Mommy Greenest Approved: True Natural Self Tanner

natural self tanner against white backgroundYes, we know that tanning is bad for us. How could we not? The National Cancer Institute recently reported that in the past three decades, the rates of melanoma—the deadliest form of skin cancer—have tripled, and more than two million Americans develop skin cancer each year because of sun exposure. And tanning beds are even worse: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people who use a tanning salon before age 35 increase their risk of melanoma by 75%. But I found a new, all-natural self tanning system that’s a safer way to get a sun-kissed glow. [Read more…]

4 Steps to Natural Self Tanning Without Sun

model spraying self tanning cream on her faceSpring is here and with it bare legs and arms. And although we all know we should just accept the skin we’re in and eschew that sun-kissed look, there’s something about pale and pasty that’s just downright bad for the old self-esteem.

Now, that doesn’t mean head up onto the roof with a bottle of baby oil and a roll of aluminum foil—that’s so junior year 1998. Nor does it mean slathering on some potentially carcinogenic self tanning chemicals that turn you orange.

Actually, the active ingredient in most self tanning creams isn’t so bad. Known as DHA, dihydroxyacetone is a sugar that can be derived naturally from beets; it ranks as a moderate hazard on EWG’s Skin Deep Database.

Unfortunately, most conventional self tanning creams are also chock full of synthetic dyes and other chemical ingredients. What’s the worst? [Read more…]