How to Get Rid of Your Farmer’s Tan (Using Sunless Tanner)

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I promise this isn’t some spammy magazine article. It just sort of looks like one. But seriously. This really is what happened when I used sunless tanner on my boyfriend to cover up his farmer’s tan.

Do you have a farmer's tan? Then you must read this article on how to hide your farmer's tan. Learn how I tackled my boyfriend's farmer's tan using a sunless tanner - and what the results were like a week later. Plus tips for using sunless tanners and natural ways to give your skin that summer kiss of bronze without using a sunless tanning product with DHA.

Sunless tanners sort of terrify me. The last time I used a sunless tanner was toward the end of the 80’s. I distinctly remember being very very orange by the end. And of course the tops of my toes and my knees and elbows were uncomfortably darker than the rest of my body. For these reasons I have avoided sunless tanners like the plague ever since.

Last month I received a deluxe sample of St. Tropez Self Tan Purity Bronzing Water Mousse in my allure beauty box. Basically a sunless tanner in a pump bottle. Much thinner than a hair mousse, this sunless tanner goes on clear. The formula is supposed to allow you to be able to dress immediately after application. However I found that this product was still slightly tacky to the touch for about a half hour after applying.

Reviews for the St. Tropez Self Tan Purity Bronzing Water Mousse agree that this sunless tanner gives you a natural looking tan. Nothing too dark. Just more of a subtle glow. While subsequent applications build color for darker looking skin.

Still, as a Gen-exer who’s survived big hair, orange skin and what is probably the worst fashion decade ever – I was still hesitant to give this sunless tanner a try. So I turned my boyfriend (who is incredibly WONDERFUL btw) into a guinea pig.

My boyfriend often works outside for this job. As a result, he’s developed quite the wicked farmer’s tan. If you’ve ever had a serious farmer’s tan, then you know there’s not coming back from it. At least not until the middle of winter with three feet of snow on the ground.

So, as Greg (the BF) has zero plans for going shirtless this summer, I decided to try out this sunless tanner on this chest. That way, if this sunless tanner turned his skin orange AF, he and I were going to be the only two people to see it.

This Is What Happened When I Used Sunless Tanner - On My Boyfriend! I promise this isn't some spammy magazine article. It just sort of looks like one. But seriously. This really is what happened when I used sunless tanner on my boyfriend.

Here is the before photo. Greg was adamant that I hid his face. Not because he’s self conscious, but because he’s a ghost on social media. He’s the kind of guy who enjoys private moments, well – privately. (I know. He’s already wondering WTF he’s gotten himself into.) Therefore, in this photo he has a frowny face. After all, his chest is white AF compared to his face, neck and arms.

My Review of St. Tropez Self Tan Purity Bronzing Water Mousse

After the first application Greg no longer glowed in the dark. However, there also wasn’t really a drastic change. Nothing was orange though, which was awesome. So the next day we decided to try it again.

This Is What Happened When I Used Sunless Tanner - On My Boyfriend! I promise this isn't some spammy magazine article. It just sort of looks like one. But seriously. This really is what happened when I used sunless tanner on my boyfriend. Plus tips for using sunless tanners and natural ways to give your skin that summer kiss of bronze without using a sunless tanning product with DHA.

By the third application, Greg’s fake tan darkened considerably. And it definitely looked more natural than I had imagined it would. (Thus the super happy face!)

This Is What Happened When I Used Sunless Tanner - On My Boyfriend! I promise this isn't some spammy magazine article. It just sort of looks like one. But seriously. This really is what happened when I used sunless tanner on my boyfriend.

And a side by side comparison. The lighting is unfortunately different. Not because I lacked the foresight to take photos at the same time each day, but because it’s been like Seattle in Southwestern Virginia lately. The rain just never stops. (Also I lacked the foresight to take photos at the same time each day.)

The results of this sunless tanner were pretty impressive at tackling Greg’s farmer’s tan. Especially when you compare them to what I had to work with over twenty years ago. You do, however, have to be really careful about applying it. Because you can’t see this tanner once you put it on, you won’t know if you botched your application until after the fact.

This Is What Happened When I Used Sunless Tanner - On My Boyfriend! I promise this isn't some spammy magazine article. It just sort of looks like one. But seriously. This really is what happened when I used sunless tanner on my boyfriend.

Here’s a photo where I had grabbed Greg’s arm, after the product had dried, but before I’d had a chance to wash my hands. (Oh no!)

We also found that the color started to lighten within a few days. By the end of the week, Greg’s chest looked nothing like the after photo. And the sunless tanner became uneven as it faded. The parts of Greg’s chest that had hair stayed darker than the other parts of his chest. So it almost looked like he had rolled around in dirt.

All in all, though, I think that the St. Tropez Self Tan Purity Bronzing Water Mousse is a decent product. While it’s not something I would probably ever use, it is perfect for hiding a farmer’s tan. I think this product would be great summer events or weddings that require something like a strapless dress.

Organic sugar scrub. This moisturizing body polish contains a luxurious combination of sunflower oil, shea butter and authentic monoi de tahiti oil blended together into a nourishing emulsion that resurfaces dry skin. Formulated using organic sugar, this natural body scrub gently removes dead skin and impurities. It also helps skin to attract & retain moisture, while revealing a smooth, dewy glow.

Tips for Using A Sunless Tanner

1. Exfoliate.

If you’re planning to use a sunless tanner this summer, then you’ll want to be sure to exfoliate first. This helps to ensure an even looking tan. Otherwise self tanning products tend to look blotchy and will fade unevenly. You can easily make your own custom body scrubs. Or you may like this organic sugar scrub (pictured above) from BK Apothecary.

This moisturizing body polish contains a luxurious combination of sunflower oil, shea butter and authentic monoi de tahiti oil blended together into a nourishing emulsion that resurfaces dry skin. Formulated using organic sugar, this natural body scrub gently removes dead skin and impurities. It also helps skin to attract and retain moisture, while revealing a smooth, dewy glow. (Buy it here.)

2. Moisturize.

After exfoliating your skin in the shower, be sure to apply a moisturizer. You’ll want to apply an oil free, fragrance free moisturizer on your hands as well as on the backs of your heels and on knees and elbows. The skin on these parts of your body tend to be drier than the rest of your skin.

Because dry areas of skin tend to absorb more pigment, applying a moisturizer beforehand will help your sunless tanner look natural and even. When applying a sunless tanning product, you’ll also want to skip these areas every other application for a more natural look.

Natural Self Tanning Lotion. If you find that sunless tanners dry out your skin, opt for a natural self tanning product. Essenu's Steal A Tan™ Dark Indoor Sunless Tanning Lotion not only contains natural tanning boosters, it also contains naturally moisturizing shea and cocoa butters as well as aloe vera and green tea. It's also formulated with marine elastin and caffeine extract to help to tighten and tone your skin for a smooth, beautiful tan.

If you find that sunless tanners dry out your skin, opt for a natural self tanning product. Essenu’s Steal A Tan™ Dark Indoor Sunless Tanning Lotion not only contains natural tanning boosters, it also contains naturally moisturizing shea and cocoa butters as well as aloe vera and green tea. It’s also formulated with marine elastin and caffeine extract to help to tighten and tone your skin for a smooth, beautiful tan. (Buy it here.)

3. Apply in a cool, dry location.

Additionally, always apply your sunless tanner in a cool, dry area. You definitely don’t want to be a perspiring mess when using a self tanning product. Dead skin cells along with sweat, dirt and oil can cause streaking. This is because dirt and sweat form a barrier between your skin and your sunless tanner preventing an even application. So steer clear of that steamy bathroom and opt for an A/C vent instead.

4. Dust on powder where you tend to sweat.

You may also want to dust the insides of your elbows, armpits, the backs of your knees and, um, under your boobs (Hello?! AMIRITE?) with arrowroot powder once your sunless tanner dries. A talc free alternative to baby powder, arrowroot powder helps to prevent creasing or sweating while the product develops. And, of course, once you’ve done the deed, be sure to wait at least four hours before getting wet to avoid streaking or partially washing off the product.

Are DHA Sunless Tanners Safe?

Though FDA has approved DHA, a “natural” sunless tanning agent as safe for cosmetic use, there is some controversy surrounding this ingredient.

DHA, or dihydroxyacetone, is a chemical derived from beet or cane sugar. Restricted to topical use only, “DHA works by reacting to the amino acids present in the top layer of the skin, the dead cells of the stratum corneum, to create a browning effect.” (Source.) It’s generally believed that DHA is safe to use as a tanning agent as long as you avoid inhaling the product. You should also avoid applying your self tanning product to mucous membranes.

If inhaled, or applied to unapproved areas of the body, DHA has the potential to cause asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or cancer. For this reason, spray tans containing DHA are not recommended. Additionally, even with the topical application of a DHA tanning product, there is a risk of an allergic reaction that can lead to itching or even hives.

Natural Coffee Sunless Tanner. Holly + Nectar sells a Summer Daze Sunless Tanner that's DHA free. This natural coffee sunless tanner is all natural, vegan, and super moisturizing. Free of harsh chemicals, this natural streak free sunless tanner instead uses a blend of nutrient rich oils and coffee that revitalize skin, add moisture, and give your skin a healthy looking tan.

DHA Free “Tanning” Alternatives

There are other options if you’d like a sunless tanning product that offers a golden glow without DHA. Holly + Nectar sells a Summer Daze Sunless Tanner (pictured above) that’s DHA free. This natural coffee sunless tanner is all natural, vegan, and super moisturizing. Free of harsh chemicals, this natural streak free sunless tanner instead uses a blend of nutrient rich oils and coffee that revitalize skin, add moisture, and give your skin a healthy looking tan.

As if that wasn’t enough, the bonus is the scent! There’s none of the chemical smell that comes with self tanning products that contain DHA. Instead, this natural hazelnut sunless tanner smells like hazelnut and espresso. And, it won’t clog pores! (Buy it here.)

BK Apothecary's Goddess Glow Body Oil & Bronzer. This ultra hydrating, shimmering body lotion contains a blend of bronze and gold micas to give you a natural, sun-kissed glow. More of a gel than a true oil thanks to the addition of cera bellina wax, this captivating formula is easily absorbed and is satiny-smooth. This product is perfect for temporarily bronzing your skin.

Alternately, you may also like BK Apothecary’s Goddess Glow Body Oil. This ultra hydrating, shimmering body lotion contains a blend of bronze and gold micas to give you a natural, sun-kissed glow. More of a gel than a true oil thanks to the addition of cera bellina wax, this captivating formula is easily absorbed and is satiny-smooth. This product is perfect for temporarily bronzing your skin. (Buy it here.)

Bronze Goddess Shimmer Body Oil from Naturally Beautiful Skincare. Made with real gold flakes and bronze mica pigment, this light weight body oil smells like a sexy day at the beach! It beautifully tints skin with a slight glowing tan and works like a sheer body makeup blurring any imperfections. Simply put, it's the perfect way to get a summertime glow without spending time at the tanning bed or getting too much sun.

I also like this Bronze Goddess Shimmer Body Oil from Naturally Beautiful Skincare. Made with real gold flakes and bronze mica pigment, this light weight body oil smells like a sexy day at the beach! It beautifully tints skin with a slight glowing tan and works like a sheer body makeup blurring any imperfections. Simply put, it’s the perfect way to get a summertime glow without spending time at the tanning bed or getting too much sun. (Buy it here.)

Makeup stick bronzer for sunless tanning and a summer glow. The bronzing highlighting makeup from River Organics gives you a light bronze shimmer and is easy to use.

Or, if bronzing oils aren’t your preference you can also try a bronzing makeup stick, like these pictured from River Organics, as well as an all over bronzer mineral makeup foundation from Earthtones Minerals.

For more natural alternatives to sunless tanners, be sure to check out these makeup, beauty and natural skin care favorites. I’d also love to hear about your experiences (good or bad) with sunless tanning products in addition to your favorite beauty products for summer. So be sure to share your thoughts with me in the comments!

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Cleopatra’s Golden Glowtion Shimmer Oil Recipe

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Get glitzy with Cleopatra’s golden glowtion shimmer oil! Cleopatra’s golden glowtion shimmer oil recipe creates a dry body oil loaded with lots of golden light reflecting mica. Spray it on and massage in for highlights and an all over golden glow that helps to hide skin’s subtle imperfections and give the appearance of a more even skin tone!

Cleopatras Golden Glowtion Shimmer Oil Recipe! Get glitzy with Cleopatra's golden glowtion shimmer oil! Cleopatra's golden glowtion shimmer oil recipe creates a dry body oil loaded with lots of golden light reflecting mica. Spray it on and massage in for highlights and an all over golden glow that helps to hide skin's subtle imperfections and give the appearance of a more even skin tone!

My friend, Cathy, inspired me to make this golden glowtion shimmer oil recipe after seeing my mermaid shimmer spray. However, she was a looking for a much bolder shimmer and a simpler recipe to recreate. Therefore, I kept the ingredients for my Cleopatra’s golden glowtion shimmer oil recipe extremely simple but added a lot more mica.

For those of you who aren’t destroying your kitchen on a regular basis like the rest of us, this easy 4-ingredient recipe will also help to make the startup costs for this project a lot more affordable.

However, if you prefer the dry oil recipe I used for my mermaid shimmer spray, you can use that one instead. Just be sure to either double that recipe or halve the amount of mica. (The mermaid shimmer spray recipe yields one 4 oz. container while this one yields two.)

The mica for this golden glowtion shimmer oil does settle when not in use. So be prepared for that. I wanted to avoid using emulsifiers and other more complicated ingredients simply for the sake of keeping the mica suspended in the product. I found that a light dry oil works fine for this application. You just need to shake the golden glowtion vigorously before each use for consistency.

The gold shimmer is dazzling when sprayed onto skin and massaged in. Cathy used it on her skin and ended up with something akin of a light shimmering tan. (She and I are both super pale.) However, I’m sure it would be just as stunning on dark skin as well!

We also chose a lip and eye safe gold sparkle mica for this project so you can use it anywhere your heart desires. I hope you have fun with this recipe!

Cleopatras Golden Glowtion Shimmer Oil Recipe! Get glitzy with Cleopatra's golden glowtion shimmer oil! Cleopatra's golden glowtion shimmer oil recipe creates a dry body oil loaded with lots of golden light reflecting mica. Spray it on and massage in for highlights and an all over golden glow that helps to hide skin's subtle imperfections and give the appearance of a more even skin tone!

Cleopatra’s Golden Glowtion Shimmer Oil Recipe

© Rebecca Dawn Dillon

Ingredients:

4.75 oz. fractionated coconut oil
2.75 oz. clear jojoba oil
.75 oz. gold sparkle mica
.2 oz. skin safe fragrance oil, of choice

Instructions:

You’ll need a digital scale to weigh out all of the ingredients for my golden glowtion shimmer oil recipe.

Begin by weighing out the fractionated coconut oil, clear jojoba oil and a skin safe fragrance oil of your choice. Combine the ingredients in a large glass beaker or glass Pyrex measuring cup. Stir to combine.

Now weigh out the add the mica. Mix vigorously until the mica is thoroughly combined throughout the oil and there are no more clumps.

Once combined, use a funnel to fill evenly fill two 4 oz. bottle with a mist sprayer. (I used the 4 oz. Frosted PET Cosmo Round Bottles with White Fine Mist Sprayers and Brushed Aluminum Collars from SKS Bottle & Packaging found here.) Then screw on the sprayers to your bottles.

Cleopatras Golden Glowtion Shimmer Oil Recipe! Get glitzy with Cleopatra's golden glowtion shimmer oil! Cleopatra's golden glowtion shimmer oil recipe creates a dry body oil loaded with lots of golden light reflecting mica. Spray it on and massage in for highlights and an all over golden glow that helps to hide skin's subtle imperfections and give the appearance of a more even skin tone!

Label your golden glowtion shimmer oil bottles as desired for personal use or gifting. (I made a sticker label for mine glowtion using Egyptian clipart that I purchased from JustClipz. Then I simply printed my labels onto sticker paper, cut them out and applied them to the bottles.)

To use, vigorously shake the bottle to evenly remix the ingredients (the mica will settle) then spray onto skin and massage in.

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Plant Based Makeup: DIY Rose Scented 4-in-1 All Over Cream Beauty Stick

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Plant based makeup is the new trend. However, you don’t have to spend a fortune investing in premiere brand cosmetics to get it. Instead, try making your own! Simply start with a few natural ingredients and add micas to create your own custom colored makeup sticks!

Plant based makeup is the new trend. However, you don't have to spend a fortune investing in premiere brand natural cosmetics to get it. Instead, try make your own! Simply start with a few natural ingredients and add micas to create your own rose scented 4-in-1 all over cream beauty stick! 

Following is my plant based makeup recipe for creating a rose scented 4-in-1 all over cream beauty stick that works as a bronzer, eyeshadow, blush and lipstick! Once you’ve tried this plant based makeup recipe, try your own custom color combinations for new makeup for every season!

Plant based makeup is the new trend. However, you don't have to spend a fortune investing in premiere brand natural cosmetics to get it. Instead, try make your own! Simply start with a few natural ingredients and add micas to create your own rose scented 4-in-1 all over cream beauty stick!

Also be sure to check out the free printable labels for my DIY rose scented 4-in-1 all over cream beauty stick after the recipe!

Plant based makeup is the new trend. However, you don't have to spend a fortune investing in premiere brand natural cosmetics to get it. Instead, try make your own! Simply start with a few natural ingredients and add micas to create your own rose scented 4-in-1 all over cream beauty stick!

Rose Scented 4-in-1 Beauty Stick Recipe

© Rebecca. D. Dillon

Ingredients:

.25 oz. candelilla wax
.75 oz. babassu oil
.25 oz. fractionated coconut oil
.25 oz. Bulgarian rose floral wax
.15 oz. (eye + lip safe) coral mica
.15 oz. (eye + lip safe) copper sparkle mica

Instructions:

You will need a digital scale to weigh all of the ingredients for this plant based makeup recipe.

Begin by weighing out the candelilla wax and babassu oil into a small glass Pyrex measuring cup or similar. Heat in the microwave at 40% power until melted. Alternately you may also use a double boiler. Take care removing your melted ingredients from the microwave as the glass will be hot. I recommend using a towel or pot holder when handling.

Next, weigh out the fractionated coconut oil and rose wax. (The rose wax gives this plant based makeup recipe a beautiful light rose fragrance!) Mix these ingredients into the melted candelilla wax and babassu oil until thoroughly combined and the rose wax has melted.

Allow the mixture to cool slightly then weigh out and add the mica powders. Mix well so the mica is fully incorporated into the makeup base.

Now slowly and carefully pour your rose scented 4-in-1 beauty stick into a container or containers of your choice. I used the 1.5 oz. brown paperboard push up tubes from SKS Bottle & Packaging. (I poured mine a little too hot and it caused a hole down the center. You can avoid this by practicing patience – that I clearly don’t get a gold star in – and pouring at a cooler temperature.)

Plant based makeup is the new trend. However, you don't have to spend a fortune investing in premiere brand natural cosmetics to get it. Instead, try make your own! Simply start with a few natural ingredients and add micas to create your own rose scented 4-in-1 all over cream beauty stick!

Once your plant based makeup sticks have cooled, simply cap and label them as desired. You download my free PDF printable labels for my rose scented 4-in-1 all over cream beauty sticks here. (These labels are free for personal use only.)

To use your beauty sticks, simply apply to eyelids, cheeks, lips or body as desired and gently massage into skin. You can further blend the color with a makeup sponge if desired.

Plant based makeup is the new trend. However, you don't have to spend a fortune investing in premiere brand natural cosmetics to get it. Instead, try making your own! Simply start with a few natural ingredients and add micas to create your own custom colored makeup sticks! 

Here is a picture of my rose scented 4-in-1 beauty stick on fair skin.

Plant based makeup is the new trend. However, you don't have to spend a fortune investing in premiere brand natural cosmetics to get it. Instead, try making your own! Simply start with a few natural ingredients and add micas to create your own custom colored makeup sticks! 

And again on a medium skin tone.

If you’d like to create your own homemade plant based makeup products to sell, then you’ll need to following FDA guidelines for labeling and permissible ingredients. You should be aware that glitter, mica-based pearlescent pigments, and other composite pigments used in cosmetics are NOT FDA approved for cosmetics at this time. The FDA however is currently exercising discretionary enforcement of these color additives while they are in discussion over regulatory status and safety. You can find further discussion on this at Marie Gale’s blog here.

For help labeling your plant based makeup, I recommend the book, Soap and Cosmetic Labeling: How to Follow the Rules and Regs Explained in Plain English, by Marie Gale.

DIY Unicorn Eyeshadow in a Tri-Color Pressed Palette! Learn how to make your own DIY unicorn eyeshadow. This fun trio of pressed eyeshadows offers lasting pastel color and shimmer that's perfect for eyes. Once you've mastered these colors, be sure to try out your own custom DIY unicorn eyeshadow colors!

If you liked my plant based makeup recipe for a rose scented 4-in-1 all over cream beauty stick, then you may also like my DIY scented unicorn eyeshadow. You can find the recipe for making your own glitter pastel eyeshadow trio here.

Not quite ready to make your own cosmetics? Shop for natural plant based makeup you can buy here.

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