It’s springtime and all we want to do is go bathe in that beautiful, warm sun and get a nice golden tan.
But then there’s that whole skin cancer thing, so we lather up with sunscreen because it’s the smart thing to do.
Desperate for a sun kissed glow we turn to self-tanners, but then there’s that whole toxic ingredients thing that makes them no better than damaging UV rays. And we wouldn’t be caught dead in a tanning bed because that’s just asking for trouble.
The stuggle is real!
As a very pale redhead myself, I can relate to being pretty darn desperate for some color and won’t deny that over the years I’ve tried it all, not realizing the damage I was doing.
Now that I’m more aware, I’ve nearly surrendered to the fact that I’m pale and there’s nothing I can do about it.
Until I found Eco Tan.
Eco Tan Sunless Tanner
I can’t even put into words how excited I am to have found Eco Tan! Eco Tan is a sunless tanner made from 100% natural ingredients and holds several awards and certifications including being Vegan, Cruelty Free and Certified Organic.
Eco Tan is Australian made and owned (so you know they’re serious) and was created by Sonya Driver. Her story about how Eco Tan came to be is amazing, like, it’ll give you goosebumps. A true underdog story of a single mother with next to nothing who creates a worldwide success.
And the Cacao Tanning Mousse is hands down the best self-tanner I’ve ever used.
Cacao Tanning Mousse
Here’s what you can expect from the Eco Tan Cacao Tanning Mousse: a natural looking tan with no orange tones or fake tanner smell, just a beautiful sun kissed glow.
Like I mentioned, I’m a pale redhead, and the color I get is very believable! I would say that it’s nearly identical to the color of my natural tanned skin.
There are two ingredients that score a Moderate Hazard (Dihydroxyacetone and Lecithin) on the EWG database, but everything else scores a nice clean 1. Then there’s Fragrance. They label it as natural, but that’s a pretty grey area, so it’s questionable. But overall, that’s a pretty good ingredient list.
Ingredients:Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice*, Dihydroxyacetone**, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water*, Decyl Glucoside**, Chamomile Recutita (Matricaria) Extract*, Glycerin*, Lecithin*, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract**, Fusel Wheat Bran/Straw Glycosides**, Polyglyceryl-5 Oleate**, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate**, Glyceryl Caprylate**, Coco Caprylate**, Cocoa (Theobroma Cacao) Fruit Powder**, Caramel**, Coffea Arabica(Coffee) Extract*, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Oil*, Citrus Reticulata(Manderin) Essential Oil*, Citrus Sinensis (Blood Orange) Essential Oil*, Fragrance (Natural)**. *Certified Organic. **Natural.
You will absolutely love that it comes as a mousse. I find it way easier to spread evenly and there’s practically zero chance of streaks. I purchased a self tanning mitt kit off amazon and much prefer using the mitt over just a bare hand. This way, I eliminate the chance of getting gross self-tanner hands, and I find it applies easier too.
I even apply it to my face and it gives me a gorgeous natural glow. Personally, I only leave it on for one hour because I don’t want my face too be too dark.
I love that it doesn’t have the typical self-tanner smell (gross) but it does have its own smell, the good thing is that it’s only on your skin for between one and four hours, not all day like other tanning creams.
With the Cacao Tanning Mousse you get to decide how dark you would like to go. It’s a one size fits all color that can be left on for one to four hours for a light to deep tan.
Just like other self-tanning lotions, there are certain things you’ll want to keep in mind when applying the mousse.
Remember to exfoliate. You want to make sure you’ve removed all your dead skin so you’re starting with a fresh base. Eco Tan recommends exfoliating 24-48 hours before application. I used the exfoliation mitt that came in this kit, but you could use the Eco Tan exfoliant glove, or make your own body scrub for super cheap.
Be aware of your dry zones. This would include your elbows, knees, ankles, bottoms of feet and knuckles.
Avoid dark creases. Places like your armpits and behind your knees wouldn’t naturally get as dark as your arms or legs, so don’t apply as much in these areas or they will look dirty.
A tip? Before you bring out the tanning mousse, take a non-greasy lotion and apply it to your dry zones and creases. This will help control the amount of product that gets absorbed into these areas.
If you’re not experienced in applying self-tanner, my best advice would be to leave it on for one hour on your first attempt. That way if you have dark areas, they won’t be that noticeable and you can totally nail it next time.
And if you do have dark areas, take your exfoliating mitt in the shower and scrub it (as much as you can handle) and it will dramatically reduce any dark spots you have.
If you have sensitive skin I would recommend doing a patch test before dousing your entire body with it. My legs are a bit sensitive (they get itchy depending on what I put on them) and unfortunately the tanning mousse makes them quite irritated.
I have tried skipping the exfoliation step thinking that was making my legs more sensitive, but it didn’t make much of a difference. I think shaving my legs makes them sensitive and that combined with the tanning mousse just pushes them over the edge.
Make it Last
I find the tan I get from leaving the mousse on my skin for four hours is about a week to a week and a half. There are a few things you can do to extend your tan and make sure you don’t end up patchy as it fades.
Moisturize every day. I apply a moisturizer every morning and evening and absolutely every time I shower.
Avoid oils and soaps. As per the Eco Tan website, you should avoid oils and soaps on your skin that could strip your tan. You can pick up the Eco Tan Coconut Mint Body Wash which will help prolong your tan.
I’m so relieved that I don’t have to succumb to being super pale all summer to avoid toxins or damaging UV rays! Who’s with me!?
Have you tried the Eco Tan sunless tanners? What did you think?
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