Before tanning lotions were on the market, our mothers and grandmothers used a very simple and inexpensive method to achieve that “healthy glow from the sun.” They combined baby oil with iodine to toast their skin. Unfortunately, little was known about the damage caused by the sun’s ultraviolet rays at the time. This is their technique, updated for security reasons. You should see results in 2 or 3 days if your skin is fair, and in just 1 or 2 days if your skin tone is darker.
How to make a baby oil and iodine tanning lotion
Open the plastic bottle and set the cap aside to tighten. Measure 1/4 of the portion of the sunscreen with your measuring cup. Pour it into the bottle.
Rinse the measuring cup and dry it well. Measure 1/2 cup of the iodine into the measuring cup. Pour the iodine into the bottle that contains the sunscreen.
Rinse and dry the mug again. Measure 1/2 cup of the baby oil into the measuring cup. Add the oil to the bottle that now contains the iodine and sunscreen.
Put the cap back on the bottle. Shake vigorously for 60 seconds to combine the ingredients.
Apply your new homemade tanning lotion with sunscreen to your body as you would any other brand on the market. Lie down in the sun to activate the lotion and begin the tanning process.
If your skin tends to burn quickly, you can add more sunscreen, but don’t use more than the equivalent amount for each of the other ingredients (1/2 cup). If you must use more, also increase the iodine and baby oil to maintain the effectiveness of this product.
Do not use this method if you are allergic to iodine or another ingredient in suntan lotion.