Given my history with skin cancer and the subsequent Mohs surgery, I'm supposed to wear sunscreen every day. I HATE how traditional sunscreen feels so I have been looking for alternatives. I now have two favorite natural sunscreen oils that I use year-round. I know I'm not the only one who is trying to be better about their sun protection so I wanted to share these products with you. This post contains affiliate links. What that means is that if you purchase something by using the link in my post, I make a little money off of it.
The Natural Sunscreen I Use Daily
I found this sunscreen oil spray and natural sunblock with essential oils with SPF at a cute little natural beauty boutique in Laguna Beach. I had heard about sunscreen oils but had never had the chance to test them. I put a little of the Surf Mud Body Oil on my arm and loved how it felt! Plus my skin looked glowy! A little goes a long way but it felt awesome on my skin. This zinc sunscreen oil, by Eir, is the one that I try to wear daily. As with anything new, I've been trying to work it in to my routine and put it on right after my shower. This natural sunscreen only has SPF 15 which is great for the amount of time I'm in the sun on a normal day. The almond and coconut oils in this sunscreen oil each have a small amount of SPF. Paired with the zinc oxide, this oil is great for daily wear with light sun protection. It also includes other ingredients that are noted for protecting and soothing the skin. This one has a really mild smell, a bit earthy and mostly smells like a mix of oils. It won't fight against your perfume but provide a nice hit of moisture to your skin. Buy it here.On the days when I will be in the sun a little bit longer or it is a crazy hot day, I also add the sunscreen oil spray from Baiser. This one has several essential oils with SPF including red raspberry seed, carrot seed oil and lavender and give it a SPF 35. The organic ingredients make this a natural sunscreen that is easy to use, smells amazing and protects your skin from the sun. I was so happy to find a sunscreen that didn't smell like a pina colada. There's a time and a place for a pina colada. But I do not want to smell like one daily. Buy it here. These products are not inexpensive but a little bit goes a long way. I was willing to pay the price for the natural sunscreen because I felt like I would finally use something and protect my skin the way I should. They do take a little getting used to. At first, I was putting on way too much oil. And while it absorbs, it does remain a bit tacky for quite a while. But it is a different, more tolerable feeling from everyday sunscreen.I put on the sunscreen right after my shower. I pour a little bit in my hands, rub my hands together and then apply the oil to my arms, neck and chest area. I was a little worried about staining my clothes with the oil but I don't usually get dressed immediately out of the shower anyway. I haven't noticed any staining on my robe but it's something I will be careful of. When I use the natural sunscreen oil spray, I sometimes over do it. The first time I used it, I sprayed the back of my neck about 4 times and then realized I had oil dripping everywhere and my hair was a mess. One spray, then rubbed in, is fine for most areas. You could also spray it in to your hand and then rub on to direct the oil better. Because of the lavender in this spray, it smells super good and you don't even feel like you are putting on sunscreen. Which is exactly what I wanted! Also I would never use these oils on my face. I break out way too easy. Instead I use these daily sunscreens for my face.
If I was going to be at a park play date, I would probably take this with me to reapply. These are natural so they probably don't have the staying power of traditional sunscreen. And if I was going to spend a day at the beach, I would probably start with a layer of traditional sunscreen and bring both that and this essential oil spray to reapply. I love to be natural but I understand that sometimes science is needed to make sure we're getting the protection that I need. You may not feel that way, but that's how I'm rolling.
Have you ever tried a natural sunscreen oil?
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