Gypsy Sisters suggest using motor oil to tan, household bleach to whiten teeth

Kayla from Gyspy Sisters uses motor oil as tanning lotion

Before the February 10 premiere of Gypsy Sisters, let it be known that advice from the ladies should be taken with a grain of salt. Case in point: During the season premiere, Kayla recommends slathering on motor oil for an extra deep sun tan.

I sincerely hope this goes without saying, but using motor oil as a tanning oil is not recommended by medical professionals. First of all, any tanning oil is dangerous. Because the oil is used to intensify the effects of UV rays, it also exacerbates the negative effects of UV rays. According to the Centers for Disease Control, this can change skin texture, cause the skin to age prematurely and can lead to skin cancer.

And, lest we forget, this isn’t just any tanning oil… It’s motor oil, which is intended for use inside of an engine, not on the human body. Using it to tan may result in UV-damage and some serious skin irritation.

Kayla from Gypsy Sisters

In her defense, Kayla (above), the motor oil fan, admitted the treatment may have downsides.

“I don’t think motor oil is, like, the safest thing to put on your skin,” she says on the show. “But it will give you one hell of a tan!”

But, don’t make a run to the auto parts store yet. Laura, another tan-loving gypsy sister, recommends mixing baby oil with iodine for tanning lotion. Although this is still dangerous, it is a bit more traditional: Before tanning oils were popular, many people made their own by combining iodine and baby oil. The baby oil acts to intensify the sun’s rays while the iodine gives the skin a nice oompa loompa hue.

Again, given today’s information about skin damage and melanoma, this method is not recommended. Instead, consider a safer alternatives to sun tanning, such as a spray tan. Or just accept your natural color! People aren’t supposed to be orange in the dead of winter (or ever)!

This isn’t the first time one of the girls has offered bad advice to the viewing audience: During the episode of My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding that featured the cast of Gypsy Sisters, Laura suggested a cheaper (and more dangerous) alternative to professional teeth whitening.

“You just take your toothbrush, wet it, pour you a little bleach up there,” Laura said before scrubbing her teeth with the dangerous chemical.

So, even though those methods of personal hygene aren’t safe to do, I think it is safe to say this will be a very entertaining season! Catch the season premiere of Gypsy Sisters on TLC on February 10 at 9/8c. Click here for photos and bios of all the “Stanley Sisters!

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  • alexstorm

    You forgot Mayonnaise, they use it to make their hair shine!!

    • kim

      mayonnaise isn’t dangerous though

      • Lily Darcey

        Only dangerous if you eat too much of it, because it’s high in cholesterol.

    • k

      Even though I think it’s gross(I don’t even like to eat it) I have heard of it being good for your hair. So at least she does something safe and known to help.

    • Lily Darcey

      In their case, they use it to make their hair extensions shine.

  • tab

    please, don’t warn them of the dangers! let them continue their stupidity and hopefully their whole clan will just die off.
    these people are the trashiest of trash.

    • Lia

      true. but they dont deserve to die!!!!

    • andiecohenn

      I feel the same way about the Kardashians.

    • Lily Darcey

      If they continue these dangerous practices, they will take themselves out of the gene pool anyway.

  • Maiko Higa

    I thought the vinegar and apples, cucumbers etc was interesting. But I didn’t like all the cake throwing lol.

  • savannah

    And this is what happens when you drop out of highschool to live in an RV and start popping out babies.

  • GypsyLove

    your trash for saying I hope they all die off… Wow! Your mother sure raised you right. Maybe you should be the one to go back to school. I think they are very different, and I reaspect their ways. Should never wish death upon no person. It makes you TRASHY!!!!!!!

    • sawj

      I agree with u and if u dont like the show dont watch it simple

  • nothingnicetosay

    wow you people are ignorant and disgusting, saying they should die? your momma raised you right maybe she shouldnt have kept living! and to the one who said they shouldnt have dropped out, they didnt. they all have diplomas and they homeschool their kids. just because they do this one weird thing(in your opinion) doesnt make them any lesser than you are.