Sarah Elizabeth wrote:If you are going completely plant based, you can start from the inside of the body. Eating tomatoes can reduce the negative effects of UV on the skin and therefore skin damage from sun exposure. This knowledge has long been known in Mediterranean cultures and of course, tomatoes grow so well in that climate.
Here's the science:
Eating Tomato Protects Skin.
There are other plants to eat that can help. I've seen carrots talked about and also lemons.
The most effective and pleasant external plant-based sunscreen I have used is organic shea butter but I did purchase it. It is about 4% protection.
Ozge Ba wrote:
Lisa Allen wrote:Even plain olive or coconut oil have an SPF of on average 7.5 or 8 although it can be as low as 2. Experiment.
You could infuse St. John's Wort flowers or Calendula flowers to add to the SPF, making it around double that. Hope this helps <3
St.John's Wort flowers infused in olive oil is a healing mix for scars but it may leave permanent stains on your skin under direct sunlight, especially in warm climates.