Making homemade tanning lotion is a breeze. All it takes is a few, inexpensive ingredients that are available at any drug store. Better yet, your homemade tan accelerator will be free of chemical ingredients. Slather on about 2 oz. of your homemade tan accelerator like lotion. This lanolin-based cream is water resistant, and will even stay on in saltwater.

Boil 2 cups of distilled water in a stainless steel pot.

Add one or two green tea bags. Green tea has antioxidants that can rid your skin of impurities, and provide a mild UV barrier.

Remove the pan from the heat and let the tea brew for 20 minutes, squeezing periodically to release the water trapped in the leaves. After 20 minutes, squeeze out the tea bags and pour half of the tea into a blender.

Put 1/4 cup of lanolin into the blender with the tea. In its pure form, lanolin is almost solid. As it warms up, it becomes more liquid. It's also waterproof and provides a bit of natural UV protection.

Pour 1 tsp. of sesame oil into the blender. Sesame oil will accelerate your tan, as it darkens when exposed to light.

Add 1 to 2 drops of iodine if you have pink-toned skin. Iodine can cast a yellowish shade to skin that's sallow or olive toned, but on pink-toned skin, it creates a nice bronze.

Eat cocoa butter, which is reputed to nourish the skin from the inside out. Cocoa butter will help your skin tan better, and reverse aging by plumping up dehydrated skin cells.


  • Pure lanolin is available at drug stores. It's often used to soothe nipples damaged from improper breastfeeding. Look for brands like Lansinoh. Cocoa butter is found in the health food aisle; it smells like chocolate. Avoid prolonged periods of direct sunlight while using a tan accelerator; ten minutes of direct sunlight should be plenty. Results may be visible after just one session.