Homemade Tanning Oil Recipe: Get Your Tan On Without the Skin Damage

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A quick and easy homemade tanning oil recipe

For those of us living in Canada, it feels like Summer has taken it’s sweet ass time getting here. Cool, overcast days  have finally transitioned into sunny, humid afternoons. No longer must I hide in my apartment; the great outdoors is calling my name!

Just the other day, the mercury rose to  30 degrees, my pool was a balmy 26 degrees and it took me less than 10 seconds to whip out that two piece and saddle up for an afternoon pool sesh. It wasn’t until I was all settled onto my pool lounger that I looked down at my body.

Holy white girl, Batman! I was reflecting the suns rays. An extra-long winter and my Scottish skin make for a poor combination when it comes to  glowing skin. I was in dire need of a little healthy tanning and vitamin D absorption.

So what is a girl to do? Throw together her favourite homemade tanning oil recipe, of course!

Back to Bronzing Basics

Before I dish the deets on my latest homemade tanning oil recipe, I want to remind you of a few safe sun tips.

The ozone’s not what it used to be, your skin is sensitive and too much sun can lead to all sorts of bad things; i.e. cancer, hyperpigmentation, premature aging. You get the picture. You can still get your daily dose of vitamin D and be sun smart by following these 3 simple steps:

  • Exfoliate your skin.
  • Apply a skin product with an SPF
  • Limit your time in the sun.

It may seem like applying an SPF (or DIY sunscreen) will hinder your tanning capabilities, but I can assure you it won’t. I’m as milky white as they come and I can still muster up a freckled tan by following those 3 sun safe tricks.

Now, let’s get to the DIY portion of this post!

Homemade Tanning Oil Recipe

As I said before, it’s important to apply a product with an SPF. A proper sun protection factor helps reduce your risk of burning and skin damage.

What you may not have known is that several oils contain a natural level of SPF. By mixing certain oils with other ingredients you can create yourself one heck of a safe tanning oil.

To make my new favourite recipe, you will need:

  • 1/2 cup Wheatgerm Oil
  • 1/2 cup of Aloe Vera Gel
  • 4 tablespoons Instant Coffee

Step 1 – Mix your wheatgerm oil and instant coffee together. Really stir it up so all the coffee grounds are dissolved.

Step 2 – Add  aloe vera gel to your coffee/oil mixture and blend it all together.

Step 3 – Pour your tanning oil into a clean container and apply generously to your skin. Repeat every 20-30 minutes that you are in the sun.

Why This Stuff Works So Well

To get a good tan you need to keep your skin hydrated and that’s exactly what aloe vera does. Rich with vitamin E, it nourishes your skin, locks in moisture and hydrates.

Wheatgerm oil contains a natural SPF of 20. Combined with the instant coffee grounds it gives your skin an instant glow.

Protection and on-the-spot bronzing; what more could you ask for in a tanning oil?

Of course, if you just can’t get enough of your gorgeous tan skin or want to whip up a sexy faux-glow from head to toe (from the comforts of your own home) then check out V’s book packed full of DIY tanning remedies. It’s called Getting Baked and if the remedies aren’t reason enough to buy it, the hilarious title should be!

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2 comments… add one

  • Loni Lichfield July 18, 2013 11:05 pm

    So, is this a real tan or a faux tan? Is my skin absorbing any UVA rays? UVA is far more dangerous, and can slip past certain things like glass and low spf’s. Does the aloe vera make your skin sticky like it does when you put it on a fresh sunburn?

  • It’s like a sunscreen with an instant bronzer. The SPF will help prevent against burning as long as you watch how long you sit in the sun. The aloe vera in this mix doesn’t make my skin feel sticky. It does feel cool and moisturizing though!


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