UV Protection: 12 Non-Toxic Natural Oils That Act As A Partial Sunscreen Layer


UV from the sun can wreak havoc on skin. Over time, it can cause sunburns, wrinkles, premature aging, and cancer, and reduce immunity against infections.

Here are the natural oils which neutralize free radicals from the sun and from other sources, such as pollution, before they can cause damage leading to sagging, fine lines, and wrinkles.

12 Non-Toxic Natural Oils That Act As A Partial Sunscreen Layer

Coconut Oil
Inexpensive, easy to find and sweet smelling, coconut oil is a staple skin care products of traditional tropical societies all over the world. Worn when going out in the sun it provides a moderate level of protection against the sun’s rays.

Red Raspberry seed oil
Red raspberry oil is actually close to equivalent of the protection you would receive from Titanium Dioxide, found in most mineral sunscreens. The essential fatty acids and host of antioxidants in this oil are also great for other skin healing purposes including eczema and psoriasis. Red Raspberry Seed Oil protects against UVA & UVB rays.

Carrot Seed Oil
This rich oil is one of nature’s best skin guarding oils, providing a level of protection from the sun that matches high end commercial sunscreen products. Carrot seed oil is very concentrated and should be mixed with a carrier oil to create a highly effective natural sunscreen that can be used on a daily basis.

Almond Oil
Almond oil has a humble SPF of 5, but it can give your skin lots in terms of nourishment. Almond oil is rich in Vitamin E that keeps your skin soft and supple.

Olive Oil
The deep green-yellow color of cold pressed virgin olive oil is a sign of its natural sunscreen ability, as it provides medium level protection from UV rays. It was given a rating of SPF 8. Olive oil also contains a class of antioxidants known as polyphenols that help prevent age and environment related damage, including wrinkles and fine lines.

Other Oils with SPF 10 or Less

Macadamia Oil – SPF 6
Non-GMO Soybean Oil – SPF 10
Avocado Oil – 4 – 10
Shea Butter – 3 – 6
Sesame Seed Oil – SPF 4
Hemp Seed Oil – SPF 6
Jojoba Oil – SPF 4

Homemade Non-Toxic Coconut Oil Sunscreen Recipe


½ Cup coconut oil
½ cup shea butter
¼ cup jojoba oil
4 tbsp beeswax granules
4 tbsp zinc oxide powder
2 tsp red raspberry seed oil
Carrot seed essential oil
Essential oils of choice


-Melt your coconut oil, jojoba oil, beeswax, and shea butter together.
-Once the beeswax is melted, remove the mixture from the heat and let it cool to room temperature.
-Whisk in the zinc oxide at this point.
-Put the mixture into the fridge and using a stand mixer or hand mixer, whip the mixture.
-Drizzle in the red raspberry seed oil, carrot seed oil, and any essential oil.
-Continue whipping the mixture until it is light and fluffy.
-Use as you would regular sunscreen. Store in the fridge!

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Phyllis Bentley
I have 12 years’ experience in the medical industry. As a freelance writer, I have written a number of articles which have been published in highly read publications. I have a strong knowledge base in a range of medical and wellness topics and in the business of health care.
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