Written by Cat Woods ・    5 mins

Instagram would have us all believe sleek, bronzed limbs are a necessity for more likes and loves. But, at what cost if the avenue to a golden glow requires extended sun exposure and the associated risks?


In Australia, we have one of the highest rates of melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer, in the world, alongside New Zealand.

Of all skin cancer deaths, 75% will be due to melanoma. It’s also the most common cancer in Australians aged 15 – 39 and the leading killer of young Australians 20 – 39 years of age of any type of cancer.

Without doubt, skin checks (either your GP or a dermatologist can perform these at most clinics) are recommended along with daily sun protection in the form of SPF 15, 30 or 50+

As for that bronzed bod? While it was all the rage in the 90s to be a Paris Hilton-esque shade of orange, which usually came with an overwhelming chemical scent that lingered for hours, thankfully innovations with organic and natural beauty ingredients mean bottled and canned tans are now genuinely skin, body and environment-friendly.

With innovations in ingredients comes new ways of packaging and delivering an organic, non-toxic tan. Ultimately, it comes down to preference. There’s products for sensitive and dry skin too. Oils, creams, serums and sprays – from gradual products you can build up through to dark, intense and fast-working solutions: the choices are varied.

“Buying products that are cruelty free, vegan and organic, is resonating with consumers and their beliefs,” says Shannon Earls from Encore Beauty. “At Vita Liberata, we use only wholly organic sugar beet as our DHA active ingredient. Our products that are completely non-toxic, organic, free from parabens, alcohol and perfume.”


Ultraceuticals SunActive SPF 50+ Mineral Defence Face & Body Lotion

Vita Liberata Self Tanning Anti Age Serum for face

Vita Liberata Rapid Tan Mousse for body

Lux Aestiva Gypsy Oil Shimmers

Sunless Safe Tan

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