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Make Your Own Natural Suntan Lotion

Updated on April 20, 2013
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2 shots of extra virgin Olive Oil1 shot3 shots of SPF 50 suntan lotion1 shot rose water2 shots Coconut Milk2 shots Aloe Vera Gel2 shots Oil of Olay Body Lotion1 shot tea
2 shots of extra virgin Olive Oil
2 shots of extra virgin Olive Oil
1 shot
1 shot
3 shots of SPF 50 suntan lotion
3 shots of SPF 50 suntan lotion
1 shot rose water
1 shot rose water
2 shots Coconut Milk
2 shots Coconut Milk
2 shots Aloe Vera Gel
2 shots Aloe Vera Gel
2 shots Oil of Olay Body Lotion
2 shots Oil of Olay Body Lotion
1 shot tea
1 shot tea

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.


Utensils needed

Mixing bowl

Whisk

Empty bottle or small empty spray bottle (I used an empty water bottle)

Funnel

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!


Ingredients

  • 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)

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  • Rosana Modugno profile imageAUTHOR

    Rosana Modugno 

    5 years ago from 10th Kingdom

    Thanks for sharing, Eric. You're right. A good hat, not out midday and plenty of sunblock for the little ones is the way to go! :)

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    Eric Dierker 

    5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

    Well we cover up to a degree, but the sun will shine, and they will play although not midday. So it is not like there is a choice. Full sun block and a good hat, and we still have rosey cheeks. Better they tan up.

  • Rosana Modugno profile imageAUTHOR

    Rosana Modugno 

    5 years ago from 10th Kingdom

    Personally, I don't think little ones should get tan at all. But that's only my opinion.

    I wanted to add that this is a suntan lotion for suntanning. It's not a sun block, which is totally different. I only added the sunblock because I do not trust the sun here, where it's very strong and skin cancer is prevalent.

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    Eric Dierker 

    5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

    thank you. Now I think I get it. Would this be good for my little one?

  • Rosana Modugno profile imageAUTHOR

    Rosana Modugno 

    5 years ago from 10th Kingdom

    Eric, yes. You can go to a dollar store & get a strong SPF 50. It blocks the tan. I wanted color. And since I eat healthier these days, I thought why not use ingredients I trust on my skin as well. The tea was actually something I knew being an Artist. I've used tea to paint fabric. Like Iodine, which you can also add (I don't like the smell), it tints the skin naturally, although not permanently.

  • Ericdierker profile image

    Eric Dierker 

    5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

    Do you just buy the spf?

  • Rosana Modugno profile imageAUTHOR

    Rosana Modugno 

    5 years ago from 10th Kingdom

    Dialogue: Thank you. I'm glad you liked it enough to vote up & share.

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    Rosana Modugno 

    5 years ago from 10th Kingdom

    Young Hopes: Thank you so much! I love that you found this helpful.

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    dialogue 

    5 years ago

    This is great, thanks for the above useful info. I voted the useful hub UP and shared.

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    Shadaan Alam 

    5 years ago from India

    loved reading your hub and found it useful too, voted up

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