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4 Homemade Tanning Oil Recipes

Summer is just a few months along and you’re getting ready to lie under the sun and get that beautiful tan you’ve been longing for all year long. But the problem is, your skin is not very receptive to getting darker. Instead of a tan, you usually get painful burn marks. To improve your chances of getting a tan, you can use tanning oils.

But if you are afraid of using store-bought tanning oils because you are unsure of its ingredients, you can always create tanning oils from your home. Here are four homemade tanning oil recipes that you can follow and use depending on your needs.

  1. Tropical Tanning Oil

If you want to feel like you’re in the Bahamas or in Hawaii while getting your tan, try this Tropical Tanning Oil that features coconut oil. For best results and a more nourished skin, use unrefined virgin coconut oil. This recipe requires the following ingredients:

  • One cup of virgin coconut oil (if you don’t have the unrefined virgin type, you can go for regular coconut oil)
  • Two teaspoons of walnut oil
  • Two teaspoons of sesame oil
  • Two teaspoons of avocado oil
  • Five drops of coconut essential oil
  • Five drops of vanilla essential oil

Unrefined coconut oil is a great ingredient if you want a solid tanning mix. This will harden at 76 degrees, making it easy to solidify. And because it solidifies easily, make sure to heat it up first before mixing. Solid oil won’t combine with the other ingredients properly so it won’t be an effective tanning mix. Just make sure to blend them properly first before pouring into your container and allowing it to set.

  1. Dry Skin Tanning Oil

The most common issue with getting a tan is that you also get dry skin. If you want to prevent this from happening, or if you already have dry skin and want to hydrate and moisturize while getting a tan, this tanning oil recipe is for you.

  • Two teaspoons of avocado oil
  • Two teaspoons of wheat germ oil
  • Two teaspoons of sesame oil
  • Two teaspoons of walnut oil
  • Five drops of calendula oil
  • Five drops of patchouli essential oil

You can increase the amount of calendula and patchouli oil as desired.

  1. Mediterranean Tanning Oil

People from the Meditarranean have a gorgeous Olive glow. If you want that naturally deep tan like them, use this Mediterranean tanning oil recipe which uses Olive oil. Those from the Meditarranean actually just use Olive oil when getting out in the sun. This mix is great for those who have darker skin.

  • Half cup Olive oil
  • Four tablespoons Avocado oil
  • 10 to 20 drops Sandalwood Essential oil or Lavender essential oil

Olive oil has an SPF of 8, while Avocado oil has an SPF of 15. If you are very light skinned, you would need to add some protection since these SPFs won’t protect your skin from sunburn. Add one teaspoon each of Raspberry Seed oil and Carrot seed oil. Raspberry seed oil has an SPF of 25 and above, while Carrot Seed oil has an SPF of 35 and above.

  1. UV Prevention Tanning Oil

Since UV radiation is a concern nowadays because of the rising cases of skin cancer, it is important to protect your skin when exposing yourself to the sun. You can still get that natural tan as long as you keep yourself properly protected. Here’s our UV prevention tanning oil recipe to keep you safe while getting darker:

  • Half a cup of coconut oil (again, if you have virgin coconut oil, that’s better)
  • One cup of green tea (brewed)
  • Four teaspoons of walnut oil

The green tea provides the antioxidants necessary to fight UV radiation. The oils moisturize the skin, while inducing the skin’s production of its natural oils. When mixing this recipe, make sure to combine the oils first, then slowly add the tea.

Creating tanning oils at home is easy and simple if you have the right recipe. The best thing about these homemade tanning oil recipes is that it contains natural oils that have SPF (sun protection factor) that naturally protects your skin from UV radiation. So while you’re protecting your skin, you’re also getting that beautiful tan you’ve always wanted.