Is a DIY tanning oil made at home, by none other than you can give a deep glowing tan just like a standard tanning oil? I know, I know. You might think it will be far inferior to the original ones in giving a vibrant and healthy skin.
But let me tell you that a well made tanning oil substitute can do wonders to your body. Yeah, they can even match the best tanning oil on the market, if prepared in the best way (which we will cover later).
You can vouch for the quality of this natural tanning oil. It will be freed of any harmful chemicals, and moreover, it won’t cost you $25 per bottle.
After all, it won’t take much of your valuable time and the results you will get will be impressive.
What is a Good Tanning Oil Substitute?
We have seen what a tanning oil is. It’s a mixture of ingredients that help speed up the tanning process. This is done by giving your skin natural radiance that attracts sunshine and filters excess Ultraviolet light.
The ingredients of a regular tanning oil consist of many natural products. But the problem here is that some of them (if you buy from local vendors/bad brands) use chemicals too.
There is a high chance that these chemicals harming your skin and thus deteriorating your health conditions. Some of them might have ingredients like Parabens (which may cause cancer0, DHA (might damage DNA), Isopropyl Myristate(again carcinogenic) etc.
A good substitute for tanning oil will not have any of these ingredients in it. It will be free of components that might have a damaging effect on our skin, and of course health. Just like the normal ones, the ingredients in these oils combine to give radiance to your skin while you’re under the sun and also moisturize and nurture your skin against potentially harmful effects of the sun.
The shine and radiance of the oily layer on the skin attract sunshine but controls the spread of UV rays.
As per Tan Vogue, there are two types of the substitutes you can try:
- The natural oils
- The homemade oils
The first one is readily available at home. Some of the examples are coconut oil, olive oil, Aloe Vera etc.
On the other hand, you should prepare the second one. Don’t worry we have all the instructions for you to make the perfect one.
Benefits of Homemade and Natural Tanning Oils
I don’t think I will have to go very deep here to make you understand about the advantages of using at home natural tanning oils. With different ingredients(to be precise, with the absence of some of the dangerous elements), they give you a healthy glowing tan.
Here is a quick peek into the advantages:
- Safe tanning oils with no side effects
- You can make/use natural tanning oils which are safe and non-allergic for your skin and health
- Very cheap compared to the oils available online
If you’re all set to go, let us dive in to find some of the top rated natural tanning oils in the market.
9 Best Natural Tanning Oils for Skin
Tanning oil is a beneficial element of your tanning process but not necessarily a product to be searched for. Yes, tanning oil has its’ substitutes too. Luckily, these substitutes can be found in your average kitchen cupboard or a superstore.
Let’s take a look at some of them and see what to use instead of tanning oil.
1. Sunflower oil
How can the sunflower be facing the sun all day but never get a sunburn? Well, because it has sunflower oil. Jokes aside, sunflower oil is proven to have tan controlling effects.
It is the best natural moisturizer which prevents your skin from drying out and cracking under the sun. Sunflower oil is known for maintaining the elasticity of the skin. That’s why it holds the top spot in this list of tanning oil alternatives.
2. Wheat-germ oil
Wheat-germ oil is typically extracted from the kernel of wheat grains. This oil is rich in vitamin B, E, magnesium, potassium and all kinds of nutrients your skin necessarily requires to protect itself.
Moreover, it contains antioxidant and anti-aging properties which are necessary for the skin when undergoing long periods of exposure under the sun.
3. Olive oil:
The wonders of olive oil have been proven in every area regarding health. No wonder, this doesn’t leave out skin either. A rich source of Vitamin E, this oil is naturally a winner. With antioxidant properties, it also moisturizes the skin well enough for the sun to do its’ job without harming you.
Furthermore, olive oil also gives your skin a dark tone. So, if you’re looking for a darker toned tan, a mixture of olive oil and a little carrot juice will do it for you. This article gives a detailed explanation on how to use olive oil for tanning.
The key thing to note while using olive oil for tanning is to use the right one. Extra virgin olive oil is the best to make a positive change on your skin when it comes to tanning. These are less processed and will give you the ultimate results.
4. Hazelnut oil:
Like most, hazelnut oil is also rich in vitamin E. Even for the tanning oils you can purchase over the counter, it is most likely that hazelnut oil is an active ingredient. Rich in fatty acid content, it gets absorbed into the skin really fast.
Under the constant stress the skin goes through UV exposures, it is prone to drying out. Hazelnut oil keeps it moisturized, nurtured and also retains the natural elasticity.
5. Green tea extracts:
Green tea extracts are not only rich in vitamin E but also Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), an antioxidant 20 times efficient than vitamin E. The antioxidants present in the green tea extracts will counteract and neutralizes the effects of sun’s UV rays.
If appropriately used on the skin while tanning, the ant carcinogenic effects of these can prevent any skin cell damage round the clock.
6. Aloe vera:
Aloe vera might not be a new word when it comes to skin care. What’s impressive is that it can prove to be a fantastic substitute for tanning oil too. Due to its’ saturation of minerals and vitamins, it is also usually used for treating sunburns.
However, prevention is better than cure, and there can be no better prevention than using it beforehand. The natural aloe vera gel can be converted into an oil and used over the skin before your tanning sessions.
7. Coconut oil:
Coconuts are exotic fruits with many health benefits, but their oil is the substitute for your tanning oil. Using coconut oil for tanning is a fantastic idea. Rich in fatty acids, it gets absorbed into your skin fast. Moreover, you might have to prefer this over others because coconut oil goes well along with all skin types. It doesn’t cause any irritation regardless of your medical history and also offers SPF4 protection.
Just like the olive oil, you should try to get virgin coconut oils for an excellent result.
What’s the best thing about coconut oil? Yeah, you can use it for both indoor tanning and outdoor tanning. Moreover, the fact that it’s easily available makes it the most popular natural tanning oil in the United States.
8. Avocado oil:
Rich with vitamins A, B1, B2, B5, C, D, E and K, avocado oil is an all-in-one solution. It also contains natural sunscreen properties. Moreover, it also contains lecithin and fatty acids that can be useful for skin repair.
Under long exposures of ultraviolet light, it also moisturizes your skin with oleic acid enough to prevent it from cracking under pressure. Anti-aging properties are a part of the package too. This can be your final choice when choosing what to use as a tanning oil.
9. Sesame oil:
The oil is derived from commonly found sesame seeds. This one is also rich with vitamin E. Sesame oil has a high SPF rating and can protect you from every single harmful UV ray. If used in right quantities, you’ll not have to worry about getting a sunburn while sunbathing.
Moreover, sesame oil will also give you a natural, dark looking tan for the time being. It also has anti-aging properties that can help you in the long run.
Although we have listed 9 alternatives to standard tanning oils, there are many more. Natural oils like baby oil and carrot oil are used by many for tanning. You can also try them if you want to. But the 9 oils I have listed are sure to give you excellent results.
DIY Tanning Oil for Various Skin Types
While all of these substitutes are helpful and contributing to a good tan, not all of them provide everything. If you’ve ever asked yourself how to make tanning oil, here’s your solution. A combination of these and some other DIY remedies, you can make the best natural tanning oil under your own supervision.
1. Tropical tanning oil
If you’re looking for nicely scented tanning oil which will give you a darker tan naturally, this is it. Moreover, this at home tanning oil is very easy to make.
You might need to hit the supermarket for the some of the ingredients. These are:
- Coconut oil
- Walnut oil
- Avocado oil
- Sesame oil
- Essential oils
Take a cup of coconut oil and pour it into a clean bowl. If the coconut oil is not liquid yet, you might need to heat it a little beforehand. Add 8 teaspoons of walnut oil, avocado oil, and sesame oil. Add a few drops of coconut and vanilla essential oils. Mix them thoroughly until a fresh scent comes off. Once done, pour into an airtight glass container and seal it until next use.
2. Tanning oil for dry skin type
Under your mission of making the perfect tanning oil, you can also simultaneously create something to cure your dryness. This one here is for all of you who have dry skin. This oil will not only protect your skin during tanning and enhance the experience but also eliminate dryness when used regularly.
The ingredients are:
- Avocado oil
- Walnut oil
- Wheat germ oil
- Sesame oil
- Calendula oil
- Patchouli essential oil
Pour out 8 tablespoons of avocado oil, walnut oil, wheat germ oil, and sesame oil in a container. A container with an airtight lid would be preferable since it will help you mix these. Once in the container, put on the lid and gently shake. For better results, stir. In the end, add patchouli essential oil and stir. Patchouli is required for a good flowery scent. However, it totally depends on you whether you like the scent or not. Skip if not. Store it in the airtight container.
3. Tanning oil for fair skin type
Some of us have totally fair skins. The skin types which get reddened at the slightest hint of sunlight. These skin types surprisingly respond adversely to excess sunlight and UV. A little overdose could cause intense redness and sunburns in many cases. It is pertinent for these types to constantly stay under protection. Especially when tanning, you never know when you cross the bar. Let’s use the most easily available and rich ingredients, which are:
- Olive oil
- Avocado oil
- Raspberry seed oil
- Carrot seed oil
- Sandalwood essential oil.
Pour an average cup of olive oil into a container. Next, pour out 8 teaspoons of avocado oil. When settled, add 2 teaspoons of raspberry seed oil and carrot seed oil. Stir them well. In the end, add a few drops of sandalwood oil as required or choose any other essential oil you prefer. Always store in an airtight container to retain its effectiveness.
This oil can be regularly used when stepping out for the day or hitting the beach. The ingredients used in this oil have a higher SPF rating which neutralizes the harmful rays of the sun. However, the effect is enough to give you a slight tan without causing any troubles for your skin. The slow it is, the better.
Did You Find a Homemade Tanning Oil that works for You?
Busy routines, daily hustle bustle, long distances and lots of distractions. As exquisite getting a tan might seem, it is indeed a challenge to get a perfect one. Especially after the counters are lined up with promising products, it’s all the more difficult.
Tanning oils are the main ingredient for people looking for a calculated tan, you might be doubting whether it is possible to manufacture it in your own home?
I’m damn sure that I have given a lot of ideas on how to make quality tanning oils at home. The best thing is that there are readily available natural oils at which you can use for tanning. But, most of us are not aware of it. I would like to believe that this article has created an awareness on this.
Remember tanning oils work better if you already have a base tan. I hope to hear from you guys about the substitutes I have mentioned above.
Nothing makes me happier than seeing that smile on your face after having a wonderful tanning session.
My name is Stella Cristin, the owner of Tan Vogue. I am in love with beauty and health products. My great passion is to help people learn about tanning. Read More
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