Of the many reasons I began working with the Arbonne line, one of my main reasons is because I wanted to be able to recommend a sunless tan product to my clients to enhance and maintain their tan with at least the same standards of the paraben-free tanning solution I use. I couldn’t very well promote paraben-free, vegan-certified tanning solution and then turn around and say, “Oh just go to the drugstore, find the cheapest self-tanner you can, and slather up!” After all, I began my business because I knew that there were (pale) people like me, who wanted a glow but didn’t want the sun damage or to have to apply stinky, orange solution in all the hard-to-reach places themselves. And I know that many of the self-tan products simply aren’t worth the time, money or effort involved.
Not so with these babies. The best way to keep a long-lasting faux glow is to prepare, maintain and enhance. You’ll want to prepare your skin for the treatment by shaving and exfoliating, maintain your sunless tan with a good moisturizer that contains an SPF, and enhance your tan with a good bronzer, as your face is the quickest to fade. These are my three favorite paraben-free, vegan-certified products to help me push the life of my sunless tan from 5 days to 7 or 10.
This gel-based scrub is from my favorite Arbonne skin care line: FC5! Fresh cell technology incoporates incapsulated antioxidants, that when burst open while you are scrubbing, deliver fresh nutrients to your cells–I like to call it “juicing for your skin”. The whole line smells incredibly fresh, like strawberries, mango and kiwi! When choosing a scrub before your sunless tan, you want to pick one that is not oil-based, as the oils will prevent the tanning solution from adhering to your skin.
This bronzer is wonderful because it contains no sparkle, which can be unflattering for many skin types as shimmer tends to enhance scars, acne, lines and wrinkles. Most of us aren’t 13 anymore, so let’s ditch the glitter! I use the bronzer on my face everyday, and even when I’m super pale, it gives a nice natural nutty brown color that blends flawlessly and never looks “Jersey Shore”.
Arbonne’s version of a self-tanner with protection is a hit! I only wish the SPF factor was a little higher, (it’s 15) so I would recommend layering with sunscreen after it dries or mixing in a little SPF 30 if you’re going to be spending a lot of time outside. The color is subtle, and at first I thought a little too subtle, until I looked at my hands one day after forgetting to wipe my palms post-application and they were glowing–yuck! Rookie mistake! But I love what this extender does for my tan–since I exfoliate regularly, I never keep much of the initial spray tan application on my face as a result, so I put a little of this on each day, followed by the bronzer, and I’m good to glow!
You can shop paraben-free for my favorite products listed here and more at arbonne.com using ID# 13459956 or, if you’d like to get a sample of the FC5 skincare or bodycare line listed above, and to check out the Arbonne catalog for more of my favorite finds from this line, simply send me an email by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org or give me a call/text at 919-208-3821.