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  • Coconut oil as sunscreen?

    I been hearing recently that coconut oil can be used as sunscreen. I wouldn't have thought that bc it's an oil and I equate that more with getting a tan.

    Has anyone here used coconut oil as a sunscreen? How well did it keep you from getting a sun burn?

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    Coconut Oil as Sunscreen? | The Nutrition Advisor, LLC / Michigan www.naturalnutritionadvisor.com

    Here's an article that should help.

    I've made some weak attempts at making my own but CO is just easier.
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    • #3
      Only blocks about 20% of UV light compared to say an SPF 15 sunscreen which blocks 94%... it's basically suntan oil.
      And great smelling suntan oil at that if you get the virgin.

      That said it would burn me the F up!
      Like roasting a LOBSTER.
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      • #4
        I don't think CO as sunscreen is good science, especially not for fair-skinned people.

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        • #5
          I am sure covering your body with anything will protect you from the sun, but I think if you're looking for a natural sunblock, mud is about the best there is.

          I know people who put CO on their skin, hair, etc. to make it softer, but I never heard of the sunscreen thing. I just eat it.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by AuroraB View Post
            Coconut Oil as Sunscreen? | The Nutrition Advisor, LLC / Michigan www.naturalnutritionadvisor.com

            Here's an article that should help.

            I've made some weak attempts at making my own but CO is just easier.
            This was interesting from that article...
            Coconut oil protects the body from sunburn and skin cancer without blocking the beneficial UV radiation. Coconut oil doesn’t rely on blocking out the sun’s rays, it works by preventing free-radical reactions which lead to all the consequences caused by overexposure to the sun. So the SPF number of coconut oil is meaningless.

            It also mentioned cod liver oil blocking 90% of the rays. hmmm...

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            • #7
              Originally posted by cori93437 View Post
              Only blocks about 20% of UV light compared to say an SPF 15 sunscreen which blocks 94%... it's basically suntan oil.
              And great smelling suntan oil at that if you get the virgin.

              That said it would burn me the F up!
              Like roasting a LOBSTER.
              Yeah, I need a bit more than what the coconut oil gives esp for my face. I went with the good ole zinc oxide today.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by cori93437 View Post
                Only blocks about 20% of UV light compared to say an SPF 15 sunscreen which blocks 94%... it's basically suntan oil.
                And great smelling suntan oil at that if you get the virgin.

                That said it would burn me the F up!
                Like roasting a LOBSTER.

                Coconut oil protects the body from sunburn and skin cancer without blocking the beneficial UV radiation. Coconut oil doesn’t rely on blocking out the sun’s rays, it works by preventing free-radical reactions which lead to all the consequences caused by overexposure to the sun. So the SPF number of coconut oil is meaningless.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by kenn View Post
                  So you'd be ok?
                  That's what I was trying to figure out... maybe somehow it still lets the rays in but you won't get the damage that a sunburn usually causes (which can lead to skin cancer). Or... that the sun burn won't be as bad? What the crap! I'm even more confused now! lol

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                  • #10
                    I put CO on regular burns to soothe them, so i think it would be the same for sunburn.

                    I only ever notice the sun burning me if my skin is dry. Could it just be acting as a supplement to your body's natural sebum? Something that just makes your natural defences more robust sounds good to me.

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                    • #11
                      Hmm, might be worth a try this weekend. I usually burn pretty easy but never use sunscreen so it'll be a fun experiment. Either way, I can always use more moisturizing when I'm in the sun.
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