Best rated tanning lotion

How do you know what the best rated tanning lotion is and more importantly if that tanning lotion is right for you? There is such a huge variety of tanning lotions available today and they are definitely not all created equal! A lot of money can be spent creating the perfect tan and so you sure want to get the most out of the tanning lotion you choose.

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My bias runs towards ones that are as natural and organic as possible, without any potential toxins. Having an extra super looking tan makes me look really healthy I believe, but if I'm not careful about what I choose to put onto my skin, I can end up with a very unhealthy tan! The following is my selection of an organic tanning lotion, which I believe is one of the best rated tanning lotions available.

Lavera Self Tanner, or Sunless Tanning Lotion


This was the best rated tanning lotion in 2008 as rated by Sophie Uliano, author of New York Times Bestseller: Gorgeously Green. Non-toxic, naturally fragrant, with quality organic ingredients and oils. I still rate it as one of the best, even though there are many more out there with similar qualities.

Organic soy extracts provide the active ingredient and are combined with extracts of sugar to deliver its smooth, even application and a natural looking, no-mess result. Containing organic lavender, aloe vera and rose water, together with the moisturizing organic oils, it offers great skin benefits too.

You can use it on your face and your body. The recommendation is to exfoliate all old skin off first, then apply the cream all over with even, light strokes. Within 2 hours you should see the first visible effect. The photos below were taken after three such applications. You can choose to build your tan up even more with more sessions until happy with the shade you want.


Please remember that it's very important to use a sun screen for outdoor protection though. Having a tanned body makes you feel more comfortable about being out in the sun without burning, but if you overdo it, you will burn and then peel and lose all your hard work!

The following ingredients are all listed online, which is definitely a positive attribute in my mind as one can do the homework on them before buying: Water, Glycine Soja Oil*, DHA, Grain Alcohol*, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Erythrulose, Myristyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sunflower Seed Oil*, Jojoba Oil*, Aloe Vera Gel*, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Macadamia Nut Oil*, Tocopheryl Acetate, Xanthan Gum, Damask Rose Water*, Camelia Oleifera Extract*, Lavender Water*, Tocopherol, Vitamin C Natural Oils: Limonene, Geraniol, Linalool, Citranello, Citral, Coumarin, Benzyl Benzoate, Eugenol. Note - The fragrance is obtained from the natural essential oils above. (* indicates ingredients from Certified Organic agriculture)

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