23 Nov Sun Kissed
As summer nears and the temperatures rise, we clear away the winter woollies in favour of clothes that show a little more skin. We all crave that sun kissed glow and know we need UV protection, too, so Gently Vegan has rounded up a selection of cruelty-free products that deliver the goods, without harming animals. We’ve supplied a few top tips for application, too.
Get set to shine this summer!
Sun protection is paramount no matter where you live, but particularly so in Australia, where we have the highest rates of skin cancer in the world, per capita. When applying sun screen, ensure you cover every part of skin that could be exposed to the sun, and do so at least 15 minutes before stepping outside, to allow it to settle and activate.
SUN BEAR SUNSCREEN SPF50+, $34.95, www.sunbearsunscreen.com.au
This is possibly the best sunscreen on the planet. Aside from offering amazingly high broad-spectrum UV protection, it truly gives back to our beautiful world and the creatures we share it with. It’s 100 percent vegan, palm oil-free, rainforest derivative-free, produced using solar power, PABA free, Oxybenzone-free, Australian made and packaged in fully recyclable packaging. Best of all, 80 percent of all profits go the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre, an organisation dedicated to preventing this crucial species from becoming extinct.
ARBONNE INTELLIGENCE POLLUTION DEFENSE CC CREAM BROAD SPECTRUM SPF 30, $56, www.arbonne.com.
As if we didn’t have enough to worry about with UV rays, our skin comes under attack from pollution and the blue light emitted from our devices, too. Arbonne to the rescue, with this multi-tasking hydrating, protecting and anti-ageing panacea in a tube. It calms inflammation, heals blemishes, covers minor flaws, hydrates and counteracts UB rays and blue light. It’s a ‘yes’ from us.”
MECCA MAX GAME FACE BB CREAM WITH SPF30, $26, www.mecca.com.au
This tinted beauty balm offers high protection for your face and neck, while at the same time delivering a glowing, second-skin finish that minimises minor flaws.
NATIO DAILY MOISTURISER UV PROTECTION SPF30+, $18.95, www.natio.com.au
This hydrating lotion offers top notch UV protection as well as a skin-softening dose of organic rosehip oil. It’s lightweight and non-greasy and is also infused with lavender and lemon, to calm and clarify the complexion.
NATIO CLEVER STICK SPF15, $16.95.
We love a multi-tasking product and this one raises the bar so high! It’s an all-in-one foundation, concealer and powder, with built in SPF15+ UV protection. Available in Beige, Light and Neutral.
ARBONNE RE9 ADVANCED PREPWORK SOFT FOCUS VEIL BROAD SPECTRUM SPF30+ SUNSCREEN $64, www.arbonne.com
Perfect as a make-up primer as well as facial sunscreen, this breathable lightweight veil creates a soft-focus effect minimising the appearance of pores and fine lines. It’s a mineral-based sunscreen that can also be worn alone.
ABC ARBONNE BABY CARE BROAD SPECTRUM SUNSCREEN SPF30, $44
Because baby’s skin is even more precious, this gentle but highly effective sunscreen is unscented and relies on minerals to keep your little love’s skin protected while you’re out and about.
The only safe tan is a fake one and the only thing better than a safe fake tan is a vegan one. You can use these formulas as you would any other fake tan – exfoliate and shower first, ensure your skin is dry and blend, blend, blend to perfection. Allow a few hours drying time before showering and/or wearing tight clothing.
In salon, the most trustworthy vegan spray tan I can unearth is Eco-Tan. It’s Certified Organic, Certified Cruelty-Free and Certified Tan & Body Vegan as well as Certified Sun Care Vegetarian. It’s also Australian owned, created by single Mum Sonya Driver in her kitchen in Queensland in 2010. Since then, Sonya has grown it into a global brand and it is widely stocked and used in salons across Australia. To find one near you, visit: www.ecotan.com.au
At home, there’s a larger selection of vegan tan offerings. Here are a few favourites …
KORA ORGANICS GRADUAL SELF-TANNING LOTION, $59.95, www.koraorganics.com.au
With Noni extract (supermodel Miranda Kerr’s all-time favourite ingredient), sea buckthorn and rosehip, this is super nurturing to the skin. The tanning agent is naturally derived from sugar and the formula is scented with lavender to ensure your skin is left beautifully scented.
NATIO SUN KISSED GLOW GRADUAL TAN LOTION, $12.95, www.natio.com.au
This cruelty-free concoction is a cinch to apply and delivers a natural-looking, streak-free sun kissed glow, which builds with daily use. It also smells sensational, thanks to cinnamon and tangerine essential oils.
ECO-TAN FACE TAN WATER, $34.95, www.ecotan.com.au
This multi-award-winning product is a true innovator. It is actually a tanning water, so is perfect for oily skin or complexions that are quick to congest from creams and lotions. It applies and blends easily using your hands and dries leaving a beautifully natural golden hue. Certified Organic and vegan, it’s made using flower essences, cacao and chamomile.
TAN ORGANIC SELF TANNING OIL, $44.95, www.nourishedlife.com.au The world’s first self-tanning oil, this illuminates the skin upon application and deepens to a golden hue after a few hours of wear.
BRONZE BY LA MAV GRADUAL TANNING MOISTURISER, $39.95 Available in Medium and Light, this organic, cruelty-free gradual tanning lotion contains organic oils and plant-based extracts to nurture your skin as it delivers the most delicious bronze result.
ILLUMINATORS AND GLOW GETTERS
Cosmetics that enhance your skin’s natural glow are a girl’s best friend in the summer. Either apply them strategically to contours of the face and body (brow bones, cheek bones, collar bones, décolletage and along the shins), or mix them in with your moisturiser for a subtler, but still stunning shimmer.
BAISER BEAUTY FORMULA NO. 4 BRONZER, $101.43, www.thevegancompany.love
Infused with skin care ingredients, this organic offering nurtures the skin as it imparts a golden glow.
BAISER BEAUTY FORMULA NO. 2 LUMINEX, $105.72, www.thevegancompany.love
A liquid primer luminizer brimming with nurturing oils to hydrate and calm the skin as it delivers natural-looking radiance.
HERBS & HEART ELIXIR ANTIOXIDANT RICH SERUM + MAKE-UP PRIMER, $28, www.herbsandheart.com
Alongside the intensely nurturing benefits this delivers to skin (think: hydration, elasticity, anti-ageing), this adds an instant glow to the complexion, minimising minor flaws and creating natural radiance, thanks to an infusion of gold particles.
DESIGNER BRANDS HI-LIGHTS ILLUMINATOR, $9.99, www.dbcosmetics.com.au
This liquid light-giver blends into the skin beautifully, without leaving streaks or patches. Delivering an instant glow, it also enriches the complexion with Vitamin E.
DESIGNER BRANDS NATURAL GROUNDS MINERALS FINISHING ILLUMINATOR, $19.99
For those who prefer powder, this is designed to be dusted lightly over the skin to leave a lit-from-within finish. Use it once you’ve finished the rest of your make-up, but before applying mascara and lipstick.
INIKA BAKED MINERAL ILLUMINISOR, $65, www.inikaorganic.com.au
Available in two shades – Dewdrop (a natural golden hue) and the original Starlight (a shimmering pale pink), this creates an iridescent glow on the skin and softens the complexion with light-diffusing particles.
INIKA CREAM ILLUMINSOR, $45
Sometimes you prefer a cream formula, and Inika has delivered. This easy-to-blend shimmer cream comes in two shades – Gold and Spice, which hydrate the skin as they emit a subtle sheen.
RAWW ORGANICS ACAI BERRY GLOW ILLUMINATOR, www.rawwcosmetics.com.au
A creamy formula enriched with coconut oil and vitamin E, this delivers a beautiful glow that’s easy to build up to your desired finish by blending using the pads of your fingers.
MECCA MAX WET LOOK ALL OVER GLOSS, $16, www.mecca.com.au
This takes that lit-from-within look next level. Apply it lightly to cheeks, eyes or lips for high-gloss shine, or mix a little in your foundation for a totally flawless dewy complexion.
MINERAL FUSION BODY OIL SHIMMER GOLD, $19.95, www.nourishedlife.com.au
Formulated to drench skin with moisture as it adds an all-over temporary golden glow, this has a beautiful summery scent. Lux Aestive Gypsy Shimmer Body Oil, $42, www.luxaestiva.com All natural and vegan, this fast drying oil is available in three shimmering shades – Tigers Eye, Rose Quartz and Smoky Quartz. The shimmer is delivered via natural mica particles, but your skin also gets a good dose of pampering, thanks to a host of natural plant oils rich in antioxidants, Omegas 3, 5, 6 and 9 and vitamins A, B, C, E and K.
LUX AESTIVA GYPSY SHIMMER BODY OIL, $42, www.luxaestiva.com All natural and vegan, this fast drying oil is available in three shimmering shades – Tigers Eye, Rose Quartz and Smoky Quartz. The shimmer is delivered via natural mica particles, but your skin also gets a good dose of pampering, thanks to a host of natural plant oils rich in antioxidants, Omegas 3, 5, 6 and 9 and vitamins A, B, C, E and K.
Lifestyle and Beauty editor Shonagh Walker