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It’s beach time, and that means sun, sea and sand. Unless you want to spend the summer in the shade, it also means that you can build up a lovely healthy golden tan to get that beach babe feel. All very well you say, but how can I find sun protection, or a tan enhancer with chemicals? It’s simple – just make your own.

With natural SPF, these easy-to-prepare lotions should see you through the summer – glow on!

This tanning oil recipe uses oils that are naturally sun-protective:

1/4 cup Olive Oil

2 Tablespoons Avocado Oil

1/2 teaspoon Raspberry Seed Oil

1/2 teaspoon Carrot Seed Oil

10 drops Sandalwood Essential Oil

10 drops Lavender Essential Oil

1 tsp Bronze Mica Powder (if you want to really shimmer)

Mix all oils and mica powder (if using) and store in a dark-colored glass container. If you decide to substitute coconut oil for the olive oil, store in a jar instead, as it won’t work with a pump.

Green Tea Tanning Oil

¼ Cup Coconut Oil

2 Teaspoons Walnut Oil

½ Cup Brewed Green Tea

Combine oils and slowly add green tea. The green tea works as a powerful antioxidant that will neutralize UV radiation and is also great for skin. Store this tanning oil in a dark, airtight container.

Patchouli Tanning Oil

2 Tablespoons Sesame Oil

2 Teaspoons Avocado Oil

2 Teaspoons Walnut Oil

2 Teaspoons Wheat Germ Oil

5 Drops Calendula Oil

5-10 Drops Patchouli Essential Oil

Mix all oils together until well combined and add patchouli oil. Store in a dark, air-tight container. This homemade tanning oil is a must for those who are prone to dry skin.

Don’t forget to check with a dermatologist if you are unsure about any of these ingredients or want to know if these recipes are specifically good for your skin.

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