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Is coconut oil a sunscreen?

Commented on June 19, 2011
Created May 15, 2011 at 10:35 PM

I see it at local CVS with spf of 5. I'd always assumed coconut oil is a tan accelerator. Any thoughts?

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on June 19, 2011
at 02:17 AM

I still burn, but don't with a regular SPF 4-10

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on May 20, 2011
at 11:38 PM

Nice to know. Thanks!

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on May 16, 2011
at 10:40 PM

Oddly, no. We always put up a large umbrella at the beach and tend to spend most of the day out there. In previous years, I got a little red (I tan easily) even under the umbrella. This past year, no burn at all and it was a very hot sunny week. I don't know that this would work for everyone - as I said I tan easily, but even so, I was surprised.

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on May 16, 2011
at 06:37 PM

I had the exact opposite experience. I love CO in every way except as a sunscreen because for me it certainly was not one.

13db020c06c22c2f8b129034ddc013e4

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on May 16, 2011
at 03:15 PM

The coconut oil tan is beautiful and seems good for skin, nice to know you could stay out just as long.

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on May 16, 2011
at 02:45 PM

I have looked around quite a bit, and have found no scientific evidence of this. There are lots of hopeful anecdotes, which makes it a decent hypothesis, but how can you say "absolutely"? If you have a reference, I'd love to see it!

13db020c06c22c2f8b129034ddc013e4

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on May 16, 2011
at 01:02 AM

Did you feel like you had to get out of the sun earlier when using the oil?

13db020c06c22c2f8b129034ddc013e4

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on May 16, 2011
at 01:01 AM

Thanks, Dr. K. So no downside to use, cet par?

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on May 15, 2011
at 10:55 PM

absolutely.......and it has huge effect on the SPF of your Sebum gland. And it antibacterial.

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3f5bbb444498a24f1a9720d75fa7c903

on May 15, 2011
at 10:54 PM

This is just one person's experience, but I used coconut oil exclusively last summer at the beach, primarily as a moisturizer. I never burned. Not sure if that was due to my Vitamin D levels of 80, the oil, or using my head to move under the umbrella when I started feeling a bit too hot. Whichever, no sunscreen was used and I got a wonderful even tan (and moist skin).

13db020c06c22c2f8b129034ddc013e4

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on May 16, 2011
at 01:02 AM

Did you feel like you had to get out of the sun earlier when using the oil?

3f5bbb444498a24f1a9720d75fa7c903

(2369)

on May 16, 2011
at 10:40 PM

Oddly, no. We always put up a large umbrella at the beach and tend to spend most of the day out there. In previous years, I got a little red (I tan easily) even under the umbrella. This past year, no burn at all and it was a very hot sunny week. I don't know that this would work for everyone - as I said I tan easily, but even so, I was surprised.

13db020c06c22c2f8b129034ddc013e4

(340)

on May 20, 2011
at 11:38 PM

Nice to know. Thanks!

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on June 19, 2011
at 01:15 AM

My children and I have been using it as a sunscreen for about 3 weeks now. This week we have gone to the beach 5 times and the pool once- and no sunburns so far. We do, however, all tend to tan easily and I've read that if you burn easily you might need to apply more often. Just to be safe I apply it every hour.

We use raw, organic extra virgin coconut oil. Its about $9 for 16ounces which is much cheaper than the chemical sunscreen I was buying. Plus- you can smear it all over faces without worrying about getting it in the eyes, its an excellent moisturizer for both skin and hair. I put it on the part in my kids' hair so they don't get burns.. its much easier to wash out than chemical sunscreens.

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on May 16, 2011
at 05:12 PM

I wish I remembered the details more, and I would look it up if I had more time right now, but Weston A. Price visited some islanders who were always out in the sun and always used coconut oil on their skin. It wasn't until the "white man" came that they started wearing more clothing and stopped putting the oil on their skin. Things, of course, went south from there..

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on May 16, 2011
at 12:58 PM

I used extra virgin coconut oil (the kind you buy in the supermarket) all summer last year and did not burn. I spend alot of time at the beach, and achieve a nice golden tan, it also makes your skin feel silky smooth. I didn't feel like I needed to get out of the sun any earlier than before using the coconut oil, and usually spend about 2 hours at the beach 3 or 4 times per week. I'll never go back to 'chemical' sunscreens :)

13db020c06c22c2f8b129034ddc013e4

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on May 16, 2011
at 03:15 PM

The coconut oil tan is beautiful and seems good for skin, nice to know you could stay out just as long.

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

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on May 16, 2011
at 06:37 PM

I had the exact opposite experience. I love CO in every way except as a sunscreen because for me it certainly was not one.

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on May 16, 2011
at 03:50 AM

i eat a good deal of coconut oil and when i got sunburnt this year I healed extremely fast. I didn't think to use it as a sunscreen but i think that I am going to next time I am out in the sun for a bit.

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