Protecting your skin from the sun is of the utmost importance for adults of all ages as well as children. The most common way people choose to protect themselves from the harmful UVA and UVB rays of the sun is with regular store-bought SPF sunscreen.

SPF sunscreen, which stands for sun protection factor, is rated by a number – a number that denotes how much of the harmful rays the sunscreen can block out. While SPF sunscreens are often effective, they commonly contain unnatural ingredients that may not be particularly good for people, especially when used on a daily or very regular basis.

Many people are also finding that they are allergic to certain ingredients in standard store-bought sunscreen and are turning to alternative sun protection products. You may not be familiar with these alternatives right now, but they’re becoming more and more popular with discerning sun-lovers each day.

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Red Raspberry Oil

Red raspberry oil, which is made from distilling red raspberries, is incredibly high in vitamin E content and omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids. These essential ingredients, which are commonly added to high quality SPF sunscreens, actually works to block out harmful UVA and UVB rays.

Natural red raspberry oil has a sun protection factor of between 28 and 50, meaning it’s an ideal all-purpose sun protection product for almost everybody.

Carrot Seed Oil

Carrot seed oil is produced in the same way that natural essential oils are produced – through a distillation process. Some carrot seed oils are also produced through vapor distillation like the highest of quality essential oils.

Carrot seed oil is a natural antiseptic and antifungal and it also has significant antioxidant content. While carrot seed oil has a sun protection factor of 40, it does need to be mixed with a carrier oil before it’s applied to the skin to avoid irritation.

Many people choose to use other oils like wheat germ oil or even plain vitamin E oil at a ratio of about 10 carrier oil to 1 part carrot seed oil.

Wheat Germ Oil

Individuals that often go out in the sun without sunscreen or have dark skin and generally don’t worry about sunburn should still be using sun protection. However, SPF 30, 40 or higher may not be necessary for many of those individuals.

For those individuals, wheat germ oil, which has a sun protection factor of 20 is an ideal choice. Wheat germ oil can also be used as a carrier oil when combined with other natural oils that provide sun protection like carrot seed oil.

If you make your own moisturizer or skin care products, adding a small amount of wheat germ oil can also provide basic sun protection even for days when sun protection isn’t really needed!

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Whether you go out in the sun every single day and love spending time at the beach or playing sports, or you just like to soak up the rays on the weekends, sun protection is essential. However, if you prefer all-natural products or are allergic to ingredients in sunscreen, you may want to choose one of these natural oils to protect your skin.

These natural oils are relatively easy to find, and many health food and natural stores carry them. They can also be ordered from a variety of online retailers.

Gwen Eve Lewis is a freelance writer from Southern California and has contributed to several beauty blogs. She loves finding tips and tricks to help keep her skin care routine as natural as possible.