With the winter season creeping up on us, our beautiful bronze tans are creeping the other way. Those of us who haven’t been blessed with natural bronze olive skin, are left looking like we were bleached after the summer.
The first option that pops up in anyone’s mind when it comes to fake tans are tanning beds, they’ve been around for a really long time and so many people go there religiously. With winter coming up, it’s time to learn about your options and what best works for you
Why shouldn’t I use tanning beds?
There are many risks linked to being overexposed to ultraviolet light released from tanning beds; UV rays have been linked with increasing your risk of getting skin cancer.
The good news is, you don’t need to put your body through cancer-causing ultraviolet to look a little tanner. Thankfully, we live in a world where you can look sun-kissed everyday without ever having to expose your skin to premature aging and skin cancer risks.
Here are other ways to go bronze this winter:
Bronzers provide a great quick fix for your face and your body. This is a great way to look tanned if you’re looking for a one-night fix without the harm of being exposed to UV rays. You can find separate bronzers for your body and your face, or you can just save up and use your facial bronzer on your body too.
For an everyday glow, try swapping your blush for a bronzer, and you’ll end up looking like you’re tanned all year round.
Here are our recommended bronzers:
Brush On Bronzer – The Body Shop
“Swirl a brush over our classic bronzing beads and give yourself a beautifully bronzed look, minus the sun. ”
This Bronzer can be used all over you face and body.
The Bronzing Powder Compact – ARTDECO
“The powder provides a natural looking tan, is water-repellent and therefore long-lasting. It can also be used as a natural-looking rouge. SPF 10 protects the skin against the signs of aging caused by UV light. Suitable for every skin type. Fragrance-free. ”
This is mainly a face bronzer – but can be used on the body too!
If you’re after a long lasting tan, tanning lotions are the way to go. The effect of tanning lotions can be seen within a few hours of using the lotion and lasts from 7-10 days. Tanning lotions are a much safer alternative to a tan obtained from ultraviolet rays from both the sun and tanning beds and can be done from the comfort of your own home.
There has been speculations about the risks of self-tanning products, specifically the active ingredient dihydroxyacetone (DHA) that darkens the skin. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have approved the use of DHA in cosmetic products years ago.
Here are our recommended tanning lotions:
Benefit Hoola Zero Tanlines Allover Body Bronzer – Benefit
“For the most believable 12-hour tan, you want a matte formula. This gel version comes with a plush sponge—use it to buff the bronzer on in big circular motions.”
Shimmering Dry Oil Honey – The Body Shop
“Get a sun-kissed glow from head-to-toe with the Honey Bronze Shimmering Dry Oil. Give your skin an even, bronzed look with a hint of shimmer with this lightweight body oil subtly scented with honey and monoi. For a golden glow, use the Honey Gold shade for lustrous radiance. For darker color, use the Honey Kissed shade which can be intensified by layering.”
DIY homemade tanning:
If you’ve got the craft and want to save money by making your own all-natural self tanning lotion, Bellatory gives us a few great ideas that are quick, easy and effective!
Cocoa Powder Sunless Tanning Lotion
- Unscented white lotion
- 100% pure cocoa powder
- Start out by combining 1/2 cup of unscented white lotion in a bowl with 1/3 cup of pure cocoa powder.
- Mix with a fork. Make sure to break up any clumps and blend well.
- Adjust the recipe to match your desired color. The lotion will appear darker in the bowl than it will on your skin. Keep adding a little bit of cocoa powder at a time until you reach your desired shade.
- Smooth the tanning lotion over your entire body evenly.
- Apply daily for a gradual deep tan.
Carrot-Based Homemade Sunless Tanning Oil
- 3/4 gallon of water (3 quarts)
- 1 pound of fresh carrots (unpeeled)
- 2 cups of brown sugar
- Rinse the carrots and cut them into thin slices.
- Bring the water to a boil.
- Add the sliced carrots and brown sugar.
- Reduce heat and simmer for three hours.
- Turn off the stove and let the sunless tanning oil cool.
- Pour the oil through a strainer to separate the clumps from the liquid.
- Pour the self-tanner into a spray bottle. You can get these for a dollar at Dollar Tree.
- Apply once every week to maintain color.
Coffee or Tea Homemade Sunless Tanning Lotion
- Either coffee grounds or tea bags (caffeinated)
- Unscented white lotion
- Brew coffee or tea just like you normally would. If using coffee, use enough grounds for an entire pot but only enough water to make one cup. If using tea, use enough tea bags (typically three to four) to make a gallon of tea, but only about one cup of water. This is typically three to four family-sized tea bags.
- Mix enough lotion and coffee/tea to get your desired color. The more coffee or tea you add, the darker your tan will develop.
- Put the resulting mixture in a spray bottle and apply.