Sunday, May 20, 2012

A Safe & Natural Self Tanner - Post by Danica

 Let's get tan, the safe way! 

So much has happened in the last month here for us at formerly Due to some mishaps between and Google our old web address was sold out and here we are starting over.   It was a tough decision for the creator and owner of the site whether to start over or let it go.  For years now Heidi has poured her heart and soul into creating and running AOAMM, the topics were great, and the giveaways have always been a fan favorite. I mean, who doesn’t like winning great prizes?  Anyways, between the stresses of losing what she has worked so hard on, her job, parenting two beautiful but busy little ladies, and the long awaited wedding that is sadly but finally, OVER!  Things have finally begun to simmer down as much as they can for this group of mommies!  
   Let’s talk SUN! Living in Minnesota the weather has never been all that predictable, yesterday was 85 degrees and sunny, and today it is rainy, windy, and gloomy.  With the weather being unpredictable and the recent tanning we had been doing in preparation for Heidi’s April wedding, (and the hopeful onset of summer) I have been thinking once again of the dangers of sun and the risks we take every day that we step outside.  Don’t get me wrong the sun has many benefits, and I LOVE my time in the sun, (Besides. . .  I honestly think that Robert Pattinson is the only man who could pull of the iconic white and glittery, shimmer in the sun complexion.) That being said, I have a fool proof plan. It is equally safe and effective for everyone!
So here it is. . . My recipe for a great tan with no risk of skin cancer. . .
At Home Spray Tan
Required time: About 30-40 min. (give or take depending on if the kids are napping)
Skill Level: None what-so-ever!  If you mess this one up you might want to consider hiring a maid.
Ingredients: 4 black tea bags, 2 cups of boiling water, Spray bottle or a sponge.  Optional: Body Lotion and pure cocoa powder
Prep Instructions: Bring 2 cups of water to a rolling boil,  Turn stove off, Add tea bags to the pot of water, let them steep for 10-15 minutes until tea is dark and cool enough to touch.  Pour “Tanner” into your spray bottle, (If you are opting to sponge it on just leave it in the pot) 
Using Directions: Spray (Or sponge) directly on to clean and dry skin (TIP: Stand on something you don’t mind getting dirty for application or apply in the shower so you can hose it down when done. Tea will stain clothes if wet so make sure you are dry before dressing. ) Let air dry and apply another coat for a deeper darker color.  (Repeat as desired) Your new “Tea Tan” should last 3-4 days.
OH YEAH. . . The lotion and cocoa powder. .  . Mix them together until you reach your desired shade, apply to skin as you normally would for an all over bronzer. Enjoy!

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