ECO GLOW

We all know that baking in the sun is one of the worst things that you can do to your skin. Prolonged exposure can encourage wrinkles, sun spots, and sagging. In worst case scenarios, it can cause skin cancer. The good news is more and more women are turning to artificial tanning products to get that warm, summery glow without the harmful effects of UVA and UVB rays. But how safe are those drugstore tan-in-a-can products? That is exactly what entrepreneur Sonya Driver wondered when she began getting regular spray tans with her sister, who was recovering from melanoma surgery. She started researching the ingredients on the back of fake tanning products and didn't like what she was learning. She wanted to avoid putting lab-born chemicals on her own skin and was especially vigilant on behalf of her sister, who had a deep scar from her surgery.

When Sonya couldn't find any tanning products that were truly organic, she decided to create one herself. She began buying all sorts of earthy ingredients like cacao, chamomile, and different flower oils and began experimenting in her own Australian home. Eventually, she landed on the perfect recipe and in 2010, she launched Eco Tan and it quickly developed a cult following of women with the same concerns as Sonya. The range now includes multiple tanners and other body products that make you look fresh and skin-kissed, without the threat of skin damage or cancer. All ingredients are certified organic and they way they feel and smell turn every application into a spa day -- aloe vera, rose geranium, avocado, macadamia, chamomile, coconut oil, peppermint, vanilla (we don't know whether to apply this stuff to our skin or whip up a smoothie!)! There are absolutely no synthetics, soaps, or artificial dyes in any Eco Tan products which are also completely (and happily) cruelty-free.

(photo courtesy EcoTan.com.au)