Wild morning to you! Experimenting is always a fun pastime especially when it’s too hot to go outside. I’ve made my own tanning oil (that could serve as a mild sunscreen) and I prepared a list of natural oils with SPF levels that can serve as ingredients for a homemade sunscreen. Do natural oils contain an SPF level high enough to protect our skin sufficiently? Can natural oils substitute your usual sunscreen?
There has been some talk around the web on coconut oil (ok, a lot about coconut oil) and its SPF level. I found claims that coconut oil can serve as a sunscreen in itself; the same went for olive oil. That’s why I made a list of a top 10 natural oils that could be used as an ingredient in a natural homemade sunscreen. Below you’ll find the recipe for my homemade tanning oil.
Natural oils as a sunscreen
While there is a lot of debate on the Internet whether natural oils could be used as a commercial sunscreen substitute or not, I couldn’t really find a reason to believe one side or the other. I’m not sure I can decide that homemade sunscreen does the same as a tested mineral sunscreen. That is why I added supposedly next to every SPF factor. Keep in mind that it may not be the best option to keep your skin well-protected. I have not tried it myself; I must admit that I am still skeptical but I do have to say this: natural oils as a sunscreen or not, they are very beneficial for the body on the inside and on the outside.
Whether you want to choose natural oil as a sunscreen or not, it’s up to you. However, adding an avocado oil or a carrot seed oil to my beauty box is something I’m already working on.
1. Raspberry seed oil (supposedly SPF 28-50)
- Essential fatty acids (omega 3 and 6)
- Vitamin E (protects the cells from the damage of the free radicals)
- Polyphenols (can be found in red wine, green tea, and olives: they protect the skin from UV radiation and boost skin cell regeneration)
Get raspberry seed oil here.
2. Carrot seed oil (supposedly SPF 38-40)
- Contains high levels of vitamins A, E, and C
- Rich in antioxidants (beta-carotene)
- A natural anti-aging serum
- Rejuvenates and protects the skin
Get carrot seed oil here.
3. Wheat germ oil (supposedly SPF 20)
- A rich source of vitamins A, D, B-complex
- Vitamin E (free-radical protection)
- Loaded with antioxidants and fatty acids
- Rich source of minerals (magnesium, iron, potassium, phosphorus)
- Moisturizes and heals your skin
Get wheat germ oil here.
4. Macadamia oil (supposedly SPF 6)
- A rich source of vitamin A
- A good source of minerals (iron, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, copper, and zinc)
- A rich source of thiamin, riboflavin, niacin and folates
- Contains loads of antioxidants (polyphenols, amino acids)
- Rich in monounsaturated fats
- Contains high level of protein
- Slows down skin-aging process
- Prevents your hair from breaking
Get macadamia oil here.
5. Jojoba oil (supposedly SPF 4)
- A very rich source of vitamins E and B-complex
- A rich source of minerals such as zinc, copper, iodine, and selenium
- The antioxidants in jojoba oil regenerate skin and slow down the aging process
- Hydrates skin
- Anti-inflammatory and antiseptic
- Reduces wrinkles
- Reduces stretch marks
- Boosts hair growth
- Gives a natural and healthy shine to your hair
Get jojoba oil here.
6. Avocado oil (supposedly SPF 15)
- A rich source of vitamins A, E, and C.
- Contains a decent amount of magnesium, calcium, potassium, and iron
- Rich in antioxidants
- Contains monounsaturated fats (the good fats, I’ve covered avocado benefits in this post)
- Hydrates dry skin
- Helps with sunburns as well as with skin regeneration
- Works as a natural conditioner for hair
- Regulates hair growth and improves the circulation of the scalp
Get avocado oil here.
7. Shea butter (supposedly SPF 6-10)
- Rich in vitamins A, D, and E
- Great for skin rashes, scars, stretch marks, and burns
- Great for after-sun skin care (sunburns and tanning)
- Contains essential fatty acids
- Hydrates dry skin (great as a winter skin care)
- Anti-aging agent
- Soothes a dry scalp (no more itching!)
- A great hair and skin moisturizer
Get shea butter here.
8. Coconut oil (supposedly SPF 8-10)
- Contains high level of antioxidants
- Very moisturizing for dry skin
- Strengthens the roots of your hair and hydrates the hair, which results in shiny and strong hair
- Antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antifungal properties
- Helps with different skin disorders or injuries
- Great for dental health
- Boosts metabolism (if eaten)
Get coconut oil here.
9. Hemp seed oil (supposedly SPF 6)
- Rich source of vitamin E
- Packed with minerals: potassium, magnesium, iron, zinc, phosphorus
- High protein content
- A rich source of omega 3 fatty acid
- Rich source of polyunsaturated fats
- Regenerates the skin
- Great skin and hair moisturizer
- Boosts the immune system
Get hemp seed oil here.
10. Olive oil (supposedly SPF 2-8)
- Packed with antioxidants
- Rich in monounsaturated fats
- Aids with skin elasticity
- Helps with skin regeneration (in case of wounds and sunburns)
- Antiaging properties
- Hydrates the hair
Get olive oil here.
Homemade natural walnut and carrot tanning oil
First of all, I heard that with the help of carrots and walnuts, I could make my skin more tanned. That’s the reason I made this oil in the first place (budget!). So at this point, I’d rather call it a tanning oil than a homemade sunscreen, because I believe the SPF of this oil is about 5. And that is just too low.
My homemade tanning oil contains only 5 ingredients and DIY-ing has just never been this easy. You can even make it with only 3 ingredients if you’re feeling lazy; you can leave dried lavender petals and coconut oil.
Carrots are loaded with beta-carotene, which protects the skin from the UV rays and at the same time it is also a powerful antioxidant.
Walnuts are rich in vitamin E and healthy fats. This is just another antioxidant for a healthy skin.
Olive oil is rich in unsaturated fatty acids, vitamin A and E. It protects the skin from the sun.
Coconut oil also protects the skin from the sun and the free radicals: it contains antioxidants and fatty acids.
Tanning oil ingredients:
- 1 carrot, shredded
- 4 green walnuts, chopped
- ¼ cup olive oil (cold pressed, organic)
- ¼ cup coconut oil (cold pressed, organic)
- A few dried lavender petals (optional)
I chopped the walnuts, shredded the carrot and put everything in a jar. Then I added the lavender, which was in there mostly for the smell. I poured a mixture of olive oil and coconut oil over the ingredients, closed the lid and shook well.
I left the mixture on my terrace in a sunny spot for about a week, shaking it it daily. The color changed after a few days, turning darker and darker. After a week I strained the mixture, poured the so-called tanning oil into a clean dry jar. I now keep it in the bathroom but I never use this oil when the sun is at its strongest. I either apply it after my dry-brushing routine and shower in the morning or late afternoon if I go outside.
Do you use natural oils in your daily skin care?