Saturday, May 19, 2012

At Home Sunless Tanning


Thinking About Sunless Tanning?

With summer fast approaching, an important issue comes up for some of us: to tan or not to tan?

Limited exposure to the sun is always encouraged because in the long run, constant exposure to the UV rays from the  sun cause fine lines and wrinkles to appear sooner and start to run deeper.

Tanning beds are a big no-no due to the harmful exposure to UV rays.  Despite being damaging to your skin, UV rays are a major risk factor for skin cancer.

If you are looking for a natural looking tan then try this at home tanning recipe.  This recipe is also a great way to achieve a last minute "summer glow."

Ingredients:

8-10 black tea teabags (you can choose from these.)
4 cups of water
spray bottle (buy an empty spray bottle here)

Directions:

Steep your tea bags in the water for about 15 minutes or until you get the desired color.  Place the water in a spray bottle for easiest application.

Spray over your entire body the night before and let it dry.  Once it dries it leaves you with a light brown glow.

If you have already used a store-bought tanner and have an orange tinge, you can use this at home remedy to get rid of the orange tinge and achieve a more brown tan.

Add more tea bags for a darker tan.  This is not permanent and will wash off in the shower depending on your skin.

Enjoy!
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35 comments:

  1. How fast does it usually wash off?

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    1. Wouldn't you smell like tea bags or no?

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  2. The longer you keep it on, the darker (depending on the kind of teabag you're using) the color will be. It's a simple rinse off. You're basically staining your leg with tea. Also, it usually lasts a couple of days, but again, that does depend on how long you keep it on for and how dark the tea is.

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  3. Do you soak the tea bags in hot water or just normal temp water?

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    1. Steep them in hot water but make sure you let the mixture cool before applying!

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    2. Any home remedies to a tan?

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  4. Either way works. If you soak it in just room temperature water , it will take much longer to get all the color out of the tea bags.

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  5. Hmm, it doesn't rub off on the sheets?

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    1. Not that I have noticed! Also, I haven't heard of it happening. Please let me know if you have experienced that.

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  6. Does it look splotchy when it is fading off? Or does it wash off in one rinse?

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    1. It shouldn't look splotchy, but I cannot guaranteed it won't. It all depends on the state of your skin, how long you've kept the tea on for, the type of tea, etc.

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  7. Would it work if I put the tea bags in a bath with me?

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    1. That's actually a great question! How clever! I don't know if that would work, but it sure sounds like it should...definitely worth a try. Let me know if you've tried it and what the effects were. I would probably increase the amount of teabags since I feel the water would be quite diluted. :)

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  8. uh huh....no comment after those last 2 questions!!

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    1. Sorry about the delay! Let me know if I can help you with anything! :)

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  9. I can't wait to try this!! most self tanners I've used have a pungent, chemical fragrance...it gives me a headache. So I either have to wear nylons or show off my very, very white legs when I wear a dress.

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    1. I'm quite sensitive to those harsh smells as well. I hope it worked out for you!

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  10. It didn't work for me. I boiled 2 cups of water then added 4 tea bags, then I let it sit for 15 minutes. I let it cool then sprayed it on my very pale legs. I sprayed and then rubbed it in, I put 3 coats on my legs and nothing happened.

    Do you know what may have gone wrong?

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    1. Hmm. It could be the kind of tea bags you are using. I would double the a,out and see if that works. Also, let the tea brew a bit longer. Let me know if that helps.

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    2. It's the type of tea bag. It's that you didn't use enough!! I used, at the beginning, 3 tea bags, then 6, 8 and 10, and I realized that 20 works best!! Why? Because with 20 tea bags, you are releasing lots of tannins (the pigment that gives tea its color) for the skin to soak up. Remember, the tannins are just polyphenols (strong antioxidants) and very healthy for you!! This is not the same as tannic acid, used in tanning leather!

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  11. Do you rub it in or just let it dry on?

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  12. what about using it on my face. how does that work?

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    1. Use a spray bottle and let it dry once ou spray evenly.

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  13. This worked great! I am super pale and the sun and I don't get along much as I burn to a crisp quite easily. I also live in Minnesota and we hardly see the sun at all. I bought some tea bags and a spray bottle from the dollar store. I would have preferred plain old black tea but all they had was orange pekoe with black pekoe. I figured I didn't have much to lose. So for two dollars, I got 60 tea packets and a spray bottle. I cooked 1 1/2 cups of water in the microwave for two minutes, then steeped 9 tea bags. I wanted to try this so bad but didn't have enough time to put as many coats as I wanted to tonight BUT I sprayed evenly on my legs (in the tub) and let dry a total of four times. If I got any drips, I just blotted them up. They didn't leave any splotches. Each time I was waiting for my legs to dry, I just rinsed the tub. It took only a few minutes to dry each time. I just read a magazine. I already have color! I can't wait to do more coats tomorrow.

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  14. I did this using 2 quarts of water and 30 tea bags. it made the color a beautiful golden brown. I am very pale naturally so to have a natural beachy looking tan was amazing and didn't cost a lot of have streaks or anything like that and the best part no horrible tanning beds were used. I did my entire body and face with the mixture. everything looks amazing.

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    1. Tanning with tea bags is definitely a great alternative to tanning beds and the sun! Glad it worked out for you! Love it.

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  15. Will it come off on clothing like makeup? Would it be safe to wear white after doing this?

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    1. It shouldn't be a problem, but I would definitely test it and be extra careful if it's something you absolutely can't get dirty.

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  16. Great! I'm going on a band trip to a park, and I'm gonna show of my new shorts. Now that I have this to refer to, i wont be afraid of my white white skin. :)

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  17. What do you mean it will wash off but it depends on your skin? Does that mean for some people it can be permanent? Can I just use 2 tea bags? I ask beacause tea is expensive.

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  18. Thank you ! Ive tried everything. Ive got a tan, but ive always wanted to be darker. Ive tried cinnamon, bronzer even cover up ! But as i sewat it would get all blotchy, the cinnamon was ok but it dosnt work as well.

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  19. What kind of tea bags work the best?!

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