You had planned to go to the beach for a week but no luck, the weather was not right. Looking at the sun-kissed photos of your friends on social media, you’ve decided to come home with a tanned face no matter what. Good news: there are natural techniques to give you the tanned complexion you are looking for, in particular by manufacturing a natural self-tanner in the rules!
How does a self-tanner work?
Self-tanners are “cosmetics making it possible to obtain a tanned appearance, without the harmful effects of the sun. These creams and fluids act by a chemical phenomenon and stain dead cells on the skin’s surface and are not dangerous “, notes the site of the French society of dermatology (source 1).
“These cosmetics do not affect the production of melanin and are not sun protection (except when they are associated with UV protection) “, warns the site.
Self-tanners contain an active ingredient, DHA (Di Hydroxy Acetone), a physiological component of the class of sugars, naturally present in plant cells. More recently, another component, erythrulose, has been combined with it to help color the skin more evenly.
How to make your own self-tanner with carrot essential oil?
Carrot is the richest food in beta-carotene, which stimulates the synthesis of melanin which causes your tan. There is nothing better to make your natural self-tanner! Go to a drugstore and get some carrot essential oil. Heat a few drops in your hand and massage your body morning and evening. This oil colors the deep epidermis and not just the superficial layers. It also has the advantage of protect the skin with its essential nutrients. In a few days, you will have the luminous, apricot complexion that you want. Just be careful not to abuse it, at the risk of changing color and going home… orange.
Homemade self-tanner recipe with black tea
Another effective self-tanner recipe to make at home: black tea! Rich in tannin, a strong compound in color, this ingredient can be used as a natural self-tanner. It also contains antioxidants that help fight the age of the skin. Prepare a very strong tea with boiling water and a few tablespoons of loose black tea. Leave to infuse. After the water has cooled, apply it to the skin with a cotton ball or towel. This tan is not water-resistant but gives you a healthy glow in a few minutes.
Natural self-tanner recipe with henna
This recipe is very easy: mix approximately six tablespoons of natural henna powder with a little water to obtain a thick paste. First of all, make sure your skin reacts well to henna by doing a test in a corner that is not too visible, behind the leg for example. This will prevent an allergic reaction! If you don’t notice any suspicious reactions, put on plastic gloves to protect your palms and apply a thick layer of henna paste on your body. Wrap yourself in cellophane and wait a few minutes. Rinse thoroughly. That’s it!
Natural self-tanner recipe with sea buckthorn oil
Rich in vitamin E, omega 3, and 6, fatty acids, and carotenoids, sea buckthorn oil is known to its softening, healing, and protective properties for the skin. To prepare an effective recipe, you must mix the oil with other ingredients, especially a neutral vegetable oil like jojoba, apricot, or hazelnut. Heated for a few seconds in the palm of your hand, this mixture makes it possible to obtain a tanned effect in a few days. Only problem: its composition can cause small imperfections in problem skin. If this is your case, be careful, and maybe prefer another recipe!
Tips for applying your self-tanner on the body and face
Here are some tips for use your self-tanner well:
- Before applying this magnificent mixture prepared by you, it is recommended to perform a scrub on the part of the body or face that you are going to brush. The goal : get rid of dead cells, and refine your skin! Do not hesitate to make scrubs on a fairly regular basis;
- It may seem obvious, but you should apply the natural self-tanner to washed, clean, and dry skin;
- Finally, don’t forget that the self-tanner does not replace sunscreen: it does not protect against UV rays from the sun, which can be dangerous for the skin and health. So, even if you are super proud of your homemade preparation, do not forget to apply sun protection anyway during prolonged exposure!