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Homeade Tanning Oil and Lotion Recipes

Updated on July 25, 2009

Tanning, Bronzing, Sun Bathing

Whatever you call it, it all boils down to one thing. Baking in the sun for cosmetic purposes. Sunshine carries Vitamin D which is good for you, but excessive exposure to the sun unprotected can cause harmful effects, such as aging and skin cancer. That being said, for those of us who are going to do it anyway I have created some really great (or they have been for me anyway) tanning oils/ lotions that you can concoct right from your very own kitchen! In my opinion, these are better than the kind you can buy at the store. It also helps I know what is going in them! So get out your mixing bowls, ladies and gents and lets make some tanning simulators! Please be aware that these tanning oils do not contain SPF.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      how long do you let it set in the sun for?

      thankss

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      MobyD 8 years ago

      Terri Gross' program "Fresh Air" on NPR for Thursday, June 25, 2009 featured an interview with a dermatologist about sun exposure, tanning, sunscreen and skin cancer. It might be a good idea to listen to it: Dermatologist Offers Tips for Skin, Sun Safety.

    Baked Human Coconut Macaroon

    3 Tbls Virgin Coconut Oil, Melted

    1 tsp coconut extract

    1 shot espresso

    1 tsp of cocoa powder

    Melt the coconut oil with the cocoa powder over heat. add the other ingredients and let sit, until Lukewarm and spread elaborately over your body until covered. Lay foil out on the highest elevation you can get, preferably next to water such as a lake or pool. Bake at UV 7 for 1 hour or until done. Avoid burning.

    Broiled Sesame Human Being

    4 Tbsp Sesame oil

    1 Tbsp Olive Oil

    3 Tbsp Baby Oil

    1/2 tsp Iodine

    Mix together and apply. Bake at the desired temperature for the desired amount of time. Be sure to apply a cooling and skin firming lotion, or lotion that contains Aloe Vera immediately following sun exposure. Drink plenty of water.

    The iodine in this recipe is for immediate sunless tanning/ bronzing purposes. Add more as desired.

    Nutiva Organic Coconut Oil, Virgin, 15 Ounce (Pack of 2)
    Nutiva Organic Coconut Oil, Virgin, 15 Ounce (Pack of 2)

    This coconut oil has proved most effective in assisting with a base tan while at the same time protecting and moisturizing my skin.

     
    Dynasty Sesame Seed Oil
    Dynasty Sesame Seed Oil

    Sesame Oil is very reflective, and will give you that fast intense tan you have been trying to acheive.

     

    Is tanning a death wish?

    Yep, you are just asking for skin cancer!

    Yep, you are just asking for skin cancer!

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      • anonymous 4 years ago

        It may be a death wish, but I will leave my silver metallic solar cover to run inside for my dynasty seseme oil as soon as I'm done with this message. I live in Michigan, so I soak it up in the short season we have. Tanners are not for me. While I'm inside I'm going to have to change my suit, too. Your recipes and advise made me giggle so hard I wet myself! Henwho dies with the best tan wins!

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        ok some sun we need it but it can cause cancer I lay out 30 min a day 2 to 3 days a week I have a great tan For the young person that dont care Tell you what when your 50 and your skin is all wrinkled and dried up good for you you get cancer event better NOT.You will wish you lessoned more kids are getting skin cancer from tanning .Not smart

      • Susanna Duffy 8 years ago from Melbourne Australia

        Why would anyone want to deliberately encourage themselves to have wrinkled patchy skin, burns to the retina and an instant 5-years-older look, apart from trivial matters like skin cancer which kills you. It's safer to play on the freeway in peak hour

      • italianheart92 lm 8 years ago

        A little is good but too much of a good thing is always a bad thing

      • genewolfe 8 years ago

        over exposure can be harmful moderation is good

      No, the sun is here for a reason. It is good for you!

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        • anonymous 3 years ago

          The reason cancer is so rampant and we are getting cancer from the sun is because we eat horribly. Did you know we would rarely burn if we completely stopped eating processed sugar? No processed foods and your problems are solved

        • anonymous 3 years ago

          i want what type of The iodine i can use ?? they have the black color and yellow ?? so which one

        • anonymous 4 years ago

          Oh no it is awesome

        • anonymous 4 years ago

          The sun is a very valuable resource, it was designed with us in mind. God made everything and everything is good, but with moderation so don't be a sun glutton, an hour at most won't hurt you but five would. Use good judgement and soak up that Vitamin D! As for those who don't agree, fine don't agree, it doesn't affect me either way, I'm going out to play!

        • YogaAngel 5 years ago

          As long as you get some sun in moderation it is good for you.

        • anonymous 5 years ago

          Even though I'm naturally very pale, I love the sun. I've done the research and decided that getting a tan is important to me. I use tanning beds on yucky days and it's definitely a moodlifter for me. I do lots of other risky things that I shouldn't do, and tanning is the least of the evils. :P

        • anonymous 5 years ago

          I thinks it's all personal. Whenever I wear sun screen/block of any SPF I burn, bad! I've tried different brands everything and have ended up with 3rd degree burns. However when I go out bare skin all I get is nice dark tan. In summer I spend all day out in the sun. Suinming, hiking, park, whatever I'm outside. It's all on your own body. Your the only one that knows your body and skin type. I'm not dried up, wrinkled or have skin cancer. But I do listen to my skin. Don't listen to what others think is best for you, listen to what your body tells you. I also don't look older then I am. Actually I get told I look a lot younger.

        • anonymous 5 years ago

          No, I think that a nice tan looks good! Obviousely, you should still wear sunsceen most of the time you are out, but it is not a horrible thing to do to maybe lay out for an hour with a little bit of tanning oil once a week! However, I definitely do not recommend tanning salons, because I have people at a very young age shrivel to a rasin from tanning at salons.

        • anonymous 5 years ago

          No way if you get 10 hours a day its bad but if you just sit there for an hour it will give you a nice Heathly tan. However tanning salons can be bad for you cause it is directly on your skin and isn't really then sun!

        • Chocolatealchemy 6 years ago from London, United Kingdom

          We need the sun for Vitamin D for our bodies - lack of which causes illnesses, SAD, depression. Sunshine is wonder-full! Just be sensible; keep out of the sun at the hottest times - 11:30am till 3pm in summer.

        • anonymous 6 years ago

          im at a very young age, and before, iused to be quite afraid to do most things, tanning for instance, then one horrific day i lost a person that had a big impact on my life, he was quite young 45-ish, and it made me come to the conclusion, that, regardless we can die at anyminute, so mite as well live, with no worries, you will never know when you may die, so mite as well live happy instead of worrying about things that cause death, or cancer, because, truthfully, anyway were going to die, :p my father had cancer, and he couldn't prevent it.. and if i age old and look wrinckely, it shouldn't matter, because iwas taught tht beauty is on the inside, if a majorty of people want to stay afraid of the sun, and getting old,well that is just simply who they are.. but we all are going to get old, and wrinckely and physically ugly, so i frankly could care less, id rather die ugly outside and perfectly lived and happy on the inside, instead of dying filled with worry and unlived miseary, irealize that imite just be 15, mabye naïve..but loosing a father that lived his life helped me realize that life is way to short to be hidden in fear of uglyness, beauty is inner <3 just, some people are to ignorant to remember what they were taught by there parents when they were younger,

        • anonymous 6 years ago

          No cause i like to look hot and tan i don't really care ill deal with that when im old and 50 im only 13 so i don't care

        • anonymous 7 years ago

          There is a man named Dr. Bob Barefoot. He has a very

          good view on the sun. If anyone can check him out, he is on youtube and has his own site.

          Basically, i think the sun is great. People who get more sun exposure have less of a risk to diseases. The sun is like therapy to me. healthy diet , good outlook on life and general happiness with one's self create good health. Why constantly think that you will get cancer. Obviously if you identify in your mind that the sun is going to give you cancer, and you go out with that expectation, what the hell is going to happen?

        • anonymous 7 years ago

          we might as well die tan and happy. were all gonna die anyway, who cares if it's a little faster than it coulda been?

        • anonymous 7 years ago

          no was jose

        • anonymous 7 years ago

          No I could never go without a tan of some sort. I love the sun and tanning. It is a contest ever summer to see how dark I can get!

        • anonymous 7 years ago

          i don't know i am 33 and still look 18, if i could look a little older then malybe i'd look more like an adult, i am always so pale too like i died, so i need color and the sunless tans make you orange who wants to be orange?

        • anonymous 7 years ago

          Sun exposure is healthy and making your own sun oil is best - pharmaceutical companies make millions £$ selling products which contain cancer inducing ingredients. Suncreams are no different they contain chemicals which can react with the suns rays and actually cause cancer. Susannaduffy - it appears you have bought into the scare tactics of the Media and therefore you will put on and in your body what "they" tell you to ...have you any idea what is in these products? Research, research, research! btw I look in my 30's though I'm 49 and I make my own sun oil. see me on david icke forum pic hey_jude :-)

        • anonymous 7 years ago

          No, you need vitamin D, which comes from the sun. It has actually been proven that vitamin D prevents cancer, so what are we all complaining about ;)

          PS if you don't believe me, google dr. mercola

        • anonymous 7 years ago

          It's all dependent on your own skin type and where you are from (ethnically). A white person whose lineage is from northern Europe or Scandinavian would do best with a light tan (whatever their natural skin produces when exposed to moderate amounts of sun), likewise a Greek or Sicilian would probably need to be exposed to much more sun and produce a deeper tan to receive adequate Vitamin D from the sun's UVB rays.

        • anonymous 8 years ago

          In moderation. A little color is natural but you don't want to end up looking like tanned leather. Vitamin D is important and without it can cause bone issues, as well as depression in some studies. Don't go for crispy critter, but a touch of color is nothing to fear.

        • anonymous 8 years ago

          no, you do need vitamin d, and a lack of this ( i.e, sataying outta the sun and wearing too much sunscreen) can give you many other problems. Things like MS and other types of cancer have been linked to a lack of vitamin D, wearing too much sunscreen and not getting enough sun, Do you want to be an Edward Cullen albino?

        • anonymous 8 years ago

          no

        • Suzie-Shine 8 years ago

          No, it doesn't have to be. It's being sensible plus, as you have said, we need vitamin D

        • anonymous 8 years ago

          hell no

        Instead of using the Guestbook at the bottom of my lens, I am creating a special section for the inevitable skin cancer warning comments.So leave your vents and lectures right here people:

        Whatd'ya Think?

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            estella8309 4 years ago

            I love organic products. Thanks for sharing!

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            anonymous 4 years ago

            @anonymous: now we know you are ugly

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            YogaAngel 5 years ago

            I'm going to try these

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            anonymous 5 years ago

            @anonymous: Emily, time goes by rather quickly and Iâm sure you look cute but in 10 years you will have wished you just got a healthy light tan instead of baking into a snooki girlâ¦No amount of tan can replace BEAUTIFUL healthy skin so please protect yours while you still can..My sister was like you and her skin is in bad shape at 25..

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            anonymous 5 years ago

            I think a DARK tan is gorgeous!!! Nothing is wrong with sitting out in the sun for an hour or two hours a day to get a pretty tan!!! Tans are very youthful and people always think a nice tan is flattering!!! The people that are saying it is wrong are just jeaolus because they can't go to the tanning bed or are TOO pale to tan!!! YOLO so be beautiful while you can...-a pretty tan 13 year old.

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            way2tan 5 years ago

            That's some great information, most people don't know how to keep from getting funny tan lines.

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            anonymous 5 years ago

            gosh, beuty isn't on the inside, that wud be personality! beuty is on the outside losers! i bet yall are just some ugly women anyway

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            anonymous 6 years ago

            This is to hayley:

            Hi hayley i loved what u said regarding suntanning. yep, beauty is on the inside and people should not worry about being beautiful forever on the outside because that will never happen. We are all going to age and get old eventually. So live and have a little fun in the sun.

            My heart goes out to you regarding your father's passing. My condolences to you and your family. I know how it is to lose a loved one.

            Your blog was the best one on here, well that's my opinion anyway. I loved it and i think your a great girl the way you care so much. I also think that all girls your age should think just like you, instead of being so immature for their age.

            My heart goes out to you and your family in this time of need for comfort and reassuring. God Bless You.

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            Chocolatealchemy 6 years ago from London, United Kingdom

            I love the sunshine - nothing makes me a feel better and happier than a few hours of sensible time in the awesome sunshine (hmmm - it's in short supply in England sadly -(and Coconut Oil is the best suntan lotion!). I think we need the sunshine for natural wellbeing, our physical as well as our mental health.

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            anonymous 7 years ago

            I live in Minnesota, so we only have a few.. (um, 3!!) months to get tan, so I like to soak it up while I can. Tanning beds are a lot more dangerous compared to the sun, so I just let myself go back to being pale in the winter months. In moderation, the sun is amazing!

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            anonymous 7 years ago

            The sun is great! Yes, you can get your dose of vitamin D through your fortified (i also like to call, fake) foods but I feel that if God put the sun here to sustain life, we need to be exposed to it! Of course, as everyone is mentioning that moderation is key and too much of a good thing is definitely not the way to go, but I feel that these sunless tanning products and tanning oils with Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Isopropylparaben, etc and other words you cannot pronounce would be more detrimental to the skin than the sun. Just saying.

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            anonymous 7 years ago

            Nowadays there is no need to get one's self baked under the sun. Sunless tanning products are already available in the market. These home products are generally available over the counter and can give your skin a tanned look without exposing it to harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays and are commonly sold as creams, gels, lotions and sprays you apply to your skin. The active ingredient in most sunless tanning products is dihydroxyacetone (DHA). Sunless tanning products typically go on clear, and you might see results after about an hour. Full color appears within eight to 24 hours. Some products contain a tint, which darkens

            your skin right away.

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            Susanna Duffy 8 years ago from Melbourne Australia

            I guess you live somewhere where sunlight is minimal. I see plenty of comments about the value of Vitamin D but why not get it in foods which are naturally rich in this vitamin? Cod liver oil, salmon, mackerel and tuna. (Bonus: they also contain heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids.) After that, fortified foods help fill the gap. Milk is fortified with 100 IU per 8-ounce serving. Some yogurts and cheeses also contain vitamin D, as do breakfast cereals and juices. Where I live, the sun kills people.

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            Suzie-Shine 8 years ago

            Can't make up my mind: broiled or baked! I like the outdoors and sunshine. We just have to be sensible about it. I feel that there is sometimes too much fear in the world.

            Suzie

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            genewolfe 8 years ago

            Good niche, see you at the beach!