Best DIY TANNING OIL Recipes 2022 [Updated]

The trend of tanning is not new, and people have always loved tanning on the beaches. However, if you are short on time and want a deep tan, tanning oils or sprays can be your best friend. While they act as a film on your skin to save it from direct sunlight, they do not interfere with tanning; instead, they enhance it.

Let’s tell you about the quickest DIY tanning oil, along with some extra tips.

What’s the best time to get the dreamy, perfect tan?

The tanning hours depend on the region, but generally, the sunlight is stronger from 10 am to 4 pm. This is the best time to get tan.

Dos of Tanning

It is not only important to know the right time to tan but also how to tan! Do not forget the following while you lay down to get the gorgeous hue.

  • Drink plenty of water and stay hydrated.
  • Keep changing your position every 5-10 minutes to avoid burning your skin.
  • Apply some good tanning oil on your body to get the best results of your natural tanning.
  • Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from ultraviolet rays.

Don’ts of sun tanning

Here’s how you can save yourself from a bad experience of sun tanning.

  • Don’t stay in direct sunlight for an excessive amount of time, as it can cause severe burns on your body.
  • Don’t forget to apply a good quality sunscreen.

DIY Tanning Oil

To experience good results of your natural tanning, you should apply some good quality tanning oil. There are many brands offering tanning oils, but what’s better than a DIY tanning oil?

While you might have heard about homemade tanning oil with coffee, here are some other easy DIYs to make tanning oil at home. You can use whatever suits you.

1. The One with Vitamin A

Carrot oil is very rich in Vitamin A, C, and E. It serves as a shield in protecting your skin from ultraviolet radiation and contains high anti-aging properties. The carrot oil will make your skin look fresh, and coconut oil will help it glow.

Here is a very easy and quick recipe for a home-made carrot-coconut tanning oil

What will you need?

  • Carrots 2 (medium-sized)
  • Olive oil half cup
  • Coconut oil 4 tablespoons

How to make it?

For this simple homemade tanning oil, first, wash the two carrots and peel them. After peeling the carrots, grate them finely and keep them aside. Now mix the Olive oil and coconut oil in a pan and slightly heat them. Then add the grated carrots to the mixture of oils and fry them on medium flame. Keep stirring the carrots until they turn brownish. Separate the oil from the carrots and extract all the oil with the help of a strainer.

Your home-made tanning oil is ready to use. Just make sure to let it cool before applying it to your body.

2. The orangey tanning oil

If you’ve acne and oily skin type, then this oil will work wonders for skincare. Orange peel contains more vitamin C than the orange itself, which will help you with your acne. Olive oil will protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays and acts as a moisturizer. Both ingredients will make your skin shine and look perfect.

Here you can find out how to make this orange tanning oil through an effortless procedure. You just have to be a little bit patient to make this process work.

What do you need?

  • Oranges 2
  • Olive oil 500 ml
  • Airtight jar with a proper lid

How to make it?

Take the oranges and peel them. While peeling the oranges, must consider the thickness of the peels; it should be thin. Put the orange peels in an airtight container and pour olive oil on it. Make sure the olive oil covers the peels completely. Now close the jar lid and keep it aside for at least 3 days and 3 nights in a cool & dark place.

Don’t be impatient if you want the best results and enjoy the tan-of-your-life after three days!

3. The one with cocoa powder

Cocoa powder can be used as a self-tanner, and it also helps to clear skin pores and skin. Cinnamon powder is an antioxidant and acts as an antibacterial and antifungal agent for human skin. Nutmeg powder has an anti-inflammatory character which helps you to keep your skin healthy. Coconut oil will make your skin glow and shine. Cinnamon and nutmeg powder will also give a glowy effect on your skin.

Make the cocoa tanning oil by this simple method and make your skin happy.

Everything you need

  • Liquid coconut oil 1-2 cups
  • Cocoa powder 1-3 tsp.
  • Cinnamon powder ½ or 1 tsp.
  • Nutmeg powder ¼ or ½ tsp.

Note: Take the measurements of each of the three powders according to your desired tone, maintaining the given limits.

How to make it?

Slightly heat the coconut oil so that the powders can be easily mixed in the oil. Now pour the coconut oil into a bottle (the bottle must have a tight lid or cap) and add all three powders one by one in the coconut oil. Now close the bottle tightly and give the mixture a thorough mix by continuously shaking the bottle until all the powders are well blended with the oil.

Let the mixture cool down before using it, and your tanning oil is all set to be used.

See, how easy that was? Why not try making it out today? Go for it now.

What if you ran out of the tanning oil at the last minute?

What if you find out that you’re out of your tanning oil at the very last minute? Here are the two incredibly easy and fast solutions to counter this problem. These will work as a one-minute solution when you haven’t left with a drop of tanning oil.

  • Before going out to soak in the sun, apply some coconut oil on your body, then go out in the sun for tanning. Reapply coconut oil after every 10-15 minutes. At least spend 20-25 minutes in the sun to get the best tanning results.
  • The other possibility is using coconut and olive oil. Slightly warm two cups each of the two oils and mix them and let the mixture cool. Apply the cooled oil mixture to your body’s sun-exposed area and reapply after every 15-20 minutes. Spend at least 20 minutes in the sun to get the perfect brown tan.

What if tanning oils don’t suit you?

If tanning oils don’t suit you, or you don’t like using oils? Then here is the right solution to it. You can use a tanning spray instead of using tanning oil. Don’t worry; we have a quick DIY for tanning spray as well.

DIY tanning spray

To make this tanning spray, you just have to make black tea, but different than usual. Here’s how you can make a tanning spray at home.


  • Teabags 10 (at least)
  • Filtered water 1 liter
  • Heat resistant thermos flask


Heat the water on the flame until it starts boiling. Turn off the flame once the water starts to boil. Now pour it into the thermos flask and pour all 10 tea bags in the water to let the tea soak in water. Tightly close the lid of the thermos and wait for at least 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, remove the tea bags from the tea and let the steeped tea cool down. Later on, put the tea in a spray bottle. TADAA! Your home-made tanning spray is ready.

You can keep this tanning spray in the refrigerator for up to 1 month. You can use the spray wherever you want on your body.

This tanning spray works more effectively, especially after taking a shower or bath.

How to remove a face tan?

Sometimes we get an unwanted tan, and it might be a face tan or a very dark tan on your body. So how to remove an unwanted tan, especially from your face? Here’s a DIY tan-removing mask.


  • Gram flour
  • Milk powder
  • Organic honey ½ tbsp.
  • Lemon juice ½ tbsp.
  • Milk (liquid) 2 tbsp.

How to prepare it?

Take a small bowl, mix gram flour and milk powder, and then add honey and lemon juice. Mix the ingredients very well until the mixture turns pasty.

How to apply?

Apply the prepared paste to your face with the help of a brush or your fingers. Apply a thin layer of milk on the face mask every 5 minutes to prevent it from drying. You have to keep the mask moist for at least 20 minutes, then give a smooth massage to your face for at least 5 minutes. You can also use milk during the massage if you think the mask is getting dry. Wash it off with room temperature water.

This face mask will not only help you remove the face tan but also make your skin look clean and fresh. Use this mask once a week for a better outcome.


Tanning not only looks gorgeous but also feels better as our bodies absorb more vitamin D. The easy DIY tanning oil tutorials can help you make the best of your tanning routine without burning your skin.

They say, “The tan fades away, but the memories don’t.”

Yet, with these tanning oils, the tan would also stay longer than usual. Try it for yourself and see how magical it is, without any chemicals!

Sarah White

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