Faking It: How To Get The Perfect Faux Glow

Whether you’ve been cooped up all winter or live in perpetual paradise, a little sunkissed glow makes even the most Lady Grantham-esque among us feel radiant and ready to brave the BBQs, pool parties, and lazy days that summer brings.
Without sacrificing your skin or your health (we’re big proponents of SPF around these parts), these natural tanning beauties — which are also vegan and cruelty-free — impart beachy results while also protecting your body’s largest organ.
Ashlee Piper, the lady beyond eco-conscious blog The Little Foxes, is a staunch supporter of cruelty-free living. But, even if you're not ready to adopt a vegan lifestyle, Ashlee's on hand for everything from spotting animal products in your shampoo to the best natural mascaras on the market.
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Some may think that dry brushing is a fad, but in fact, it's been employed for centuries by both queens and women in-the-know alike. It helps smooth skin, minimize cellulite, and stimulate healthy circulation. It’s also the first step in getting rough patches (think elbows, ankles, and hands) ready for self-tanning, and it makes you feel like you just attended the best dance party ever.

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This super simple scrub has three natural ingredients and smells like island coconut. Use it to slough away dead skin and hydrate naturally before applying self-tanner. Also excellent for removing sunless tanner from hands and other areas that can get a little streaky.
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Infused with acai, rice bran, and lime oils, this lush marine potion makes skin look supple and radiant. The star ingredient, Undaria Algae hand-harvested from the pristine waters off the coast of Patagonia, is soaked in oils for six months to coax out the rich A, B, C, and E vitamins and minerals that firm, tone, and repair sun-damaged skin. Extra credit: Add some to hair to condition and protect against salt and chlorine as you lounge.
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For those who love to hydrate and fake a sun-kissed look in one easy step, this paraben-free, gradual tan lotion is the way forward. It’s deeply moisturizing formula smells great, sinks in quickly, and with two broad-range shades, you’ll avoid creepy streaks or the dreaded oorangeness.
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Intended for sensitive and dehydrated skin, this potion is a deep moisturizer and self-tanner all in one made especially for the delicate skin on your face. Organic macadamia nut oil, peony, and mistletoe extracts create a fresh, uplifting scent and believable, streak-free color develops in just a few days.

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For those who want instant gratification, long-term glow, and sun protection all in one easy step, this magic mousse is the only product you need. Upon application, skin is hydrated, illuminated, and protected with SPF 20, then the lotion develops in to a gradual tan over time. Bonus: no noxious, tell-tale scents here, just fresh green tea.
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This pick is a luxe body gloss that’s as nutritious as it is gorgeous. Highlight décolletage, legs, arms, or even use on hair to tame fly-aways and add extra shimmer.
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If you’re more the type to embrace a sheer sweep of radiance, these illuminators mimic the ever-forgiving glow of sunlight (think: the best Instagram filter ever). This can also be used on eyelids for a candlelit wash of color.
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More dewy than shimmery, this mousse blush in a universally-flattering coral shade is the perfect complement to a summery glow. Shea butter, grape seed, and jojoba oils keep cheeks hydrated and fresh looking.

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