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At first thought, using natural oils as a sunscreen seems counterproductive. I won’t fault you if you think, “That sounds a little like I want to cook myself.” Lol. However, if you’re all about the natural life, you might want to consider utilizing natural oils as a sunscreen. You’re already using it on your hair. It’s time to bring the rest of you to the party.
First of all, before you go blocking out all the sun heading your way, you need vitamin D for healthy bones. It can be derived from food but mainly comes from the sun. Human tendency is to hide from the sun or sometimes, we live in an environment where there’s no sun most of the year, which usually leads to a vitamin D deficiency. Some sun is good but everything in moderation…
Moving on, you may have noticed in a lot of articles, I mentioned several oils that work as UV protectors on the hair against the sun. These same oils can be used on the skin as a sunscreen in much the same way. Here’s a nifty recipe I use in the summer:
Natural Sunscreen with Oils Recipe
- 1 tablespoon each of carrot oil and raspberry seed oil
- 2 tablespoons of virgin coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon of wheat germ oil
- 10 tablespoons of almond oil
- 10 drops of vitamin E oil
- Combine all the ingredients in a glass squeeze bottle.
- Shake well and your sunscreen is ready.
- This has an SPF level of about 10 – 15 taking into consideration degradation when exposed to light as well as other factors like how fresh the oil is.
- Apply generously over your body and very lightly on your face. You will need to reapply if you go for a swim.
All the natural oils used in this recipe are light and won’t clog your pores. Additionally, you should stay out of the sun during the middle of the day. If you plan to spend endless hours in the sun, you will need to use something with a little more oomph than SPF 15.
Should Sunscreen with Natural Oils Replace Commercial Sunscreens?
As I mentioned, the recipe above is within the SPF 10 – 15 range. For a higher SPF, you will need to look at commercial sunscreens. The Badger organic line is made from certified organic ingredients and contains no harmful additives:
Please note you should use homemade sunscreen in conjunction with the recommended commercial sunscreens for more effective protection.