Roships from which rosehip seed oil is pressed Rosehip CO2 is an excellent oil for sun-exposed skin!

Spending much time in the Summer sun? Would you like an effective pre- and post-sun natural sunscreen alternative? Here's a couple wonderful blends with strong antioxidant and UV-ray protective properties that will do your skin right!

The value of the CO2-distilled oils in these blends cannot be overstated. This distillation method results in a wider-range of phyto-nutrients in the oil. This is what makes these deeply-colored oils so effective.

Sea Buckthorn Berries Sea buckthorn berries are rich in antioxidants, and have a long-history of use in skin-care.

It's these colored components of the oils which imparts their diverse anti-oxidant and regenerative properties to the skin. These compounds can help stop, or at least slow, the aging process that excessive sun exposure can cause. Sea Buckthorn oil was even studied by the Soviet space agency for use by cosmonauts to protect their skin from UV rays in space!

Another reason CO2-distilled oils work so well in skin-care is that they are very gentle -- your skin won't mind higher concentrations than it may with traditional steam-distilled oils.

Each of these CO2 oils has a complex mixture of nutrients that limit the two major skin aging processes: oxidation and inflammation. Oxidation occurs when a photon of light knocks an electron from its orbit in a molecule. That molecule then becomes an "oxidative radical", and tries to steal electrons from other molecules.

The phytonutrients in these CO2 oils stop this process by donating an electron to the oxidative radical.  There are several "classes" of oxidative radicals, and that's one reason a blend of antioxidant oils can be useful.

Rosemary Bush Rosemary CO2 is an oil with profound antioxidant properties.

Inflammation is the other aspect of sun-damage we'd like to prevent. German chamomile CO2, and carrier oils such as Virgin Coconut and Tamanu are also known for their anti-inflammatory activity (as are, actually, all the oils listed above, but the Chamomile may be the strongest, and it's important to consider not just ANY carrier oil, but ones with known anti-inflammatory activity as well.

We use a couple of different blends here ourselves just for this purpose, and really you can mix 3 of any of these CO2 oils in really any carrier oil for a great formula - we highly recommend our Super Skin Care base on our Carrier Oils page, and others have used our jojoba coconut cream base successfully.

Apply these before and after sun exposure, and perhaps again later in the day for best results. You may find your skin turns a little red while the antioxidants absorb, but it won't take too long.

Sun Blend #1 - to make each 1 fluid ounce
Add to the base oils of your choice - we suggest our Super Skin Care Base, or Jojoba coconut cream!
1ml (35 drops) Sea Buckthorn Berry CO2
1ml Carrot Root CO2
7 drops Rosemary Antioxidant (it's really potent!)
11 drops German Chamomile CO2

Sun Blend #2 - to make each 1 fluid ounce
1ml (35 drops) Sea Buckthorn Berry CO2
1ml Rosehip CO2
12 drops Sandalwood essential oil
7 drops Rosemary Antioxidant
11 drops German Chamomile CO2
In this blend, the sandalwood has been added as it research has shown it to specifically prevent certain skin cancers from UV radiation.