How would you like a homemade tanning lotion for the sun or salon that doesn’t cost too much, yet is still as effective as any product you could buy?
Yeah yeah I know Summer is over for the most of us, but that doesn’t mean you can’t keep your color through the colder months! Plus for us northern hemisphere girls, taking a weeks vacation down to the Caribbean is almost a must every year right?
If you ain’t the type to go for a spray tan or sunless lotion for whatever reason, than your only choice is to hit up the salon(always in moderation of course!)
The homemade tanning lotion I’m about to show you is the exact same one I use whenever I’m in the sun or at a salon. I think it’s even MORE effective than any product you could buy in stores.
The best thing is, it’s so EASY to make!
Here’s What You Need
You may already have some of these products at home, so make sure you hunt around a little before heading out to the store.
One other thing before I start…
It may seem like making this lotion is expensive at first because you have to buy the ingredients. However once you have everything, it will literally last you for like a YEAR!
Coconut oil is an amazing tanning accelerator. How it works is pretty simple. Try to think of it like a magnifying glass on your skin. This magnification draws in even more UV rays, which then help to produce the melanin necessary for a tan to appear.
It also helps to retain moisture. This is so important as without added moisture, our skin will dry up and expire a lot faster. This then leads to flaking and with it goes the color you just added during your tan.
Basically it helps keep your tan for longer.
The main purpose of lanolin is to act as an emollient. This is something that is able to lock in moisture and it’s vital if we want to achieve a long lasting tan.
It’s also great for those with sensitive skin as it’s a hypoallergenic, meaning that it won’t cause any irritation whatsoever.
Black Tea(3 bags)
Like all of these ingredients, black tea plays two roles:
- It will act as a natural dye, adding some color to your skin.
- It contains a ton of antioxidants that will fight off any toxins that may arise during the sensitive time right after tanning.
If you thought the ingredients list was simple, making this homemade tanning lotion is even easier!
How To Make This Homemade Tanning Lotion
You definitely don’t have to be a rocket scientist to make this remedy. Just follow the simple steps below and you’ll be ready to apply your lotion in no time…
Step One – Make Some Tea!
Take 3/4 cup of water, boil it and pour into a mug with your 3 black tea bags. Place it off to the side to allow it to brew for a couple of minutes.
Step Two: Start Your Blenders!
Take a 1/4 cup of coconut oil, 1/4 cup of lanolin and 1/4 cup of tea and pour them all into your blender. Start it up and as you’re blending, slowly pour in the remaining 1/2 cup of tea.
Mix until the lotion start to look nice and even.
At last you’re ready to apply!
This homemade tanning lotion is seriously going to accelerate the process. If you’re a little on the pale side, I recommend starting off with no more than 5 minutes in a tanning bed or 10 minutes of direct sunlight(pay attention to where you are, ie. the sun is extremely powerful in the Caribbean!)
Also this stuff can get messy! The black tea combined with the coconut oil is a nightmare when it comes to staining clothes. At the same time you don’t want to wash it off right away. Doing this will remove any nutrients before they have a chance to absorb properly into your skin. You want to give it at least 2 hours to soak in.
If you’re heading to the salon, always take an old change of clothes and DON”T WEAR WHITE!
Where To Get These Ingredients
I have to admit, I’m kinda lazy when it comes to buying ingredients for home remedies. I literally do all my shopping for things like this on Amazon and below there’s links to the products I bought (now 6 months ago) to make this lotion -
Nature’s Way Coconut Oil – $9.99 on Amazon
Now Foods Pure Lanolin – $4.89 on Amazon
The black tea you can just grab next time you’re at the grocery store
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