Healthy and Sustainable Tan

 

With quarantine restrictions drawing to a close, it’s time to re-enter civilisation. But with pre-Covid summer plans cancelled, there’s something missing: a glorious summer tan. Our top recommendations for a healthy and sustainable tan will make it seem as if lockdown never happened. A week in the Mediterranean? A Caribbean cruise? Or a sustainable tanning lotion? Only you will know the truth. By choosing sustainable, you not only help to optimise your skin’s health, but also, the health of the planet: preventing pollution and ensuring the protection of Earth’s natural ecosystems, upon which we vitally depend.

 
 

WHY CHOOSE SUSTAINABLE?

Today, many conventional tanning lotions contain dihydroxyacetone (DHA), a synthetic ingredient produced through the fermentation process of sugarcane, rapeseed or from other petrochemical sources. Chemical fragrances, preservatives and parabens are additionally concocted with DHA. However, such substances have been proven to contribute to cell damage and the disruption of the endocrine system respectively.

On the other hand, sustainable skincare products are derived exclusively from nature and thus exclude harmful ingredients. Aiming to tone and nourish the skin, sustainable tanning products incorporate raw, renewable materials, packed with essential vitamins and minerals. These have been sensibly selected to promote dermatological rejuvenation and repair, in contrast to many high street cosmetics which unknowingly distress the skin.

Not only supporting your skin’s health, sustainable tanning companies play an active role in helping the environment. Engaging in wider climatic issues, they ensure their products utilise pollutant-free formulas and are usually packaged exclusively in recyclable or biodegradable materials, in order to minimise waste.

Here are some of our top recommendations!

 
 

ECO TAN

Description: Established by Sonya Driver, Eco Tan is an environmentally-certified Australian tanning company whose Invisible Tan’ product was awarded ‘Best Self Tanner’ in the 2017 Beauty Shortlist Awards for its beautiful, yet believable, golden bronze glow, and its deeply nourishing cream lotion formula.

Why Buy:

  • Vegan
  • 100% recyclable packaging
  • 100% recyclable bottles and tubes
  • Certified Cruelty Free by PETA
  • Certified Organic by Organic Food Chain
  • Certified Toxic Free by Safe Cosmetics Australia
  • Aims to make manufacturing process carbon neutral
 
 
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ISLE OF PARADISE

Description: Isle of Paradise ’s inclusive tanning products are packed with superfoods such as avocado, chia seeds and coconut oil to increase clarity and boost radiance. Their exclusive colour correcting formula aims to offset discolouration, reduce redness, and brighten the skin to help achieve the best tan possible.

Why Buy:

  • Vegan
  • Certified Cruelty Free by PETA
  • Organic
 
 
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TANORGANIC

Description: TanOrganic combines the highest-quality natural ingredients for a fast-absorbent, streak free tan, suitable for all skin types and complexions. Richly infused with Aloe Vera, TanOrganic deeply hydrates the skin and is additionally proven to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Why Buy:

 
 
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ALBA BOTANICA

Description: Alba Botanica’sSunless Tanner’ offers a non-streaking, natural looking tan in less than 3 UV-free hours. Derived from 100% vegetarian ingredients, Alba Botanica’s tanning line is scentless, easy to apply and leaves skin feeling lavishly soft.

Why Buy:

  • No artificial colours
  • No parabens or phthalates
  • No harsh sulphates
  • 100% Vegetarian
  • Certified Cruelty Free by Leaping Bunny
  • Reef Friendly
  • No Plastic Microbeads
 
 
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+ Words:  Stephanie Frank,  Editorial Intern at Luxiders Magazine

London-based student and  journalist Stephanie Frank has become dedicated to repurposing fashion as a force for good and is committed to writing about the interfaces between sustainability, fashion,  lifestyle and culture.

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