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I am trying plain argan oil as a facial moisturiser? Can I apply sunscreen on top of it?

edited January 2014 in Ask the Beauty Brains
Another oil question :D

I wasn't sure if the argan oil would affect the sunscreen in some way. Also, does it make a difference whether it's physical or chemical sunscreen?

Thanks for reading!


  • Many plant seed oils have a low SPF value of their own. (Olive oil is about 7, for example, and sesame seed oil is about 1.) I couldn't find any data specifically on argan oil but my guess is that it could be in this same range. 

    If you're applying the oil first, let it soak into your skin before applying sunscreen and you should be fine. It might even given you a tiny boost in SPF. 

    Here's a study where they measured SPF of natural oils: 
  • I'm coming late to this site again, but thank you very much-really detailed info :)
  • You're welcome! 
  • argan oil is all i use as moisturizer on my face and mineral hygenics makeup(it has 4 ingredients)  to minimize as much as possible the ingredients that go on my face ,and on the new argan bottle i got it does say it has 15 Spf I wasnt very sure its a true value but this article was very helpful ,how about face washing liquids what would you suggest is the most natural but effective wash face/soap bar ,would you recoomand any100% organic  plant made soap bars?coming off 10 months of accutane i dont want to hear about any chemicals on my face hehe
  • Sorry but we can't recommend any 100% organic soap bars because there is no data showing that organic cosmetics are any better for your skin. Also, as we've written in the past, soap is not the mildest cleanser for your skin. 

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