When you are going through and changing out all of your make-up, skincare and body care, it's easy to forget about certain products - one being self tanners! They are a handy option come spring when your pins are pasty-white after spending all winter covered up, but your usual self-tanner could seriously be affecting your health. 

Many contain at least three different parabens, PEG's, synthetic fragrance and more. Here's quick look at some of the harmful and/or toxic ingredients commonly found in self-tanners  -

- Polysorbates
Petroleum by-product. Contamination concerns with Ethylene Oxide (known human carcinogen) and 1,4 Dioxane (shown to contaminate up to 46% of cosmetics, strong evidence as a human carcinogen)
- Propylene Glycol (PEG)
This is a synthetic petro-chemical mix. It is also made from the same chemical that is used to create anti-freeze, hydraulic fluids, placticizers and solvents. PEG facilitates penetration of formulation deeper into the skin, thereby allowing increasing amounts of other chemicals and toxins to reach the bloodstream. Being a petroleum by-product, PEG's also have the same contamination concerns as above (Ethylene Oxide and 1,4 Dioxane)

- Parabens
Prefixed with Ethyl, Methyl, Butyl, Propyl, Benzyl these are the most widely used group of cosmetic preservatives. Mimic estrogen in the body and are endocrine (hormone) disruptors. Methylparabens have been found in breast tumours in some studies. 

- Phenoxyenthanol
A common cosmetic preservative. Endocrine (hormone) disruptor. Linked to skin irritation, contact dermatitis, also linked to adverse brain and nervous system affects in animal studies.

So, what are the alternatives? I've included the top natural sunless tanners below, alongside a few bronzers/bronzing lotions. Natural sunless tanners are like nail polish - not 100% organic, or sometimes even 100% natural, but they are MUCH better, and usually the DHA (tanning agent), is naturally sourced.

EcoTan Invisible Tan

This is one of the most popular natural sunless tanners. EcoTan is Certified Organic, EcoCert and 100% natural. The EcoTan Invisible Tan is also Cruelty Free and Vegan, and they even have a Face Tan Water for your face & decollete! 

The EcoTan provides a natural-looking sunless tan, and is also available in a Winter Skin shade for the very fair, beginners, or as you guessed it - Winter skin!

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Chocolate Sun Cocoa Lite

Chocolate Sun is another wonderful brand, with 87% Certified Organic ingredients, Cruelty Free and a natural DHA, this sunless tanning lotion is available in a range of shades, suited to very fair right up to dark skin tones. The Chocolate Sun sunless tanner is also available in a spray option, for those who prefer spray tanning, over lotions.

TanOrganic Self Tanning Oil
Australia / Ships Worldwide

The world's first tanning oil, the TanOrganic Self Tanning Oil moisturises and illuminates the skin for a sun-kissed glow (without the sun-time!), and is EcoCert, and contains a naturally derived DHA.

Prtty Peaushun Skin Tight Body Lotion

The Prtty Peaushun body lotion is like airbrush for your body! It can be used over the top of a faux tan to help extend the wear, or use before a special event to help blur slight imperfections and add a gorgeous glow! Rich and moisturising, this is a great temporary alternative to a sunless tan, and contains Certified Organic ingredients and is Cruelty Free & Vegan.

100% Pure All Over Glow
Australia / Ships Worldwide

This is a liquid bronzer that you can use as you normally would for your face, or mix with your moisturiser or body lotion for an all-over glow! 100% Pure, is as always, 100% Natural, Certified Organic where possible, Cruelty Free & Vegan.  

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If you have any questions, pop them below, or share your favourite sunless tanner with me!
Kelsey xx
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