LAPS is not sunscreen. Coconut oil has protective properties and Shea butter allegedly has an SPF of 6. Last summer I chose to do a little experiment. Could LAPS work as a viable sunscreen? I really went for it and chose to test it out on the first day my pale winter legs saw the sun. Lets just say things didn’t work out so well. I got burnt. However, after swathing my burnt legs in LAPS that evening, I woke up with lovely brown skin. BUT BUT BUT even though sunburns fade, the skin damage never goes away. Which is why it’s extremely important to stay vigilant in protecting your skin from the sun.
The sun’s rays are stronger than ever. Use a sun lotion with SPF 30 or above. Mineral sunscreens contain natural chemicals like zinc oxide as the main active ingredient. Supergoop is my favorite! Also consider wearing a big hat, sitting under an umbrella and covering up with protective clothing. You’ll still be sun-kissed. And have an air of beach mystique.
LAPS is an excellent after-sun lotion to rub on yourself when you’re feeling sleepy and happy after a day soaking up rays. I will emphasize: LAPS is not sunscreen :)