Black Tea Fake Tanner
I only like flavored black tea, so I didn’t have any of the regular Lipton plain kind, so I used kind of a mixed assortment of chai, mint, Irish Breakfast, and something else, but it worked just the same. I’d also seen several tutorials which advised using a bit of oil of some sort to help the tanner stick to the skin better, so I dropped in a little organic coconut oil that I use for cooking.
- Four black tea bags
- Water, about a cup
- Oil, if you like
- Boil your water
- Add the tea bags and it oil, if you’re using oil
- Let the tea steep
- Apply a few times, leaving ample time to dry each time
You’ve got several application options for this particular recipe. If you have a spray bottle (I don’t), you can spray it on yourself. Or, you can use a regular old kitchen sponge or rag that you don’t care for, and sort of wipe it on. That’s what I did. It made sort of a giant mess. Also, wait for the tea to cool completely or you will burn yourself. You would think that that would go without saying, but I’m saying it because…I did it.
Here are my legs.
As you can see, not a ton of difference. This method was a little better–the coconut oil was nice on my legs and it wasn’t as sticky–but…it also didn’t work nearly as well. Maybe if I’d applied it with a spray bottle (?) or possibly done more than four applications, or maybe the oil actually made it worse. But after 25 minutes of rubbing tea on my leg and swatting my dogs’ tongues away from my arm, I was pretty over it. I’ve heard that this works for some people, so let me know if it works for you.
What I’ve concluded from this experiment is that, despite really, really wanting to like doing it myself, DIY self tanner kind of sucks, and that it’s way easier to just buy one of the clean-ish lotions that are available on the market. There are several, and they are better.
Images: All mine