Protect Your Summer Skin with Oil

The warm sun is here! I'll admit, I'm a sun lover and turn into a lizard sitting on a rock when it gets warm and sunny. But I've noticed too many rays can really tax my energy, hydration, and most of all, my skin.

As with all things, I'm always interested in a balance. I'm not willing to wear clothes and SPF every outdoor moment but I also don't intentionally lay out (ok, maybe a little).

Rafting down the Rogue River with a generous layer of oil on my arms and legs

One magical item I've added to soothe, protect, and hydrate my skin in the sun is oil. Did you know certain oils have natural SPF in them? Yep! And no, it's not baby oil. I'm not anti other sunblocks but I just can't help but love the multi-functional uses of carrier oils and how well they perform and have improved the quality of my skin texture and smoothness.

Before you run to the store to buy oil, these oils below may not be strong enough for every skin type or duration in the sun. Be cautious as you explore with natural sunscreen and keep a non-nano sized zinc oxide formula (non-nano meaning it doesn’t absorb into your skin) nearby. You can also mix them together. I currently have Badger Natural Mineral Sunscreen

Red raspberry seed oil is the only oil that protects against UVA and UVB rays. Most other plant oils only protect against UVB rays.

Carrier oils are a great option if you breakout with normal sunscreen. Oil won't irritate sensitive or problem skin types.

Oil performs like a barrier from toxins and germs. It is literally your skin shield. It also optimizes your immune system

You will burn less. Especially if you apply oil everyday before or after you shower. Hydrated skin is less likely to burn.

Apply enough oil for full, even coverage and allow a few minutes for it to soak in before going out in the sun. Reapply as needed.

Right now, I'm using a homemade oil blend made by a friend with red raspberry seed and carrot seed oil blend. Email Breta if you're interested in purchasing

Here is a similar product on Etsy Sun Acceptance

You can purchase carrier oils at your local health food store or co op or check out Mountain Rose Herbs