Oils with UV Protection
Too many people resist wearing sunscreen every day, even though they know they should. For the really stubborn (funny how so many of them are men), if you won’t wear sunscreen, at the very least wear a good oil blend. Even an average oil blend will have ingredients like sesame oil that will offer some UV protection.
I created Oil de Jour because I wanted to provide a solution for anyone who is willing to use something that doesn’t ‘show.’ I get it. Nobody wants a pasty look. And because I really do want to see people avoid sun damage, I have made sure that our Oil de Jour contains a wide selection of oils that studies show have UV-protective capacities. Oil de Jour in vitro tests show significant protection in the higher range of the UV spectrum, that is, in the UVA range.
UVA protection is crucial. The consequences of UVA overexposure are not immediately evident as is the case with sunburn, but the effects over time can be even more serious—these longer wavelengths damage DNA, cause wrinkles and hyperpigmentation, and are linked to melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer. So even if you are not concerned about skin cancer remember that in UVA, A=Aging.
The following particular oils found in Oil de Jour exhibit, according to some respectable studies, sun-protective capabilities:
- Astaxanthin is a very powerful antioxidant in the carotenoid family. 550 times more powerful than vitamin E, it has been proven to protect skin and eyes from UV damage. Can be taken internally and applied externally.
- Pomegranate and red raspberry seed oils contain powerful polyphenol compounds such as catechins and anthocyanins, which strengthen the skin`s upper layers, thus increasing its resistance to harmful UV rays.
- Tocotrienols: a group of compounds belonging to the vitamin E family. They are 30-60 times more powerful than tocopherols, thus they neutralize free radical activity at a faster rate. Tocotrienols are capable of reducing/absorbing penetration of UV radiation.
- Tomato seed oil: rich in carotenoid antioxidants including lycopene, lutein and zeaxanthin.
- Broccoli seed oil has anti-cancerous effects and is rich in an antioxidant called sulphoraphane. A study showed that sulphoraphane helps body cells protect themselves against the ravages of UV radiation.
- Omega-3 fatty acids can reduce inflammation and protect your skin from sunburn and non-melanoma skin cancer. Kiwi seed, chia seed, emu oil and algae oil are rich sources of omega-3 fatty acids.
Sesame oil resists 30% of UV rays, while olive oil blocks out about 20%.