Stag & Wolfe Natural Beauty

Coconut Oil and the Sun

 I have often heard and seen claims that coconut oil contains natural sunscreen, an added bonus to all the other health and cosmetic benefits of this luscious oil/butter for our skin! However as we all know it is EXTREMELY important that we adequately protect our skin from harmful UV radiation especially at this time of year, I wanted to check out the scientific evidence so that I can advice my customers properly when using our coconut oil and coconut oil bronzer and lip balms. The most useful information I found came from a paper published in Pharmacognosy Res. 2010 Jan-Feb; 2(1): 22–25.

doi: 10.4103/0974-8490.60586http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3140123/
The results of experiments found that out of several common natural oils, Coconut and Olive oil have the highest SPF factor of around 8. It is gratifying to know that the rumours therefore are actually true and these lovely ingredients do carry such useful additional protecting benefits. With the added proviso however that of course SPF 8 provides very LOW protection and therefore these products should only be used in conjunction WITH and NOT IN PLACE OF your normal sunscreen products.