Make Your Own Natural Suntan Lotion
We use lotions every day and night to keep our skin soft and moisturized. And when it's time for the beach, we take special care in protecting ourselves. But shopping for suntan lotions can get expensive and a bit confusing.
The first think you'll need to know is what are you looking for in a suntan lotion? Do you want a dark tan, protection from the sun or both?
I'm the last person you will find on a beach. But this year I decided to get a little color and started experimenting with things I already use for my skin while being creative.
Having naturally oily skin is a good thing but not everyone is that lucky. I have enough oil on my face where I don't need lotions or moisturizers but when I go out, I always put something on to protect myself from the harshness of the sun here in Florida.
What I discovered was a safe and inexpensive way to make suntan lotion that made my skin very soft and great smelling even after showering. The best test was that I had not worn a swimsuit in over a year until yesterday and today, staying out midday for 45 minutes each time. Normally my skin would turn red first, then brown, leaving a little burning pain. But none of that happened with my lotion. In fact, it turned brown right away and there was no pain.
Empty bottle or small empty spray bottle (I used an empty water bottle)
Shot glass (yes, this is what I use to measure)
* My shot glass measures 9 teaspoons or 5 tablespoons.
Mix ingredients in a bowl, whisk until blended and then using funnel into your bottle, pour in. Careful with what you're wearing. The oils will damage clothing.
DISCLAIMER: I am not a chemist. This lotion worked for me but my skin is probably not like yours. If you have sensitive or fair skin, this may be too strong for you. Watch for allergies if you're allergic to flowers (rose water) or coconut, etc. Caveat emptor and have a safe summer!
- 2 shots Olive Oil, Extra Virgin
- 1 shot Baby Oil, Any brand
- 3 shots SPF 50, Any brand
- 1 shot Rose Water, Any brand
- 2 shots Coconut Milk, Any brand
- 2 shots Aloe Vera Gel, Any brand
- 2 shots Body Lotion, Oil of Olay
- 1 shot Tea, Any brand (dark)