One of the most natural ways to get radiantly beautiful skin is to expose your skin to a little sun every day to absorb vitamin D and enjoy it’s skin enhancing benefits.
Although a little sun exposure is good for your skin, overdoing it and allowing your skin to burn is something you’ll obviously want to avoid. Good protection is important to protect skin cells and maintain elasticity. This is why tanning oils are popular for enhancing a sun tan while helping to protect the skin at the same time.
Lighter skin converts UV rays into vitamin D more readily than darker skins. If you think about it, it makes more sense that lighter skins need less sun exposure to get vitamin D. Darker skins absorb more rays due to their higher melanin levels, but still need adequate protection from the sun.
Regardless of your skin type, it is important to first cleanse and exfoliate your skin before applying any kind of lotion or oil. This way, they are absorbed easier and faster, and will provide better results. This will also give your skin an even base when tanning.
Natural Tanning Oils To Protect Your Skin While Achieving A Sunkissed Glow
1. Avocado Oil
Unrefined, cold-pressed avocado oil does wonders for your dry skin with its natural essential fatty acids, vitamins and lecithin.
2. Coconut Oil
If you have sensitive skin, coconut oil is a good optional as a natural tanning oil. Some oils despite being natural can cause skin irritation. Coconut oil is rich in fatty acids and also offers natural SPF protection of around SPF4 making it perfect for a natural tanning oil.
3. Green Tea Extract or Aloe Vera
One of the most effective ways of preventing the effects of sunburn is by using ingredients rich in antioxidants and soothing compounds like green tea extract or aloe vera. These both soothe skin and help to counteract the effects of the sun on your skin. Green tea extract helps to neutralize UV radiation.
A mixture of different types of oils may also improve your skin’s elasticity neutralize skin imbalances from oily to dry skin.
4. Hazelnut Oil
Naturally rich in Vitamin E, Hazelnut oil is one of the most popular ingredients in natural tanning oils. It is also one of the most readily absorbed oils due to it’s high fatty acid content.
5. Olive Oil
Olive oil is rich in vitamin E, a naturally occurring antioxidant with soothing properties to not only moisturize the skin, but help to develop that golden tan and sunkissed look. Mix olive oil with a few drops of carrot juice if you are looking for a darker tan, and a few drops of iodine to help prevent skin from burning.
6. Wheat-germ Oil
Wheat-germ oil is wonderful for smoothing skin and provides a golden glow that looks natural. Wheatgerm is high in vitamins E, D and A. These vitamins all help to improve the elasticity of your skin and aid in protecting your skin against harmful effects of sun damage, like wrinkles, fine lines, and pigmentation.
7. Sunflower Oil
Aside from being a great natural moisturizer (along with Safflower oil), Sunflower oil is also good for tanning. It ensures that the skin’s natural elasticity is maintained moisture is retained. It also protects against fine lines and wrinkles.
8. Sesame Oil
This is quite a thick, gooey and quite strongly scented oil and should only be used sparingly. It has a natural SPF factor of around 4 to 6 and compliments coconut oil nicely.
A really nice recipe for tanning oil includes 80% coconut oil, 10% sunflower oil, 5% sesame oil and 5% olive oil. Mix these oils together and apply to skin before sun exposure for a dark tanning oil with and SPF rating of approximately SPF 4.
If you want to create an extra nourishing repairing oil, then add 10% rosehip oil and 3% carrot seed oil. To make a lotion, add 10% beeswax melted with the oil then add 20% aloe vera juice to this mix.
Natural oils can do amazing things to repair, rejuvenate and protect your skin. With these and many more recipes using every day ingredients in Natural Home Made Skin Care Recipes you can enjoy healthy glowing skin while protecting it from damage.
Using natural oils and other ingredients is not only a low cost option, but also a highly effective way of taking care of your skin.
DIY Tanning Oil Recipe With Antioxidants:
This deeply moisturising and heavenly tropical scented tanning oil is made from 100% natural oils known to protect and enhance your skins tanning ability.
Oils rich in essential fatty acids and antioxidants minimise and protect against the damaging effects of the elements.
Oils in this blend accelerate your skins natural tanning process and are also know for their natural SPF properties.
Red raspberry oil is know to have SPF protection of up to 18, while coconut and sesame up to SPF 5. Although we cannot claim the SPF rating of our tanning oil, as each batch of oil can vary, you can read up on the benefits and SPF protection benefits of these oils online. We use 50% Red raspberry oil and 20% coconut oil to give you the maximum benefits of these oils.
The oils in this blend deeply moisturise and condition skin, protecting it from free radical damage and aiding to regenerate and repair sun and other damage.
50% Red Raspberry Oil
20% Coconut Oil
5% Carrot Seed Oil
20% Apricot Seed or Rosehip Oil
3% Vitamin E Oil (or Olive Or Avocado Oil)
2% Essential Oils of Ylang Ylang, Rose, Neroli, Lemongrass or other oils. DO NOT use citrus oils as they can cause sun sensitivity.
Blend oil and store in glass bottle preferably (or non PBA plastic). Store out of direct sunlight and apply before sun exposure.
Apply 10 to 15 minutes before sun exposure – for a deep dark tan and silky smooth skin!
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