As much as we need them to protect us from the harmful rays of the sun, not all sunscreens are that good for you. There are however, some products that are non-toxic ‘sunscreens’. Many plants have developed their own UV protection and it is the extracts or oils from these plants that can provide us with natural protection. The SPF ratings for these extracts and oils are not as high as synthetically produced products but they are safe for us and for the environment.
As in all things, the best approach to UVR protection is one of moderation:
- be responsible, limit the amount of time in the sun
- stay indoors in the most extreme UVR times of the day
- use clothing, hat and sunglasses as barrier protection as much as possible
- apply plant derived sunscreens to exposed skin
Natural plant oils and extracts and SPF
There are a number of natural ingredients that offer sun protection. They are:
- Red Raspberry Seed Oil – SPF Between 30 And 50 (Seriously!)
- Carrot Seed Oil – SPF 30
- Wheat Germ Oil – SPF 20
- Hazelnut Oil – SPF 15
- Coconut Oil – SPF 10
- Soybean Oil – SPF 10
- Shea Butter – SPF 6-10
- Macadamia Oil – SPF 6
- Hemp Seed Oil – SPF 6
- Jojoba Oil – SPF 4
- Rice Bran Oil – SPF 4
- Sesame Oil, Avocado Oil, Peanut Oil – SPF Between 4 And 10
Many of these extracts have other benefits besides UV protection. Because the nutrients in Hemp Seed Oil so closely resemble our body’s natural lipids, it is easily absorbed into our skin. It has natural anti-bacterial qualities and is one of the world’s richest sources of essential fatty acids, essential amino acids and other nutrients important for healthy keratin formation.
Although these plant extracts do not have high SPF, they do NOT interfere with the absorption of vitamin D like the synthetic chemical sun protection products. Plant extracts may also assist with cell repair.
A good “after sun” is Vitamin E – to help repair some of the damaged caused.
So, SPF it naturally!