By: Dayna Copeland Schaef
Unless you live in a tropical location, the cold winter months inevitably mean that you’ll be sporting a pastier complexion. Some individuals embrace this look and take these chilly temps as an opportunity to flaunt their wind bitten, rosy cheeks. But, for those who crave that “just got back from Maui” glow, the road to tan can be a bit harrowing.
With more and more incriminating information arising about the harmful effects of tanning booths, the once hugely popular outlet is losing its appeal. With the decline in tanning salon popularity, there has been a huge increase in the sale of drugstore tanning creams, sprays, gels and lotions. But, these products can boast a long list of synthetic and possibly harmful ingredients that could do just as much damage to your health as the tanning booths.
So what is a pasty person to do when the sun doesn’t shine? Not surprisingly, the natural cosmetics industry has evolved to meet the challenge, introducing better, healthier sunless tanning options that won’t cause irreversible damage to your skin or your wallet.
Lavera NaturKosmetik makes an award winning organic self tanner for the face and body. Instead of the synthetic and possibly toxic ingredients that are found in some of the top drugstore brands, the active ingredients in Lavera’s sunless tanner come from soy and sugar extracts. The affordable cream also includes organic aloe, lavender, rose water and organic oils like jojoba, macadamia and sunflower for an even, non streaky color and a pleasant smell. True Natural Cosmetics offers an all natural anti aging self tanning lotion, so you can even reverse the years of unhealthy sun damage, while getting bronzer.
If you are looking for an at home solution for your winter skin woes, try this recipe, made up of ingredients found in any natural foods grocery store. Brew three bags of organic black tea in one cup of boiling water. Let it steep for ten minutes and then add the tea gradually to a ½ cup of lanolin and a ½ cup of sesame oil. Apply directly to exfoliated, clean skin, after a bath or shower. Try testing the oil on a small spot before lathering on your entire body.