#Melaninpoppin with Eco Tan
I have to admit, this is the first time I’ve ever used a self tanner- let alone done a self tanner review 🙂 Ethnic girls, contrary to popular belief, get pale during winter too. Most skin types tend to look a little bit more sickly when there’s no sun involved… Then what do you do when you don’t want to subject yourself to skin cancer, but do want to subject yourself to fabulous gorgeous mesmerizing skin? I’m guessing you should do what I did, and self tanner it up.
As an African woman, I’ve typically relied on my own melanin (with the help of a little sun) for that rich healthy glow. However, I’ve been reading more articles lately about celebrities and models who, even though they have darker skin tones, use tanning products as a beauty secret… So if you’ve ever wondered “can black girls even self tan?”, the answer is absolutely yes! Anyone can.
Eco Tan Review
To be honest, I didn’t see a SHOCKING difference from my self tanner before and after. What I did notice, however, was a more even skin tone, and a deeper pigmented look. Nonetheless, the lighter you are at the beginning of the tanning process, the more striking the results will be.
Using self tanners like Eco Tan may more of a pain in the butt than going down to your local beach and baking for a few hours… But there’s zero risk of sun damage…
Research has shown that the more melanin contained in your skin, the higher your natural skin SPF (sometimes upwards of SPF 15). Even so, skin cancer can affect us all; we are all susceptible. Being cautious of how much sun you expose yourself to can save you from carcinogenic melanoma in the future. Whether you have pale skin or dark skin. Which is why reaching for certified organic tanning products is becoming more and more trendy.
4 tips to prepping your skin and making your self tanner last:
1. Shave/wax the morning of: Shaving/epilating/waxing naturally removes some of the dead cells on the upper epidermis of your skin. If you wait to do this after tanning, you’ll pull some of the tanner of with it. Once you’ve removed the hair, wait at least one hour before continuing with the self tanning instructions.
2. Exfoliate first: Self-tanning stains the very outer layer of your skin. This is made up of old and dead skin cells (as well as gorgeous new ones). If you don’t exfoliate beforehand, those skin cells will slough off after you tan, taking the colour with them.
3. Wait until your skin is dry: I like applying moisturizer to damp skin because it helps retain hydration. But this isn’t what you want to do before applying self-tanner. Instead, make sure skin is completely dry before moisturizing.
4. Apply moisturizer sparingly: Now that you’re dry, it’s time to turn on the artist in you. You’re going to be rubbing on your tanner, so you want to “prime” areas that are problematic—knees, elbows, ankles, heels, or any other areas that are likely to absorb too much product. Eco tan has a luxe body milk that’s perfect!
Companies like Eco Tan by Sonya Driver care about skin of all sorts, across the board. Their products are not only designed to make white girls look pretty. They’re designed to even skin tone, add vitamins and nutrients to your skin, in an organic, toxic free, cruelty free way. I’ve since used my Cacao Firming Mousse 4 times, and am still going strong. Let me know your favourite ways to keep your skin healthy below! x