If you are someone who regularly tans, it’s smart to learn how to make your own DIY tanning oil. For tanners with sensitive skin, some store-bought tanning oils can be quite harsh because of the chemicals they contain. Given this fact, it is much safer to go for more natural options. Read on to learn how to make your own tanning oil.
Safe and Easy DIY Tanning Oil for a Year-Round Tan
Why Is Tanning Oil Important?
As tanning oil amplifies the effect of UV rays on the skin, you should lather tanning oil onto the skin after applying sunblock. Doing this enables your skin to darken faster.
With this in mind, tanning oil is a great thing to have on hand to accelerate the tanning process. However, it is important to note that a good tanning oil doesn’t just accelerate the tanning process but also helps with skin protection. Moreover, tanning oil helps the stimulation of melanin production, which is a natural method of protecting the skin.
Should You Be Wary of Buying Tanning Oils?
As mentioned, store-bought tanning oils contain a lot of chemicals. Moreover, these chemicals can potentially be harsh on the skin. Given this, it is ideal to check the ingredients and identify which of these are natural and synthetic. If you have delicate skin, you may want to go all natural and make a homemade tanning oil instead.
Make Your Own Tanning Oil
Now that you know all about the drawbacks of store-bought tanning oil, let’s begin learning about how to make the DIY version! Here, we will be making a solution made purely of oil. In order to get the best possible product, it is important to learn the significance of the key components as well as the steps involved.
Selecting the Oils to Include in Your Solution
There are a variety of natural components that can work as ingredients in your DIY tanning oil. These can be natural oils that can either stand alone or work in combination with other oils that also carry tanning properties. The following oils are ideal for this purpose:
- Coconut Oil
- Sweet Almond Oil
- Avocado Oil
- Raspberry Seed Oil
- Myrrh Essential Oil
When considering essential oils to add to your DIY tanning oil, make sure to avoid photosensitive oils. Moreover, there are certain oils that are phototoxic. These oils change in composition when exposed to the sun and can cause severe damage when used as a tanning oil. Consequently, the following oils should not be included in your solution:
- Lemon Oil
- Lime Oil
- Orange Oil
- Other Citrus-based Oils
Prior to beginning to work on your DIY tanning oil, it’s important that you make sure you have all of your materials ready to go. Aside from your ingredient oils, there are a few more things important to this process:
- Dropper — This is important in order to be able to easily handle minute amounts of oil.
- 8 oz Amber Bottle — This larger bottle is necessary in order to have a container to store and mix all of your oils in. We recommend that you use glass bottles for these oils instead of plastic ones. This is because essential oils are highly concentrated and so can break down plastic as time wears on. Furthermore, the degraded plastic can actually contaminate your solution and irritate the skin.
- 2 oz Amber Dropper bottle — This smaller bottle is nice to have as an option for a travel-sized DIY tanning oil.
- Stirring Rod/Spoon — A long spoon handle is great for stirring!
Directions for Homemade Tanning Oil
Now that you have selected all of your oils and gathered all of the necessary materials, it’s time to make the tanning oil. Follow these directions to create your ideal, natural tanning oil:
Step 1: Pour the Ingredients into Your Bottle
Remember, it is best to use a glass bottle to contain your oils. Additionally, make sure your bottle is large enough to hold all of the oils you intend on using for your recipe.
Step 2: Mix It All Up
Use your stirring rod or spoon handle to mix your ingredients up! Remember to mix well to incorporate all of the components.
Step 3: Transfer the Mixture
After mixing your oils together, you now have your final product! It’s that simple. Additionally, you may want to transfer some of your product to a smaller glass bottle to make it easier for you to carry it around when you travel! After all, you really don’t want to be lugging around a big glass bottle while you’re on vacation.
Remember to Keep the Oil Pure
It is important to maintain the purity of the oil in order to make sure it retains its effectiveness. Doing this also helps the oil last for a longer period of time. You can keep the oil sterile by making sure your hands are clean and dry when handling it. Additionally, it’s important that you don’t expose the oil to water. Lastly, take extra care and store your oil in a clean, cool, and dry area to avoid any strange chemical reactions.
Want to learn how to make an All-Natural Tropical Coconut Tanning Oil? Watch this video by Carolina Pellegrini!
Knowing how to make a DIY tanning oil is definitely a game-changer for those who go out to tan regularly. Not only are these solutions much milder on the skin, but using essential oils to create your own homemade tanning oil also allows you to use oils that have the health benefits you desire.
Do you have your own DIY tanning oil recipes? Please share them with us in the comments!
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