Tanning With Carrot Oil

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Tanning With Carrot Oil
Vitamin E in carrot oil may reduce the harmful effects of UVB rays. (Pixland/Pixland/Getty Images)

Carrot oil is used to achieve a safer and deeper tan. Carrot oil contains high levels of carotenoids, organic pigments with powerful antioxidant qualities. Antioxidants help protect skin cells from the damaging effects of environmental free-radicals, such as those created by the sun's UV rays. Studies indicate that one type of carotenoid -- beta-carotene -- is effective at defending against skin photodamage, though more research into its beneficial effects is needed, according to a 2001 review published in the Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics. Carrot oil doesn't offer sun protection, so it must be used in conjunction with a sunscreen to avoid burning.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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    Massage carrot oil into moist skin after showering for up to seven days before sun exposure.

  2. 2

    Massage carrot oil into moist skin each morning before sun exposure.

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    Apply a sunscreen of at least SPF 30 (higher if you have pale, easily burnt skin) on top of the carrot oil.

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    Reapply sunscreen every two hours during sun exposure, and immediately after swimming.

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    Massage carrot oil all over the body every evening after sun exposure.

Tips and warnings

  • Once opened, store carrot oil away from direct sunshine and heat sources.
  • To avoid having to apply two separate products, look for high SPF, broad-spectrum sunscreen products formulated with carrot oil.
  • For safe tanning, the National Institutes of Health advises wearing protective clothing, staying in the shade and reapplying a sunscreen of at least SPF 30 every two hours when out in the sun and after swimming. Avoid sunbathing between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

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