We all need sunshine….Vitamin D helps our bodies to function properly and lifts our spirits. Even if you do not like spending time in the sun, purposing to get out in it for even a short time every day, will have a healthy impact on your body.
We are also, all aware of the dangers of the sun. We use sunscreen to help protect our skin from damage that the sun can cause. Premature skin aging and skin cancer are concerns for all of us.
But did you know that we can use natural oils that have a Skin Protection Factor (SPF) and do not have any of the harmful chemicals that can be in popular sunscreens?
Here are a few options. Coconut oil has a low SPF of 2-8 all by itself, Avocado Oil 4-15, Wheat Germ 20, Raspberry Seed Oil 28-50, and Carrot Seed Oil a whopping SPF of 40! All of these oils are very good and nourishing to your skin as well.
As a skin cancer prevention measure, research shows that Red Palm Oil’s Tocotrienol’s not only inhibit the growth of skin and other cancers, but kill off the skin cancer cells! I used Red Palm Oil topically on areas I had questionable skin removed, and I am reminded even now, to take it orally every day as a preventative.
Of course we all know that Aloe Vera is a good and cooling after sun measure to protect and heal your skin.
Never use Bergamot, Lemon or Grapefruit, or cold pressed Lime Essential oils in the sun as they are photo toxic and can cause white patches (as well as other concerns) to form on the skin!
So, go out and enjoy that great big ball of fire in the sky as it was intended to be enjoyed and supply us with the necessary elements we are to gain from it. Healthy Oil Up!
What are your recipes for natural sunscreen? We want to hear from you!