Pick Your Poison! The Ultimate Guide to Sunscreen and Acne – Part 2

Svea

It’s sunscreen week!

This is another guest post from my amazing (and funny, and smart, and talented) skin care correspondent, Svea. In fact, her crazy knowledge of sunscreen and how it relates to acne has resulted in a post that was so epic, it needed to be broken down into three parts!

This is Part 2. Click here to read Part 1.

Also, check out Svea’s own blog here. Go. Do it.


Extremely High SPF-Factors are Highly Controversial

Today, we can buy sunscreens with factors 50+ up to 100 or more. Yet, these extremely high factors are not undisputed among experts. Here are some of the reasons:

SPF 20 absorbs around 95 percent of all UV rays. SPF 50 has a ratio of 98 percent of absorption. So you see, there is no significant difference in protective power!

Extremely high SPF-factors lull people into a false sense of security. People might want to extend their sun bathing sessions, but a longer time of exposure can easily provoke sunburns or chronic light damage.

Some sunscreens have a high UVB-protection rate, but don’t absorb the whole spectrum of UVA rays. That‘s why, during longer periods of exposure, the skin cells will inevitably be overloaded with UVA radiation. Skin aging, hyper-pigmentation or skin cancer are possible consequences.

To protect healthy skin from UV radiation, a sun protection factor of 30 is definitely sufficient. Even for sensitive skins, this type of protection should be enough – always assuming that the sunscreen has been applied correctly and that the time of exposure is not excessive! 

Yet, medical sun protection should be evaluated in a different way. There are a few indications which make the use of extremely high sun protection factors (50+) reasonable. These are: photodermatoses, protection of newly formed scar surfaces and pigment disorders such as hyper-pigmentation (chloasma) and vitiligo.

The Sun is Not Your Enemy

For years we have been told to cover up in the sun to cut the risk of getting skin cancer. But now it turns out that a little bit of sunshine on our body is actually good for us!

Sunshine boosts levels of serotonin, the body’s natural happy hormone. It causes vitamin D to be produced underneath the skin. That’s why we tend to feel happier and more energetic when the sun shines.

It boosts our immune system and is essential for absorbing calcium, keeping our bones healthy, and for protecting us against serious chronic diseases such as osteoporosis, diabetes and multiple sclerosis, reducing the risk of cancers and preventing cavities.

Yes, the sun can even help to keep your teeth strong!

In addition, sun exposure can help to heal acne, eczema or psoriasis. Regular and controlled sun exposure is often even prescribed for sufferers.

It enhances the immune system by increasing the count of white blood cells. It normalizes blood pressure, as well as blood sugar – very important for acne prevention! It can penetrate your pores and prevent infection from bacteria, yeast, and viruses, including those on your face. It can even improve digestion, making your healthy diet work even better for you!

Go out into the sun – without wearing any kind of sunblock – for between five and 15 minutes a day and at least three times a week, to boost your vitamin D levels before slapping on the sunscreen.

However, make sure you never burn!

Your skin starts to turn pink when you’ve been exposed to enough sunlight. It takes around half this time to produce vitamin D without damaging your skin (usually between 10-15 minutes between 10-11am and 3-4pm, depending on where you live). It takes black and Asian skin up to six times longer to produce vitamin D.

BUT: Never overdo your sun bathing break – burning and excessive exposure will increase the risk of skin cancer. Apply sunscreen (minimum SPF15) after your initial vitamin D boosting burst.

Pre-Tanning?

Let‘s go to the tanning salon just before the holidays! Lots of sun worshipers assume that this can protect them from a sunburn.

But whoever believes that, is playing with toxic lemons.

Artificial UV light has a different spectral composition compared to natural sunlight. That‘s why it won‘t help you to build up any protection against sunburn. In addition, each type of radiation is a risk for your skin.

“Pre-Tanning” is not only useless, but also dangerous! Have a look at those unconvincible hardcore “tanning victims”! If you treat your skin for decades with hours and hours of UV-radiation daily, your skin will obtain a leathery look on the long run. It‘s sad, but that‘s how it is. Think about it!

Sunscreen Tips

What are my recommendations for “safe” facial sunscreens for acne prone skin?

Below I listed a few, mostly non-nano zinc oxide based products, that seem to be the most “convincing” ones for acne-prone skin so far. At least to me! I tried them, and I didn’t break out.

That doesn’t have to mean anything, since everybody‘s skin reacts differently to different products, but fact is that these face screens are relatively light-weight and definitely free from silicones, mineral oil, parabens, formaldehyde and other weird chemical irritants. In addition, the white mask effect is very limited!

The only downside is that these products are designed to be moisturizers in the first place and are therefore not water-resistant – but far less pore clogging and easier to wash off! Make sure to reapply them after swimming!

You‘ll still have to try those or other (facial) sunscreens yourself. Some emulsifiers or film building agents might result slightly pore clogging, but only in some very rare cases – depending if you are sensitive to certain substances or not. Always ask for some samples before you buy anything and make a patch test to see how your skin reacts to these creams!

As a very light and emulsifier-free every-day protection alternative, you can try a zincoxide-based mineral foundation that does not contain nano-particles or bismuth (Lily Lolo or similar stuff), but BE CAREFUL! It certainly won‘t be enough for the summer months, the midday hours, a holiday, the beach, or a harbor tour!

If you find mineral foundation on its own too dehydrating, you can also blend some of it into your regular day moisturizer every morning, mixing it in the palms of your hands.

A good place to start searching for a relatively “harmless“ sunscreen that works for you, is the website of the Environmental Working Group, where you can find an updated sunscreen guide for 2012 and lots of additional information. I think, it’s worth to have a look at it, although titanium dioxide is rated with the same score as zinc oxide and a few chemical sunscreen agents (avobenzone or Mexoryl SX) are “accepted“. You‘ll still have to study the ingredients a little bit!

Click here to find a list of nano-free sunscreens (written in 2011). However, keep in mind, that not every sunscreen in this world has been tested! You can also download a free pdf file here.

If you want to know if there are potentially harmful substances in a sunscreen or other cosmetics you are interested in, you can check single ingredients and products here.

My Personal Sunscreen Tips:

1) DeVita Solar Protective Moisturizer – SPF 30+

This product has a lovely texture and contains organic aloe vera gel, only few and stable ingredients (no seed oils or essential oils) and no harmful chemicals. That‘s why it‘s a great option for the beach (even though it‘s “only“ a moisturizer and not water resistant. Make sure to reapply it every once in a while!).

It does not leave a white cast, is not oily and is next to scentless. Perfect? Well, almost. It‘s not easy to purchase outside the US! Grrrrrrrrrrrr!

In addition, on the internet, a handful of people seem to be complaining about getting watery eyes after applying this moisturizer to their face. I don‘t know, which ingredient could provoke this reaction (maybe one of the emulsifiers).However, most of those guys say that they get along very well with the body version instead: It‘s mild enough to be applied to the face as well (see body sunscreen tips)!

As far as I am concerned, I didn’t experience any problems at all with the facial version – so you‘ll still have to see yourself if your skin and eyes like it or not! So far, mine do.

  • Sunscreen agent: non-nano zinc oxide (micronized, average particle size: 240 nm)
  • Whitening effect: almost no whitening effect at all
  • Texture: fluid
  • Spreadability: easily spreadable
  • Emulsifiers: glyceryl stearate SE, stearic acid, lecithin phospholipid
  • Preservatives: vitamin E, grape seed extract
  • Scent: unscented
  • Ingredients: zinc oxide 19%, aloe barbadensis (certified organic aloe vera gel), purified water (aqua), capric/caprylic triglycerides (derived from coconut oil), glycerin (vegetable), hyaluronic acid (vegan source), glyceryl stearate SE (derived from vegetable oil), stearic acid, lecithin phospholipid, tocopherol (vitamin E), allantoin, vitis vinifera (grape) seed extract.

2) Marie Veronique Organics – Moisturizing Face Screen – SPF 30

Unfortunately this facial sunscreen is not available in Europe. I don‘t know about Asia, Australia, New Zealand and so on, but you can certainly buy it in the US.

It has a very pleasant and lightweight texture. The only emulsifier in it is lecithin, which is great for everyone who tends to have a sweaty feeling when using a cream with emulsifiers such as cetyl alcohol or cetearyl alcohol in it. The preservatives used are relatively harmless, free from formaldehyde and parabens, and well tolerated by most skin types.

I think this facial lotion is more suitable for girls (sorry, guys!), since it is slightly tinted to avoid the usual white cast effect of a mineral sunscreen.

The formulation contains a few essential oils, so stay away from it if you are sensitive to them. I emailed the company because I was a little skeptical about raspberry seed and sea buckthorn oil used in a sunscreen formulation, since many seed oils have a tendency to be phototoxic.

They sent me the following reply: “Red raspberry seed and sea buckthorn oil are not phototoxic at all. In fact, they provide natural UV protection and are very high in anti-oxidants.“ Also, they added some very interesting links:

Red raspberry seed oil
Sea buckthorn oil

  • Sunscreen agent: non-nano and non-micronized zinc oxide
  • Whitening effect: slightly tinted (to avoid the typical Geisha-look)
  • Texture: fluid
  • Spreadability: easily spreadable
  • Emulsifiers: lecithin
  • Preservatives: potassium sorbate and Cosmocil CQ
  • Scent: essential oils
  • Ingredients: camellia sinensis (green& white tea), non-nano zinc oxide, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba oil), prunus armeniaca (apricot kernel oil), limnanthes alba (meadowfoam seed oil), helianthus annuus (sunflower oil), emu oil, tocopherol (vitamin E), vegetable glycerin, elaesis guineensis (red palm oil), rubus idaeus (red raspberry seed oil), lecithin, potassium sorbate, allantoin, Cosmocil CQ, xanthan gum, mica, Hippophae rhamnoides (sea buckthorn oil), calodendrum capense (yangu oil), rosemarinus officinalis (rosemary oleoresin), pearl powder, daucus carota (carrot seed) essential oil, cistus incanus (cistus) essential oil, helichrysum italicum (helichrysum) essential oil, iron oxides, spirulina platensis (spirulina) (medium tint only).

3) Kimberly Sayer Ultra Light Organic Facial Moisturizer – SPF30

This sunscreen seems to be quite available worldwide.

It is extremely lightweight, sinks in quite well and doesn’t leave a white cast on my skin. It contains only few ingredients and is designed especially for acne prone and sensitive skin.

Yet, it contains essential oils. Personally, I don‘t react to essential oils, but I know that some people are sensitive to them. In particular, I was a little doubtful about lemon oil being an ingredient in a sunscreen: Essential oils – especially citrus oils – are easily prone to oxidation.

I got the following reply from the company: “All our essential oils are cold pressed so they absorb well below the surface of the skin. Lemon degreases the skin and also acts as an antiseptic by drying up spots and acne. There are a few drops per bottle and it doesn’t sit on the surface of the skin.“

Well, I must say, that didn’t completely kill my doubts! Maybe the small amount of lemon oil in it is indeed neglectable. One can get paranoid so easily! But I‘d still be skeptical to use it for sunbathing at the beach.

As far as their mineral sunblock formulation is concerned, they wrote: “We have never and will never use nano particles as they have toxic properties. We kettle steam our minerals, a method that allows the sunblock to be married to the base of our moisturizers. All our products are made in the USA, and we don‘t use Chinese ingredients.“

I think this simply means that they don‘t mix in any contaminated minerals. As far as the texture of this sunscreen is concerned, I must say that it‘s one of the best products I‘ve ever tried.

I didn’t dare to do a hardcore test on the beach (I don‘t like extreme sunbathing anyway), but I use it as a city sunscreen and it works! And I usually burn easily!

It still contains titanium dioxide and a small amount of emulsifying wax, hmmpppf! But I can buy it in Europe. One has to compromise!

  • Sunscreen agent: non-nano zinc oxide and non-nano titanium dioxide
  • Whitening effect: almost no whitening effect at all
  • Texture: fluid
  • Spreadability: easily spreadable
  • Emulsifiers: lecithin (main emulsifier) and plant derived emulsifying wax
  • Preservatives: vitamin E, benzyl alcohol
  • Scent: essential oils (lemon and eucalyptus), coconut oil
  • Ingredients: deionized water, zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, sunflower seed oil, lecithin, safflower seed oil, emulsifying wax (vegetable), glycerin, coconut oil, aloe vera leaf juice, sea algae extract, lemon oil, shea butter, green tea, jojoba seed oil, tocopheryl acetate (vitamin e), eucalyptus globulus leaf oil, xanthan gum (vegetable), benzyl alcohol (plant alcohol preservative).

4) Antipodes Immortal Moisturizer – SPF15

This moisturizer for sensitive skin is not as cosmetically elegant as the Devita or Kimberly Sayer sunscreens, but it feels a little more moisturizing.

I couldn’t find any further information about the type of zinc oxide used in this cream, so I contacted the company. They assured me that all their products are free from nano technology. We still have to believe what they tell us, but in this case the non-nano claims seem pretty reasonable since this moisturizer tends to leave a slightly white cast on my skin.

However, they didn’t specify if it‘s micronized or not. The efficacy of this sunscreen has been certified in New Zealand (NZS 2604:1998). However, this cream contains quite a cocktail of different (but mild) emulsifiers. I can use it every once in a while and feel good with it without having any problems. But it‘s no every day solution.

Phenoxyethanol (a preservative) can be an allergen for some people, but it‘s almost the last ingredient listed, so there isn‘t much of it in there.

  • Sunscreen agent: non-nano zinc oxide
  • Whitening effect: leaves a slightly white cast
  • Texture: creme
  • Spreadability: it‘s not that easy to spread – I have to warm it a little bit in the palms of my hands before gently “massaging“ it punctually into my skin. It takes a little time to apply properly.
  • Emulsifiers: polyhydroxystearic acid and isostrearic acid, cetearyl glucoside, coco glucoside, cetearyl alcohol, glyceryl stearate
  • Preservatives: phenoxyethanol (can be an allergen for some people), vitamin E
  • Scent: unscented
  • Ingredients: aqua (water), zinc oxide and caprylic capric triglyceride, polyhydroxystearic acid and isostrearic acid, prunus dulcis (sweet almond oil), prunus ameniaca (apricot oil), glycerine, cetearyl glucoside, coco glucoside, bisabolol, cetearyl alcohol, glyceryl stearate, butyl hydroxyl, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba oil), vitis vinifera and actinidia chinensis (vinanza grape and kiwi extract), hyaluronic acid, rubus idaeus (rasberry seed oil), punica granatum (pomegranate extract), gandoderma lucidum (reishi mushroom), xanthan gum, ethylhexyl glycerin, phenoxyethanol, vitamin E.

… Okay! That’s enough for Day 2 of Sunscreen Week. Tune in on Friday for the final installment of this series. You can look forward to Svea’s recommendations for safe body sunscreens, and her final tips. 


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Comments

  1. Lily says

    Awesome article, Svea!

    My own sunscreen choice is Badger SPF 30+ Baby Sunscreen, available in both the US and Europe. It’s water resistant and I really liked it because of its ingredients, which don’t spell trouble for sensitive skin: non-nano zinc oxide, extra virgin olive oil, beeswax, shea butter, cocoa butter, jojoba oil, tocopherol (vit E), essential oil of roman chamomile, CO2 extracts of calendula and seabuckthorn.

    I think the beeswax and butters are comedogenic for some, but it hasn’t caused me any breakouts. Another downside is you have to really spread it to reduce the whiteness. But hey, I don’t mind, it’s like having a sunscreen and concealer 2-in-1!

    • says

      Ahaha! Yeah, I’m using Badger as well every time I’m going to the beach! :D

      It’s one of the most secure choices! And I don‘t burn!

      That’s why I reviewed 3 different types of Badger sunscreens in the final part of my article (on Friday)! I recommend them as a body sunscreen because of the slightly occlusive effect of beeswax and shea/cacao butter (you mentioned it!).

      Personally, I prefer these few and simple ingredients to many emulsifier based formulations: My skin tends to freak out if I apply too many emulsifiers on a regular basis!

  2. Laura says

    Have you looked at Suntegrity sunscreens? I was looking at the face specific one.

    Thanks for the info!

    Laura

    • says

      Hi Laura,

      no, I reviewed only 4 sunscreens I’ve actually tested myself. The sunscreen you mentioned, seems to be available only in the US. Unfortunately, I can’t get my hands on these oversea products that easily any more – I’m installed in Europe!

      However, the ingredients seem to be quite okay, especially if you don’t have any problems with emulsifiers (there are quite a number of them in there). That’s another reason why I wouldn’t try it. But that’s just me!

      It also contains a silicone/siloxane that functions as an emulsifier and delivery agent (even if they say it’s mineral derived: (cetyl) dimethicone). If you tend to break out using a cream with silicone in it, choose another product.

      Here are some good points: no titanium dioxide, zinc-oxide based, no nano-particles (as it seems) – and all sunscreens contain aloe vera, green tea extract and astaxanthin.

      The face and/or body formulations seem to be quite similar (and interchangeable): I don’t see any reason why you couldn’t use the body screens for your face as well! Personally, I’d avoid the most pricey one containing essential citrus oils (you can choose!).

      Lots of love!

  3. Anne says

    Hi Svea,
    Thank you, thank you, thank you for such amazing informative info. on sunscreen!!!
    I’ve been trying to make the switch over to more organic natural skincare, but it has not been easy – a lot of trial and error.
    Anyways, I would just like to know what your thoughts are on the La Roche Posay “dermatologist tested” sunscreens. The one I’ve been using for the past couple of years is LRP Anthelios XL. It’s not the greatest but it’s better than most of the other drugstore brands.
    Thanks again,
    Anne

    • says

      Hi Anne!

      :D :D :D

      Yes, La Roche Posay isn’t the best sunscreen in the world, but it isn’t even the worst!

      However, it contains a whole lot of silicones (dimethicone, cyclopentasiloxane, dimethiconol), parabens (butylparaben, methylparaben) and a handful of chemical filters (butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane, octocrylene) combined with titanium dioxide: that’s quite a cocktail of different chemicals!

      If you really can’t bear to wear a mineral sunscreen, because LRP feels light and pleasant in comparison to most zinc oxide based product (which can be odd and pasty at times), try at least to avoid those 50+ SPF factors! As I wrote in my article, a factor of 30 is not so much less protective than a factor of 50 or higher, but far less chemical loaded!

      And after sun exposure, try to wash off that sunscreen as soon as you can!

      In the meantime, get yourself some samples of a few non-nano and paraben-free mineral sunscreens and try to test them for a few weeks under your chin to see, how you react to those products! If everything is fine and you don‘t break out, switch over to a more natural sunscreen!

      I hope this helps you a little bit! Thanks for stopping by! :D

  4. Yuriy says

    Great article! I was gonna ask you about your favorites but they’re here :) Quick question about DeVita Solar spf 30 (the face one) What does hyaluronic acid do exactly and is it okay to use on the face everyday??

    Thanks :)
    Yuriy

    • says

      Hyaluronic acid is used as a moisturizing agent, a skin-conditioning agent and a viscosity increasing agent in cosmetic products. In this case, it’s plant derived (DeVita is a vegan skin-care line). In other products, however, it may also be derived from animals.

      It’s a substance that is naturally present in the human body and is found in the highest concentrations in fluids in the eyes and joints.

      It’s a mild and harmless ingredient that is even supported by the most sensitive skin types, so: Yes, it’s okay to use it on your face on a daily basis!

  5. jenet says

    I’m sooo glad I found this article! I’m a 45 year old African-American woman allergic to chemical sunblock ingredients. Also, I have oily skin. Trying to find an oil-free moisturizer with natural sunscreen that didn’t make me look like an extra from the Walking Dead has been like trying to pick the winning lottery numbers. I did find one by Mario Bedescu that I’ve been using but recently discovered the evils of titanium dioxide and looking to change. I’ll give the DeVita one a try. Thank you for sharing your knowledge!

    • says

      Hi Jenet,

      thank you so much for your sweet comment! :D

      I hope the Devita sunscreen will be okay for you. The problem is that physical sunscreens always have a bit of a “whitening” effect, although the Devita one makes it far less noticeable than other brands. Moreover, it‘s not possible to find a natural sunscreen that is completely oil free (zinc oxide always has to be dissolved in oil). But at least now there are a few products that feel much lighter on the skin and are far less pasty.

      Just an idea: Have you ever tried to mix some darker mineral foundation into your sunscreen? Or to use mineral foundation as an every-day-sunscreen alternative?

  6. says

    This is a fab article and such in-depth reviews on the sunscreens – thank you!

    I’ve been using 100% Pure’s argan oil SPF 30 moisturiser under a bb cream and so far no break outs, my skin isn’t greasy and it’s easy to put on and blend in.

    The Love Vitamin has been instrumental in my journey to healing my acne and becoming serious about finding better natural options for my skin and body. I’m so grateful for websites like this that share valuable information and made me appreciate having the problem in the first place because it’s led me to better health and love for myself.

    • Tracy says

      That’s lovely to hear Anne-Marie :) I’m glad to hear that you have found the positive in having this problem! It takes maturity to do that, for sure

  7. Leora says

    Thank you so much for this post! So informative :)
    I live in US-LA.. Tracy usually puts the links on where we can purchase the products would you be able to tell me where/what web sight I can get the sunscreens you recommended..
    My problem is clogged pores so just want to know if theres any in specific you recommend from those 4 that would be better /not make worse/help for my clogged pores ..

    Thank you !!!

  8. Leora says

    Thank you so much for your response Sevea!
    I will definitely do some more research and look into those.
    I’ve read that you can use a certain mineral to make your own sunscreen … this might have been in the 1st post about sunscreen.. is it the zinc mineral? but it said it would be more pasty.. I wanted to know if there is alternative, one thing.. that can protect us from the sun as well or we would actually have to buy the pre-made natural sunscreens…

    I’m also going crazy about my clogged pores.. ( i think thats what its called) Its basically these tiny bump dots that are flesh colored under my skin :( is there anything you recommend for that? you have any idea how to get rid of them?

    Also do you have your own blog? I would love to check it out!

  9. AnnB says

    Hi Tracy! I love your blog and have started my journey to more natural skin care and many other life style changes for skin and health reasons but anyways on to my question.. I live in Hawaii and am super white and already have sun damage on my face. Every sunscreen natural or not that I have used has resulted in huge breakouts! So my question is what do you think about using hemp seed oil, red raspberry seed oil, carrot seed oil or shea butter for sunscreen? Do you know where I can find a comedogenic chart on those oils? My naturopathic doctor had recommended using shea butter..I haven’t tried it yet I am a little scared. I have read that red raspberry seed and carrot seed oil have high SPF but can’t find anything much on if it might cause acne. I would appreciate any suggestions I am in the sun a lot and burn easy! Thanks!

    • Tracy says

      Hi AnnB,

      Well you might be luck… there’s this strong antioxidant supplement called astaxanthin that apparently gives mega skin protection as a natural internal sunscreen. And it has a bunch of other health benefits too, so it might even have a positive effect on acne itself, who knows. I read up about it before summer and was going to order some but I just didn’t for some reason… but I actually just bought a bottle to try and I’m really excited about it. Read about it here: http://butterbeliever.com/the-most-potent-antioxidant-on-the-planet/

      http://amzn.to/13Hpodv <– this is the one I bought. According to Butter Believer, she only takes one per day of the 4 mg capsules… 120 in a bottle, so it’s actually pretty cost effective.

      • AnnB says

        I read also that the fermented cod liver oil that you wrote about on your blog was also good for building up your resistance to sunburns. Do you know if one is better than the other? Even if I take a supplement so I am less likely to burn I would still need something topical for the longer days in the sun or when I am in the water and can’t wear a hat. What do you think of using one of the oils I mentioned or shea butter just by themselves? I guess it would just be a matter of trail and error huh? I am just afraid of the error part haha! Thanks!

        • Tracy says

          Yes it will (and I’ve experienced increased sun protection just from eating a better diet/eating more stable fats and Omega 3s), but from what I hear, this astaxanthin one is the ultimate internal sunscreen.

          The oils you mentioned, I don’t know if they cause acne or not… it’s such a case by case thing anyway. But actually, I did recently hear from Fran Kerr that organic hemp seed oil is pretty unreal for treating acne, so I guess I would say that’s the one to try

          • says

            Hi AnnB,

            I agree with Tracy that eating a clean diet without sugar and transfats already helps a lot.

            The information about astaxanthin is correct, but please be careful if you are taking other hormone “correcting” supplements such as vitex or DIM (estroblock). Astaxanthin can interact with medications and hormones:
            http://we-help-each-other.org/astaxanthin-side-effects/

            Oils usually don’t have a very high SPF factor (shea butter is only around 6, for example) and you’d have to use tons of them to have at least a little protective effect. Hemp seed oil is great for certain types of acne and oily skin, but it’s not sun-stable at all. You should use it at night only. Coconut oil might make your skin a little more resistant to free radicals, but it’s NO sunscreen, so please take care.

            Try to avoid the peak hours (around midday) and wear a widebrimmed hat and big sun glasses. If you want to go swimming, try to do it in the morning (until 10am) and late afternoon only.

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