DIY Self-Tanner In Just 3 Steps

DIY Self-Tanner
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Summer is coming! The weather’s heating up. You have your favorite Hapari swimsuit picked out, ready to rock. Vacation is planned. But how about getting a little color ahead of time?! Well before you purchase an expensive self-tanner, try this –

Our DIY Self-Tanner in just 3 Steps

Let me preface this post out by saying, I’m naturally pale. I do tan fairly easily but I burn quickly too. I have a face splattered with freckles and am not actively seeking to add more to my collection. So considering the scenario, I slather on sunscreen whenever I’m outside and constantly scan the shelves at local drugstores for the best self-tanners.

Recently I stumbled upon a DIY recipe to make self-tanner at home. I was curious and a bit skeptical, but hoped this would be a legitimate solution! After trying it myself, I can testify — it works! Not only does it give you a summer glow, it’s perfectly safe and contains zero artificial ingredients. Most self-tanners contain dihydroxyacetone or DHA, a color additive that darkens the cells on the outermost layer of your skin. While the Food and Drug Administration has declared DHA safe to use topically, some concerns surfaced recently over ingesting the ingredient. If you’re like me, when you apply self tanner you never wear a mask, goggles or gloves to avoid accidentally inhaling or ingesting the lotion/mist. Dr. Melanie D. Palm, MD, MBA and Director of Art of Skin in Solana Beach, CA recently wrote in an article, “Primary concerns about self-tanning sprays relate to the risk of inhalation and ingestion, which is not recommended. For those using spray tanning products, it is important to wear protective gear for the mouth, eyes and nose to protect the mucous membranes.”

I always try to err on the side of avoiding unnecessary ingredients or agents (even though self-tanners sold at stores are safe when applied to the skin.) So, to piggy-back off our recent post on ways to protect your skin from the sun, here are the three easy steps to for DIY Self-Tanner!

How to make self-tannerIngredients You’ll Need:

  • 4 black tea bags
  • ¾ cup of water for soaking the tea
  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • ½ cup cocoa butter
  • ⅓ cup raw cocoa powder

Three Simple Steps:

  1. Bring the ¾ cup of water to boil. Soak tea bags for at least twenty minutes. The longer you soak, the darker the tanner.
  2. Blend cocoa butter (you may need to warm up before hand to make it workable), cocoa powder and coconut oil in a blender.
  3. Add half of the steeped tea to the mixture. Blend together for 1 minute. Add the remaining tea and blend again for another minute.

And that’s it!

Spot test on a small section of your skin rubbing the lotion in a circular motion. If you like the color continue with a full coat wherever you’d like to look more tan . As with any other tanner, avoid your elbows, knees, ankles and hands. Also make sure to exfoliate and shower beforehand. You’ll start to see the color deepen on your skin within 1 – 3 hours.

Enjoy a healthy, happy, faux sun-kissed summer without the UV rays or artificial ingredients. Let us know when you try this DIY out! We’d love to hear if you like how it looks on you.

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19 comments

    1. denise
    2. 3 years ago

    how much cocoa powder? 1/3 of what?

    1. sheila
    2. 3 years ago

    I like the sounds of this self-tanner. I have a couple of questions, please. The recipe just says 1/3 but doesn’t say the measurement — like tablespoon or cup, etc. How long does the color typically last? Thanks!

    1. How much raw cocoa do you use?

    1. Angela
    2. 3 years ago

    Can a person use just coconut oil instead of the cocoa butter? Cocoa butter is hard to find where I live.

    1. Cassidy Webster
    2. 3 years ago

    Do you wash it off after or anything ? Or just let it soak in? And do you need to tan while doing this?

    1. Hapari Swimwear
    2. 3 years ago

    Angela, you could try cocoa nut oil, but butter is preferable to create a thicker consistency. You might try searching for cocoa butter online.

    1. Hapari Swimwear
    2. 3 years ago

    Cassidy, we rinsed after 10 mins. Of course, the longer you leave it on, the darker you’ll get.

    1. Dawn D.
    2. 3 years ago

    How long does the color last? Will showering take it off?

    1. Hapari Swimwear
    2. 3 years ago

    Hi Dawn, it lasted about a week and a half to two weeks for me. Of course it depends on the individual. I did not experience any significant fading after showering.

    1. Red
    2. 3 years ago

    There is no cocoa butter online or in store where I live. Is there a substitute for it???

    1. Hapari Swimwear
    2. 3 years ago

    You might try other body butters if you have difficulty finding cocoa butter.

    1. Debbie
    2. 3 years ago

    Will it stay after you shower? Thank you

    1. Hapari Swimwear
    2. 3 years ago

    Hi Debbie, it lasted about a week and a half to two weeks for me. Of course it depends on the individual. I did not experience any significant fading after showering.

    1. Bailey
    2. 3 years ago

    It’s very watery. Is that okay? Can I add anything to it to make it thicker?

    1. HAPARI
    2. 3 years ago

    Hi Bailey, ours was a little thicker (which I think is preferable). You may try adding additional coconut oil and/or cocoa butter to thicken it. Or allow it to set in a cool, dry location while it thickens.

    1. Glenda
    2. 3 years ago

    Will the tan, darken with every application. Any comments about funky yellowing etc.

    1. HAPARI
    2. 3 years ago

    Hi Glenda, we did not notice a significantly darker tone with a second application nor a yellow tone.

    1. Kayla
    2. 3 years ago

    how do you blend the tanner on your hands elbows and knees without getting the blotchy spots or leaving it white?

    1. HAPARI
    2. 3 years ago

    Hi Kayla — try applying lotion to those places (elbows, hands, knees, feet, etc.) prior to applying the tanner. This helps mute the color and looks more natural.

    1. Franq.
    2. 3 years ago

    Good idea! Is there a lotion particularly best to use?
    Franq

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