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Natural sunscreen ingredients

Beauty is not only skin deep.

There are some important things you can forget as part of your skincare routine.

But the one you cannot is sunscreen.

Apparently, 90 per cent of visible skin changes associated with ageing are caused by UV.

With a flooded and complicated sunscreen market to navigate, it’s often difficult to choose a sunscreen.

That, coupled with the FDA’s latest findings, suggests many of the chemical sunscreens may be getting absorbed into the skin.

So what’s a sun worshipper to do?

The good news, there is a gentler answer to chemical-laden sunscreens, in the form of Mother Nature.

Natural sunscreen extracts

That’s right. In return, the sun provides energy for plants, releasing oils with SPF properties to protect themselves from the sun.

It is amazing that plants actually have natural sun protection in them. While we are advocates of all things natural, it is important to mention the below SPF levels are just a guide, please ensure you look at the cautions at the bottom of this page because not all SPF is created equally.

In this article on extracts with natural sunscreen, we dug a little deeper and looked at flavonoids and carotenoids, the powerful properties that give plants their photoprotective and antioxidant properties.

Carrot oil

This is extremely rich in Carotenoids, such as β‐carotene. It contains natural pigments that have many biological functions and health benefits. Carotenoids are also what give the carrot oil it’s lovely bright orange hue. These oils are extremely rich in antioxidants, dyes, and hormonal precursors and are essential to photosynthesis.

You can find lots of lovely carotenoids in Bio lipid complex – a gorgeous, rich oil that helps repair the skins barrier function, quenching damaging free radicals and warding off premature ageing.

Cupuacu seed butter

This is one of nature’s sunscreens that offers protection from both UVB and UVA rays.

Cupuacu has a large capacity for water absorption and prevents the evaporation of water loss through the skin tissue, making it a perfect ingredient for dry, dehydrated skin. It also has wonderful moisturising properties, helping to restore the skin’s own natural moisture.

This remarkable butter is also high in both Vitamin C, A, and Polyphenols, all of which contain potent antioxidants that help fight damaging free radicals, leading to premature ageing.

You can find this in our wonderful ceramide barrier repair balm, that brings true salvation to world-weary skin.

Grape seed oil

This oil has great natural sunscreen ingredients, protecting the skin against damaging UV rays.

It is also rich in Linolenic Acid, which helps to promote cellular repair.

Hemp seed oil

This oil has natural sunscreen ingredients and an SPF of 6.

Hemp seed is thought to resemble our body’s own natural oils, the molecular compounds found within this oil, is important for cellular growth, due to its large carbon and hydrogen content.

Macadamia oil

Macadamia nut oil is one of the best all-natural sunscreens; it is closely related to our skin’s own natural oil helping to lock in moisture, which gives it a slow absorption rate.

This, combined with its naturally occurring sun protection factor of 6, makes it a perfect oil forwarding of damaging UVA rays.

Mango butter

This is wonderful body butter, which offers natural sunscreen protection against UVB rays.

Olive oil

is packed with vitamins and minerals – with a natural SPF of around 7, it also acts as a free radical preventer while it protects you from the sun.

Jojoba oil

Our fortify barrier repair formula is a popular ingredient in many suntan products because jojoba is similar to our own sebum, oil into the skin. It has a natural SPF of between 4 and 6

Rice bran oil

Rich in vitamin E and omega 6, rice bran contains protective antioxidants that help protect against UVA Rays – it has an SPF of around 2

Red raspberry seed oil

A study looking into Raspberry Seed Oil concluded that “Raspberry seed oil showed absorbency in the UV-B range with potential for use as a broad-spectrum UV protectant.

One further study determined that Raspberry Seed Oil offers protection against both UVA and UVB. Tests concluded that the Raspberry Seed Oil under test had an SPF value of comparable effectiveness to titanium Oxide.

Raspberry oil contains vitamin E, omega 3 and 6, which have strong antioxidant properties, fighting against oxidative stress.

Shea butter

Lovely shea butter is one of the best natural sunscreen ingredients, due to its wonderful healing and moisturising properties offering a natural SPF of 4.

Sunflower oil

This is an excellent vitamin E source; it has wonderful moisturising properties due to its high levels of oleic acid.

Sunflower oil helps prevent moisture loss through the skin, so it is a great oil for rehydrating the skin and keeping moisture locked.

You can find sunflower oil in miracle cleanse, a wonderful oil to water formula that protects the skin as it cleanses, designed for even the most delicate skin types.


The excessive sun exposure, coupled with lack of sun protection represents one of the biggest risks to skin cancer and photoaging.

Whilst we love the natural SPF properties these botanicals provide, we are by no means suggesting you slather yourself in the above-mentioned botanicals and lay in the sun.

Determining the exact SPF factor of oil is difficult, especially given that natural botanical oils oxidize and lose some of their medicinal properties over time.  Many plants only protect against UVB rays and not UVA – the ageing ray you also need to be concerned about.

Our advice is to use caution and try to follow safe sun practices at all times.

When considering sunscreen opt for a well-formulated physical sunscreen that harnesses some of these wonderful botanical extracts.

We recommend Coola to our clients, they have a large range to choose from and are formulated with physical sunscreens – so as natural as they can be, considering they are sunscreen formulas.


3 thoughts on “Natural sunscreen ingredients

  1. Krista Joan Donaldson says:

    Thanks for this information. I have been getting into chemistry for the first time in my life. I am a 40 year old Garden Teacher. Your information is inspiring. I will go ahead and put the fresh pressed mac nut oil from my friend’s farm into my face cream recipe.

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