Faking it

G Magazine

Before you think of getting those ‘pins’ out, learn a little about some of the nasty ingredients in conventional sunless tanners, and opt for our suggested natural products instead.


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Some of the ingredients in sunless tan products and spray tans are just as likely to give you cancer as too much sun exposure! Luckily, there are a few brands with all-natural, harmless tanning ingredients hitting the stores.

DHA (dihydroxyacetone), is the active 'skin-browning' ingredient in the below sunless tanning products and, though it may sound scary, is naturally derived from plants like sugar beets and sugar cane. It darkens the skin to a sun-kissed bronze colour through a non-toxic reaction with the amino acids of our skin. DHA is considered harmless by ECOCERT, an internationally recognised label with strict standards.

Top tip:
Exfoliating with a rough cloth or a home-made sugar or salt scrub - especially around the elbows and knees - means you'll get a more even tan before applying sunless tanners.

Ones we love

- Tandota by endota, $30 (150ml), www.endota.com.au

- Trilogy instant bronzing gel, $27.95 (150ml), www.trilogy.com.au

- Sukin Sunless Tanner, $17.95 (200ml), www.sukinorganics.com (as featured in the Oct/Nov '12 issue of Green Lifestyle magazine)