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By Candice Marie Litchfield
Ah, mid-winter. For most people in the Northern Hemisphere, this is the time of year when skin is at its pastiest and driest–and most embarrassing, if you’re planning a holiday somewhere hot. For those of us in the South, it’s peak beach season. In both cases, boasting a tawny all over glow is desirable, but many fake tanning products are loaded with chemicals, and of course baking in the sun is just ridiculously bad idea. Luckily, there is now an Eco Tan organic range that can give give you that much needed sun-kissed look.
Founder Sonya Driver developed the formula after her sister was diagnosed with melanoma, and has been increasing her product range ever since.
I tried the iconic Eco Invisible Tan, which is a gorgeous tanning cream with a soft gentle Rosewater smell, over a four week period. It is a non staining, totally streak free lotion that develops into a stunning chocolatey tan in 6-8 hours. Perfect for applying before bed, the non-tinted cream will not stain clothes or linen, which means you can wake up with a gorgeous glow.
Around 1 hour after application is when I started to notice the start of slight glow. It is such a luxurious and rich moisturiser that it feels divine to apply. The end result was this – beautifully honey-bronzed skin that looks completely naturally tanned. I have honestly never had so many compliments about my skin’s health since using this product! Needless to say I am extremely happy to have found Eco-Tan.
By day 6, the tan begins to fade, but without the patchwork effect like so many other tanning products leave you with. I simply reapplied and maintained the glow. The tube does state that it can be applied 2-3 times a week – so this is how you’ll maintain that constant sun-kissed gorgeous glow if you so wish.
Being the first company in Australia to create a truly natural tanning lotion and spray tan, Eco-Tan’s products are certified organic and are made from a unique blend of cacao, chamomile, avocado oil and rose extracts to provide a long lasting tawny fake tan. The main point of difference between this brand and other so-called-natural products on the market is there are absolutely no hidden nasties. Knowing that all Eco-Tan’s products are all totally free from the common fake tan ingredients you will often find in mainstream stores such as Phenoxyethanol, Propylene Glycol, Parabens, Animal Derivatives, Silicone, Artificial Dyes and Petrochemicals, means that you’re in safe hands.
These products are certified organic by the Organic Food Chain to the Australian Government biodynamic standards. They are also cruelty free accredited.
So to sum up Eco Tan: Australia’s first certified organic luxe moisturising tan has no hidden nasties and is a beautiful option for everyone wanting to glow, especially girls like me with sensitive or dry skin. Having been created with only organic & natural ingredients, it is supremely gentle and even suitable for use on the face. I absolutely swear by their products now and highly recommend them to anyone looking for instantly healthy sun-kissed summer skin.