What You Need to Know for Fool Proof Sun Protection From Plant Oils
There has been a lot of chatter on the web lately about using coconut oil (and other oils) for sunscreens – amazing that plants actually have natural sun protection in them, isn’t it? We chose our Elena Beauté formulas with sun protection in mind and included oils that make sense to protect and beautify. As you choose products, keep in mind that natural oils are not all equal. However, there are a few things you should know before you slather on coconut oil and pop out into the sun. Not all oils’ Sun Protection Factor (SPF) are the same, and not all are strong enough for everyone.
For those choosing coconut oil to be their sun protection of choice, I would heed warning that the SPF factor ranges from 2 – 8 SFP (depending on the quality of oil). For dark skinned beauties, this might not be a big issue, but you should still be wary for anti-aging purposes. Fair skinned girls who burn in under 20 minutes with SPF 2 need to think about double protection. If we break it down, you will quickly see that not everyone can use this as an alternative for sunscreen; however, I have some more options for you below.
The Best Natural Oils for Sunscreen
If you’re looking to wear plain oil as your sunscreen of choice, we have some options below, in order of their sun protection value (raspberry, despite having lower SPF than carrot seed comes first because it takes care of UVA & UVB rays). Please have a look at the cautions at the bottom of this page before rushing out the store to buy oils. Our Elena Beauté products are all balanced with natural sunscreen oil, and we use these oils in many of our products.
Red Raspberry Seed Oil – SPF 28 – 50
This one is one of the most popular oils for SPF and can have a range of 28 – 50 (depending on the oil’s quality). Red raspberry oil is actually close to equivalent of the protection you would receive from Titanium Dioxide, found in most mineral sunscreens. The essential fatty acids and host of antioxidants in this oil are also great for other skin healing purposes including eczema and psoriasis. Red Raspberry Seed Oil protects against UVA & UVB rays.
Carrot Seed Oil – SPF 38 – 40
Carrot oil, which doubles as an antispetic is said to contain a high SPF factor when diluted with a carrier oil. According to a study published in “Pharmacognosy Magazine” in 2009, products containing carrot seed oil have a natural SPF of between 38 and 40.
Wheatgerm Oil – SPF 20
Wheatgerm is packed with vitamins and minerals – namely Vitamin E, K & B – so it also acts as free radical preventer while it protects you from the sun.
Other Oils with SPF 10 or Less
There are a host of other oils with lesser SPF factors, but may be adequate for some more bronzed babes.
- Macadamia Oil – SPF 6
- Non-GMO Soybean Oil – SPF 10
- Avocado Oil – 4 – 10 (can get as high as 15)
- Olive Oil – 2-8
- Shea Butter – 3 – 6
- Almond Oil – SPF 5
- Sesame Seed Oil – SPF 4
- Hemp Seed Oil – SPF 6
- Jojoba Oil – SPF 4
- Coconut Oil – SPF 2 – 8
In our opinion, sunny summer days require the most protection so we do recommend that you always increase your sunscreen protection. And… wear a beautiful full brimmed hat to keep the sun off your delicate skin.