It may not seem like it, but the warmer weather is coming, and when it gets here it is going to influence us to wear flirty clothing, entertain our restless kids and splatter our vulnerable bodies with sunscreen. It certainly has been drilled into our heads that we MUST lather our skin with sunscreen to protect against sunburns and skin cancer – but the question is, does sunscreen really protect our skin? The answer is……..Kinda sorta, but, not really.
While conventional sunscreens are effective at blocking out the harshness of the sun’s rays, it is a fact that a large percentage of the world’s most popular sunscreens contain synthetic ingredients that can be harmful to the health. Ingredients such as PABA, petroleum, methyl anthranilate, benzophenones, ethyl methicone and other such unreadables have been called out to cause internal toxic buildup, skin disorders, developmental issues, cancer and the increase of free radicals. Now ask yourself this question, is pasting on sunscreens really worth it when the cons outweigh the pros? The answer is, no of course.
The sun is our helper; it is the planet’s warmer and our best source of essential vitamin D, by applying synthetic sunscreens to our skin we are actually putting our health in danger and increasing our chance at developing a vitamin D deficiency. So, the aim shouldn’t be to block out the UV rays and run away from the sun, instead, the aim should be to increase our internal resistance both internally and naturally so that the rays have no ill-effects.
Defend your Skin from UV Rays Internally and Naturally:
- Omega 3: Increase your intake of omega 3s, foods such as salmon, flax seeds, hemp and walnuts can help to reduce free radical damage and inflammation.
- Lycopene: Foods that includes, watermelons, grapefruits, tomatoes and apricots all contains levels of lycopene that can naturally protect from the damaging effects of the sun’s UVs.
- Polyphenols: Eating foods rich in polyphenols such as blueberries, red grapes, sweet potatoes, purple barley, pomegranates and other antioxidant rich foods can strengthens your immune system which will build up a stronger resistance.
- Wear ray protective clothing: Wear sun hats and ray protection clothing when going out in the sun.
- Shade Hours: The shade hours are between the hours of 10 am to 3 pm, this is when the rays are at its hottest.
- Natural sunscreens: When shopping for sunscreens, purchase varieties that are formulated with all natural ingredients.
- Natural oils containing SPF: There are many natural skin loving oils that contains certain percentage of SPF properties.
Natural Oils Containing SPF
- Raspberry Seed Oil contains an SPF of 28 to 50
- Carrot Seed Oil Contains an SPF of 38 to 40
- Wheat germ Oil Contains an SPF of 20
- Soybean Oil Contains an SPF of 10
- Shea Butter Contains an SPF of 6
- Coconut Oil Contains an SPF of 6
- Jojoba Oil Contains an SPF of 4
- Sesame Seed Oil Contains an SPF of 4