According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, five sunburns can double your risk of getting melanoma (skin cancer). However, moderate exposure to the sun increases the production of vitamin D, which is hard to get through food and promotes bone health. Having a tan makes many people feel more confident and sexy. Instead of applying tanning oil with added chemicals that can soak through your skin into your bloodstream, try making your own.


Your options for the main ingredient include canola oil, castor oil, baby oil and olive oil. Olive oil is preferred due to its skin-softening nutrients and vitamins. Pour the oil (however much you want) into a bottle or just keep it in its original bottle. If it is in the original bottle, pour out a small amount of the oil to provide room for other ingredients.

Tincture of Iodine

Tincture of iodine is sold as an antiseptic and can be found in a drug store. It is also useful in blocking radiation. Add several drops of iodine to the oil to protect your skin from the harm of the sun’s rays.

Dark Tan

There are a couple natural ingredients you can add to the oil and iodine to achieve a dark tan. Squeeze a few drops of carrot or beet juice into your bottle. The juices may temporarily give your skin a tint of their color but won’t last after a couple of showers. Just like when wearing dark clothes or feeling the heat on dark pavement, the dark juices on your skin will attract the sun’s rays and allow the rays to be more easily absorbed into the skin to darken your pigment.


After you have added all of the ingredients, fasten the lid on the bottle and shake to mix the ingredients. Apply liberally to cover your body and rub in until it is absorbed. There are no waterproof qualities to this tanning oil. After swimming or sweating, you must reapply the oil.