A Safe Summer Tan

As ya'll know, I've been exploring cleaner beauty products that I can incorporate into my routines to help eliminate daily exposure to toxic chemicals and endocrine disruptors. Self tanner had been a staple in my routine as it gives you a nice glow, covers up tan lines and helps prevent you from damaging your own skin from the sun. It was hard however to find one with a clean ingredient list.

So, I've been on the hunt for a product I can feel confident in both for how it performs and what ingredients it contains. I'm happy to say Golden Star Beauty self tanner dry oil and self tanner facial serum has really impressed me. The tanner is made with organic jojoba oil, avocado oil, macadamia oil, evening primrose oil, and hyaluronic acid. It's paraben-free, cruelty-free and vegan... and actually works well! My only reservation is that fragrance is an ingredient which has the potential to mask potentially toxic chemicals that are not mandated to be listed. The product itself however, does not have a strong smell like most self tanners do.

The products I had used previously were foam and I applied them with a mitt. Golden Star Beauty does have this product as well but I wanted to try the dry oil because I'm honestly tired of our white Pottery Barn sheets turning orange when I self tan and I thought a dry oil sounded like it wouldn't rub off as easily.... and I was right. I actually didn't have a problem with the dry oil rubbing off on our sheets but I still wore black clothing after putting it on to play it safe!

To prep my skin, I first dry brushed, showered, used my homemade body scrub as an exfoliant and then shaved before completely drying off. Directions and recipe to that scrub and process can be found here. I then prepped areas of my skin that I didn't want to absorb too much oil like my elbows, hands/wrists, feet and knees with this lotion. Lastly, I sprayed the dry oil onto sections of my body and rubbed it in fully. I waited about 15-20 minutes before putting any clothes on and let my tan develop over the next 8 hours while I slept.

I will say I was nervous to apply the facial serum because I have very sensitive skin and I can develop blemishes pretty quickly. But this serum proved to be one that didn't irritate the skin! I washed my face with this foaming cleanser and exfoliated with this brush and then applied the serum to my entire face except for under my eyes and my eye lids -- I just prefer to have lighter under eye areas! I topped it with moisturizer and then let my tan develop over the next 8 hours while I slept. In the morning, I washed my face like normal and applied my make up like I normally would.

These pictures are after just one application. You can however, apply the oil over several days to deepen your tan. One application was perfect for my fair-skinned self!

If you would like to try these products out for yourself you may shop them here or on Amazon and use code GBWWCO10 for 10% off!

I'll also be linking my summer swimmie and pool accessories below.

Here's to clean, safe summer sun tans!


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