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(ANIMAL TESTING/COSMETIC TESTING) During the summer, there are three things I’m never without when I venture outside: my sunglasses, sunscreen, and a fake tan. For me, shorts and sleeveless shirts look so much nicer when my arms and legs are tanned.

When I was younger I always had a great tan the old fashioned way, but now that I’m older and a bit wiser, I know better. A golden tan is definitely not worth the risk of skin cancer which is now the single most common form of cancer in America. Nearly five million people are treated each year. The United States surgeon general even issued a skin-cancer warning this week.

But I have to admit, it’s not all about my health. Lets face it, even though I love elephants I certainly don’t want my skin looking like one.

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Photo credit: The Guardian

That’s why during the summer months, self-tanning has become one of my favorite pastimes. I had been using Jergens’ products for years until I discovered they’re not bunny friendly. Their parent company Kao Brands reportedly does third party animal-testing in Japan. Instead, I now use Alba Botanica’s Golden Tan Sunless Tanning Lotion.

Alba Botanica’s Golden Tan Sunless Tanning Lotion gives you a cruelty-free natural-looking tan. Alba Botanica is partnered with the Leaping Bunny Program guaranteeing no animal-testing on any of their products./Photo credit:
Alba Botanica’s Golden Tan Sunless Tanning Lotion gives you a cruelty-free, natural-looking tan. Partnered with the Leaping Bunny Program, Alba Botanica guarantees no animal-testing on any of their products. Photo credit:

Alba absorbs really well and makes my skin feel silky soft. Like with Jergens, I let the cream dry for about 15 minutes before getting dressed.

Tip: for better coverage always shower and exfoliate just before applying. And ALWAYS wash the palm of your hands and fingernails immediately afterwards.

The end result? A natural-looking tan that lasts a good three to four days with no streaking. It costs about the same as Jergens—around $10—only NO ANIMAL TESTING. It’s also completely vegetarian and all natural with no parabens, sulphates, or artificial colors. So long pasty, white skin!

For more cruelty-free summer skin-care products, visit our list of Companies that Don’t Test on Animals (RESOURCE) or PETA’s website for a complete list.

— Lisa Singer, exclusive to Global Animal