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Posted by Copley
To hold on to the afterglow of the inauguration, you might be tempted to head to the remote beaches of some Caribbean outpost, but then you'd be missing out on all the fun at home- and raising your risk of sun cancer. Instead, you can get a safe, natural-looking tan without suffering damage from UV radiation. Newly launched Aviva Organics is the world's first line of paraben-free, organic sunless tanning products. That's right- you just read the words organic and sunless tanning in the same sentence.
If you've ever taken a look at the label on a canister of sunless tanner, you may have been either mystified, as I was on my first glance, or horrified, as the wiser version of me is now. Chemicals galore. Fragrances and alcohols that often lead to drying irritations and allergic reactions. Dihydroxyacetone (DHA), an FDA-approved, sugar-based ingredient that coats the top layer of skin a tan color, has the unwelcome side effect of sapping moisture from the skin. Even seemingly benign ingredients such as oil and aloe vera, added to counteract the drying consequences of DHA, make the skin feel sticky and prolong the amount of time needed for the tanning solution to absorb.
Aviva Organics has eliminated all of these undesirable additives in its line of three unique spa-quality items, which includes a face cream, body cream, and body polish. When it comes to sunless tanning products, the shorter the ingredients list, the better. Aviva Organics has pared down its formulas to incorporate the bare essentials. On average, each product touts 66% fewer ingredients than most sunless tanning products and draws heavily on antioxidant-rich fruit and leaf extracts.
A critical step in ensuring a flawless indoor tan is exfoliation. The Aviva Organics line starts with the Conditioning Body Polish (78% organic) to smooth and prep the skin. Its invigorating particles slough off dead skin cells and create an even surface for a follow-up tanning solution, while its organic botanicals soften and moisturize. Used in the shower, this creamy exfoliant should be massaged all over the body, paying special attention to the elbows, knees, hands, and ankles, and then rinsed off.
Nobody wants to look like a diseased giraffe after a sunless tanning experience. This fear is one of the greatest deterrents preventing people from trying an at-home tanning product. Lucky for them, both of Aviva Organics's lightweight creams impart a natural glow without an orange effect. The Sun-Free Skin Glow Face Creme (78% organic) and Body Creme (85% organic) are hypoallergenic, oil-free, alcohol-free, and fragrance-free. Moreover, the non-sticky formulas dry quickly and won't stain clothes.
So you can kiss your sunless tanning worries goodbye, while at the same time treating your skin to an uplifting color and a nourishing blend of botanicals. Infused with extracts from rosemary, calendula, ginger root, lemon verbena leaf, and orange peel, the Aviva Organics bottles seem to have been plucked from a lush herbal garden.
We have three sets of full-sized bottles to award to three lucky readers, on the condition that you agree to send in a review after testing the products. All you have to do is leave a comment under this post telling us why you love Truth in Aging. The winning comments will correspond to three numbers (1-10) that we have selected in advance (hint: they might have something to do with this year's inauguration date).
And don't forget to join the Truth in Aging Sunscreen Challenge in the message boards!
Ingredients in Face Creme:
Ingredients in Body Creme:
Aqua (Water), Organic Rosemarius Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Organic Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Extract, Organic Zingiber Officinale (Ginger Root) Extract, Organic Lippia Citriodoro (Lemon Verbena) Leaf Extract, Organic Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange Peel) Extract, Organic Rosa Canina (Rose Hips) Fruit Extract, Organic Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Organic Glycine Soja (Soy) Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Dihydroxyacetone, Glycerin, Cassava Starch, Cetearyl Alcohol (and) Cetearth 20, Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone, Aroma (a blend of Essential Oils), Caprylic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Tocopherol (Vitamin E) Natural, Glycine, Potassium Sorbate
Ingredients in Conditioning Body Polish:
Aqua (Water), Organic Rosemarius Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Organic Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Extract, Organic Zingiber Officinale (Ginger Root) Extract, Organic Lippia Citriodoro (Lemon Verbena) Leaf Extract, Organic Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange Peel) Extract, Organic Rosa Canina (Rose Hips) Fruit Extract, Cetearyl Alcohol (and) Cetearth 20, Glyceryl Stearate, Organic Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Organic Glycine Soja (Soy) Oil, Glycerin (vegetable), Julgans Regia (Walnut) Shells, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Yucca Glauca (Yucca) Root Extract, Aroma (a blend of Essential Oils), Caprylic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Tocopherol (Vitamin E) Natural, Glycine, Potassium Sorbate