Which Oils Have Natural SPF (Sun Protection Factor)?
Which oils provide protection for sun damage by restoring the skin after sun exposure?
Sun protection is always a subject of interest, especially at this time of the year. Many clients ask me what is the best Sun Block to use and wonder about natural sunscreen protection wanting to find a safe, natural product. The subject can be controversial and it’s my intention to remain neutral on the matter. It is not this article’s intention to advise on what to use or which natural SPF products are available in the market, nether tell you about my favourite ones (which of course I have!).
The only scope of this blog is to provide some information about vegetable oils that may have sun protection properties and bring light on some misconception.
If you would like to dive deeper, the study below attempted to investigate the sunscreens containing various herbs like aloe vera, jojoba, cucumber, wheat germ, olive etc for their efficacy in protecting skin from UVA and UVB sunrays. Commercial herbal sunscreens containing herbs aloe vera, basil, green tea, etc and bearing SPF range 10-40 coded as HS1- HS14, were analysed by subjective, photostability and other parameters evaluation Efficacy Study of Sunscreens Containing Various Herbs for Protecting Skin from UVA and UVB Sunrays
While few natural vegetable oils have some sun protection properties and have been traditionally used for this purpose, unfortunately there is very little literature or clinical studies to prove it, on the other hand there is very little evidence that chemical Sun Blocks don’t have harmful consequences, not only for your skin but also for your health.
Recent Swedish studies have shown that long term use of chemical Sun Blocks can possibly harm the health of its users while not actually providing protection from UVA rays. In this study, physical Sun Blocks such as Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide, are recommended over the chemically-based products. (https://www.aromantic.co.uk/home/products/sun-products.aspx.)
Another element of concern for many is the environmental pollution that these chemicals may cause. Again, a Swedish study by the International Coral Reef Initiative, has researched the damaging impact of sun screens on coral reefs (Impacts of sunscreens on coral reefs - International Coral Reef Initiative,
I think it’s important to find the right balance between protecting our own skin and looking after the environment we live in.
Of course, protecting our skin from excessive sun exposure is important and caution should be taken. In recent years we saw an increasing worry surrounding not only skin ageing related to sun exposure but also skin cancer. UV exposure can al