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Baring All at the Christmas Party? Get Tips for the Perfect Natural and Organic Tan

It has to be said, the thought of baring pale skin even if it is just shoulders at the Christmas party in the chill of winter is not a waming one. But resorting to your average high street spray tan can put you in contact with a whole cocktail of ingredients you would be best to avoid. With fragrance, tanning agents and preservatives this cocktail is not one to get you to the dance floor.

So what are the alternatives? Well natural and organic skincare has come a long way in the tanning stakes over the last few years. There are now companies like Lavera, Evolve, Organic Pharmacy and more who provide tanning lotions you can use easily at home. By choosing an organic skincare product like Lavera's Shimmer Spray Tan or tanning lotion you can swap synthetic tanners and fragrance for sugar and essential oils instead!

Creating your tan at home:
  1. Prep is everything. Winter pretty skin must have dry, rough patches removed before attempting to create the perfect tan. If you are using a natural tanning lotion to create your winter tan it is ideal to exfoliate the night before to smooth skin before applying the tan the next day.
  2. Give back. It's important to then use a natural or organic body lotion to moisturise the new layers of skin underneath using a rich cream to boost hydration.
  3. Tan. Use a natural gradual tanner (like Evolve's Skin Glow Body Cream) prior to baring all at the Christmas party. Add a gentle glow using sugar based tanning actives so you won't feel so pale This type of product is a great for those that like to tan a little at a time or for those that have very pale skin. No chance of patchiness or streaking with these products.
  4. And if you're escaping to the sun these holidays remember:
  5. Avoid the high times. Avoiding the sun is the best anti aging thing you can do for your skin. Cover up or seek shade during the hottest times of the day generally between 11 and 3pm.
  6. Protect. You can give your skin a small amount of its own SPF protection by preparing with a beta-carotene supplements which enhance the bodies natural tan. Start this 10 weeks beforehand ideally to gain approx 4 SPF of protection. Try the New Chapter Berry Green which is packed full of 20 organic greens and fruits. Or even better increase you intake of green and orange leafy veg at meal times.
  7. Block. Make sure you use an organic skincare product with a natural sun screen. It should have a high enough protection factor too - 30+ is recommended. Look for physical sunblock ingredients such as zinc and titanium dioxide. They are less likely to cause skin sensitivity than chemical SPFs such as PABA. Apply it as your last layer 20 minutes before you go out in the sun.
  8. For afters. If you do decide to tan (safely), moisturise afterward with a hydrating lotion that also contains aloe vera which is great for calming any sun burn.

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