Why you should make your self tanner yourself

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How do self tanners work?


Self-tanners contain the active ingredient dihydroxyacetone, or DHA for short. After application to the skin, it combines with certain proteins in the upper layers of the skin and triggers chemical reactions. These reactions produce a dye that turns the skin brown. After only a few hours, the coloration is already visible on the skin.

However, unlike sun-tanned skin, this tan only lasts for a short time because it is only superficial. Our uppermost skin scales are regularly shed and friction also removes the color pigments after some time. You therefore only have the tan on your skin for a few days. It is also important to note that self-tanners have no light protection function.

Although self-tanners tan the skin, they do not provide any light protection themselves.

Why self tanners can be dangerous?

Self-tanners promise you a healthy tan without spending too much time in the sun. So we don’t expose our skin to the dangerous UV rays. Most of these self-tanners that come from the drugstore use DHA. DHA is sugar derived from glycerin and causes our skin layer to turn brown after just a few hours.

DHA is considered a potentially critical ingredient. If exposed to strong heat, it decomposes and formaldehyde is formed. The substance can also be formed during application of the product. Formaldehyde is considered a carcinogen.

Whether formaldehyde is formed is also affected by the storage of the product. Self-tanning products should therefore never be exposed to strong heat or direct sunlight. But what happens to the product before we buy it we of course can’t control. Even your own bathroom is often already too warm for storage of the self-tanner.

Also long storage times favor the emergence of formaldehyde. But again, we can’t control how long a product was already stored before we buy it. It is not possible for consumers to determine whether formaldehyde has formed in the product. Once opened, however, it should not be used for longer than three months.

You should not expose yourself to this risk. Therefore, we give you some tip on how you can give your skin a little tan, in a completely natural and harmless way.

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Self tanner with black tea and vanilla essential oil

With this self-tanner with black tea you can achieve a very natural complexion. Unlike commercial tanning sprays, which show their effect only after several hours, the homemade self-tanner from black tea immediately gives a darker complexion. Unfortunately, the effect lasts only temporarily. However, the self-tanners from the drugstore shelf usually contain harmful preservatives that could be very harmful for people with sensitive skin. This tanner is completely harmless and the vanilla oil gives it a great smell.

You can use this spray on your face to get a healthy and fresh complexion. The tan is only temporary, it can be easily rinsed off with water.


  • 8 bags of black tea
  • 450 ml water
  • 1 tsp essential vanilla oil


  • Bring water to boil in a pot.
  • Now let the tea bags steep in it.
  • Once cooled, add a few drops of vanilla oil and then pour the mixture into a spray bottle.


The easiest way is to spray the liquid onto your skin with a distance of about 5 cm and rub it in with your hands. This is the easiest way to get a beautiful and natural tint. Wait until it dries completely, then feel free to repeat it several times to get your desired tan.

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Tanning oil

If you want to have a beautiful and healthy summer tan even in the cold winter season, make your own self-tanner with coconut oil for this purpose. Be sure to use the homemade tanning products! The good thing is that homemade self-tanners don’t pose any health risks and tan your skin more evenly.


  • 200 ml liquid coconut oil
  • 1 tsp cocoa
  • ¼ tsp grated nutmeg
  • 1 tsp cinnamon


  • Pour the coconut oil in a spray bottle.
  • Stir in the remaining ingredients carefully.
  • Shake the bottle well so that the oil combines with the spices.


Apply the self-tanner to the skin every day (after showering is best). Your skin will not only get a beautiful color, but will also be well moisturized and regenerated.

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Self tanner with carotene

Carrots contain beta-carotene. This is good for our skin and hair care. Not only does it look good on the skin, it also protects it at the same time. With this ingredient, you also benefit from a healthy and natural sun protection. To make your own tanner, you add other oils to the carrot oil, such as sesame or almond oil, depending on your preference. This is important because the seeds and roots do not provide enough oil. You have to be patient with this production, as it can take a few weeks for the active ingredients to completely dissolve.


  • 1 carrott
  • 200 ml vegetable oil (like sesame- oder almond)
  • glas jar


  • Peel the carrot and then grate it.
  • Then put the rasps in a glas jar and pour the oil of your choice over it until everything completely covered.
  • Close the jar and put it in a warm and dark place. Let this mixture infuse for about 2 to 3 weeks. During this time, still remove the condensation from the lid.
  • Then strain the mixture and transfer the carrot oil into the glass bottle. Keep it in a dark place, out of sunlight, if possible, and consume it quickly.
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