Spring is about to arrive and we’re so here for it! Whether you live in sunny California (like Kinder Beauty co-founder Daniella Monet) or in charming-but-grey London (like Kinder Beauty co-founder Evanna Lynch), you might be getting antsy for some time in the sun and the nice glow that comes along with it.
But it’s 2020, and by now you’ve probably heard all the warnings about ultraviolet rays and your skin. Not only does sun exposure put your skin at risk of premature aging, dryness, and wrinkles, but it also puts you at risk for skin cancer.
Here's the good news: You can still get a beautiful tan without putting your skin at risk. Long gone are the days of orange, streaky self-tanning catastrophes. Today’s sunless products will give you a beautiful, natural-looking glow. There are a ton of them out there, but we scoured the market to compile a list of our favorites that are 100-percent vegan and cruelty-free. Here are our top six sunless tanning products.
1. Alba Botanica Sunless Tanner
Alba Botanica is a tried and true cruelty-free brand that never disappoints. The Sunless Tanner is perfect for those who just want a subtle glow. It’s fast-absorbing and your color will develop in less than three hours. Plus, the product contains no harsh chemicals or artificial colors.
We’re in love with cruelty-free cosmetics brand ColourPop, so we were super excited to hear that the company came out with a whole sunless tanning and bronzing line called Sol Body. Other products in the line will give you a gorgeous glow and shimmer that washes off, but the Sol Gradual Sunless Tanning Lotion will stick around for a while. Use as your daily body lotion and you’ll gradually build up a tan that’s exactly the shade you want. We also simply adore that this product comes in a large bottle, making it a great value.
3. Eco Tan
EcoTan is the first tanning manufacturer to be certified organic by the Organic Food Chain under the Australian government. The company’s’ founder, Sonya Driver, created EcoTan after realizing how many harsh chemicals were found in the spray tans she had been getting. She was on a mission to create safer sunless tanning products, and we’re so glad she did, because we are obsessed with Eco Tan’s tanning mousse, water, and lotion.
Developed by beauty influencer Lottie Tomlinson, Tanologist has something for everyone: gradual tan lotion, self-tan drops, self-tan water, and mousse in light, medium, or dark shades. They’re all safe to be used on the body or face, and we hugely appreciate that this UK-based company is proud of being cruelty-free and vegan.
TanOrganic has a wide range of sunless tanning products you’re sure to really dig, and the company prides itself on not using plastic. For full-size products, the company uses glass, and travel-sized products are packaged in a biodegradable material made from corn extract. TanOrganic offers luxury sunless tanning oils, lotions and mousses that are certified organic in Ireland.
6. Tan Tootie
Tan Tootie self-tanning mousse is accredited as Toxic-Free by Safe Cosmetics Australia, and like anything we promote, it is vegan and never tested on animals. The mousse has a beautiful coconut and mango scent and it’s super hydrating with ingredients like organic coconut oil, aloe vera, and green tea. This mousse feels more like a skin-loving lotion than a tanning product. And the DHA (the ingredient that causes your skin to change pigment) is made from 100-percent sugar beets.
It’s our goal to make it as easy as possible for people to shop responsibly for beauty products that align with their values. Subscribe to Kinder Beauty and we’ll send you a box each month filled with vegan and cruelty-free products (up to $165 value!) so you can take the guesswork out of compassionate self-care. We put just as much care into curating each of our monthly boxes as we did when creating this list. A Kinder Beauty Box also makes the perfect gift for any occasion.
Kim Johnson is a writer and social media strategist with 10 years of experience in the nonprofit sector working for animal protection organizations.