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June 02, 2023

IS IT SAFE TO USE COCONUT OIL AS A NATURAL SUNSCREEN?

New research from the Environmental Working Group shows that 75% of commercial sunscreens include harsh ingredients that are toxic to your skin and the environment, not to mention disrupt your hormones and are linked to skin cancer!!

You may have heard you can use coconut oil as a natural sun protection. And while that's not a myth, there's more to it than that.

Here’s everything you need to know before using coconut oil as a sunscreen:

  • Coconut oil has an SPF of 4-8 and can block 20% of the sun’s damaging rays 
  • Coconut oil is a great natural option for short periods of time in the sun, say going on a quick walk around your neighborhood.
  • We love coconut oil because we know it’s safe for our kids! 

If you want to use coconut oil as a natural skin protector, try Dignity's 100% Organic and Raw Coconut Oil. It's centrifuge-extracted process guarantees you're getting all the moisturizing and anti-inflammatory properties the coconut has to offer.

However, it's important to note that coconut oil should not be used as a primary skin protection, a replacement for sunscreen, or for longer periods of time in the sun! To keep your skin safe, the Skin Cancer Foundation recommends an SPF of at least 30. We prefer mineral sunscreens because they’re safer for our planet!

If you still want to incorporate coconut oil in your summer routing you can: 

Moisturizer: Because of its Medium Chain Fatty Acids, coconut oil is a great moisturizer that can repair dry skin- many swear by it to treat even the toughest eczema! Apply it on top of a layer of your sunscreen for extra moisture.

After-Sun Care: Coconut oil is a great remedy for soothing sunburns because it has anti-inflammatory properties that help soothe irritated skin and the Lauric Acid is anti microbial and prevents infections. Apply a thin layer to your sunburn after your skin has cooled. Be sure not to put it on a hot sunburn because the coconut oil could trap the heat making the burn worse.

Time to soak in those rays! ☀️

Shop Dignity's Raw Coconut Oil try use coconut oil to try these natural sun-remedies.




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