Put your hands to work and make your own DIY tanning bed lotion. Not only will it save you money, but you’ll be sure you’re not at risk of exposing your beautiful skin to the harmful UV rays. Plus, you can also do away with the unwanted preservatives found in some commercial tanning lotions. Want to learn how to make your own homemade tanning lotion? Read on!
Natural DIY Tanning Bed Lotion for a Healthy, Golden Glow
In this article:
- DIY Tanning Lotion Vs Commercial Tanning Lotion
- Lotion-Based Tanners
- DIY Tanning Lotion Ingredients You Can Use
- Why You Should Use Your Indoor DIY Tanning Lotion Instead of Regular Suntan Oil
- DIY Natural Tanning Lotion Recipe
- Keep in Mind…
DIY Tanning Lotion Vs Commercial Tanning Lotion
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By now, most of us are aware of the health risks associated with traditional tanning. For that reason, self-tanning lotions are an increasingly popular method for avoiding harmful UV rays while still getting that golden glow.
However, the downside to self-tanners is that commercial products can be strange smelling, streaky, hard to apply, and filled with unwanted preservatives. The unpleasant smell comes from a compound known as DHA, which triggers your skin cells to produce more pigments.
Of course, DHA tanners are currently considered healthier than sitting unprotected in the sun, risking skin cancer from UV rays. Yet, many people don’t like the idea of tricking your skin into turning darker — Or they find out too late that they have an allergy to DHA or the other preservatives in the commercial self-tanning product.
The good news? You can make DIY tanning lotion using all-natural ingredients. These homemade versions are fun to experiment with and only require common, inexpensive household ingredients free of artificial ingredients like DHA.
Skin products almost always need some sort of carrier to deliver their healing or beautifying properties smoothly, and a DIY tanning bed lotion is no exception. For this type of homemade product, a basic white, unscented lotion is perfect. You can find it in any supermarket or drug store, and there are even organic versions. Look for a white lotion with as few artificial ingredients as possible to avoid interacting with the scent or color of your DIY tanning ingredients.
DIY Tanning Lotion Ingredients You Can Use
The white base of the lotion is key so that as you add your homemade colorant, you’re able to control the hue. Gradually adding the colorant allows you to make it as dark or light as you need it to be to match your skin tone — or rather, what your skin looks like with a beautiful tan. If you go overboard with the coloring agent, just stir in more white lotion.
For coloring agents, cocoa powder or black tea are popular. The advantage of the cocoa powder is it can mix right into the white lotion, and is, therefore, a little quicker to make. You need to take a little extra time if you’re using the black tea recipe, but its superior dying properties translate into a longer-lasting tan.
To make a DIY tanning bed lotion with tea, brew a mugful of strong black tea, made with about 4 large tea bags, and cool. Start by mixing 2 parts white lotion with 1 part black tea. Mix it well. Add more tea if the color is too light.
If you’d rather make a sweeter-smelling lotion, use pure cocoa powder rather than black tea. Mix roughly 3 parts white lotion with 2 parts cocoa powder, and stir thoroughly.
Why You Should Use Your Indoor DIY Tanning Lotion Instead of Regular Suntan Oil
There are many differences in the formulation of commercial suntan lotion and DIY tanning bed lotions. The sun and tanning beds expose your body to different levels of UVA and UVB rays. Therefore, the composition of your natural tanning lotion recipe may produce different effects if you tan in the sun instead of in a tanning bed.
Think of it this way: you limit your time spent exposed to the rays in a tanning bed. On the flip side, you limit your exposure to the sun by using the correct SPF. Regular suntan lotions protect you from prolonged exposure to UVA and UVB rays. Your DIY tanning bed lotion, however, is formulated for intense but short bursts of UV rays.
DIY Natural Tanning Lotion Recipe
Your mother may have warned you’d turn orange if you ate too many carrots. But if you mix your own carrot-brown sugar correctly, you’ll actually create the perfect golden (not orange) hue, which you can control with the proportion of other ingredients.
If you prefer a spray to a lotion when it comes to your DIY self-tanner lotion, this is probably the homemade tanner for you.
- 1 pound carrots
- brown sugar
- To start, slice about 1 pound of carrot (cleaned) into thin rounds, as you’re boiling a nice big pot of water.
- Mix 2 parts sliced carrots and to 1 part brown sugar.
- Simmer the brown sugar and carrots together for several hours.
- Cool and strain the mixture, reserving the resulting thick liquid in a clean spray bottle.
Spritz onto your skin whenever (and wherever) you want a tanned effect. A fine mist sprayer is best, but if the mixture comes out unevenly, use your hands or a cloth to rub it into your skin so that it covers your skin evenly.
Keep in Mind…
When trying out any tanning oil recipe, it’s best to start with freshly exfoliated skin so that the product spreads out evenly. Use an exfoliating tool, a clean washcloth (on your face or body), or (for your body alone) loofahs, salt scrubs, or other body scrub products.
Applied daily, the DIY tanning lotion will ‘tan’ your skin a little bit more each time. Don’t go overboard with your initial applications and just gradually increase the color as you see fit.
Watch this video to see how Sarah Therese tans her skin with just coffee:
Making a DIY tanning bed lotion is a cost-effective way to achieve that golden glow. If you decide to give this homemade tanning lotion recipe a try, make sure to exfoliate first to get the best results. Now, you have sunkissed skin without worrying about your skin absorbing harmful chemicals.
Have you ever made your own DIY tanning bed lotion? Let us know how it went in the comments section below!
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on January 9, 2018, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.