How to Make Suntan Lotion Out of Iodine & Baby Oil

Make Suntan Lotion Out of Iodine & Baby Oil
Make Suntan Lotion Out of Iodine & Baby Oil (Image: The Stock Exchange)

Before commercial suntan lotions were widely available, our mothers and grandmothers used a very simple and inexpensive method for achieving that "sun-kissed healthy glow." They would combine baby oil and iodine to tan their skin. Unfortunately, little was known about skin damage from ultraviolet solar rays during their era. Here is their technique, updated for today's safety concerns. You should see results in 2 or 3 days if your skin is very fair, and just 1 or 2 days if you have a richer skin tone.

Things You'll Need

  • Sunscreen lotion (SPF 15 or higher)
  • Measuring cup
  • Plastic bottle with a "squeeze-top" cap
  • Iodine
  • Baby oil

Open the plastic bottle and set aside the squeeze cap. Measure 1/4 cup portion of the sunscreen with your measuring cup. Pour it into your plastic bottle.

Rinse the measuring cup and dry it well. Measure 1/2 cup of iodine into the measuring cup. Pour the iodine into the plastic bottle with the sunscreen.

Rinse and dry the cup again. Measure 1/2 cup of baby oil into the measuring cup. Add the baby oil to the plastic bottle that now contains the iodine and sunscreen.

Replace the squeeze cap. Shake the bottle vigorously for 60 seconds to combine all ingredients.

Apply your new homemade suntan lotion with sunscreen to your body as you would any other retail brand. Lie in the sun to activate the suntan lotion and begin the tanning process.

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