3 Natural DIY Self Tanner: That Doesn’t Wash Off

3 Natural DIY Self Tanner

According to FDA, there is no such thing as a safe tan. The increase in skin pigment called melanin, which causes the tan color change in your skin, is a sign of damage. You are ignorant if you think switching from suntan to tanning beds, spray tans, or self-tanners will keep your skin safe. While tanning beds emit harmful UV rays like the sun, spray tans and self-tanners contain DHA- dihydroxyacetone as an active ingredient. A regular application of this ingredient to the skin makes it prone to premature aging.  So, what’s the solution? If you love the golden bronze glow in the skin that develops with tanning, there are other methods to attain it. Here, we are sharing DIY self-tanners that won’t wash off, create a fake fresh sun-kissed glow and accentuate the natural beauty you already have.

Diy Homemade Self-tanner Recipes

You can create a homemade bronzer devoid of all harmful chemicals and still tints your skin. Most DIY self-tanners are applied on the skin, above the makeup. Therefore, the chance of them washing off or rubbing off on clothes is always there if you are not careful enough.

1. Black Tea And Rose Water tanning Mist.

One of the most effective and lasting DIY self-tanners is Black Tea and Rose Water tanning Mist. This homemade tanner has extra staying power due to tea.  Tea has been used as a natural dye for many years. It means it can sink into the upper layers of skin and provide a somewhat lasting color. Rosewater keeps the skin hydrated. However, since tea is a dye, you may tint your clothes, upholstery, and every other thing that comes into contact. 

To make this self-tanner, you require-

  • Black tea bags- 6
  • Rosewater- 1 cup (if you don’t like the smell, dilute it or use plain filter water)


  1. Place the tea bags in a heat-proof bowl or measuring cup to seep the dye.
  2. Heat the rosewater only until it gets warm.
  3. Pour the warm rosewater into the cup that consists of tea bags.
  4. Let it stay for at least 20-30 minutes. 
  5. Once the mixture cools down, remove the tea bags and transfer them into a spray bottle.

Your DIY self-tanner that doesn’t wash off fast is ready. You can spray this mixture on your clean and dry skin whenever you want that bronze glow. Let it dry completely to prevent it from staining the fabrics.  You can keep Black Tea and Rose Water tanning Mist in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 7–10 days.

2. Coffee Bronzing Oil

If you don’t want to stain your clothes and upholstery, this DIY self-tanner will work; however, it provides a temporary hint of color. 

To make this self-tanner, you require

  • Unused ground coffee, preferably dark roast or medium roast- 1 tablespoon 
  • Bronze mica powder or shimmer eyeshadow– 1 tablespoon 
  • Jojoba oil or olive oil– 3 ounces 


  1. Grind coffee and mica in a mortar and pestle together to create a fine powder. You can also use a coffee grinder.
  2. Transfer the powder into a bowl and mix with oil. Stir well and keep it aside for 1-2 days to set and seep the color. 
  3. The oil will get dark within two days due to the coffee’s color. Use this homemade bronzing oil to clean and bare skin.
  4. Avoid areas that may come in contact with clothes to prevent them from staining. 

You can store this oil in an airtight container in a refrigerator for a month. This homemade self-tanner works great and is good for the skin too. It contains oil that nourishes the skin and boosts moisture while giving you a gorgeous bronze glow. 

Mica adds both shimmer and color to this mix. If you desire a deeper bronze color, add more coffee grounds.

3. Cocoa Lavender Sunless Tanning Lotion

Cocoa powder is good for the skin as it has antioxidant properties. At the same time, the other ingredient of this recipe- lavender oil, is equally good for making skin healthy. Therefore, this DIY sunless tanning lotion soothes the skin and protects it from the inside out. 

To make this homemade self-tanner, you would require

  • Body lotion- 3 tablespoon 
  • Cocoa powder- 3 tablespoons (you can make more or less depending upon your skin tone and how dark shade you require)
  • Lavender essential oil- 5 drops 


  1. Take a small bowl and pour the body lotion into it.
  2. Use a fine mesh sieve and sift the cocoa into the same bowl. 
  3. Add lavender oil and stir the ingredients well.
  4. Apply this mixture anywhere you would like to develop color. 

You can store this DIY sunless tanning lotion in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a month.

Final Words

So, these are the three most effective homemade DIY self-tanner recipes that stay on your skin for a long time and give the stunning bronze color. Make sure you use them properly and let them sink into your skin before getting dressed.

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