One of the uses of coconut oil since a long time ago is to tan skin. Islanders have been using this coconut oil as tanning oil for thousands of years. Coconut oil is actually really good natural tanning oil which can protect our skin while we tan. It contains moderate levels of an essential fatty acid named lauric acid which is able to help retaining and adding moisture to the skin. There are so many products of coconut oil that we can find at our health food store or local grocery, so it will be easy for us to get one.
There are some types of coconut oil that is sold in the market including in refined, virgin and partially hydrogenated formulations. All the types of coconut oils can be beneficial to our skin when we are tanning outdoors. However, virgin or unrefined coconut oil is the best one since it is chemical-free. Then, how to use coconut oil as tanning oil? It is certainly simple since we just need to spread it over our body smoothly and evenly. To add a scent to the coconut oil, we can combine ½ cup of coconut oil with three or two drops of gardenia oil or gardenia fragrance.
Meanwhile, before you begin rubbing your skin, clean up your skin with a loofah brush in the shower. It will help you to remove dead skin so that your skin can tan smoothly and evenly. After you take shower, put a quarter-sized amount of the coconut oil onto your palm. To use coconut oil as tanning oil, you can add waterproof sunscreen in order to improve your skin protection. Add the same amount of waterproof sunscreen in your palm. Mix those two products and then rub it onto your body begins with your feet.
Next, continue by adding small amounts of coconut oil and waterproof sunscreen to your hand until you cover your entire body. However, don’t use it around your eyes. Now, let the products to seep into the skin for about five minutes before you are going tanning. Well, it is certainly good for you to use coconut oil for tanning, but you shouldn’t use it alone since it has limited sun protection. If you want to use coconut oil as tanning oil for longer than 15 minutes, it will be better for you to use it alongside with sunscreen product with a SPF 30 or higher.