Summer’s just around the corner, and that means lazy days lounging by the pool, afternoons at the lake, and long walks on the beach. You’re dying to pull out your summer clothes, but are self-conscious about your pasty skin that hasn’t seen the sun all winter. Fortunately, there’s a way to get a healthy glow fast, and feel amazing in your short skirts and tank tops. Let’s talk about spray tans and creams. Are self tanners safe?
Also called sunless tanning, fake tanning, or spray tanning, self tanning is a quick way to get that gorgeous bronzed look without spending hours in the sun. Years ago when I played tennis and wore a tennis skirt during the winter, I’d use tanning creams on my legs. Back then I wasn’t as concerned about toxicity as I am now. Consequently, I haven’t used spray tans for years because I’ve been leary of the chemicals they contain.
The History Behind Eco Tan Products
Sonya Driver is the founder and CEO of Eco Tan. She started her brand when her sister was diagnosed with melanoma skin cancer. Since Sonya and her sister had been getting weekly airbrush tans, Sonya began researching common ingredients contained within sunless tanning creams and s prays. To her dismay, she discovered they were full of toxic chemicals.
This was the genesis of Eco Tan, a line of sunless tanners that use only natural and organic ingredients. Eco Tan has been so successful that body care and skin care products are also now being sold. Eco and Eco Tan are founded on the belief of transparency and authenticity. Your skin, after all, is your largest organ and what you apply to it goes directly into your bloodstream. Food at least gets filtered through the liver, but not so with skin and body care products.
Eco Tan is Australia’s first self tanner to become organically certified by Australia’s Organic Food Chain. All products are certified organic, non toxic, cruelty free, and vegan. In this post, I want to introduce you to three fantastic self tanners that are natural looking and easy to apply:
1. Eco Tan Cacao Tanning Mousse
Safe & Chic is a great online store that sells skin and hair care, cosmetics, and bath and body products. I’m in love with so many of their products, but one of my favorites is definitely the self tanners. Not only do they give you an even tan, but are awesome for smoothing skin and minimizing the appearance of cellulite. Simply apply the mousse once or twice a week.
Many self tanning lotions deliver less than stellar results, from going on unevenly, to having an orange cast, to appearing blotchy. I bet you haven’t heard of tanning mousse? You’ll be pleasantly surprised when I tell you how well it works and is formulated with all natural ingredients so you don’t have to worry about added toxicity.
A multi-award winning self tanning mouse that is lightweight, delivering a rich bronze tan in just one application. Ingredients include aloe vera, witch hazel, chamomile, lecithin, grapefruit seed extract, cocoa fruit powder, coffee extract, ginger oil, mandarin essential oil, and a natural zesty scent. Product is free of synthetic fragrances, parabens, GMOs and artificial dyes, and is vegan, gluten, and cruelty free.
Check it out here: Eco Tan Cacao Tanning Mousse
Watch the video below to learn more:
2. Eco Tan Invisible Tan
Just one application of Eco Tan’s Invisible Tan before bed is enough to gradually develop a tan while you sleep. Wouldn’t that be great to magically wake up with a darker shade of skin without worrying about it staining your sheets? And it won’t stain your clothes during the day either.
Like all Eco Tan products, Invisible Tan is formulate with all natural, organic, and soothing ingredients like aloe vera, avocado, rose geranium, macadamia, and chamomile. Product is free of artificial dyes including orange dyes, synthetic fragrances, GMOs and parabens. It’s also gluten free and vegan.
24 to 48 hours before using, exfoliate and shave the area you’ll be applying the product to, especially elbows, knees, and feet. Apply a couple times per week to skin that is clean and dry. Using circular motions, apply liberally and evenly to areas you want to darken. After application and before washing your hands, wipe the residue onto your feet, avoiding your heels.
Each additional coat you apply will gradually deepen the color. Let your tan thoroughly dry before dressing or getting into bed, and wait about eight hours before showering to let your tan fully develop. Avoid soaps or products that contain oil as they may cause an uneven tan. Wash hands after applying.
Learn more here: Eco Tan Invisible Tan
Check out the video for more information:
3. Face Tan Water
Face Tan Water is the perfect solution for a subtle facial glow. It’s perfect as a makeup base, and will make your foundation go on smoothly and last longer, and is incredible for sensitive and acne prone skin. It’s lightweight, gentle, and is buildable, meaning the color will gradually build up after each application, and without any unsightly orange hue. Apply it as you would a tone with a cotton pad or cotton ball for even coverage.
If you’re ever tempted to skip your foundation altogether, Face Tan Water is a great substitution, especially on those hot, humid summer days when foundation is known to melt. Apply it to your face, neck, and decolletage to even out your complexion and brighten skin tone. It’s antioxidant properties make it ideal for all types of skin, including skin conditions such as eczema and rosacea. It’s hydrating and non-comedogenic so won’t clog your pores.
It contains hyaluronic acid to lock in moisture on dry, winter days when you skin is dehydrated. The formulation also includes natural ingredients like aloe vera, rose geranium, organ peel, lecithin, radish root, and is free of synthetic fragrances, parabens, GMOs, and artificial dyes. It’s vegan and gluten free. Face Tan Water is certified by the OFC, meeting Australian Organic & Bio-Dynamic requirements and standards.
Watch the video below to learn how to use Face Tan Water:
Shake well before applying to clean, dry skin. Using circular motions, apply evenly to skin using either your finger tips or a cotton ball, gently blending underneath your eyes and into your hairline. Additional coats will deepen the color. Always thoroughly wash your hands after using.
You can apply a daily moisturizer after application if you want but it isn’t necessary. It takes approximately four hours for a tan to develop so wait this long before showering for best results. Products containing soap, retinol, or oil will strip tans, making skin tone patchy and uneven. Apply two to three times a week.
I don’t know about you, but I’m excited to finally wear my cute summer clothes now that winter is finally over. Self tanners are a great way to feel confident in your favorite shorts you haven’t donned since last summer. Eco Tan’s products are all organic, and safe to use. Give them a try. You’ll love their sun kissed radiance.
Do you use self tanners? Please share your experiences below.