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Natural oils: Are they tan-friendly?

Natural oils: Are they tan-friendly?

Oils are big business in the beauty world at the moment and we have tested six natural and easy to find oils to determine the benefits and impacts on your glowing tan.  

Coconut oil 

What are the benefits of coconut oil?

Coconut oil is certainly not the new kid on the block in terms of oils. The benefits and uses have been well documented, common uses are as a make-up remover, hair mask and skin moisturiser. A great oil to have on hand, keep in your shower and smother yourself with. 

Can you use coconut oil with tanning products?

Coconut oil is fine to use whilst self-tanning, just make sure you don’t use it 24 hours before or after applying your tan. The oil residue can create an uneven base which will make the tan dry unevenly onto the skin, resulting in streaks or discolouration. 

Rosehip oil 

What are the benefits of rosehip oil?

Like any beauty product you want to look for quality, but that doesn’t mean the most expensive. Pick a rosehip oil that is certified organic, cold-pressed or wild harvested to get the best results. Rosehip oil is full of vitamin A, great for imperfections, signs of ageing and congested skin because it’s so hydrating. 

Can you use rosehip oil with tanning products?

As rosehip oil is great for hydrating so use it to help pro-long your tan, add a few drops into a light weight body moisturiser or directly on your face. Just don’t use it 24 hours before or after you apply your tan as it can also leave residue.

Tea-tree oil 

What are the benefits of tea-tree oil? 

Tea-tree oil is a great natural antibacterial treatment. If you are prone to breakouts spot treating with tea-tree oil will help relieve redness and reduce the breakout size by killing the bacteria and drying the spot out. 

Can you use tea-tree oil with self tanning products?

Tea-tree oil can have a stripping affect so best to be avoided whilst using any self-tanning products. However because it’s mainly used on the face as a spot treatment you can monitor this and use the gradual self tan or the wash off bronzing gel on your face to deal with any discolouration. It’s all about finding what works for you.

Jojoba oil

What are the benefits of jojoba oil? 

Dot this oil across your face in the morning on clean skin for antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and moisturising benefits, it can also help curb your skin’s oil production over time as it imitates the natural oils of your skin so it doesn’t produce as much. 

Can you use jojoba oil with self tanning products?

Like coconut oil, Jojoba oil can be used whilst self-tanning just not 24 hours before or after application. Jojoba esters are even used in The Base products so we give this one two thumbs up.

Argan oil

What are the benefits of argan oil? 

Full of vitamin E and omega-6 fatty acids, both powerhouses at nourishing dry or agin skin and protecting against free radicals and reducing inflammation. It’s non-greasy so you can apply makeup or get dressed straight after using. Also great for nail cuticles. 

Can you use argan oil with self tanning products?

Short answer is yes, and again as long as it’s not 24 hours before or after applying your self-tan. 

Eucalyptus oil

What are the benefits of eucalyptus oil? 

Help clear up your cold with a few drops on the chest or in a bowl of hot water while you steam your face under a towel. Also a great one to add to your laundry, splash a little in your machine during it’s cycle for amazing-smelling bed sheets. 

Can you use eucalyptus oil with self tanning products? 

Like Tee-tree oil Eucalyptus oil has a slight stripping or highly-cleansing affect and is best to avoid direct contact to tanned skin. However you can still use it for your washing as it will be diluted and rinsed during the cycle.

Tip: Spot test every new product you are planning to use to see how it reacts to your skin. Everyone is different and the above outcomes might not be the same for you.

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