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Can You Really Replace Your Sunscreen With Coconut Oil?

Can You Really Replace Your Sunscreen With Coconut Oil?

We all have that one perfect friend who is literally an all-rounder (good at everything he/she does). Our long lost mate, coco a.k.a coconut. Yes, you read that right! We know that the benefits of coconut oil for skincare are numerous! But can we use coconut oil as sunscreen on our bodies? If you’re a follower of DIY skincare hacks, you may emphatically agree with it.

Believe it or not, a DIY sunscreen made from coconut oil will not offer a good, evenly distributed, verified Sun Protection Factor (SPF). If you think we are underestimating the amazing superpowers of coconut oil, this one’s for you.

Can You Use Coconut Oil As A Sunscreen?


According to some experts, the sun’s ultraviolet and infrared rays can cause a variety of skin illnesses, including pigmentation, sunburn, skin cancer, and skin ageing. We totally admit it. Let’s take a quick recap on SPF.

Basically, wearing sunscreen with a higher SPF of 50 will block around 98% of UVB radiation. Ohh! So, how effective is coconut oil as a sunscreen? Umm, pretty much if blended with other natural ingredients. But you may say that the study suggests that coconut oil can act as sun protection with SPF 7. Peeps, SPF 7 is not just enough to prevent UVB from damaging the skin (we ain’t yet considering UVA rays). Furthermore, sunscreen is one of the few personal care products regulated by the FDA.

3 Reasons You May Not Want To Use Coconut Oil As A Sunscreen

UV Rays Are Not Absorbed By Coconut Oil

Studies suggest that coconut oil has been found to be ineffective at blocking UV radiation. Yes, it’s true. And, aloe vera, citronella oil, canola oil, olive oil, and soybean have no power to protect your skin against harmful UVA and UVB rays. As a result, sunscreen containing these natural ingredients will fail to protect your skin from the harsh sun rays.

Coconut Oil Is Not Scientifically Tested & Verified As A Sunscreen

Hold on, girls. It has not yet been determined whether natural oils such as coconut have sufficient SPF. According to a study, sunscreen products are only released on the market after passing the SPF testing. Therefore, one should always buy sunscreen by looking at the SPF it will provide to your skin. What say?

It Does Not Absorb UV At The Right Wavelength

As per a recent study done by experts, only vitamin E-rich formulations are effective at absorbing UV rays. But only when the wavelength is less than 310 nanometers is this achievable. It cannot, however, block most UV rays. Sunlight’s UVB and UVA wavelengths are 290–400 nanometers (nm). And, coconut oil offers maximum absorption of UV radiation at a wavelength of 205 nm.

Now that you know why coconut oil cannot be your knight in armour, let us know which sunscreens you will reach out to keep sun damage at bay.

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17 May 2022

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