Actually, as a plain sunscreen, you are correct. As a base to a sunscreen, it is superb.
If you want to turn this into a stellar sunscreen that you actually lay out in the sun....try adding Sea Buckthorn Berry Oil. I haven't heard of the oil you discussed, but I'll look it up!
Sea Buckthorn will turn you orange in high doses, but it has amazing properties. I've extracted a bit about it here:
Bio-active substances in the oil from the seed and pulp are used in a variety of dermatological applications, among them anti-aging face creams and lotions and (since the extract seems to aborb UV rays) in sun care products.
My research indicates that products containing Sea Buckthorn Berry appear to promote cell tissue regeneration, thus aiding in the healing of wounds, and restoring skin tissue.
An international natural bath and beauty chain adds the plant's oil to its sunscreen products as both a sun-block and tan-enhancer. European cosmeticians sell anti-wrinkle creams made from Sea Buckthorn. (Please note, because of Sea Buckthorn's high level of betacarotene, the oil is a deep reddish orange and unless used in extremely weak dilutions can colour your skin. If you want a "bronzing oil" this is your choice!)
Clinical experiments in Shantow Tropical Disease Hospital and the Shanxi Pharmaceutical Research Institute indicate cosmetics containing Sea Buckthorn extracts can actually improve metabolism and retard skin maturation, thus slowing the aging process, possibly because of the effects of its high levels of Vitamins A and E.
Sea Buckthorn oil is said to have proven effective in the treatment of skin conditions including burns, skin ulcers, cancer, acne and dermatitis of various forms.
Russian cosmonauts use its oil for protection against radiation burns in space.
Current research indicates that not only does it enhance immune activity and disease resistance, but it also destroys harmful free radicals found in our bodies. Aubrey Organics, on their web page, state that Sea Buckthorn's high levels of Vitamin A and Vitamin E are the perfect free radical scavenger for your skin.
(edited Oct 2008)
On a whim I decided to try "virgin" coconut oil (instead of "extra virgin"). Boy, did I regret that! On the plus side, it melted easier, but I started breaking out.
Went back to "EXTRA virgin" and problems are solved. This is truly my HOLY GRAIL for removing makeup and washing my face. I can't believe it's so cheap and works so incredibly well. Sits next to products costing hundreds more.
Also reviewed under Lotions but I use primarily as a facial cleanser.
If you have dry or sensitive skin - this stuff is fantastic. I rub on my face to remove makeup, dirt, etc. and lay a warm wet cloth on my face. The heat pulls up dirt and oil, just like those expensive cleansing oils.
I have not had a breakout since using this!
I live in a tropical country (source of the coconuts, so I guess that makes it fresher?) and my extra virgin coconut oil comes in a pump bottle. It's warm here so it's in liquid form. =)
I first bought it because I read about how someone with keratosis pilaris (red bumps on arms and legs) had wonderful results after using the oil. I just returned from a super cold winter vacation then--my skin was covered in itchy bumps and flaking. So I got the oil from the pharmacy and used it every night (the smell was too much for me to use during the day). After 1 week, my skin went back to being baby soft! My keratosis pilaris also got better, but not completely cured because I got too lazy and didn't use it daily.
I still use it as a moisturizer at night some times when I'm not too lazy. The smell is quite nice, but a little too strong for my taste. It sinks into the skin quite well, but still leaves a film on my skin. I'd still buy it again and again though--cheap and good.
Huge fan of this technique. Does a fantastic job of getting rid of all mascara (even the waterproof stuff). Also smells wonderful. My skin looks so much better as a result of adding this to my skin care regimen as a makeup remover.
I also reviewed this under 'Hair'. I bought a tub of it at the Vitamin Shoppe for $10. What you want is extra virgin coconut oil not the stuff in the cooking isle at the grocery store.
I scoop some of it into a coloring bottle with pointed tip (bought at Sallys), & microwave it at 30 sec intervals, for about a minute. I use 2 oz in liquid form for my mid back hair, I would only use 1 oz for shoulder length hair. Apply on dry hair, cover with plastic cap then let sit on for an hour or 2. Then I wash it out very well & use a regular conditioner. Coconut oil is the only oil that can penetrate the hair shaft, it is very moisturizing. I recommend.
OMG, Coconut oil HG stuff! White solid oil that melts on touch, i got a huge 500g tub for 13AUD and i can tell this will last ages. The packaging cant be better as this oil solidifies in low temp so if it was in lets say a tube it would be very messy coz in warm weather it would come out pouring lol. ok on with the product review. Ive used this for 3 consecutive times applying it at night before i go to bed and washing it off the morning after (i wash my hair every second day) and each time my hair has become softer and softer and softer! you dont even need conditioner i swear! Im so amazed! my hay like hair tips are so so so much softer only after three times,its unbelievable! And yes there was a major difference in my hair even after the FIRST use. I wouldnt be surprised if with further use my dry ends completely disappear! im so glad i found this! It also adds mega shine in a healthy way:) I also i use this as a face moisturizer (with or without my daily moisturizer) in the mornings as its quite light and i havent had ANY problems with it (and yes i am pimple prone) only use one dab:) HG material. Once you try it you will never look back on any leave in conditioners, EVER. :D Please, I urge you, go try it now!
Love this for all over body care except for face. It comes in a big tub at Whole Foods or Health food stor for about 10 bucks. Solid white chunk liquifies upon contact with hands. I leave it on the heater thing in apartment and then use about a tablespoon to pre-condition hair for one hair. It is the ONLY oil that penatrates hair shaft. (google it and you will find scientific info) Awesome for removing eye makeup, no stinginging and little film or greasiness. Very high on acne inducing scale, though some people use it on face and love it. Very cheap and healthy product!!! Must say vigin and NOT cocnut milk. Be forwarned though, it rewuires you to really wash out of hair as it will leave hair greasy if not, and also best not to use near roots unless you have very damaged hair there and need treatment.
I love using coconut oil in my hair. As, it has excellent hydrating, hair softening, and shine properties to it.
I got extra virgin, certified organic (no preservatives) coconut oil from Rite Aid (GNC section) for $12 (16oz jar). It is a hard white solid and you need a spoon or mini-spatula to take some out, but you can melt it by rubbing a small amount in between your palms (hope that makes sense). I often use it before I take a shower to keep my hair soft and shiny. It is suppossed to help if you have hair loss problems. I don't use this as a body oil (too greasy), but I think it'll work for those of you with extremely dry flaky skin. (FYI - the product I use is marketed to be taken orally for its health benefits but I use it on my scalp and hair).
Coconut oil is amazing.Let me start by saying that I have extremely dry skin and have used many formulas on my face and body to help soothe it. The coconut oil is one of my favorite formulas yet! Its soaks into my skin more than olive oil (which I love also) and because its light and seems to be more dry than other oils, it's very comfortable to put on and wear around.
One of my favorite uses for it is for my hair, just as many others who have written reviews also use it this way. I buy disposable shower caps from Sally's or Ace, slather the coconut oil all over and make sure I really rub it into my scalp, roll up my hair into a bun and put the shower cap over it so that the heat from my scalp helps the oil penetrate into my skin and hair. You can also use a blowdryer over the cap for extra heat. If I want to soak my hair overnight, I skip the shower cap and just put a towel over my pillow. One of the keys to getting the oil out of your hair in the shower, however, is to first apply your shampoo and work it for a minute or two. In the winter, my scalp gets so dry and flaky.. and within two applications of the coconut oil, there has been so much improvement. My hair feels so soft and is so shiny after I wash it out! I have read that you can use small bits of the coconut oil on damp hair as a leave in, but too much will make your hair too greasy.
As for skin, I love to use it as a makeup remover. Even some of my favorite makeup removers leave residue under my bottom eyelashes, but the coconut oil dissolves all of it so quickly. My face felt so clean and moisturized after I used it. It also gives my cheeks a really nice sheen, which is always a plus! I do realize however that for some, it may clog pores, so while this may be a good use for many, it may not be good for all. But, if it does not work for your face, it can always work for your hair/body!:)
Coconut oil has a small molecular structure so it absorbs into skin really easily. This is why its great as a "lotion." Coconut oil helps to replace the oils you cleaned off your skin and therefore balances out the pH of your skin, and it also helps fight free radicals. It can also help prevent liver spots and aging/sun spots. It also aids in your skins natural exfoliation process. I like to liquify it, put it into a spray bottle, and spray it onto my skin right after i get out of the shower. It has made a huge difference in the way my skin feels. I also use it as a lip balm and on rough spots on my body (elbows, feet, ankles etc.) I find that sometimes with the AC on, the oil solidifies in the bottle but can be quickly melted down if I float it in the bathtub with me or run it under hot shower/sink water. You can also just take it out of the tub or container it came in and melt it between your fingers first.
Not only can you use the oil on your hair/skin, you can also eat it. You can reap some of the same benefits you get from applying it topically by ingesting it as well. I use it in all kinds of recipes... smoothies, cookies, chicken, pancakes, granola, fruit salads, regular salads (dressings), soups, and stews.
Hope this was a help! coconut oil is def worth a try!