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What are the benefits of natural spf in my makeup?

By HERWriter Blogger January 19, 2015 - 11:12am
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I recently bought a tinted moisturizer that has "natural spf." What does this mean and is it better for my skin?

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HERWriter Guide

Great question, Amy! 

Natural spf's are generally oils.  These oils come from coconuts, raspberries, and nuts like almonds and macadamias.

But make sure you know what oils are used in your makeup. Coconut has little SPF (on average about SPF5) whereas carrot and raspberry oils have far better protection - from 20-50 SPF.

Depending on your skin type and your climate, buy accordingly.

These kinds of natural SPFs are a nice alternative to titanium dioxide or zinc oxide.  However, there is no scientific evidence as yet that a natural oil based on fruit or veg is better. 

Any of the above are better than chemicals like oxybenzone or octinxate - these are synthetics than are absorbed into the body, unlike titanium oxide or zinc oxide.

Make sure your sunscreen is paraben free. 


January 19, 2015 - 3:42pm
HERWriter Blogger (reply to Susan Cody)

This is awesome! Thank you!

January 19, 2015 - 4:11pm
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