Careful Before You Use Coconut Oil to Tan Your Skin
Learn What Experts Say About This Oil’s Effectiveness at Skin Protection
Take Your Sun Protection Seriously
All it takes to get a tan is to spend a little time out in the sun. Many people say that so long as you have sunscreen on, you can tan just fine. Now maybe you’ve seen all of the posts recommending that you turn to natural skin protecting products like coconut oil. It’s understandable, the 2009 journal article from the Pharmacognosy Research Journal found coconut oil to contain some sun protection factor. A closer look at the research, however, shows that coconut oil may not be as effective as you've been led to believe. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends a protective SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of 30 or higher for the adequate blockage of the penetration of skin harming UV rays as well as burning. This research notes coconut oil’s SPF as only 7, a paltry amount of protection compared to recommended standards.
If you’re going to be out tanning and sun protection is important to you, then you really don’t want to be wearing coconut oil, because it won’t stop you from getting sunburnt, or even afflicted by dangerous skin conditions like cancer. In short, tanning with coconut oil is probably a bad idea.
Can you Use Coconut Oil Safely?
If it can't be used as a sunscreen because it is dangerous, then you must be wondering if there's a safe way to incorporate it into your skincare routine at all. The answer is yes, so long as you follow these simple guidelines.
- Use it as a first step cleansing wash.
Did you know that coconut oil is actually incredibly effective at removing dirt and makeup from the skin as the first of a double cleansing routine? Celebrity facialist Cecilia Wong finds it effective for cleansing without robbing your skin of its natural oils. It’s antibacterial and antifungal properties also make it a great germ and bacteria fighter, purifying your skin surface too. Apply it over your face and then use a steamed/ damp towel to wipe everything off after a few minutes.
- Never apply it, no acne troubled skin.
If you have acne troubled or generally oily skin, don’t use coconut oil on your face. Skin Resource creator Dr. Paul Dean describes coconut oil as having a high comedogenic rating, meaning that it’s very likely to clog your pores. If you struggle with acne, coconut oil on your skin will probably worsen it, so avoid it altogether
- Mix it in with your moisturizer if your skin is dry
If your skin is notoriously dry, on the other hand, coconut oil may be a blessing. Silver Mirror esthetician Suzanne Audley describes coconut oil as great for dry and normal skin since it can be very hydrating. This is no doubt thanks to its ability to rebuild your moisture barrier, trapping it all in so that it doesn't escape. Mix a little into your moisturizer tub, and your skin will appreciate it.
What Do You Do for Sun Protection Then?
We’ve ruled out coconut oil as a sun protector, so here are practical ways to effectively shield your skin from the harsh effects of the sun.
- Wear sunscreen every day, and make sure that its SPF rating is 30 or higher. If you’ll be in the sun for most of your time out, then remember to reapply sunscreen every few hours.
- Always prefer the shade. Direct sunlight can have that burning effect on your skin, so if you can, try to shield yourself under shade. You can be indoors or carry an umbrella, whichever is most convenient.
- Dress in covering clothes to shield your skin from direct sunlight. This includes long-sleeved shirts, pants, long dresses, sunglasses, and hats.
Coconut oil may not be effective as a sun protector for tanning, but it can prove useful to you depending on your particular skin type. A little knowledge should make your experience with coconut oil much more beneficial.
pre + post Halloween-Makeup skincare routine
Hi!! With halloween around the corner and face paints and heavy makeup inevitable, I wanted to share some products that I think would be helpful to making sure your skin stays safe and protected under makeup, and things to do post makeup to minimize irritation and acne. Besides your normal routine, here are some things you can add! Obviously I don’t suggest adding all these things in one day, but if you have some of these and you know they work for you, try it out! My skin type: sensitive, acne-prone, rosacea, combo My skin concern: redness, hyperpigmentation Pre Halloween Skincare: + FARMACY - Honey Potion Renewing Antioxidant Hydration Mask this is one of my favorite hydrating masks; it has a warming effect and it’s very healing. The antioxidants can protect from free radicals and provide a quick moisture barrier recovery. Use it very lightly and it washes off SO well. Smells a bit like honey. + FARMACY - Deep Sweep this toner is absolutely heavenly, it’s great for preparing your skin for incoming acne and clearing up oily skin and extra sebum. Not a lot of fragrance, which is great. This is perfect for halloween because salicylic acid is a bit photosensitive, but at night time there and under masks there is very little that could go wrong in that sense. + #Romer - Treatment[products]#[FourStars] this product is fairly new to me, but I am very excited about it. It’s a moisturizer/treatment combo, so you can leave it on or wash it off as a mask. I prefer to leave it on; it’s very soothing and rich, so it hydrates my skin so well. Smells very fresh and also a bit like fruit! It’s made with niacinamide and prickly pear, so it’s nourishing as well as a little clarifying. Post Halloween Skincare: + PLANT APOTHECARY - Not A Spot Acne Treatment Mask you know how you can FEEL acne coming after a long day of wearing makeup or sweating or whatever? This mask is perfect for it! I usually use this as a spot treatment unless my skin is really bad - it can be drying on normal or dry skin. If you’re oily or combo, just use sparingly. It’s a powder so you have to follow the directions and mix it with water (or your favorite serum or essence or toner), I usually just do water, and then it’s like a paste! Not much of a smell, but I do like the gentleness of it. + SNP - Cicaronic Sheet Mask after acne masks or clay masks, I like to follow up with a hydrating sheet mask to soothe and calm my skin. This one is perfect - made with centella asiatica aka cica - and the sheet mask actually fits my face for the first time ever! This will add some hydration back into your skin post acne/clay mask and prep for the rest of your routine. Smells like fresh cut grass!
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Hey there! There have been numerous skincare trends that have been going viral this year. Although just because it’s trendy, doesn’t mean it’s effective. ☆ ANTI-POLLUTION If you live in a city, you’re likely exposed to all types of pollution such as free radicals, UV exhaust fumes and even blue light screens are part of the problem (source: HuffPost). I live in San Francisco, CA and definitely deal with the issues mentioned above especially pre-covid. Studies have shown that those who live in larger cities age faster than their suburban counterparts and there is a correlation between air pollution and suffering from skin problems. DE’s D-bronzi and c-firma claim to fight against these issues. •C-Firma contains 15% l-absorbing acid and 1% Vitamin E which create a hardworking complex that help neutralize pollution and environmental stressors (source: byrdie). This product is one of my HG and I use this religiously. I have seen improvements regarding scars and hyperpigmentation and I think the anti-pollution effect is just a bonus •D-Bronzi contains raw cocoa powder which mimic the antioxidant benefits of vitamin D without the damaging effects of UV rays. I am not convinced this will do more than your typical tinted moisturizer with skincare ingredients. However I do love this product especially during the summer time. This also help me darken my foundation needed. • I love how my favorite skincare products contain anti-pollution protection, but I’m not convinced simply because there hasn’t been enough research. I wouldn’t go out of my way to buy products specifically for anti-pollution purposes. ☆ANTI BLUE LIGHT •My tinted sunscreen from Elta MD contains ingredients that can potentially protect the skin from blue light damage. •I honestly don’t agree with the anti- blue light hype. Research show that dermatologists are not fully convinced that blue light protection products will do more than a mineral sunscreen with a strong dose of iron oxide. ☆ NIACINAMIDE + HYALURONIC ACID •Both of elta and supergoop sunscreens I own contain Niacinamide and hyaluronic acid. •HA has been proven to plump, moisturize the skin and niacinamide has a ton of benefits to the skin. It strengthens the skin’s barrier allowing it to hold moisture better for prolong hydration •I am on board with the HA and niacinamide trend. Research shows that both of these ingredients are beneficial to the skin. Long story short, I am not on board with anti-pollution and anti- blue light skincare products simply because not enough research has been done. However, skincare products that contain hyaluronic acid and niacinamide is a different story! I believe those two ingredients are definitely worth the hype! If you made it this far, congratulations because I know that was a lot. Thank you for reading :) Francesca 💋 #CheriePartner
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