Suntan oil (not to be confused with sunscreen which protects skin from the sun's UVA and UVB rays) helps to accelerate the tanning process. When massaged onto the skin on a warm, sunny day, it produces a deep bronze shade. Though tans are popular, keep in mind that sun exposure is very dangerous. Limit the amount of time you spend under the sun and always use sunscreen protection if you are exposed to the sun's rays for more than one or two hours.
Things You'll Need
- Coconut oil
- Sesame seed oil
- Walnut oil
- Hazelnut oil
- Lavender essential oil
- Ylang ylang essential oil
- Dark glass bottle with seal
Pour 4 tbsp. of coconut oil, 2 tbsp. of sesame seed oil, 2 tsp. of walnut oil and 2 tsp. of hazelnut oil into a dark glass bottle. Coconut oil is the main active ingredient in this suntan oil. It has potent, skin-darkening properties and is a major ingredient in most professional tanning oils. The sesame seed and walnut oil both moisturize skin and provide protection against damaging UV rays.
Add 10 drops of lavender essential oil and 5 drops of ylang ylang essential oil to the mix. Lavender essential oil has anti-inflammatory properties and will help prevent a sunburn. The ylang ylang gives the oil a pleasant fragrance.
Seal the bottle and shake it vigorously to mix the oils together. Always shake the bottle before use as the oils tend to separate when left alone.
Apply the suntan oil all over your skin at least 15 minutes prior to sun exposure.