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Natural Oils That Contain SPF


Sunscreen Vs Natural Oils

I always found it odd that we use carcinogens to avoid getting sunburnt, in order to avoid cancer. The logic is flawed. But I also know that getting sunburnt is a real risk and one needs to take precautions in order to avoid it. In an ideal world there would be a tested, reliable sunscreen that was made with all natural ingredients and that didn’t contain numerous toxins and carcinogens. But these items are few and far between, and the ones I have found contain ingredients that I’m sensitive to, like bees wax and corn.

Over the last five years I’ve probably read the label on a few dozen different types of sunscreen and I’ve yet to find even one that I could use. Between the synthetic chemicals and bees wax sensitivity, it’s just not an option for me. Even the ones labeled “all natural” or “organic” often contain toxins. So instead, I’ve done a lot of homework on natural oils that contain SPF in order to protect myself. This is what I’ve found.

There’s a lot of controversy over whether using natural oils instead of sunscreen is a good idea at all. I can’t really weigh in on that. Instead, I advise you to educate yourself and make your own decision. And if you decide to try one out, test it slowly (Don’t go on a beach vacation with a jar of coconut oil and then get upset when you end up looking like a lobster).

What works for one person doesn’t necessarily work for another. I have dark skin and tan very easily. When I do burn, it lasts for just a few hours before turning into a radiant glow. I’ve spent most of my life outside playing in the sun and can count the number of times I’ve been burnt on one hand. I have friends who practically glow in the dark. As you can imagine, we have different SPF needs.

Natural Oils That Contain SPF

There are a number of natural oils that contain SPF. Here’s a list of the most commonly used ones and the estimated SPF factors available on the interweb. .

Raspberry Seed Oil | lEstimated SPF 28-50

Carrot Seed Oil | Estimated SPF 38-40

Avocado Oil | Estimated SPF 4-15

Coconut Oil | Estimated SPF 2-8

Almond Oil | SPF 5

Aloe | Estimated SPF 19

Tips For Using Natural Oils As Sunscreen

If you decide to try out a natural oil as your sun protection, make sure to purchase cold-presssed oils. Raspberry Seed and Carrot Seed oil are also known to be less greasy, so they may feel better on your skin.

Always do a patch test before applying a new oil to your body.

Mix and match until you find a recipe that works for you.

Please remember, I’m not a doctor, or a scientist, and there really haven’t been any studies to back the effectiveness of using natural oils as a sunscreen (where’s the money in that?). If you decide to use a natural oil for sun protection, you do so at your own risk.

Is there another all natural oil that you like to use for sun protection? I’d love to know!


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