If you’re anything like me, you look forward to enjoying a vacation, free of the stress and worries of everyday life. Vacations bring adventure, relaxation, sunshine and the romance of a new country.
The dark side of this is that I, like many others, are now scared of not doing enough to protect our skin health from the sun. News reports state that sunburn can create cancer along with damaging DNA and skin cells.
This feeds into your fear about the sun. From a young age your mother may have warned you about spending too much time basking in the sun’s rays and out of love, slathered store bought sunscreen all over your body to protect you against its harmful UV rays.
The Truth About Conventional Sunscreen
What the media isn’t telling you however is that sunscreen contains chemicals that can penetrate the skin and disrupt hormones. The real danger isn’t the sun – it’s the chemical sunscreen you are being encouraged to massage into your skin.
Sunscreen contains several different kinds of chemicals that can easily penetrate the skin and enter the bloodstream. Many studies show that sunscreens contain endocrine disrupting chemicals that mimic estrogens, potentially affecting the reproductive system.
Chemical sunscreens also block the ability to absorb Vitamin D, a nutrient that’s necessary for many bodily functions. Sunshine actually stimulates the body to create Vitamin D from cholesterol that’s below the surface of the skin.
Vitamin D is vital for your immune system and skin health. Vitamin D supplements cannot compare as it’s generated in a different form: Vitamin D sulfate. While this has unique health-promoting properties, Vitamin D from sunshine is a natural kind of antibiotic that can benefit your total health.
The good news is you don’t have to completely avoid the sun to keep your skin safe. There are natural sunscreen alternatives available that can protect you against harmful UVA and UVB rays, helping to prevent sunburn and premature aging. Here are some of the best…
1. Coconut Oil
Coconut Oil has an SPF of 4 which can block 75% of radiation in around 45 minutes of being exposed to the sun. Along with moisturising skin keeping it soft and supple, using coconut oil when you go sunbathing can give you a natural looking tan with shorter, half hour bursts.
Coconut oil can also lessen inflammation and smooth out blemishes, while limiting any damage from the sun. For best results use an extra virgin coconut oil product and apply liberally onto skin every two hours as a minimum, reapplying when you have been in the water, sweating or have towel dried.
2. Red Raspberry Seed Oil
This is a highly effective sunscreen as raspberry seed oil contains 28-50 SPF and can block dangerous UVB rays.
Red raspberry oil contains 83% essential fatty acids (EFAs) that can increase cell membrane fluidity, enhance barrier function and repair, decrease trans-epidermal water loss, improve moisturisation, cell immunity and anti-inflammatory activity.
Rich in Vitamin E that protects cells from free radical damage and polyphenols that are powerful antioxidants – all of which can protect the skin from ultraviolet radiation; Raspberry Seed Oil can enhance skin cell regeneration while improving elasticity and tone.
Astaxanthin is a carotenoid that can protect skin from solar injuries and prevent DNA being damaged by ultraviolet rays.
A potent anti-inflammatory, Astaxanthin works as an internal sunscreen to prevent wrinkles, dry skin, spots, freckles and the obvious signs of aging.
As a carotenoid it gives salmon and lobster its pink colouring. Possessing multiple health benefits for the eyes, brain, heart and joints, Astaxanthin’s powerful free radical scavenging properties mean that its 65 times more powerful than Vitamin C and 550 times more powerful than Vitamin E and 54 times more powerful than beta-carotene.
Eating foods rich in Astaxanthin is one idea but it is also naturally derived from marine algae and if you’re a vegetarian you should consider finding a supplement that uses this plant based alternative instead.
4. Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe vera has many soothing properties and is often used in after-sun products but not many people are aware that it can also be used to block out 20% of the sunlight from damaging the skin.
On average, aloe vera has an SPF factor of 30 that can block UVA and UVB rays, while helping to lubricate, moisturise and protect skin against sun damage.
You can grow the aloe vera plant at home or use a specific aloe vera based sunscreen from a health store. It’s recommended to apply aloe vera sunscreen onto skin every 1-2 hours for best protection from the sun.
5. Sesame Seed Oil
Sesame oil is an active ingredient in many natural sunscreens as it forms a protective film over the skin, eliminating damage caused by free radicals.
Sesame oil also contains Vitamin E that works as an antioxidant in keeping skin looking fresh and young.
Sesame Seed oil has an SPF rating of 4 and is believed to be composed of 50% lipid and 20% protein.
Sesame oil is derived from sesame seeds and contains antibacterial and antioxidant properties thanks to its sterols, triterpenes, tocopherols and sesame lignans.
For best results it’s recommended to reapply sesame seed oil sunscreen every 2 hours to keep skin protected.
6. Carrot Seed Oil
This is one of the best anti-fungal and anti-oxidative essential oils to apply to skin to provide sun protection. Carrot seed oil contains an SPF between 38 and 40 making it a potent way to guard your skin.
Carrot seed oil also contains anti-oxidative, anti-fungal and antiseptic effects that is effective on its own or excellent when combined into a natural homemade sunscreen.
7. Wheat Germ Oil
A natural source of Vitamin E, Wheatgerm can help to moisturise skin tissues and act as a powerful antioxidant to prevent free radical damage.
Containing an SPF rating factor of 20, Wheatgerm is incredibly nourishing for skin, along with being a good source of Vitamins B, K and choline.
If you’re going to be out in the sun for moderate amounts of time, consider using Wheatgerm oil as sunscreen to protect your skin against harmful UVA and UVB rays.
Experiment With Different Ingredients To Create Your Own Natural Sunscreen
You might want to try blending these natural ingredients together to create your own homemade sunscreen.
Also consider adding these natural ingredients into your anti-aging skincare ritual.
Learning how to massage these natural oils into your face and neck area daily with facial yoga exercises will also boost circulation and nutrient intake into the skin.
Along with protecting against sun damage, face yoga may reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, giving you a more youthful look for many summers to come.
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