Healthy Skin In Summer Sun: Blends for Skin Aging Prevention


Rosehips, from which the whole CO2 oil and seed oil are pressed.

Soviet cosmonauts once considered sea buckthorn berry oil as a protectant for the skin from powerful sun rays in outer space. Thankfully we don’t need rockets for the tests! It’s really easy to make yourself an after-sun, strongly anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and hydrating blend that will prevent the damage that UV rays can do.

The important oils are the CO2 extracts of whole Sea Buckthorn Berry, Carrot Root, Calendula, German Chamomile, Rosemary antioxidant and Rose Hip (not the carrier, but that’s good too!) The reason these CO2 extract oils are so great is that they’re very easy on the skin, and more complex with compounds that can help the skin stop, or at least slow the aging process that excessive sun exposure can cause.

Their gentleness allows them to be used in high concentrations in your formulas without irritation that many steam distilled oils can. (Though you can still add these — just at much lower amounts).

We’ve added an “After Sun” skin care blend to our blends page, should you not feel like mixing one of these up yourself!

Sea Buckthorn Berries

Sea buckthorn berries are rich in antioxidants.

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 knocks an electron from its orbit in a molecule. That molecule then becomes an “oxidative radical”, and tries to steal electrons from other molecules (a simplified explanation, yes, but pretty well sums it up).

The bioflavinoids 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 simply Virgin Coconut oil for a great formula.

Apply these 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. ALSO, you can use these BEFORE sun exposure, as well as after, for even better protection.

After-Sun Blend #1 – to make each 1 fluid ounce
In a base of 1/3rd each Virgin Coconut, Tamanu and Rosehip Seed Carrier Oils, add the following (there are about 35 drops per one milliliter – this changes depending on the oil,  but this is close enough — also, you can use a pipette with 1/2ml marks on it to help you measure):
1ml (35 drops) Sea Buckthorn Berry CO2
1ml Carrot Root CO2
7 drops Rosemary Antioxidant (it’s really potent!)
11 drops German Chamomile CO2

After-Sun Blend #2 – to make each 1 fluid ounce
In a base of 1/3rd each Virgin Coconut, Tamanu and Rosehip Seed Carrier Oils, add the following:
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.

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15 Responses to Healthy Skin In Summer Sun: Blends for Skin Aging Prevention

  1. ether says:

    For those with acne-prone skin, are both the rosehip seed carrier oil and the rosehip CO2 contraindicated?


    • Administrator says:

      Yes, you are correct. Either use hempseed or argan nut instead in the base, and carrot root, sea buckthorn, and rosemary CO2 oils. Thanks for pointing that out!

  2. ether says:

    Thanks for providing an alternative blend. Your excellence is truly a pleasure. :)

  3. Radha says:

    Can we further dilute this blend in another carrier oil say either avocado or almond oil or can it be used as is on face?

    • Administrator says:

      Hi Radha,
      We kept oils that would be sensitizing out of the formulas so it could be directly applied to the face. It’s the way I use it — but if in fact you find any sensitivity, don’t hesitate to dilute further if this is most appropriate for your skin condition.

      Cheers! ~ Eric

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  4. meong says:

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  5. Annette says:

    I have used Sun Radiance for nearly one year. I had small, actinic keratoses on my face and in a matter of months they disappeared! Moreover, my skin looks fabulous.
    This is a powerful blend and I am exceedingly grateful to all of you.

    • Eric@Ananda says:

      Wow – nice…glad to hear it. Yes, there’s great research available on the ingredients in that blend, and we certainly intend for it to make a difference :)

  6. LG says:

    I just made After Sun Blend #2 (adding a few drops more of the sandalwood for aroma). So far so good. Any advice for adding and EO to make it a little more aromatic or floral?

    • Eric@Ananda says:

      Hmmm…Ylang Ylang comes to mind right away, or Rose Otto – both should blend nicely in there. Both are excellent for the skin ~ I suggest adding a drop, mixing, testing, adding another…until you find your desired aroma strength. It’s SUCH a great blend for the skin, and either of these oils will enhance it even further.

  7. LG says:

    Thanks for the info. The Rose is PERFECT!

    I made this formula for Sun Protection and to prevent the accelerated aging from sun exposure.

    Here’s my next question -

    Would it be too much of a good thing if I add other EO’s to the mix. Will it lessen/dilute the sun protectiveness of the blend?
    Specifically -
    Carrot Root

    If it’s ok to add other EO’s to the 1 oz mix how many drops of each?

    Thanks so much for your help.

  8. ML says:

    I have a similar question… I would like to add Calendula and Helichrysum and am wondering if this will enhance the blend as a whole or will too many EO’s overwhelm?

    • Eric@Ananda says:

      Hi Mandy,

      It’s not a question really of how many essential oils, just your total concentration. Both these oils can be used ‘neat’…but I’d keep the concentration of the Calendula at .5%-1%…Helichrysum I use neat so often that it’s hard for me to give an unbiased opinion – it’s hard to use too much :) But in general, for skin care, you do really want to keep the overall concentration of essential oils at or below 3 percent – with the caveat that some of the CO2′s can be used at higher amounts (carrot root, sea buckthorn, rosehip total)…as they’re ‘total’ plant oils, not sole-ly the essential oil of the plant (so they won’t cause any sort of sensitivity – just, as Sam mentions, make your skin a little orange while they absorb).

      Hope this helps!

  9. Eric@Ananda says:

    Hi Sam,

    Sometimes in the middle of blending I’ll just rub these oils straight into my face or hands…yes, they’ll leave an orange tinge at high concentrations (or ‘neat’)…a little carrier oil afterward will help them absorb faster.


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