Essential Oils instead of Sunscreen?
On social media, you may have seen skincare influencers touting the benefits of replacing sunscreen with essential oils. However, this is a dangerous trend you should definitely skip. Sunscreens are regulated by the European Product Health Ministry and contain SPF levels as high as 100. On the other hand, essential oils only offer SPF levels between 1 and 8, which isn't nearly enough to protect your skin from the sun's harmful rays. According to dermatologists and beauty experts, wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 every day is essential to protect your skin from early aging and skin cancer. In addition, you should (1) wear protective clothing when outside, (2) stay in the shade, and (3) reapply sunscreen at least every 2 hours.