Does tanning oil repel insects like bug spray?

Tanning oils blended with eucalyptus oil can possibly act as an insect repellent, particularly mosquitoes.

Eucalyptus oil has a function of opening the pores naturally. It is an essential oil that is readily absorbed by the skin when combined with other oils. It also helps other oils to also be absorbed, thus supporting in the process of moisturization.

The most effective tanning oils on the market contain dihydroxyacetone (DHA) as an active ingredient. DHA is a form of colorless sugar. DHD interacts with dead cells in the outermost layer of the epidermis.

As the chemical works into the dead skin, the color of the skin changes. The effects from tanning oils usually last up to 7 days. This is because the same dead skin that the DHA colors wears away.

As a matter of fact, the skin on a human body goes through the natural process of eliminating dead skin and developing new skin every 35 to 45 days. Find out more on how tanning oils work at

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