Use Tea for Tanning!

One of our fave beauty bloggers Vanessa of is back with a new take on tanning. If you’re a regular MISS reader you know we shun sun worshipping (who wants icky wrinkles or skin cancer?) which is why we love that Vanessa came up with an alternative for the winter!

Now that summer is over and the cold, gloomy weather is here, some of us sun worshippers may be looking for a way to keep that bronzed goddess glow we worked so hard to get over the summer.

Of course you could always hop into the nearest tanning bed, but they aren’t always the best option for the health of your skin.

Self tanners can work but they can also make you look like you just stepped off an episode of the Jersey Shore, and truthfully, that’s never a good look.

So what is a girl to do if she wants to maintain that summer glow in the dead of winter? Brew some tea!

Yes, tea, it’s not just for sipping anymore. And if you keep reading, I’ll explain how to tan in a way that is so easy you won’t be-leaf it!

A Safe And Natural At-Home Tanner

While I am quite the sun-baker, I don’t really love sitting out in the sun for the whole day just to get a nice glow. Especially when I can do that from home, using a natural recipe, that costs only pennies per application.

It’s a healthy, and cheap, beauty treatment! Does it get any better?

All that is required is 5 black tea bags, 2 cups of water, a clean spray bottle, and an area in your bathroom where you can get a little messy.

To begin boil the 2 cups of water, place the tea bags in, remove from the heat, and let them steep for about 20 minutes.

While the tea is steeping, hop in the shower, and have a good scrub to remove any lingering dirt, oil, sweat, or lint from your clothes that could get coated in the tea and leave an unsightly mark. By doing this you are ensuring that the tan dries evenly and won’t leave any streaks.

But before you begin spraying, make sure you are completely dry, and that the tea is cool enough to the touch so it doesn’t burn you.

Then simply remove the tea bags, pour the tea into the spray bottle, and head back into the bathroom.

Sit down in either the bathtub or shower and start spraying yourself evenly, allowing each body part to dry before moving onto the next, that way you can make sure the tan is drying evenly.

If a darker color is desired, go for a second or third coat until you have the right shade.

Once finished, make sure you are completely dry before getting dressed so that any residual tea spray doesn’t stain your clothes.

This ‘tan’ should stay for 3-4 days and keeps in the fridge for up to a week, meaning touchups are only a few steps away.

And there you have it! A quick, safe, and affordable DIY tanning solution that looks natural, is full of antioxidants, and will keep you looking like you just stepped off the beach, even during those bleak winter months.


Vanessa is the chief blogging babe for where she blogs and vlogs about all things skincare, including the best way to get rid of under eye circles, as well as providing handy DIY tips and tricks that help her readers look their very best, for less!

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