Homemade Tanning Oil

Having tanned skin makes many people feel more confident and sexy. So do you want to get some healthy golden color? Instead of tanning in an electric bed, use these recipes for moderate and natural sun exposure. Moderate exposure to the sun helps you get free vitamin D as well from its original source to promote your bone health, which otherwise is hard to get through food. But if you are going to be out in the sun for a long time without shade or layer, do use sunscreen to protect you from the sun’s UAV rays.

Homemade Dark Tanning Oil
Homemade Self Tanner

Our recommendation is to avoid using tanning oils with added chemicals available on the market as the chemicals can soak through skin into your blood stream. Learn here how to make your own homemade self-tanners with natural oils, which will not only help to get healthy skin color but nourish your skin as well.

How To Make Your Own DIY Tanning Oil?

DIY tanning oil is not only easier to use, but it provides a more even-tan too. It reflects and distributes the sun light across all oiled areas.

There are some natural tanning oils that really have decent SPF! Some of these natural oils are more sun protective than others, and you can choose the proportions depending upon how high you need your SPF to be. When you are soaking up in the sun for just 10-15 minutes a day, you don’t actually need SPF as this will block your body’s ability to produce vitamin D.

Natural Oils With SPF

(i) Raspberry Seed Oil: SPF 25-35

(ii) Carrot Seed Oil: SPF 30-40

(iii) Sandalwood Oil: SPF 30

(iv) Avocado Oil: 4-15

(v) Olive Oil: SPF 2-10

(vi) Lavender Oil: SPF 6

(vii) Wheat germ Oil: SPF 20

(viii) Coconut Oil: SPF 2-8

(ix) Macadamia Nut Oil: SPF 6

Olive and avocado oils have lesser SPF; they work great for those having naturally dark skin who are looking for modest sun protection. In fact, in Mediterranean countries olive oil has been used traditionally for skin protection from the sun and to get exquisite dark tan.

On the other hand people having naturally olive skin may like to start with more of the higher SPF oils like Raspberry seed and carrot seed.

You can use oils and their proportions depending upon your needs and make sure to use only high quality natural ingredients, since they can make a difference in the SPF efficacy. You can also add in bronze mica powder with your natural tanning oils for a subtle bronze glow.

Two Best DIY Self-Tanner Oil Recipes

1. You will need:

(i) Olive oil: 1/4 cup

(ii) Avocado oil: 2 tablespoons

(iii) Raspberry seed oil: 1/2 teaspoon

(iv) Carrot seed oil: 1/2 teaspoon

(v) Sandalwood essential oil: 8 drops (optional)

(vi) Lavender essential oil: 8 drops (optional)

(vii) Bronze mica powder: 1 teaspoon (optional)

Method: Combine well all the oils and mica powder (optional) and store in a dark-colored container. When you are about to use it shake the container well again and apply this homemade dark tanning oil, but don’t go beyond mild sun exposure.

2. You will need:

(i) Wheat germ oil: 1/2 cup

(ii) Macadamia nut oil: 1/2 cup

(iii) Lavender essential oil: 8 drops

(iv) Sandalwood essential oil: 5 drops

(v) Carrot seed essential oil: 2 drops

Method: Mix well all the ingredients and store in a dark-colored container. When you are about to use it shake the container well again and apply this homemade tanner, but don’t go beyond mild sun exposure.

Natural Beauty Tips:

(i) The homemade tanning oils are not meant to work as sunscreens, but at the most are mild sun-protectants. Pick and choose your own combination of oils and test on your body for small amount of time in the sun to find out which combination will work best for your skin type.

(ii) Sunburn is never healthy, so should always be avoided. Never spend large amounts of time in the sun, particularly if you have very sensitive skin. Start by only staying outside for 30 minutes to 45 minutes at a time and observe how your skin responds.  Everyone is different.

(iii) These recipes will not magically help you tan, if you are unable to tan otherwise.

(iv) Natural oils oxidize (lose some of their medicinal qualities) over time and when exposed to light.  Always store your tanning oil in a dark glass bottle and try to keep the glass bottle under your lawn chair or beach bag to avoid sunlight.

(v) An oil attracts the sun to the skin and makes it to tan quickly. The flip side of that coin is that you will also burn faster. Never let your skin to burn and be sure to replenish your skin with a moisturizer afterwards.

(vi) Tincture of iodine works as an antiseptic. It is also useful in blocking radiation. You can add several drops of iodine to the natural tanning oils to protect your skin from the harm of the sun’s rays.

(vii) If you prefer a more solid recipe, you can make this with organic unrefined coconut oil that hardens at 76 degrees and store in a small jar.

(viii) Instead of tanning in an electric bed, use these recipes for moderate and natural sun exposure.

Share with other readers which method you are using to tan your skin!!

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