck is it?

A carbohydrates extracted from red berries. It’s pale yellow in colour so that’s why Hylamide Glow Radiance Booster is yellow, too. Not just the packaging. I mean, the serum is yellow, too.

Erythrulose reacts with the amino acids in your skin, turning it a golden brownish hue.

So, how is it different from DHA?


  • Takes 2-3 days to work
  • Tan fades more quickly
  • Creates a lighter-coloured, natural-looking tan
  • Doesn’t streak
  • Not drying


  • Takes 2 to 4 hours to work
  • Tan fades more slowly
  • Creates a stronger, often unnatural-looking, tan
  • Streaks
  • Can dry out skin

Erythrulose isn’t for the impatient. But if you don’t mind waiting a little longer, you’ll be rewarded with a glowing, natural looking tan. Minus the streakiness, too.

I don’t know about you, but I’m sold.

What Else Is There In Hylamide Glow Radiance Booster?

There’s glycerin to hydrate skin.

And there’s oxidized glutathione, a more powerful form of the amino acid glutathione. This amino acid is awesome. It’s a powerful antioxidant that fights wrinkles and even reduces dark spots.

Yep, you can get a tan and get rid of dark spots at the same time. At least in theory. I don’t have any dark spots so I can’t personally vouch for this yet.

Let’s put it to the test: Does Hylamide Glow Radiance Booster Work?

Yes, and very well, too. After only a couple of days, my skin started turning a lovely golden hue. I suppose it’s the same shade my skin would develop naturally if it ever got past the burning stage when meeting the sun.

It was a bit odd to see myself with a tan after so many years (I think the last time I got one – without the clumsy help of DHA – I was in third grade), but it looked surprisingly natural. Even my friends commented on how healthy I looked. Nope, not even one of them could tell I was using a self-tanner.

That’s because I always remembered to apply it to my neck as well. If not, I would’ve looked weird indeed! While we’re on the topic, wash your hands well after application. You don’t want the palms of your hands to get more tanned than your face.

Would I Recommend Hylamide Glow Radiance Booster?

Totally. If you’re looking for a natural and non-streaky self-tan in a bottle, this is it.

Personally, I’m not gonna use it again. As I said, I like my pale skin and want to keep it that way. But I enjoyed this little experiment. And it’s good to know that, should I ever feel the need to get a tan, I don’t have to turn into an Oompha-Loompha to do it safely.

Price & Availability: £20.00 at Look Fantastic

Hylamide Glow Radiance Booster Ingredients: aqua (water), erythrulose, glycerin, ppg-26-buteth-26, propanediol, acetyl hexapeptide-1, dextran, ethoxydiglycol, dimethyl isosorbide, oxidised glutathione, citrulline, citrullus lanatus (watermelon) fruit extract, polypodium vulgare rhizome extract, cetraria islandica thallus extract, sphagnum magellanicum extract, lactobacillus/eriodictyon californicum ferment extract, phytic acid, phospholipids, acacia senegal gum, xanthan gum, trisodium ethylenediamine disuccinate, peg-40 hydrogenated castor oil, leuconostoc/radish root ferment filtrate, potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate, 1,2-hexanediol, caprylyl glycol, phenoxyethanol, citric acid, linalool, farnesol.

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Ana November 16, 2016 - 11:05 pm

Do you plan on trying anything from Deciem?
The “science-y” packaging reminded me of them and they’ve been getting a lot of buzz on site I follow…

Gio November 18, 2016 - 1:30 pm

Ana, definitely. They’re one of the most interesting brands I’ve come across lately. At the moment, I’m using The Ordinary retinol serum, which is pretty awesome. I will explore the other lines and brands after that, so stay tuned.

Suzanne November 18, 2016 - 8:52 am

How do you use this?
How to introduce to a skincare regimen with tretinoin (at night) and vit C serum and/ or ha serum (daytime).
In what order would you apply?

Gio November 20, 2016 - 11:39 am

Suzanne, I applied this after my antioxidant serum in the morning, so put it on after the vit C or ha serum. The instructions say to use twice a day, but I find that using it in the morning only works as well, just a little more slowly.

Suzanne November 20, 2016 - 8:32 pm

Thank you Gio!
And I am too looking forward to more reviews of the different Deciem brands and products. 🙂
They do have a self tan product for body as well. Hint, hint. 😉

Gio November 26, 2016 - 2:45 pm

My pleasure, glad you enjoyed it. I’ll add that one to the list.

Suzanne May 16, 2017 - 2:13 pm

Hello again
I finally got around to buy this and can’t wait to try it out.
Can I ask, how much did you use per application? For both face and neck? How did you apply it to get it as even as possible?

Gio May 21, 2017 - 10:10 am

Suzanne, I used a pea sized amount and patted it in. It’s really amazing, I’m sure you’ll love it.

Oh, and exfoliate regularly. It’ll help create a smoother and even canvas for your tan.

Sophie November 19, 2016 - 3:55 pm

I usually embrace my pale skin too but a DHA-free tanner sounds intriguing! It’s about time the industry moved on from streaky, smelly DHA! I’d be interested to try this in the summer months!
Sophie x

Gio November 19, 2016 - 6:05 pm

Sophie, I couldn’t agree more! I’m sure you’ll like it too. The science behind it is intriguing too.


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