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I swore I saw a thread on here about Shea Butter. Anyways here is the question can Shea Butter be used as a sunscreen substitute?
 

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Just read in Julie Gabriel's <i>The Green Beauty Guide</i> that shea butter is equivalent of SPF 6 but shouldn't be used as a true sunscreen/sunscreen substitute.
 

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Shea is not an effective sunscreen. It is awesome for very dry skin but I wouldn't use it for sunscreen.<br><br>
Here is a list of personal care products for kids <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br><a href="http://watoxics.org/healthy-living/healthy-families/safe-start-for-kids-1/choosing-safer-products-personal-care-products" target="_blank">http://watoxics.org/healthy-living/h...-care-products</a>
 

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Ok thanks guys
 

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I'm interested in others actual experience using it because we had great success. Due to concerns over sunscreen ingredients, I used it exclusively for my family (parents, baby and 4 year old) last summer. We had no burns at all and I intend to do the same thing this year. Due to the reportedly low SPF we also wear hats and limit overall exposure when possible, but the summer included a beach trip. There was a day when mom did NOT bother to apply the Shea Butter (opting for hat only) and she got burned while the rest of us did not.<br><br>
I'm wondering if there are no studies on the effectiveness due to the lack of corporate backing? If anyone can cite a study I would be grateful.
 

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This is good information to know. Depending on one's natural skin tone, plus location, time in the sun, and clothing worn, etc 5-6 SPF may be enough for some people. If we are outside for short times, or mostly in shade, and have hats, long sleeves, etc, we often don't wear sunscreen. I have some great shea butter that I'm using as moisturizer right now that I will try out as a light sunscreen this summer.
 

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it wouldnt work for me and for one of my kids. i dont trust sunscreen/block anymore. anyone see the recent EWG eval and its conclusion about cancer? we wear hats, glasses, and protective clothing from coolibar.com.<br><br>
oh, i do use shea butter as a skin softener though
 

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just melt in the palm of your hands and apply to the skin. You only need a little bit.
 
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