As we enter the bathing season, light clothes and all-night-long parties, we think how to employ some new style that would make us look wow, and to do this, tanned and nurtured skin is a must. Not only imperfections are less visible on a dark (tanned) skin, but generally, people with tanned skin look skinnier. However, here is a list of some DIY (do it yourself) recipes for tanning oils that will not only help you get that glamorous tanned skin but also nurture skin and restore its elasticity and moisture.
Natural DIY recipes for tanning oils
Walnuts and carrot
You’ll need 6 green walnuts with, one larger carrot and olive oil. Split walnuts in quarters and scrub carrot. Put everything in a jar and pour some olive oil over it. Seal tightly. Put the jar in a warm place for two weeks to a month. You can shake the jar, but without opening. Strain the oil through cheesecloth and there you have it – your own tanning oil.
Note: Use extra virgin olive oil because it is rich in valuable fatty acids and antioxidants, an important factor which helps prevent premature aging not to mention vitamin E, very powerful antioxidant.
Tanning product made of carrot oil and olive oil
However, if you’ve missed green walnut harvest because you’ve gotten your vacation in July instead of June, similar tanning oil can be made from carrot oil and olive oil. But if you don’t have carrot oil either, make your own – scrub 2 large carrots and cover with 4 dl of olive oil. Keep in the sunlight, shake before use – and go straight to the beach!
Which natural products you shouldn’t be using for tanning?
Our grannies used to say that St. John’s oil is the best tanning product. Bu, is this really true? This oil may surely help you get tanned skin, but not everything which looks good necessarily healthy. And here are some natural products you shouldn’t be using for tanning. Namely, some recent studies show that St. John’s oil interferes with certain cancer agents reducing their effectiveness so it is not recommendable for use. The reason lies in hypericum, a compound which in combination with the sun causes allergic skin reactions, so we say it is phototoxic. The skin reacts in cracking, peeling or tiny blisters.
Caution! Essential oils are volatile oils which are obtained from plants. There are numerous benefits of the use of these oils, but one needs to be careful when exposing to the sun precisely due to the phototoxic reaction. Certain foods have also SPF power. Some tanning oils really do contain essential oils among their ingredients, but in such cases, their effect is diminished thanks to other components in such products which are added in specified proportions.
Tanning oils with SPF
Sometimes you’ll read that there are certain oils such as hazelnut oil which have their own sun protection factor. Still, read labels carefully. This factor depends on the type of oil as well as on the type of plant from which the oil is extracted. Hazelnut oil has SPF but only if the oil is extracted from Chilean hazelnut or Chilean raspberry seed oil. Regular sunflower oil has SPF 10 while in the case of olive oil varies from 2 to 4. In addition, it is important to remember that essential oils do not have SPF:
After sun care
The best way to nurture your skin after tanning is to use jojoba oil which will help moisturize your skin as good as wheat germ oil which is notable for being one of the richest sources of vitamin E that prevents aging and cell damage. St John’s wort oil will be useful only in case of sunburns since it has healing properties.
Tanned skin is a goal to many people, but still, the need to protect and preserve health must come first. Recipes for these tanning oils are recommendable for use after you’ve already tanned for a shade or two. However, it is always good to use sunscreen product with SPF to avoid burns and protect the skin from other harmful effects. So, we may conclude, tanned skin is “in” every summer, but natural ways to achieve it are the best solution if you want to preserve your health and have a complete protection.
Translation: G: Dujmović