First off, these are not my legs. (What a shock.)
This is from a picture on pinterest that had no link attached, but claimed in the comments that you can darken your skin with cocoa powder.
Here are my legs.
Oh come on! Uncover your eyes; they aren’t THAT bad!
The original pin said: “2 tbs cocoa powder (depending in how tan you want to be.) + Any moisturizer + an empty bottle + mix it all together. Good for super light girls.”
At first I didn’t have any cocoa powder, so I tried coffee.
It seemed like a good idea at the time.
The interesting thing was, once I’d washed all the coffee grounds off, my legs were super smooth. I think it worked as an exfoliator or something. I even tried it on my face and it made my skin smoother there as well.
So I’d recommend the coffee trick.
As for the cocoa powder, I did finally get some and try it. On the plus side, it DID darken my legs somewhat.
Unfortunately, it also rubbed brown stuff everywhere (see the ankle smudge above). So it worked about the same as leg makeup I think.
In any case, the whole experiment gave me an excuse to put my feet up and take a bunch of pictures of my legs to show you.