Hi friends! How was your weekend? Is it a beautiful day where you are? It is here in Houston. My pool is calling my name. It looks so inviting, but unfortunately the water temp is still just a little too cool for my liking. These cool nights and mornings really cooled the water down. Though my kiddos did get in and swim yesterday afternoon. I’m pretty sure it won’t be long now before the water’s warm enough for me to put on my swimsuit and jump in and join them!
Of course I am a little less than tan right now, though I do occasionally treat myself to organic spray tans from Spre Airbrushed Tanning here in Houston. While I like to practice safe sun exposure by using sunscreen I still like to get a little color! I don’t want to blind people with my “whiteness” and a tan always makes you look a little thinner. Who wouldn’t want that?! Which brings me to the first of “My Favorite Things” today. Just Natural’s Body Nutritive Serum ($33).
Let me preface by saying, I’m pretty fair-skinned, but I can get a tan, although it takes a while. And, I don’t want to spend hours in the sun trying to achieve golden goddess status and killing off what little collagen I have left! I kept seeing pins for this product on Pinterest last year claiming that the Nutritive Serum would help you to achieve a golden sun kissed tan in less time! Even fair-skinned maidens like myself. What the what! AND it contains good for you ingredients! Where do I sign up!?!
I first ordered and tried the serum last summer and couldn’t wait to start using it. Here’s what they say:
Getting a tan can be achieved the natural way.
Our serum helps achieve that golden sun kissed tan with the help of the lightweight easily absorbed blend of vitamins and antioxidants in the formula.
Its lightweight formula absorbs easily to immediately moisturize, soothe, and condition all skin types.
Glistening moisture is provided by this custom blend of 13 skin loving ingredients including Avocado, Kukui Nut, and Peach Kernel oils that hydrate and replenish, leaving skin smoother, softer, and supple.
This formula is the best support for tanning.
Ingredients for dry skin made by nature. Gentle, non-irritating all natural soothing formula. Non-greasy and absorbs quickly into your skin to begin working. Rice Bran and Peach Kernel oils are vitamin rich long lasting moisturizers.
It provides luxurious all-day moisture protection without being too heavy or greasy. Fast deep absorption that improves elasticity and tone, delivers skin from dryness.
Handmade Fresh in the USA -No Alcohol -No Chemicals – No Parabens – Vegan – No Mineral Oil
This in not a bronzer or sunless tanner.
First off, it smells amazing. Check out these good for your skin ingredients: Avocado Fruit Oil, Hazelnut Oil, Kukui Nut Oil, Rice Bran Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, Walnut Oil, Peach Kernel Oil, Essential Oils of Geranium Rose, Pink Grapefruit, Helichrysum and Lavender, Licorice Root Extract, Vitamin E.
Secondly, it felt great on my skin! My skin tends to be dry and once I started using this I didn’t feel so dry all the time and I’m pretty sure it helped my aging skin look better.
As for the help with tanning, I think it did a little. It’s hard to say… Nonetheless, this is definitely one of My Favorite Things that I will continue to use. Oh, and another thing, I’m pretty sure that it deters mosquitos! It must be some of those natural citrus oils. They don’t bother me when I have this on even if everyone else is getting bitten! Yea! No more chemical-laden, stinky Off!
Second up is Tan Towels! I think there is a theme going here in this post.
Again, in my quest to have a little color I present you with Tan Towels. I was first introduced to Tan Towels a few years ago by a friend who, like me, is fair-skinned, but seemed to maintain a little color year round. Her secret was the Tan Towels! I quickly went to our local Ulta store and bought a box of 5 for $30.
Here’s what they say:
Exfoliate, Tan and moisturize all in one. Our revolutionary 3-in-1 self-tanner for face and body.TanTowel® towelettes are infused with a clear self-tanning formula which works with the proteins and amino acids in your skin to produce a healthy and natural sunless tan in just a few hours. TanTowel® Full Body towelettes give you a quick and even application from head to toe with no streaks, mess or fuss.
They work! They give me a nice colored tan without streaking or looking like an orange! I love using them to get a little color going and even once I have gotten a little color the natural way using them will kick it up a notch! Woo hoo! One application gives a decent amount of color, but I usually like to do a second application 1 or 2 days following the first just to get a little darker.
*There are 2 different color options – Fair to Medium and Medium to Dark. I use the Medium to Dark.
So there you have it! My 2 Favorite Things this week.
Have you tried either of these products? If not, do you think you will?