4 Easy Types of DIY Tanning Oil You Must Try

Tanning oil has become a summer staple among men and women in Western countries. It has emerged as a mark of beauty and sex appeal that many want to achieve.

However, a perfect, sun-kissed bronze color of the skin can be costly sometimes. Traditional tanning oils1 have toxins that may harm your skin especially when you contact with UV rays from the sun.

The store-bought tanning oils are full of chemicals like parabens that may cause cancer, DHA, DNA damage2, isopropyl myristate, and more.

So if you prefer a more natural oil and want to stay away from chemicals, you can make your DIY Tanning Oil at home. These oils are easy to make and do not take much time to prepare.

How Does Tanning Oil Work?

On applying tanning oil, your skin attracts more ultraviolet rays from the sun and focuses them on your skin. This, in turn, increases the UV exposure 3on the skin and fastens the production of melanin4 in your skin, helping you acquire a perfect tan that is accelerated and intensified on the areas you have been treating with tanning oils.

Tanning oil has DHA as the main ingredient, which is a form of color sugar. It interacts with the body’s dead skin cells in the epidermis of the skin, which creates the reaction that makes your skin change its color and has lasting effects for about a week when the color starts to fade.

Types of DIY Tanning Oil

Oil is the most prominent ingredient in tanning oil. Plenty of natural oils out there contain SPF factor naturally. Avocado oil, for instance,  provides an SPF of 15, and olive oil has an SPF of 8.

These oils will help your skin is getting a golden glow while protecting it from sun damage. Hence, these oils form a great base for your DIY tanning oil needs.

1. DIY Tanning Oil For Fair Skin

Step 1 –

Take a cup of olive oil in a bowl.

Step 2 –

To this, add 2 tablespoons of avocado oil, 2 tablespoons of raspberry seed oil, and carrot seed oil and mix them well.

Step 3 –

Now add a few drops of sandalwood essential oil.

Step 4 –

Pour the mix into a glass container.

Important – The seed oil of raspberry and carrot adds on higher SPFs5 protecting the skin from extra harm of burning and other skin damage. Olive oil is known for having a rich amount of vitamin E and its antioxidant properties protect your skin from sun damage.

2. DIY Tanning Oil For Dry Skin

Step 1 –

Take 8 tablespoons of avocado oil, walnut oil, wheat germ oil, and sesame oil.

Step 2 –

Add a few drops of calendula oil or patchouli essential oil6. Pour them together and make sure they fully combine. Store in an air-tight container.

Important -. This DIY tanning oil is perfect for dry skin people and its ingredients will boost the natural oils and promote their natural production. Avocado oil is naturally full of fatty acids and vitamins to soothe and heal the skin.

3. DIY Tropical Tanning Oil

Step 1 –

Take a bowl and pour 1 cup of coconut oil into it.

Step 2 –

Add a tablespoon of walnut oil, avocado oil, and sesame oil.

Step 3 –

Then, add a few drops of coconut essential oils or vanilla. Mix them and pour them into a glass container.

Important – These ingredients will soothe your skin, protecting it from dryness, and creating a natural, golden glow. Coconut oil contains fatty acids and gives the benefit of Omega 3 and good fats in the skin.

4. DIY Tanning Oil to Neutralize UV Radiation

Step 1 –

Take a cup of coconut oil and 8 tablespoons of walnut oil.

Step 2 –

Combine the two oils first and then add 2 cups of brewed green tea7 slowly. Store this in an air-tight container.

Important – UV radiation is a common concern of people. Green tea has antioxidants and this will balance the UV. They fight against your body’s free radicals giving the immune system a boost to protect against any harm. This DIY tanning oil can help neutralize the effect of the sun and protect against radiation.

Benefits of DIY Tanning Oil –

  • It is safe and has no side effects
  • It is cheap compared to the branded oils in the market.
  • You can control the number of ingredients as per your skin and reduce the risk of an allergic reaction.
  • It is very easy to make at home
  • It’ll have added benefits and nutrients for skin and health
  • Natural oils in a homemade DIY tanning oil do amazing work of protecting, repairing, and rejuvenating the skin from sun damage.
  • Using your homemade DIY tanning oil keeps you worry-free from any kind of harmful side effects that drugstore products can cause.


Buying tanning oil can be very expensive. By using your DIY skills and combining some ordinary ingredients, you can create the best natural DIY tanning oil for yourself.

Store-bought tanning oils have various chemicals that can harm your skin and cause skin ailments in the long term. The DIY tanning oil has minimal side effects as all the ingredients used are natural. So you can enjoy getting a tan without the fear of any side effects or allergic reactions.

You may also check out the Best Time of the Day to Tan? for better results.

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