NATURAL SUNTAN OILS
In looking into the use of oils on skin, the purpose seems to be to replicate natural body oils to achieve optimum skin health. As a teenager our homemade tanning lotion was baby oil mixed with iodine or just straight baby oil. Sunburn was considered just a part of working towards that good tan. It has been found that citrus oils; lime, lemon, orange, and grapefruit are photosensitizing, that is they make the skin more susceptible or sensitive to sunlight. Also included in this group are angelica, yuzu and bergamot oils. If these are in your sunscreen you may need to change. Now that I am older the realization is sinking in that had I taken greater care my skin it would look much better now. Even if you are older or have abused your skin there is hope.
Almond oil - SPF 4 – This multipurpose oil has many wonderful benefits. Put a few drops on your fingertips and gently massage your scalp in a small circular motion. The result should be long strong hair with less hair loss. Taken internally it helps reduce cholesterol, enhances digestion and may sometimes act as a painkiller. Finally, it is one of the best moisturizers, lightens dark circles, relieves itching dry skin, slows the ageing process and minimizes chapping and rashes.
Avocado oil – SPF 4 – This is an oil that has properties most beneficial to sun damaged or ageing skin. The primary ingredient is sterolins that are said to lighten age spots and heal sun damage. Because of many other components in this oil it is an effective moisturizer and works well on ageing or dehydrated skin. It stimulates cell regeneration and softens the skin to make it look and feel younger.
Coconut oil – Lauric acid, which is one of the primary elements in this oil, is believed to be extremely anti-viral and anti-bacterial. Why is this good for a sunbather? When exposing your skin to the sun for extended periods it becomes more susceptible to ‘invasion’ due to open pores. Because of stability coconut oil is used in many products, it does not turn rancid quickly as some others do. The smell of coconut oil in Hawaiian Tropic Tanning Oils brings back many good memories.
Jojoba oil – SPF 4 –Normally this oil has a more waxy feeling but with its healing qualities and easy acceptance by skin makes it good for all skin types. It will help dissolve clogged pores and can restore the skins normal PH. Control of water loss by the skin is another benefit, as well as, treatment for burns, cuts and scrapes. Because of these benefits it is used in shampoos, conditioners, skin care and sunscreen products.
Macadamia nut oil - SPF 4 – This oil is extremely stable making it good for use in skin care products. Because it is high in palmitoleic acid it fights the creation of free radicals and ensures skin cell structural integrity. This also makes it especially good for dry or ageing skin.
Olive Oil – SPF 4 – This oil has been a big part of Mediterranean culture for centuries. The Greek poet Homer called it “liquid gold” and it has been prized for its medicinal and health producing qualities. With its high content of antioxidants and ease of digestion it has a beneficial effect on ulcers and gastritis. The Olympic athletes of Greece rubbed it all over their bodies before competition giving their bodies a beautiful bronze glow. Umm, what a mental picture!
Sesame oil - SPF 4 – A good source of vitamin E it is an antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals. When used on the skin it retains skin moisture, acts as a sunscreen and helps with psoriasis. Rich in poly and monounsaturated acids, it is a cholesterol cutter making it a good cooking oil. Recent studies have also tied ingestion of this oil to lowering blood pressure. It also enhances hair strength, length and limits hair loss.
Whether you incorporate them into your life through diet, skin care products, hair care products, sun care products or all of the above; you will be so glad you did!