Sure, the sun’s rays are full of vitamin D. But they can also harm your skin! Here are 5 natural ways to get a tan – without the help of the sun!
By Sophia Hussain
We all know that pale is indeed beautiful. But if you’re more pink and purple than gold, and you want coveted sun-kissed skin without exposure to harmful UV rays, you might feel a bit frustrated.
After all, it’s the palest skin that suffers the most – and the easiest – from the sun.
Yes, it’s true that getting a daily dose of sunshine is good for you. You get plenty of vitamin D this way, and that boosts your immunity. Sunshine also helps regulate hormones such as melatonin, which can lead to better sleep. And of course, the sun’s rays lead to a lovely glow on the skin.
But there’s a downside, too. As we all know by now, the sun can damage your skin. Exposure can lead to premature ageing, wrinkles and brown spots – and of course, even skin cancer.
So what’s a girl to do if she’s looking for a bronzed, summery glow?
Luckily, there ARE ways to fake a sun-kissed look!
Get ready to kick-start your summertime look with these 5 natural ways to get a tan without the sun.
5 Natural Ways to Get a Tan Without the Sun
1. Self-tanner, of course!
Wondering how to get a tan without the sun? The easiest way is applying a commercial concoction to help achieve a faux glow.
First, prep the skin by exfoliating with a scrub that doesn’t have any microbeads in it. These are an environmental (and ultimately, human) killer! Instead use an all natural or organic scrub, or even just make your own with 1 part fine sugar to 1 part almond oil, with a few drops of shower gel added in. Form a paste, and rub on in the shower.
Once you’re all scrubbed up and dried off, apply an all-natural fake tanner. These should be organic. Otherwise, you’ll not only be exposing yourself to harsh chemicals that can sensitise the skin and possibly cause cancer, but you’ll also smell weird.
How to do it: Apply liberally to the face and body after exfoliation. Apply an even amount to the entire skin, gently massaging into the skin, and repeat daily for up to three days, or even more for a deeper hue. Tan Organic’s non-staining, streak-free formula contains natural origin DHA and erythrulose, and nourishing chaulmoogra, mango, and macadamia oils.
2. Tinted dry oil
It may not be as permanent as self-tanner, but you can still add a golden veil of shimmer to highlight an all-over faux glow with a tinted dry oil.
One best seller based on the summer routines of Parisian beauties is French Girl Organics Lumiere Bronzing Oil, a divinely-scented dry oil with micro shimmer particles to enhance golden skin.
This formula dries quickly to reveal non-greasy, shiny skin and delicate shimmer when applied to the hair too. Contains vitamin E, and a blend of six organic oils from: macadamia, almond, hazel, olive, camellia, and sunflower.
How to do it: Apply to any part of the face or body you want to give a brilliant, bronzed glow.
3. Bronzing powder
Perhaps the quickest and easiest way to create a faux glow on your face and cleavage is simply with bronzer.
How to do it: Apply the powder with a large brush to only where the sun naturally hits the skin: cheekbones, nose, forehead, cleavage and chin. One of the best all natural brands we know of is Kjaer Weis – their refillable compacts are gorgeous, too!
4. Cocoa and cream
This is perhaps the cheapest and most natural way to get a tan without the sun. Find your self tan is fading a bit? Or maybe you missed a spot that you need to cover up FAST? Hit the kitchen and find the cocoa powder. Make sure it’s 100% pure, with NO sugar – or you’ll end up very sticky!
How to do it: Take a bowl and pump in some natural body lotion, oil or a balm such as this one by Wildcrafted Organics.
Add a few tablespoons of pure cocoa to the cream, and blend well, until the powder is completely dissolved. It should look brown. Try a bit on your hand to see if you like the shade. If not, add more cocoa powder. When the desired shade has been achieved, you can use this all over your body.
Once you find a recipe that works for you, make a personalised batch, and pour it into an empty pump bottle. All natural, and you get to recycled old bottles, too!
5. Black tea
Yes, really! Don’t believe it’s possible? Watch this short video by What Would Marilyn Do to see how you can use black tea to get a summer glow.
After all, this method was popular with our grandmas, and it’s completely harmless and natural. Just be careful: this concoction can stain clothing!
Do you know how to get a tan without the sun that we don’t? Let us know in the comments, below!