Enjoy making your own homemade Suntan Oil
To prepare your skin for an even tan, gently exfoliate your face
and body first.
We are all aware of the warming, uplifting and energizing effect
on the body and mind of the sun, especially living in areas of long
overcasts in the winter months. We can hardly wait to shed our clothes
in the spring and let the sun at our skin. The sun possesses measurable
health benefits, as it enhances the body's absorption of calcium and
stimulates the production of vitamin D. For this reason 15-30 minutes
(depending on skin type) of unprotected sun exposure daily can actually
be quite beneficial. However, the danger of too much sun should not
be taken lightly. The sun's UBA and UVB rays can cause the skin to dry
and age prematurely. Try making your own homemade suntan oil, made with
natural ingredients to compensate. See also
Use leftover suntan oil to condition
your hair: Apply a small amount to damp hair, cover with a shower
cap and allow oil to penetrate. Wash hair as usual.
The lavender and calendula essential
oils in these suntan oils possess anti-inflammatory properties
and can help protect the skin from sunburn. Ylang-ylang oil
has a sweet, relaxing, tropical fragrance and patchouli oil
can help to heal dry, cracked skin.
For normal skin
2 tbsp. sesame oil
2 tbsp. wheat-germ oil
4 tsp. hazelnut oil
4 tsp. walnut oil
5 drops lavender essential oil
5 drops ylang-ylang essential oil
For dry skin
4 tsp. avocado oil
4 tsp. hazelnut oil
4 tbsp. sesame oil
4 tsp. walnut oil
4 tsp. wheat-germ oil
6 drops calendula essential oil
4 drops patchouli essential oil
Mix all the ingredients together in a
small bottle. Cap and shake the mixture thoroughly. It is important
to shake the mixture well before each use as well, since the
oils will separate when allowed to stand for long periods of
time. Store the suntan oil in a cool, dry place out of direct
- Natural suntan oils will keep for about 2-3 months.
Refrigerate for maximum freshness. Do not use oils that
smell rancid, as they have lost effectiveness.
- Do not add citrus essential oils to your suntan oil.
They can cause brown spots to develop after sunbathing that
can last for years or even a lifetime.
- Natural suntan oil is not waterproof, so be sure to
reapply after swimming.
- If you are fair-skinned, stay out of the sun between
10:30 a.m. and 4:00 P.M., when the sun's rays are strongest.
Always use sunscreen - not tanning oil - to protect your
skin, and be sure to reapply it often and thoroughly.
Before You Sunbathe
To remove dead skin cells and prepare your skin
for an even tan, gently exfoliate your face and body with finely
ground almonds or cornmeal mixed with oil and warm water.
addition, take advantage of the sun's warmth and apply a deep-conditioning
protein hair pack (sold in health-food stores or drugstores).
The heat will help the conditioner penetrate the hair's cuticle,
leaving it soft, shiny and full of body.
Apply suntan oil evenly and sparingly to clean,
exfoliated skin at least 30 minutes before sunbathing. The oil
must penetrate the upper layers of the skin for its protective
properties to be fully effective while you sunbathe.
Hazelnut oil nourishes: This fast-penetrating, extremely
light oil is one of the best oils for cosmetic use. It is high
in vitamin E and unsaturated fatty acids, which nourish the
Walnut oil provides a golden glow: This
oil enhances tanning while helping to protect the skin from
UV damage. Walnut oil contains numerous essential fatty acids
that nourish and hydrate the skin, which easily and rapidly
absorbs the oil's thin consistency.
Avocado oil conditions and protects:
from the fleshy part of the avocado is very beneficial for dry
skin, as it contains high levels of vitamins, lecithin and unsaturated
fatty acids. Avocado oil can be used as a light sunscreen and
is good for long-term use, since it does not spoil easily. Be
sure to use only cold-pressed, unrefined avocado oil.
Wheat-germ oil smoothes the skin: This
light, golden-yellow oil has large amounts of vitamin A, D and
E, which help to smooth the skin by protecting it from tiny
dry lines and wrinkles, as well as from loss of elasticity.
Sesame oil protects against harmful rays:
Sesame oil, obtained by pressing the seeds of the sesame plant,
provides the highest sun protection of all the natural oils.
It is also very effective for softening and smoothing the skin.
Be sure to use only cold-pressed, unrefined sesame oil, which
has a fill, nutty aroma and is dark in color.
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