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The Green Parent

By The Green Parent

08th June 2019

Yes, we are at the time of year, where showing more skin is inevitable. We need to come to terms with the fact hiding our hairy, paler than pale legs under tights is no longer an option (sigh), writes Emma Harvey.

The Green Parent

By The Green Parent

08th June 2019

The Green Parent

By The Green Parent

08th June 2019

But however we may look at it, one thing is true. A natural healthy skin is much better than a fake tanned look that is probably forced out of a bottle where the shade (and smell!) probably matches the ingredients (icky).

So, our goal this month is to get you ‘skin ready’ for summer head to toe and create a goddess bronzed look, without the nasty toxins. Using only natural methods and products to buff and bronze your largest organ to perfection. I have some tried and tested organic and natural self tan and bronzers that will suit all skin tones. So where to start?

A pure facial and body scrub is a must to give the best finish to your look. By relieving your full body of any dead skin cells is not only healthy for your skin and promotes production of new cells, it can be very ageing when product sits on left over products you have used for some time along with normal skin cell debris. It does affect the end result and is mostly ageing and unflattering. So, if you really want to go the whole hog, firstly I recommend a deep skin exfoliation such as Dermaplaning. By removing the outer most layers of dead skin cells, this non-invasive treatment reveals a brighter, smoother and more supple complexion. If Dermaplaing is not for you- try the Perfecting Face Polish by Organic Surge, a good all rounder and a most affordable option.

Not forgetting the rest of the body, where any organic and natural body scrub or exfoliator should do the trick? I can recommend the Urtekram Body Scrub range. They are certified organic, good value for money and are available in a choice of glorious scents.

Boost your skin health and create a good base for your tanning and bronzing product with an organic face and body creams, serums, oils or lotions that benefits your skin type. Neal’s Yard Remedies do a vast range for all your needs.

To get your finished bronze look, what body and facial products are best? I swear by Green People Self Tan, Being naturally very fair, I do crave a little healthy glow and this not only goes a long way, but also creates a slightly instant tan in 3 hours. Or I can build up a deeper golden colour over a few days. For an instant tan, Jane Iredale Tantasia is ‘tantastic’ with a lovely citrus smell.

For my face, I like to go a little more natural. I tend to go a shade darker in my foundation for the summer months and team this with a good bronzer and highlighter. My current favourite foundation is the Inika Loose Powder with natural SPF25. The first of my go-to bronzers is Inika Organic Mineral Loose Bronzer. Perfect for my dry skin type, if you prefer a matte finish, it is also available in pressed. Secondly, the Quad Bronzers by Jane Iredale are a winning combination of eye, cheek and lip highlighters for any look and perfect travel companions.

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