Best Natural Self Tanners

Yes, I know, I know, it’s winter. And I want to start off by saying that there is nothing wrong with beautiful, milky white skin. But for those of you who just don’t want to “embrace the pale,” these two self tanners might be the answer to your struggle.

1) Beauty by Earth

This sunless tanner is not fooling around when it comes to it’s very NATURAL ingredients. You won’t really find a bad one in the bunch.  It smells pretty good, isn’t streaky, and is more of a buildable tan.

You’ll be tan in about 2-3 applications depending on how dark you want to be. Unlike other self tanners, it might surprise you that the lotion is actually white, but that’s because it doesn’t contain any artificial coloring or bronzer. It brings out a tan that looks natural to each person, and is definitely not orangey.

Just be sure to follow their instructions and exfoliate before using. It also helps to moisturize any grabby areas like knees, ankles, and elbows with regular lotion first.

Another awesome thing about this tanner, is that it is actually a great moisturizer itself! So I definitely recommend it for those of you with dry skin. It is supposed to be safe for everyone, including pregnant women.  I’ve used it while pregnant with two of my children. It does contain DHA that is derived from non GMO sugar cane, but every source I could find said that applying DHA to your skin while pregnant is fine and shouldn’t cross the placenta to your baby. (Just to be safe, it might be best to wait until after the first trimester).

Breathing in any DHA however, like you would during a spray tan, is extremely unhealthy whether pregnant or not.

For those of you who are very thorough in your ingredient checks, here they are 😉 :

Water, Organic Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Organic Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Dihydroxyacetone (Sugar Cane Derived), Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Organic Cocos Nucifera, (Coconut) Oil, Glycerin (Vegetable), Organic Camellia Oleifera (Japanese Green Tea) Leaf Extract
Organic Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract, Organic Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract
Organic Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Fruit Extract, Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Organic Argania Spinosa Kernel (Argan) Oil, Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Pulp Extract, Vanilla Tahitensis (Vanilla) Fruit Extract

Of all self tanners I have found, this one appears to be the absolute cleanest 🙂

2) Skinerals

This self tanner differs from Beauty by Earth’s in that you can achieve a nice tan a bit faster. While you should still exfoliate in the shower beforehand, it only takes one good application and then you are tan in about 8-12 hours. It also differs in that it is a foam (which smells amazing by the way!). Some people like to put lighter creams and foams on their skin during the summer, rather than a thicker lotion like the first one.

I do have to say that sometimes I am extremely lazy in my application of self tanners and honestly, this one was hard to mess up! Despite the fact that I probably wasn’t really applying it properly a a few times when I was rushed, it still turned out surprisingly even.

This tan should last about a week or you can apply it more frequently to get a bit darker. Here is their ingredient list:

Aqua (distilled water), Dihydroxyacetone, Propylene Glycol, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Phenoxyethanol, Glycerin (Plant Dervied 99.9% Kosher), MX-485 (Proprietary FD&C pigment blend), MX-654 (Proprietary FD&C pigment blend), Dimethylisosorbide (DMI), Polysorbate 80, Emblica Officinalis (Indian Gooseberry), Euterpe Oleraceae Fruit Extract (Acai Berry), Ficus Carica (Fig) Extract, Lycium Barbarum (Goji Berry) Extract, Fragrance, Citric Acid.

The reason this one is number 2 and not number 1 on my list, is the fact that it has a few ingredients that I was unsure of. I don’t like that it has the very vague term “Fragrance” in its list, just because that could mean anything. I’m also interested in its pigment blends because it doesn’t specify what exactly it is those are comprised of.

However, their website does state that, “Skinerals Californium Sunless Bronzer is formulated without parabens, petroleum, propylene or butylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfates, pesticides, phthalates, artificial dyes or synthetic fragrances.”

So you can use your own judgement on this one, but I wouldn’t use it while pregnant. 1) because of those nonspecific ingredients, and 2) because it contains vitamin A, which is a big no-no if you are expecting.tarutoa-maF40pANiRY-unsplash

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