Raise your hand if you are ready for some fun in the sun and sand between your toes?
There’s just something about the winter that makes you crave the summer heat and of course, that dewy glow that screams vacation or summertime.
Luckily, winter vacation (and before you know it spring break ) will be around the corner, which means you can get your tan on.
Now, when it comes to tanning I’m a bit of a faker. Having pastey white skin with no tolerance for real UV rays, I prefer to stick to DIY or store bought products. I will admit to laying in the tanning bed for 5 mins once a week during my last winter in Canada, but that’s becaue there was no sun and gosh darnit, I needed some rays!
Far be it for me to judge those who choose to use tanning beds on the regular, but there are other alternatives, which is what I’m dishing on in this post, so listen up!
Mother Nature’s Sunless Tanning Recipe
This could quite possibly be the simplest recipe for creating a nice, healthy glow and guess what? It only requires 4 easy to find ingredients!
To make this sunless tanning recipe go grab the follow:
- 6 cups of Water
- 6 large peeled Carrots
- 1 cup Brown Sugar
- 1/4 cup Aloe Vera
Easy, right? Now let’s get to the fun part – making it!
First, start by giving your carrots and good rinse and then slicing them into small sections.
In a large pot, boil your 6 cups water and once nice and bubbling, add in your cut up carrots and brown sugar. Over nice low heat, simmer your concoction for at least 3 hours. As time passes you’ll see the water soaking up the color from the carrots and brown sugar.
Once your blend is done simmering, give it ample time to cool down. Be patient because this may take up to 1 hour. After it’s had time to chill out, strain the liquid into a new, clean spray bottle, mix in your 1/4 cup aloe vera, shake the sh*t out of it and then apply to your skin.
Since carrots are the main ingredient of this sunless tanning recipe, it’s safe to assume that if you aren’t careful during application then you may come out more orange and streaky than dewy and glowy.
To avoid this there are a few simple tips you should remember:
- Before applying your new tanning spray, exfoliate in the shower. This helps scrub away any dead skin cells that can may be clogging up your pores and making your sunless tanner looking blotchy or stained.
- It is best to avoid using any moisturizers containing oil beforehand. You may not realize it, but oily moisturizers create an invisible barrier on your skin, which prevents any sunless tanner from soaking in.
- Don’t get crazy! Achieving the ultimate bronzed look requires patience. If you get all spray happy with it, you will only be doing yourself a disservice. Give your sunless tanner a couple hours to soak in before applying more. The longer it’s on your skin, the more it will colour your skin.
Just a quick FYI – if you plan on applying this sunless tanning recipe to your face then you really want to heed my #1 tip and exfoliate. My favourite tool for a good exfoliation is the Microderm MD.
Microderm MD is an at home microdermabrasion machine that evens out skin texture, reduces blotchiness and discoloration, and reduces wrinkles and so much more (Check out V’s review on it here!)
Alright, now you’re all prepped for that winter vacay so what are you waiting for? Grab your grocery list and get tanning now!