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Oils and sun exposure

Should the use of any type of skin oil be avoided if you are going to be out in the sun? I know many people use oils such as baby oil for tanning. I've read that the oil can amplify the UVA/UVB rays and increase skin damage.  But my question is if all oils have these properties and therefore using oils like coconut and jojoba as moisturizer before a day at the beach should be avoided to prevent sun damage? 


  • Yes, oils can smooth the skin and reduce the amount of light that's scattered. I've never seen hard data on this but it makes sense that this could lead to more damage. I think rather than avoid oil use the answer is to use a good sunscreen. 
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