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Using Natural Oils With SPF as Sunscreen

Using Natural Oils With SPF as Sunscreen

Using Natural Oils With SPF as Sunscreen

Let me first give my disclaimer… I do not advise completely forgoing over-the-counter sunscreen especially for days out in the sun. This is the best way to ensure you’re receiving the listed SPF.  Many of these natural oil have small sun protection factors or SPF that are used to enhance the formulas of commonly known sunscreens.

If you’re a beauty DIY’er like me, you can use any combination of these oils and pure zinc oxide for your own sunscreen for extra protection. My favorite combo is shea butter and aloe vera gel or a mix of coconut & olive oil as a light non-comedogenic facial moisturizer with SPF.

  • red raspbery seed oil (spf 30 to 50)
  • carrot seed oil (spf 30)
  • wheat germ oil (spf 20)
  • hazelnut oil (rumored spf 15; widely used in natural sunscreens)
  • soybean oil (spf 10)
  • shea butter (spf 10)
  • olive oil (spf 7)
  • macadamia nut oil (spf 6)
  • castor oil (spf 6)
  • almond oil (spf 5)
  • jojoba oil (spf 4)
  • unrefined avocado oil (spf 4 to 15)

Sources

Efficacy Study of Sunscreens Containing Various Herbs for Pro­tecting Skin from UVA and UVB Sunrays

SPF of Herbal Oils

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