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With summer upon us, you may be looking for a natural way to keep your skin protected from the sun. Well, look no further! Essential oils can be a safe and chemical-free way to keep your skin protected from the UV rays. Here are some tips on avoiding sunburn with essential oils.

Avoiding Sunburn with Essential Oils

Which Essential Oils to Use

There are a number of essential oils that can help protect your skin from the sun. Some of these include lavender, myrrh, Frankincense, sandalwood, Helichrysum, and carrot seed. All of these essential oils offer skin nourishing and healing properties, making them a great option for a DIY sunscreen.

For the most protection, you will want to make sure that you’re using only 100% pure, high-quality essential oils. This will help ensure that you’re getting maximum protection without additional or unexpected fillers.

Making a Homemade Sunscreen Using Essential Oils

Since essential oils are highly concentrated, it’s so important to make sure that you dilute them before applying to your skin. Not only will this help protect your skin, but it will also make it easier to evenly distribute your homemade sunscreen over every area you wish to keep protected from the sun.

To make a DIY sunscreen, you will first want to start with a base oil. Certain oils offer sun protection. Coconut oil is probably the most popular oil to use. You can also use jojoba oil, avocado oil, olive oil, or grape seed oil. Simply add between 10 to 30 drops of your essential oil of choice to about four ounces of the base oil you’re planning to use. You can also create a blend of several essential oils with a base oil if that better suits you.

Avoiding Sunburn with Essential Oils

Warning

Keep in mind that not all essential oils are safe to use in the sun. In fact, some essential oils can actually cause you to get sunburn or skin discoloration when they are exposed to UV rays from the sun or in tanning beds! You will want to avoid wearing citrus essential oils – such as lemon, lime, orange, and grapefruit – at all cost! In addition, you will also want to avoid using include cumin, bergamot, rue, and Angelica Root.

In addition, certain essential oils are not meant for topical use at all. Even when they are, you should also avoid applying them to damaged, broken or wounded skin. Be sure to do your research before using any essential oil on your skin and in the sun!  

These are just some tips on avoiding sunburn with essential oils! Whether you’re trying to avoid the chemicals in traditional sunscreen or you’re trying to lead a greener lifestyle, DIY essential oil sunscreen can be a great option for you!

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