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The Best DIY Suntan Oil for Healthy Skin!

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DIY Suntan Oil Hi!  The sun is out, birds are chirping and the HEAT is high!  I’m ready to get some healthy color!!  As I was getting my 20 minutes of sunlight the other day, I literally was blinded by my white, dry leg. Beach babe not present here. 

It dawned on me that this would be the perfect time to hydrate.  Seriously-heat will open pores and help moisture penetrate deeper-ever heard of a “hot oil treatment“?  Well, it’s not just for your hair! Let’s make a simple DIY suntan oil that might give a bit of sun protection but will for sure hydrate the skin thoroughly!

Believe it or not there are oils that actually have a decent SPF!  I’m going to give you some options on this DIY recipe.  It will all depend on how high you need your SPF to be.  I personally don’t like any SPF. 

Daily, I spend very small amounts of time outside-read why HERE.  When I’m soaking up the sun for my 10-20 minutes a day, SPF only blocks my bodies ability to produce Vitamin D.  Your body LOVES vitamin D-Read more on that HERE.  However, it is possible to make a nourishing suntan oil that has a decent SPF. 

Pick and choose your oils of choice and remember to only use high quality ingredients.  That could made a difference in the SPF efficiency.  I have linked my suggestions.

Oils with an SPF:

Red Raspberry Leaf=SPF 28-50

Carrot Seed Essential Oil=SPF 30-40

Sandalwood Essential Oil=SPF 30

Coconut Oil=SPF 2-8

Avocado Oil=SPF 4-15

Olive Oil=SPF 2-15

Lavender Essential Oil=SPF 6

Macadamia Nut Oil=SPF 6


DIY Suntan Oil Recipe:

Precautionary Tips!

  • When using a new sunblock/oil whether it’s homemade or store bought, always test it out before spending large amounts of time in the sun.  Start by only staying outside for 30 minutes to an hour at a time.  Notice how your skin responds.  Everyone is different.
  • Because the oil will not soak in totally, your skin will be “shiny”.  This can actually attract the sun to your skin and make you burn or tan faster. 
  • I absolutely always protect my face from the sun.  Sun damage rears it’s UGLY head around your late 20’s-early 30’s.  From that point on, sun damage is very easy to acquire.  Trust me on this one.  Hats and large sunglasses are a staple.
  • If you are going to be in the sun for more than 10-20 minutes you must re-apply your sunblock or oil every 3 hours at least.  Read HERE for more info. on sunblocks and SPFs.
  • Natural oils oxidize (lose some of their medicinal properties) over time and when exposed to light.  Always store your oil in a dark glass bottle and I like to keep mine under my lawn chair or beach bag rather than in sunlight.
  • Except Red Raspberry Seed Oil, most plant oils protect only against UVB rays.  UVA rays are the ones that AGE you so do not use this oil to protect for long amounts of sun time.  Best option is to switch to a natural sunblock.
  • The shelf life of any sunscreens or oils is about a year.  Don’t use the same product for more than 2 summers!

Pros of Using a DIY Suntan Oil:

  • Using an oil sunblock can give a more even tan.  It reflects and distributes the sunlight across all oiled areas.
  • By using an oil, you will attract the sun to your skin and tan quickly.  The flip side of that coin is that you will also burn more quickly!!
  • Organic oils are so nourishing to the skin.

If you do get a sunburn Aloe Vera Gel with a few drops of Lavender is very healing-Go HERE for a sunburn relief DIY.   For healing the face, chest or shoulder, manuka honey is an excellent mask to heal and relieve.  Leave on as long as you like.  Go HERE for more info. on manuka honey.

Be good to your skin, it’s your largest organ!!  LIMIT your time in the sun.  NEVER allow your skin to burn and be sure to replenish your skin with a moisturizer afterwards.

xx, Jenni


DIY Suntan Oil

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Jennifer Phillips

Jennifer Phillips worked as a licensed aesthetician for over 8 years before creating the green beauty blog, Jenni Raincloud and her natural skin care line, J. Raincloud Organics. Jennifer has been blogging full time for 9 years and loves to gain and share knowledge on how to achieve beautiful skin the natural way.

12 thoughts on “The Best DIY Suntan Oil for Healthy Skin!”

  1. This looks like a great recipe! Question about the SPFs of the oils: How many drops of the essential oils or the carrier oils are required in order to achieve the SPF you listed?
    Thank you!

    1. Chantelle-so sorry to take so long to respond. I’m not sure what you mean. Straight lavender, carrot seed and sandalwood oil will provide the spf listed. Because there is no way to determine an exact spf of a mix of these oils I came up with a formulation that I believe will give you decent protection. Hope this makes sense! Thanks!

    1. Steve-Not when you want a Suntan Oil to have an SPF. If you don’t mind lowering the SPF (down to very little), you could use whichever oil you like.

  2. MRH mentions that wheatgerm oil has a very strong odor. Is the odor still very strong since it makes up half of recipe? Is there anything it smells similar to?

  3. Please do not use this recipe. SPF is a highly complicated subject, and none of these oils have been correctly tested. The tests sunscreens go through to be approved are very specific and thorouhh. The risk of UV is not skinburn or ageing. UV damages your DNA, and triggers cancer. (I study sciences, I’m not just making stuff up)

    You can substitute many skincare with natural ingredients, I do so myself. Not sunscreen. I don’t mean to offend the creator of this article, but I am concerned about people’s health.

    1. Hannah-This is not an SPF recipe. I don’t claim to know how to make SPF. This is an oil used for those who want to lay in the sun and use an oil for moisturizing and achieving a more even tan. I add oils that have an SPF but I clearly state to not use this oil if you are spending long amounts of time in the sun.
      No offense taken-getting sun without a proper SPF is a controversial subject. I disagree with most of the thought out there about the sun.
      Thank you for reading!

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