Sunless tanning solutions are a quick and easy way to add color for the summer without spending countless hours sunbathing. Long exposure to the sun is also considered the main factor in ALL skin cancers, so using sunless tanners can hugely reduce your risk! Sunless tanning solutions are available in stores—and some can get pricey—but you can make your own at home with a few simple ingredients.

Things You'll Need

Place 2 cups of lotion into a mixing bowl. It’s best to use a white lotion with no scent.

Add half a cup of sunscreen to the bowl. For best results, use waterproof sunscreen.

If desired, add 1 tbsp. of clear body shimmer powder to the mixture. Mix well.

Add 1 tbsp. of cocoa powder into the mixture at a time. Continue adding cocoa until you have reached the color you like. Keep in mind that the lotion itself will be slightly darker than it will appear on your skin.

Test the tanner. Apply a small amount to your stomach, where the color absorbs the most. If the color is too light, continue adding cocoa powder. If it’s too dark, mix in more lotion.

Put your final product into a lotion bottle. You can find lotion squirt bottles in most drugstores.

References and Resources

Skin Cancer Foundation