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Tanning with vegetable oil?

Question Posted Sunday April 17 2005, 1:45 pm

My friend told me that if you rub vegetable oil on your skin and then go outside and lay in the sun you'll get a really nice tan. Is this true? Has anyone ever tried it? Does it work?

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Additional info, added Sunday April 17 2005, 2:02 pm:
If I put on a low sun tan lotion first, and then the vegetable oil will it prevent me from getting a burn, but still give me a tan?.

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Erinn_the_bamf answered Sunday April 17 2005, 2:54 pm:
NO! And to your additiional info the answer is no. Any type of oil (except tanning oil, of course) will cause skin to burn terribly. It might cause skin cancer as well. Stay away from cooking oils.

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Karen answered Sunday April 17 2005, 2:46 pm:
Yes, when rubbing vegetable oil on your skin and then going outside, you will get a tan. I have tried it and it has worked for me. Putting any type of oil on your body such as baby oil, vegetable oil, or even tanning oil, well make you tan faster, since the sun's rays are attracted to oil.

Instead of using vegetable oil, I would suggest using a regular tanning oil that has a good SPF but will still make you tan. If you just go outside without any sunblock on and just tanning/vegetable oil, you will burn. Just use a tanning oil and that will give you a nice tan. If you want to use vegetable oil, then you can but you may burn but that will soon turn into a tan.

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sublime_burritos answered Sunday April 17 2005, 1:49 pm:
your friend is right, you'll definitely find evidence of the sun on your skin if you lay out covered in vegetable oil, or baby oil, or any sort of oil. That's why they make tanning oil, but they add sunscreen because with the sun baking you while you're covered in oil, you'll probably get pretty burned. So yes, it will work, but i'd recommend tanning oil with a low spf rather than vegetable oil so that you don't end up looking like a tomato. hope i helped! &hearts;

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