Homemade Self-Tanning Recipes

Homemade Self-Tanning Recipes

Beach season has the power to amp up anyone's beauty routine as the pursuit of the perfect glow becomes considerably more important. But if store-bought tanners are proving too harsh or orange for your liking, consider mixing up a custom hue. Your favorite bronzer and daily body lotion can provide a fuss-free tint, while oil-based options deeply nourish and renew your skin. So toss the spray-on bronze and mix up your own special blend the next time you're scheduling a summer pamper session.

Things You'll Need
  • Lotion
  • Bronzing powder
  • Bowl
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup coffee grounds
  • Exfoliating gloves
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup almond oil
  • Cotton cloth

Bronzing Powder and Body Lotion
Pour 1 cup of body lotion into a bowl. Choose a lightweight, untinted lotion, as it will spread and absorb more quickly than a cream while preventing a muddy tone.

Bronzing Powder and Body Lotion
Drop 3 teaspoons of bronzing powder into the bowl. Opt for a light brown shade without orange undertones for fair skin, and a medium brown matte shade for medium to dark skintones. This will look the most natural while lasting longer than a shimmery product.

Bronzing Powder and Body Lotion
Mix the ingredients until fully blended. Add more bronzing powder if necessary to create the shade of your choice.

Bronzing Powder and Body Lotion
Smooth the lotion over your skin daily after showering and lightly towel drying. Damp skin absorbs lotion best, to both moisturize and create a natural tan that can be built up over time.

Olive Oil and Coffee Grounds
Pour 1 cup of olive oil and 1 cup of warm used coffee grounds into a bowl. Mix together well.

Olive Oil and Coffee Grounds
Allow the mixture to sit for five minutes. It will thicken into a paste, which more effectively adheres to the skin.

Olive Oil and Coffee Grounds
Place a tablespoon of the paste onto an exfoliating glove. Step into the shower and smooth it into your skin using broad, circular motions. The glove will help buff away dead skin, allowing the tint to better absorb.

Olive Oil and Coffee Grounds
Allow the scrub to set into your skin for 10 minutes, then rinse it off completely with warm water. Reapply the scrub twice a week until the desired shade is achieved.

Cocoa Powder and Almond Oil
Combine 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder and 1/2 cup of almond oil in a bowl. Stir together until the powder dissolves and turns the oil a golden shade of brown.

Cocoa Powder and Almond Oil
Using your hand, smooth the mixture over your skin in a circular motion. A handful will cover up to two limbs, as oil spreads more easily than a lotion or cream. Allow the mixture to sink in for 10 minutes.

Cocoa Powder and Almond Oil
Soak a clean cloth in warm water and wring it out well. Gently wipe the oil from your skin using the cloth, leaving behind only a golden tint and slight sheen.