5 Most Natural Self-Tanners: Get Your Summer Glow On Safely!

Summer is around the corner so it's time to get our tans on safely! Nicely bronzed skin gives you the appearance of looking healthy and more slim. Say good-bye to the days when self-tanning products made you look orange, and smelled yucky. The ones below not only give you the most natural-looking tans, but have pleasant scents too!

1. St. Tropez self Tan Bronzing Mousse and Mitt

This unique mousse formula is super light-weight and can be used for both your face and body. The application mitt ensures smooth coverage while protecting your hands from the tan palm syndrome that is so common with many self tanners. I really like this product as it works well when used on all skin tones, dries quickly and is easy to apply. 

BUY: St. Tropez self Tan Bronzing Mousse, $18 and Mitt, $6.50

St. Tropez self Tan Bronzing Mousse, $18 and Mitt, $6.50

St. Tropez Tan even looks natural when used on the fairest of them all.

2. Tanceuticals CC Self Tanning Body Lotion

This fabulous product gives you is a smooth and natural, darker shade of bronze. It’s also easy to apply, dries quickly, feels great on the skin and lasts about seven days. I love the amazing coconut scent!

BUY: Tanceuticals CC Self Tanning Body Lotion, $24.95

3. Shiseido Brilliant Bronze Tinted Self-Tanning Gel

This tinted self-tanning gel for the face and body offers a sheer bronze color and a pearly shimmer. It smoothes on evenly and absorbs quickly to bring out the ideal shade and depth of any skin tone. Within a few hours, you will develop a natural, incredibly even bronze color. Plus, it provides hydration benefits to keep tan skin smooth.

BUY: Shiseido Brilliant Bronze Tinted Self-Tanning Gel, $30

4. Fake Bake Flawless

Fake Bake Flawless is one of the best “liquid” self tanners. Flawless is applied with a mitt (included) in effortless gliding strokes for a perfectly even tan. The dual function cosmetic bronzer assists in making the application even easier (shows-where-it-goes) providing an instant golden tan. The tropical scent not only smells good, but dries super fast and gives you a perfect bronzy-tan color! 

BUY: Fake Bake Flawless, $25

5. Xen-Tan’s E! Live from the Red Carpet Perfect Blend

This sweet, cucumber melon scented self-tanner is one of my favorites because it has an adjustable dial that allows you to customize your tan from light to dark--even a self-tanning rookie can achieve a flawless application. Plus, you can achieve the perfect tan no matter how dark or light your skin is naturally!

BUY: Xen-Tan’s E! Live from the Red Carpet Perfect Blend, $45

Remember to exfoliate before you self-tan (and moisturize after) for best results!
Check out my blog on the best body scrubs and oils for details.

Get Beautiful Using Safe Beauty Products: Hello Beautycounter

Do you know what toxic chemicals are in your everyday beauty and skincare products? I certainly did not until I became acquainted with Beautycounter. This new line's skincare, body care, and beauty products are effective, toxin-free and safe. Beautycounter's mission is to get safe beauty and skincare products into the hands of everyone. Here's the 411...

Beautycounter's lip sheer in petal. These are super moisturizing and you can build up the color depending on how much you use. Necklace by Essie Collection, $100. Contact EssieLa@gmail.com to order.

Beautycounter products are sold in several ways. You can sign up as a brand consultant and set up one-on-one meetings or "socials" (small groups of women who get together to see and try the products). One of the perks of being a host of the social is getting some free and half price products.  Hosts can make commission on the products sold. Also, customers can buy directly from the e-commerce website provided by their host or at www.beautycounter.com. I love the concept as it empowers women to create their own small business by selling quality products that are truly safe!


Some of my personal favorites include the routine clean cleanser, the every night moisturizer and the lip sheers.

These facts can help give more insight to safer cosmetic ingredients: 

  • 80% of the 10,000 chemicals used in our every day products have never been tested for safety by a public agency.
  • 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime
  • The European Union has banned over 1300 toxic chemicals from their products. The United States has banned 11. 

Beautycounter's NEVER LIST outlines the chemicals that would never be included in their products. Many of these ingredients make up our toiletries and beauty products stocked in our bathroom cabinets!

The lip sheer is one of my favorite Beautycounter products! Statistics show that we consume six pounds of lipstick in our lives and most are made with toxic chemicals including lead. 

Buy the Complete Lip Collection here, $175. Or, sold individually for $28.

If you are looking for that perfect, natural shade of pink, try the lip sheer in petal. 

Beautycounter lip sheer in petal, $28.

Their newest line of anti-aging products, Countertime, has been proven effective in clinical trials. This line consists of 6 anti-aging products that hydrate, firm and nourish skin.

Buy the anti-aging "Countertime Collection"  here , $295. Products also sold individually.

Buy the anti-aging "Countertime Collection" here, $295. Products also sold individually.

Beautycounter has banned over 1500 chemicals from their products. After trying several of them, I think the quality is top-notch. I highly recommend them!

Michelle Nadel
Beautycounter Consultant

Michelle Nadel is one of the beauty consultants  who recently signed on and reached out to me. Michelle states, "the business, is partly to sell our fabulous products and partly to share the knowledge of the current state of the beauty industry, which is grossly unregulated. The two parts of our business are intertwined. Once we learn a little bit about what is in our products, we are happier to try a safe, but effective, alternative. Beautycounter was just named by MSN one of the Top 10 companies in the country which is "revolutionizing retail", along side The Container Store and Amazon."

Michelle Nadel 

Beautycounter Consultant
Truth - Beauty - Transparency