Can you use coconut oil as a sunscreen?
Always take care in the sun. Protect your skin and that of any children in your care.
Coconut oil can be used as a sunscreen. It has been used for centuries, especially by Pacific Islanders, as an effective way to block the damaging effects of UV radiation that we know can cause skin cancer. It is also used as an insect repellent!
However, if you do not come from a tropical island, then your peely-wally skin will most definitely need a higher SPF. And if you are a Tropical Islander then you know better than it sit out in the baking sun all day!
Coconut oil has a remarkable ability to protect the skin due to the large volume of antioxidants it contains. These antioxidants are easy absorbed into the skin due to the medium fatty acid chains that make up coconut oil. They are so important to combat any free radicals, that left to their own devices, could have a seriously damaging impact on the health of the skin.
Used properly, coconut oil can reduce sun burning – but so will staying out of the blazing sun!
Coconut oil can be used to care for sun exposed skin. It will help to heal burns and restore lost moisture into the skin. Supermodel Giselle Bundchen uses coconut oil to sooth and re-hydrate her skin after too much sun exposure.
Coconut oil is completely natural and does not contain any toxic chemicals that some sun creams can.
Always take care in the sun