We are well into spring and with summer right around the corner, one of the most common questions I am asked is about the type of sunscreen I use. Well, the honest answer is that I don't use any––not because I'm sort of sun worshipping rebel, but because I spend most of my life indoors, protecting myself from harsh elements. It's part of my plan for preservation.
But, enough about me.
I am here to let you know that if and when I do use sunscreen, it will be in the form of raspberry seed oil, which boasts an SPF of 28-50. That's crazy.
Sun Protection Factor (SPF) is a spectrum used to alert consumers as to how protective a product is against the sun's cancer causing ultraviolet (UV) radiation, namely UVA and UVB rays.
What's more, UVB (short) rays cause sunburns, while UVA (long) rays are proven to age the skin, and nobody wants help with that!
Percentages of Protection:
To help you gain some perspective on SPF, here is a list of SPFs and the percentage of UVB rays they filter:
- SPF 15: 93%
- SPF 30: 97%
- SPF 50: 98%
Now, with raspberry seed oil having between a 28 and 50 SPF, we're looking at the possibility of blocking about 97% to 98% of all UVB radiation and doing it without chemicals! I think that's pretty awesome.
But that's not all! Raspberry seed oil is also said to protect against UVA radiation, as well, making it a broad spectrum oil. According to OHA:
It offers the same amount of sun protection as Titanium Dioxide. Titanium Dioxide (TiO2) is a mineral pigment, sunscreen, and thickener commonly found in a majority of physical sunscreens. Red raspberry seed oil offers people an alternative to Titanium Dioxide and chemical exposure coming from substances like Oxybenzone. This oil will also enhance the protection offered by your normal sunscreen plus fight hyper-pigmentation and provide moisture—something the everyday chemical sunscreens don’t offer.
All of this being said, I think this makes a very good case for raspberry oil. I am an avid oil user and can be found slathering avocado and vitamin E oil on my face many, many times a day. To find broad spectrum SPF protection in an oil is right up my alley. My obsession with moisturizing won't have to take a back seat to sun protection, when or if I decide to leave the house. A writer's work is never done, after all.
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