While the prospect of swapping alabaster skin for a golden complexion come Summer is appealing to most, 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 out there for natural beauties who prefer a bit of ‘sunless tanning’ to the real deal – whichever the season.
The Prtty Peaushun range, which has just landed at Content, is perfect for faking a golden Summer glow in lieu of sunshine. Created by celebrity make-up artist Bethany Karlyn, it’s already a favourite A-listers and organic beauty aficionados like Gwyneth Paltrow and Jessica Alba, as it instantly gives skin a gorgeous glow and can be used on face, body and hair. Think of it as a non-shimmery tinted moisturiser for body and face.
A hydrating lotion made from a 100% natural and vegan ingredients, it’s infused with natural plant extracts. We’re fans of the ingredients which include detoxifying pomelo, anti-inflammatory calendula flower, anti-oxidant green tea extract and soothing rosemary extract, which emolliate and leave skin feeling soft. Other benefits include: evening out skin tone, skin firming, and sunburn-soothing should you occidentally catch some rays! Plus, the sunny citrusy scent is extremely uplifting, no to mention addictive. As a bonus, it’s insect-repelling too.
It comes in different shades: Plain – which has a hint of a glow, but no colour and is great as a everyday body lotion; Light – a golden champagne with a subtle glow; Medium, Dark, and Deep Dark – which are progressively deeper bronze shades. All shades can be used on all skin tones, depending on desired results: you can use it to match your skin tone or deepen it. Luckily, it’s encased in a super environmentally-friendly lightweight pouch, which comes in two sizes and takes up minimal space in our beauty kits.
Prtty Peaushun is not a self tan and luckily doesn't contain dyes – meaning is washes off in the shower and doesn't streak! But if you prefer a longer lasting tan sans the harmful sun exposure, try the Green People Self Tan Lotion: a certified-organic formulation which combines DHA (derived from sugar) with organic rosehip oil, a great sun damage protector. DHA works in a rather clever way, by reacting with amino acids in the skin to tint it a yellow-brown toned tanned colour. Each of us has different types of amino acids on our skin, so the DHA derivatives react differently on all of us – meaning they create a ‘customised’ tone that should look a bit more natural than the dye and chemical-laden fake tan variety.
For best results, use the Green People Self Tan Lotion after exfoliating. Apply it in circular motions, taking particular care at elbows, ankles and knees and wait for 3 or 4 hours to see the colour develop. Re-apply it every 3 to 5 days to maintain the colour. Aside from donning you a gorgeous healthy glow, it will leave your skin feeling super soft and smelling amazing – which is not something we can often say about self tanners!