Oil..what a weird concept right? Whether its olive oil, coconut oil, rose oil, sunflower oil, etc-it’s still a strange greasy substance that reaps a plethora of benefits.
Did you know that oils are also a natural sunscreen? Some of which amount to 40 SPF! When I found out and looked up the facts, I was so mind blown. I mean who else grew up pouring oil onto your skin so you can fry in the sun?
I recently bought a body oil for $40 that basically consisted of olive oil, tangerine oil, and blood orange oil. Of course I am a sucker for anything natural, especially when I know the source it comes from-But $40 for a small bottle of body oil that will last me about a month seems a bit excessive. I decided to try it out and see if it really benefits me the way she sold me on it. So I’ve done some research to give you the best oils out there for your skin and how to use them.
Olive Oil: SPF 2-4
Contains a modest amount of Vitamins E and K along with powerful antioxidants that are biologically active to help fight serious diseases. It carries naturally anti-bacterial properties which help to kill harmful bacteria. Olive oil helps to relieve and sooth dry, itchy, or inflamed skin by penetrating and locking in moisture to your cells.
Raspberry Oil: SPF 28-50
Raspberry oil is packed with Vitamin E, and we all know that Vitamin E is magic for skin healing. It’s rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and is known to produce more anti-inflammatory functions then any other oil.
Carrot Oil: SPF 35-40
This is the oil with the highest amount of SPF in the game and very understated. It’s benefits are immense. Carrot oil is rich in antioxidants and has very good antiseptic properties. It also revitalizes and tones the skin, helping in cases of dermatitis, eczema and rashes. Topically, it can be used to detoxify the body and boost the production of red blood cells. Warning-due to it’s high stimulating effect, those who suffer with asthma or epilepsy should steer clear of it.
Macadamia Nut Oil: SPF 6
Macadamia is known as the” king of nuts” and its oil is known to have almost the same properties as sebum. Sebum is the oil produced by our sebaceous glands to protect the skin from dryness and in a way makes skin and hair waterproof.
It contains rich supplies of vitamin E, phosphorus, and potassium and contains a natural plant chemical called cinnamic acid which provides the SPF.
Avocado Oil: SPF 4-6
Unrefined, cold-pressed avocado oil does wonders for your skin due to its natural high proportions of mono-saturated fats, vitamins, and lecithin which provide a protective layer over the skin.
Coconut oil has an amazing ability to heal the skin and block damaging effects from UV radiation from the sun. It’s so high in antioxidants which help to prevent burning and oxidative damage that promote skin cancer. If you have sensitive skin, coconut oil is a good optional as a natural tanning oil.
Jojoba Oil: Somewhere around an SPF 4.
So technically this stuff isn’t really an oil but more so a liquid wax. 96% of the Jojoba Oil is made up of ceramides; ceramides act as a barrier that protects your skin and hair against external aggression. Think of ceramides as the glue that holds the fort together. Jojoba oil smoothes, protects and nourishes your skin. It naturally cures your pimples, oily skin, prevents premature aging, and strengthens eyelashes.
This oil is filled with benefits that have to do internal and external. 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.
AND THENNNNN there is ………..
Baby Oil: Basically no SPF
It may be good as a hydration to the skin, but in no way is it natural considering baby oil contains skincare cosmetic oil (fake stuff) with very little to no SPF in it. Stay away from this, and stick to the natural solutions. Almost 60% of store-bought sunscreens and consumer oils contain chemicals that disrupt hormones and that can cause cancer so it’s best to stick to the natural stuff.
Obviously your body consumes what is put onto your skin, and usually it’s the quick way to get the benefits into your blood system. All of these oils (at a safe amount) are NATURALLY great for you internally and externally. Hair, skin, nails, food, etc.
Please though, educate yourself completely on the benefits and risks before rubbing anything on your body. Know that no oil is created equally, so the range in SPF is broad and can vary depending on your skin type. Your skin is your biggest organ, so please be kind and protect it!