Commercial tanning products are all well and good, but if you’re looking for all-natural, chemical-free options, a homemade tanning oil might be your best bet. Interested in knowing what to use instead of tanning oil? From olive oil to green tea extract, here are 7 natural ingredients to use for homemade tanning oils you can find in your kitchen.
Natural Homemade Tanning Oils You Should Try
1. Coconut Oil
One of the most common adverse effects of UV rays on the skin is cracking and drying, and coconut oil may help retain moisture as you tan. While some tanning oils and lotions may contain compounds that irritate extra-sensitive skin (e.g. alcohol, paraben, fragrances, petroleum oils), extra virgin oil is a capable skin moisturizer without the synthetics. It’s even used as an agent to combat atopic dermatitis.
Coconut oil also has the same effect as a tingling tanning lotion: it activates the production of melanin under the skin for that beautiful, sun kissed glow in less time. One thing about coconut oil though: it does not contain SPF. If you decide to use it as an all-natural tanning oil, make sure you put on a layer of paraben-free SPF to protect your skin.
2. Olive Oil
The extra virgin olive oil contains squalene, which naturally protects the skin’s natural sun blockers. It has also shown potential in reducing the risk of skin cancer if applied after sun exposure. Pure olive oil attracts the rays of the sun, activating the melanin production underneath. People who tan using olive oil report a healthy-looking, deeper, browner tan. Like coconut oil, olive oil also doesn’t protect against harmful UV rays, so make sure you minimize exposure to the sun—never over an hour.
3. Carrot Seed Oil
Carrot seed oil, or simply, carrot oil, is extracted through the steam distillation of dried carrot seeds. Though mostly enjoyed for its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, it also has antioxidant properties, which can help retain your skin’s youthful suppleness even after sun exposure.
4. Avocado Oil
It’s definitely avocado season! From sandwiches to salads, this wonderful ingredient is enjoyed for its distinct flavor and for the long list of vitamins and oleic acid it contains. When it comes to topical application though, cold pressed avocado oil is best to smoothen and moisturize the skin. It’s easily absorbed by the skin, so if you prefer a non-greasy finish, this natural homemade tanning oil may be the one for you.
5. Green Tea Extract
Green tea extract has photoprotective qualities, especially when applied topically. While not an alternative to SPF, it is a handy topical antioxidant. It’s quite easy to extract, too. Just blend 2 – 4 bags of green tea with coconut oil, let it simmer in low fire, whip and cool. Then, you have your own all-natural green tea tanning oil and moisturizer!
6. Hazelnut Oil
Compared to refined oils, pure hazelnut oil’s moisturizing potential is longer-lasting and more effective. The vitamin E in this oil rejuvenates and hydrates your skin and neutralizes free radicals. Using pure hazelnut oil as a tanning accelerator may help reduce wrinkles by supporting cell growth! Exercise caution though: don’t stay for more than an hour under the sun, and if you’re fair skinned and prone to sunburns, use SPF.
7. Sweet Almond Oil
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This oil is a mild, hypoallergenic option for an all-natural homemade tanning oil. It smells wonderful and gets absorbed by the skin quite easily. Sweet almond oil also contains vitamin E!
Things to Consider About Homemade Tanning Oils
These all-natural homemade tanning oils can be blended according to your preferences. Other people opt to add essential oils to their skin for enhancing qualities but remember to be careful. Some essential oils are phototoxic.
All-natural tanning oils also don’t offer any protection from the sun, so make sure you use SPF if you’re planning to spend a day at the beach. If you want to use homemade tanning oils to accelerate your tan, make sure you don’t stay under the sun for more than 30 minutes.
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You can try these natural tanning oils while enjoying the sun in your holiday, or in your backyard. Since they’re mineral-oil free, they can also be used in tanning beds. Just make sure you exercise caution while tanning, and don’t forget to intensively moisturize your skin afterward!
Have you tried any of these homemade tanning oil options? Share your thoughts in the comments box below.
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