The best and worst thing about bikini season is having to take off my clothes. It sounds bad, but let me explain. I've been working pretty hard to get in shape, and I'm starting to see the results. I feel much more comfortable in my own skin, but the problems begin when I look at the color of the skin. I'm about as white as it gets, and I don't get to spend much time in the sun. Basically, when it comes time to take off my shirt, everyone around me has to put on sunglasses.
The Tanning Secret: Black TeaA friend of mine told me about a nifty secret that he learned for tanning: using black tea. It works because of the tannins in the black tea - the same nutrients that make the tea such a healthy drink. The tannins color your skin, and gives you a nice healthy glow that no self-tanner or sunless tanning lotion can give. It's really effective, and you'll be amazed by how well it works! How can you use this simple tanner to make yourself ready for the last few days of fun in the sun?
- Brew yourself a pot of tea. Bring your water to a boil, and add the tea bags or leaves into the water. Remove the pot from the stove immediately.
- Let the tea sit for about 10 minutes, giving it time to brew. Remove the tea bags after 10 to 15 minutes.
- Put the tea into the fridge or freezer to cool it down.
- Pour your tea into a spray bottle, and apply a fine mist of the tea to your skin.