With summer and skin-baring clothes right around the corner, my Casper-white skin is unacceptable and needs to be dealt with; however, I’d rather not spend money on novelty products like self-tanner or spray tans that streak and look more like frost bite than anything else.
SO, I was very excited when I found out the other day that I could make my own self-tanner with black tea and hot water. Not only is it DIY, it’s FREE if you have black tea–and if you don’t? It’s still cheaper than the store-bought tanning products.
What you’ll need:
~4 black tea bags
~2 cups boiling water
~Sponge or spray bottle (Either sponge it on or spray it on, followed by rubbing it down into the skin)
Let’s do it!
(BEFORE YOU BEGIN: Read the whole post, and CLICK HERE for a short list of answers to some of the points brought up by other readers)
NOTE: While your next step is sitting, take an exfoliating shower to ensure that your skin is clean and oil-free. Then dry off your skin completely before applying your creation.
~Put the 2 cups of water in a pot and bring it to a boil. Once it starts boiling, turn the stove off and put the 4 tea bags in and leave for 10 to 15 minutes.
~Stand on top of a towel you don’t care much about or that you don’t care getting dirty. Now, if using a sponge, soak it in the tea and wipe all over your body. If using a spray bottle, fill it and spray on your body (and I recommend rubbing it into your skin afterwards).
~Let your skin dry and then apply another coat if you want a darker shade. Make sure that you are dry when putting clothes on so that they don’t stain.
~If you want an extra kick in your color, slowly mix a little bit of cocoa powder at a time to a handful of body lotion. When your are comfortable with the light brown color, apply it all over your skin and wait for it to dry.
~Tan should last for 3 to 4 days! Yes!