Are you tired of your pale skin color and want to have that glowing, tanned, sun-kissed skin? Then you’ve probably considered tanning as a way to get darker skin. But you probably also learned about how dangerous tanning under the sun can be, especially when done for long-term!
Fortunately, there are ways on how to get darker skin naturally without sun. Read on as I show you the different ways to do so.
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How to Get Darker Skin Naturally Without Sun
It can be a bit difficult naturally darkening your skin, especially when you’re trying to do it naturally. But don’t worry, it’s actually possible to do so, and you can follow these tips:
1. Alter Your Diet
Change up your diet and you can slightly darken your skin with higher amounts of tomato-based foods. You can have a slightly oranger or tan color when you include more tomatoes, carrots, vegetable juices, and tomato puree in the diet.
You can also increase your melanin production to help get slightly darker skin loading up with fruits and vegetables rich in antioxidants. Consume more protein and whole grains as well. All these can also protect the skin from UV rays and promote a more youthful complexion.
2. Take Some Supplements
If you don’t like tomatoes or carrots, then you can opt for taking daily supplements. Beta-carotene tablets are helpful and your body can store any excess beta-carotene, using it when it needs to. Try multivitamins or other supplements with antioxidants as well for better melanin production and skin health.
Like the foods, it will cause the skin to have a slightly orange shade looking similar to a tan. While taking beta-carotene is generally safe, you should still ask your doctor before taking any pills, even if they are supplements.
3. Natural Oils
Emu oil helps increase melanin production in the skin. Melanin is the dark pigment in your skin tone, forming the tan. If you have a clear and fair complexion, then you can become about half a shade darker than your natural skin tone!
Tinted dry oil is another option, though not a permanent self-tanner. It gives you shiny and golden skin and glows without looking greasy. Aim for oils that come from natural brands without much of the artificial alterations.
4. Use Self-Tanning Products
The easiest way you can get a tan without the sun is through a self-tanner! There are many tanning products and lotions you can use that help achieve darker skin without the need for sun.
There are many kinds of sunless tanning products available, and I highly recommend that you get ones with organic ingredients.
- There are self-tanning lotions that are easy to apply, though be sure to NOT miss any spots!
- Gradual self-tanning lotions are the best bet, giving you the natural-looking tan that’s easy to control. But it will take up to seven days to take effect.
- Self-tanning spray is the easiest method to use, but difficult to apply in hard-to-reach areas. You may want to have someone assist you when doing so.
- You can also try making a natural mixture of pure cocoa with natural body lotion. Blend well until you have completely dissolved the powder, with it looking brown. Add more cocoa powder until it reaches the desired shade and applies it to your body.
Remember to exfoliate your skin before applying the self-tanner to remove dead skin cells and to allow the tanner to soak in better and in fresh skin. This has the tan last even longer. Also, allow the self-tanner to soak for ten minutes or so before dressing up, then wait for a day before you take a shower.
Do NOT overdo it and add too much of the spray or lotion, starting with small amounts to prevent the tan from looking orange and unnatural. Furthermore, take note that these self-tanners are not permanent solutions and you will need to apply these every few days or as needed.
5. Go to a Tanning Salon
You can either get a spray tan or use a tanning bed when in a tanning salon. However, tanning beds create UV radiation, so be wary about using these for the long term. If you do use these methods, be sure to shave or wax before the appointment and exfoliate your skin.
After the appointment, don’t apply any lotion, makeup, or deodorant and wait for eight hours afterward. When going under a tanning bed, wear proper protection, and take care of your skin with tanning lotion.
6. Bronzing Powder
There are many types of makeup trips that allow you to get a beautiful tan without many of the harmful chemicals. Using makeup is the quickest way, but temporary and you will need to do this daily if you want to maintain that tan look.
You can opt for bronzers and/or shimmer powders. It will take a few makeup products, though they are simple and can be found in most makeup departments.
Get a cream bronzer, a powder bronzer, shimmer powder, or highlight, as well as a small and regular powder brush. Follow the next few steps:
- Apply the cream bronzer first on your cheeks, under the eyes, and the bridge of your nose.
- Then, apply the powder bronzer and place it on the cheeks and temples using the regular powder brush. Blend the bronzers to prevent any makeup lines.
- Highlight or apply shimmer powder on your cheekbones, along with your eyes and eyebrow area, and above the upper lip. Use your regular sized brush and remember to blend the highlight and bronzers.
Learn more about the ways you can darken your skin naturally with this helpful video:
Wrapping It Up
It’s actually possible to get a natural tan without the need for going under the sun! That way, it’s safer and you get the sin-kissed skin without the exposure to harmful UV rays. Just be sure to talk with your doctor before using certain tanning products.
I hope that these tips on how to get darker skin naturally without sun helped you out. So start trying any of these safer methods over UV rays now.