Most of us have had a few self tanning experiences, some good, some bad and some uglier than your neighbours twenty year old siamese cat Tinky (sorry but… c’mon). Do you ever start to question what chemicals are actually in this thing that you’re marinating yourself in? I experienced this epiphany a few weeks ago and was immediately on the hunt for something that was more organic but still provided me with a deep bronzy glow.
I had heard about EcoTan from my good pal The Gracie Files and decided that it was something I needed to try.
- Certified Organic
- Cruelty Free
- Vegan Tanning and Body Products
- Accredited Toxic Free by Safe Cosmetics Australia
(All boxes I want ticked on something I’m putting on my skin-which is of course, the bodies largest organ- have to look after that!)
The first product I tried from the line was the Cacao Firming Moose 1 Hour Self Tan. I was immediately impressed that there was a colour guide on the back of the bottle which allowed me to adjust the level of ‘bronze goddess-ness’ that I wanted to reach. I decided to keep the tan on for three hours to reach the colour I wanted, but you can leave it on for as little time as 1 hour if you just want a hint of colour (which would be ideal for winter!) Winner of a Nature and Health beauty award for 2017 this tan lasted all week and faded away without ANY patchiness and didn’t have a faux coconut smell that lingered for the first few days. As if this wasn’t enough, it also works to reduce the appearance of cellulite and smooth out the skin. I’ll take 20 more thanks, and maybe another 10 for good measure.
I also gave the Face Tanning Water a go. There is nothing better than having a bit of colour to the skin, making you look more awake and healthy while also saving a bit of time in the makeup department (more specifically foundation front) in the morning. I used this on a cotton pad at night time after I cleansed my skin and by morning I looked like I had a post holiday glow and a full nights sleep (which I can assure you I didn’t…thanks to the Australian Summer and university exam insomnia). The face tanning water contains anti-aging ingredients as well as acne fighting ingredients that make it A. O.K to bypass other skincare at nighttime when using this.
The final gem that I picked up was the Pink Himalayan Salt Scrub. Man, does this scrub buff. Before you jump in the shower start to put the product on your skin and gently buff. Then, rinse off and continue your post exfoliation routine- this is the perfect time to shave your legs, dolphins will envy your silky smooth skin! I recommend using this 24 hours before you apply the fake tanner. This allows time for the coconut oil in the product to sink into your skin and for any hair follicles and pores to close over so you aren’t left with black dots on the skin.
Next time you spot it, grab it, give it a go and give you skin a break from those harsh chemicals. Enjoy your passport to a natural, organic b.e.a.utiful tan!