10 Most Popular Natural Tanning Oils To Protect Skin Well

We girls simply love that wonderful sun kissed glow with a golden light tan, don’t we? Well ladies, sunbathing can also damage your skin to a large extent and you might not be able to repair it ever in the long-term. But don’t get disappointed as there are some extremely effective natural tanning oils that can give you a subtle tanned look while taking great care of your skin. Here goes the list:

Natural Tanning Oils To Protect Skin

  1. Avocado Oil

Long-term sun exposure can damage your skin by drying it out. Avocado oil is a true solution for this. Applying unrefined, cold-pressed avocado oil can provide your skin with essential fatty acids (lecithin as well as unsaturated fatty acids) along with vitamins. These get absorbed by cells easily and keep the skin hydrated so that you possess a healthy and beautiful tan.

  1. Coconut Oil

When it comes to tanning, sensitive skin gets affected the most. Coconut oil gives the best protection in such cases. It not only fights against the damaging ultraviolet rays of the sun, but also keeps rashes, irritation, inflammation, allergies, infections, etc. resulted from these at bay. Using coconut oil also helps in maintaining the natural chemical balance of skin and preventing signs of aging caused by tanning.

  1. Green Tea Oil

The oil extract obtained from green tea leaves can do wonder for our skin, especially when it becomes prone to damage due to tanning. Green tea oil is loaded with antioxidants, which are highly effective in diminishing the adverse effects of sunburn. Moreover, it is able to neutralize the harmful UV radiation while providing a soothing effect. These are essential for a nice and healthy tan.

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  1. Aloe Vera Oil

Just like green tea oil, the oil obtained from aloe vera plant is also considered as an amazing natural tanning oil for almost similar properties. Being one of the greatest sources of natural antioxidants, aloe vera oil can keep our skin well-protected from UV radiation by neutralizing its damaging effects. On the other hand, the soothing properties of the oil provide help in providing relief from sunburn.

  1. Hazelnut Oil

Hazelnut oil is rich in antioxidant vitamin E and unsaturated fatty acids, which make it one of the lightest natural tanning oils available in the market. It easily penetrates the skin and goes deep into the cells in order to provide the best protection from the UV rays. If you are planning to get a tan, apply this oil to prevent the adverse effects and keep your skin nourished.

Hazelnut Oil

  1. Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Make your sun tanning a natural and controlled affair by applying a layer of extra virgin olive oil to your skin. It contains plenty of antioxidant vitamin E, which promotes the regeneration of skin cells as well as counteracts the drying effect of tanning by moisturizing the skin. It also soothes sun burn when used with a few drops of iodine.

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  1. Wheat Germ Oil

Aiming at getting a natural golden glow while keeping your skin protected from the heat and UV radiation of the sun? All you need is wheat germ oil. It is a great source of vitamin A, E and D, which not only soothes sun burnt skin, but also shields it from developing signs of aging caused by harmful radiation.

  1. Sunflower Oil

Due to the natural affinity of sunflowers for the sun, the oil extracted from them works as a great natural tanning oil. However, the best thing about sunflower oil is that it aids in maintaining the elasticity of skin and combats the unsafe effects of sun radiation efficiently. As a result, we get a wonderful sun kissed look without harming our skin much.

  1. Sesame Oil

Sesame oil is a thick, gooey and highly fragrant oil extracted from sesame seeds through cold-pressing. It comes with a natural sun protection factor of 4 to 6 and hence, can be a great choice for protecting skin from harmful effects of the sunlight during tanning. It also helps in making skin more elasic and smoother.

Natural Tanning Oils To Protect Skin

  1. Walnut Oil

Walnut oil has been found to be an amazing source of essential fatty acids, which makes it a perfect solution for making the dried out skin rehydrated after sun tanning. The thin consistency of the oil helps it get absorbed by the skin cells easily and quickly to provide the utmost protection from UV radiation during tanning.

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DIY – Natural Skin–Protecting Tanning Oil Recipe

Here is an easy DIY recipe for an all natural oil mixture that can save your skin from potential damages caused by sun tanning. Check it out:


  • Hazelnut oil – 4 teaspoons
  • Sesame oil – 2 tablespoons
  • Walnut oil – 4 teaspoons
  • Wheat germ oil – 2 tablespoons
  • Lavender essential oil – 5 drops
  • Ylang ylang essential oil – 5 drops


Take a dark-colored glass bottle. Pour hazelnut oil, sesame oil, walnut oil and wheat germ oil into it. Then, pour lavender essential oil and ylang ylang essential oil into it. Close the lid tightly and give the bottle a very good shake. Store it in a cool, dry place (preferably in the refrigerator), where sunlight doesn’t reach easily. It should stay fresh up to 3 months.

Do you know any other natural oil for protected sun tanning? Do let us know by commenting below.

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