I recently purchased a new SUNLESS tanning lotion after reading recommendations of others and watching some video testimonials. I have tried it and love it!! It is called Sun Labs Very Dark Self Tanning Lotion. It’s tinted so that you can see exactly where you are applying it and it will give you a glow almost immediately. After 3 hours you will reach your darkest color. I have tried many other tanning lotions and I feel that this provides the most natural looking color, least amount of streaks, and nicest transition on hands and feet.
I only purchased the tanning lotion, they also offer an exfoliant and a tan extending lotion. Again with my baking soda obsession, but I use that to exfoliate my whole body. Please note – you absolutely need to do this otherwise you will get an uneven tan. And to finish, I simply use the Nivea lotion from my Must Have Products post to help extend my tan – it works great!
Sun labs recommends and I do to, that you apply the lotion at night before bed after you shower and exfoliate. There will be some slight uneven-ness from application but once you shower that will even out. I noticed that my hands and feet also had nice color and they did not look orange or uneven (which is awesome!). Be careful during application your palms will look super dark. You can try using disposable rubber gloves – I have not yet, but someone recommended that to me. I make sure I use baking soda and scrub my hands VERY WELL after applying the lotion. I made sure to apply the lotion to my hands and feet paying special attention that it was rubbed in well and distributed evenly.
This tanning lotion is Paraben free. So what are Parabens anyway? Well in basic terms, they are an additive found in many cosmetics and food products that help preserve and improve the life of the product. However, there is debate on their safety. While the FDA maintains that they are safe for use in cosmetics and food, there have been studies linking parabens to cancer. Parabens have also been found in breast cancer tumors. Parabens react to the body like an artificial estrogen and some argue that can contribute to the likelihood one will develop breast cancer. What you feel to be safe – is ultimately up to YOU. My thoughts on the topic – better safe than sorry 🙂
I can’t just end this post here. This past month, our best friend Jon lost his 23 year old sister Jillian, to Melanoma skin cancer. It’s been devastating on him, his mother, siblings, and everyone who knew and loved her. She was a tanner and like most of us didn’t know the risks. Believe it or not, Melanoma is the fastest growing cancer among young adults. If you have used or use a tanning bed you are 75% more likely to develop Melanoma skin cancer. Not to mention, if you have blonde hair, blue eyes, or a lot of moles, you are even more at risk. Ever since we found out 3 1/2 years ago Jillian had Melanoma, I vowed I would never step foot into a tanning bed again. I haven’t since and I NEVER will. In the summer, I ALWAYS apply SPF 50 lotion – religiously. Please, please you need to take this seriously – it could happen, to you, to me, to someone you know, or someone you care about. Please help me in educating the world that tanning is literally TOXIC for your body – and keep people (teens especially) out of them! If you want to learn more check out the non-profit Jilly’s Jems. Jilly’s Jems was created by Jillian’s mother and she advocates for Melanoma Skin Cancer Awareness HERE. Our friend Jon also has started his own blog, The Melanoma Ripple Effect, about his experience that you can check out HERE.
That is all, I will step down from my soap box. Now you all have a fantastic and fun weekend friends!
Yep, that’s right I bake with this product, I clean with it, and I use it as my number one skin care item. If you haven’t guessed already it’s BAKING SODA 🙂 I seriously love this stuff, I buy it in bulk and I use it for everything! My motto is when in doubt try baking soda! I will use baking soda probably once every other day or every third day as an exfoliant on my face. While in the shower I will pour the size of about two quarters in to my hand and get it a little damp. Once I do this it becomes a paste and I gently smooth it around my face in a circular motion. I find this works great to help your skin look fresh and give it almost a sun-kissed look without the sun and damaging effects. (That’s a whole other story – but please, please limit your sun exposure, wear sunscreen, and DO NOT whatever you do, go into a tanning bed!)
How else do I use baking soda?
1. I use it along with white vinegar to clean my toilets. I no longer have a toilet wand that turns a disgusting color. Most people don’t know that vinegar is actually a disinfectant and keeps everything sparkly clean. I have in the last year or so COMPLETELY rid my home of harsh chemicals. I don’t know if people realize but the air in our homes tends to be more polluted than outdoors because of the harsh chemicals we use.
2. I use it along with white vinegar to clean my shower. I simply use a scrubby pad and sprinkle baking soda into the shower and give it a good scrubbing. To finish, I spritz my shower with white vinegar ( I literally have a spray bottle I use just for this!) and watch it foam up and disinfect. Voila, perfectly clean – with NO chemicals.
3. I use it to freshen up laundry. Let’s admit it, we’ve probably all left a load of laundry in the washer and forgotten about it only to discover a musty, smelly heap later! I throw a cup of baking soda in and rewash and it smells good as new!
4. I use baking soda to deoderize my carpets. You can buy the cans of overly floral and fragrant, smelly powders to leave on your carpet and vacuum up OR you can use baking soda and your house is left smelling as exactly as it did before – fresh! I also only spot clean my carpets with Peroxide – I find it works better to clean up spots than store cleaners. Also, if your child ever gets a bloody nose and gets it on the carpet this will COMPLETELY remove it!
Well, there you have it – I hope you go out and buy yourself a giant box of baking soda and come up with your own uses! If you do happen to have a unique use for baking soda you can enter it on the Arm & Hammer facebook site for a chance to win $5000 HERE! And check the many different uses for baking soda HERE.
Have a great weekend and stay tuned to see my VINTAGE HALLOWEEN COSTUME tomorrow 🙂