Come summer, many chase a more bronzed complexion. However, not all of us are willing and/or able to bake in the sun to achieve that holiday glow. Luckily, there are some great organic beauty options to achieve a natural fake tan for those who prefer a bit of ‘sunless tanning’. Whatever the season, here’s our guide to the best natural fake tan products and our application tips.
Natural Fake Tan Products
This cult sunless tanning range from Australia comes with an EcoCert approved tanning ingredient; a long list of organic and naturally derived ingredients; and packaging that is more akin to an Instagram-able body ritual line than the world of fake tan. For the sunless tanning newbie, start with the ‘Glow’ Gradual Self Tanning Moisturiser which is easy to apply and develops with daily use. For a medium tan, try the Radiant Self Tanning Lotion, or for an instant deep colour go with the Eclipse Tanning Mousse.
Eco by Sonya
Free from synthetic fragrances, artificial orange dyes, parabens and GMOs, Eco by Sonya was the first organic natural fake tan to be certified by the Organic Food Chain in Australia. Their classic self tanner is the Cacao Firming Mousse, which is lightweight enough to use on the body and face but delivers a deep bronze tan with just one application. Prefer lotions to mousse? Check out their award-winning Invisible Tan. If you’re looking to gradually build up a summer glow on your face, neck & décolletage, opt for the Face Tan Water, which goes so far as to brighten and even your skin tone.
The Biosolis Self Tanning Spray is certified natural and organic by EcoCert Greenlife and gives immediate colour to the skin. We love the spray application. Good for those who find themselves getting into a bit of a mess with creams or lotions.
This range was one of the first we ever stocked. The two natural self tanning products come as a Body Lotion or a dedicated Self Tanning Face Cream. The range is certified cruelty free, suitable for vegans and is also certified organic by NaTrue.
This Hydrating Body Lotion made from natural and vegan ingredients instantly gives skin a tinted glow. Think of it as a non-shimmery tinted moisturiser for body and face. It comes in four different shades, from Light (a subtle glow) to Deep Dark (a cocoa bronze), and an untinted moisturiser which is one of our favourites for it’s quick absorbency. Encased in an environmentally-friendly lightweight pouch, Prtty Peaushun comes in two sizes – hello Travel Size! As this is not a self-tanner and does not contain dyes, this means these lotions wash off in the shower and do not streak!
Natural Fake Tan Application Guide
- Choose an organic scrub: We’re currently loving Sister & Co Coffee Body Scrub and Skin & Tonic Sea Salt Body Scrub to energise, revive and tone the skin.
- Exfoliate: Before sun exposure, exfoliate your entire body to ensure an even tan and uniform complexion. This is the best prep work you can do for an even natural fake tan.
- Keep things circular: After you’ve exfoliated, carefully apply the natural fake tan. Apply using circular movements, taking particular care at the elbows, ankles and knees.
#ContentTip: Studies have shown that increasing antioxidant compound beta-carotene 10 weeks prior to sun exposure can help form a natural protection of approximately SPF41. Read our list of the most potent beta-carotene foods to stock up on here.
1. Köpcke W. & Krutmann, J. (2008). Protection from Sunburn with β-Carotene—A Meta-analysis. Photochemistry and Photobiology, 84: 284–288.