If you are looking for a quality way of protection from the ultraviolet rays, do not choose a common sunscreen. Instead, pack some extra virgin coconut oil, along with the beach towel and umbrella for your next beach trip.
That’s right, the same extra virgin coconut oil found in your kitchen pantry will protect your skin without exposing you to the toxic ingredients that sunscreens contain. For thousands of years, coconut oil has been used as an effective protection against the sun by indigenous, pacific islanders. So, why would you put toxic chemicals on your body when you can use a non-toxic coconut oil instead?
There are two types of ultraviolet (UV) rays coming from the sun: UVA and UVB. The UVA rays can cause skin damage from excessive sun exposure that can lead to aging, and even cancer. On the other hand, the UVB rays can also cause damage and burns to the skin, but they are necessary for your body to produce its own cancer-protective vitamin D.
Sunlight is by far the best way to get vitamin D. So, by avoiding the UVB rays, you may unintentionally increase the risk of cancer as a result of lack of absorption of vitamin D. In addition to this, the regular uses sunscreens can lead to cancer due to the cancer-causing ingredients.
Avoid toxic Sunscreens
According to the Working Group on Environment (EWG), about 75% of commercial products are full of toxic chemicals that can cause hormonal imbalance and cancer.
Store bought sunscreens usually contain the following chemicals:
- Retinyl palmitate – scientifically proven to increase the risk of skin cancer.
- Oxybenzone – causes cell damage and disrupts the hormonal balance.
- Zinc and titanium nanoparticles are found in colourless sunscreen lotions.
These and other harmful chemicals applied to the skin are easily absorbed into the blood stream and can be as unhealthy and toxic as an oral dose.
The Sun Protection Factor (SPF) Hoax
An extract from 2012 CNN article about sunscreen says:
“The EWG said that consumers should not buy sunscreens with SPF bigger than 50. SPF (sun protection factor) works by absorbing, reflecting or scattering the sun’s rays on the skin. It is very misleading to put high SPF numbers on labels because it gives consumers a false sense of security and doesn’t offer a lot more protection.”
Although it sounds that SPF 85 offers a lot more protection than SPF 30, you should know that it doesn’t mean that higher number will provide you with more health benefits. Some studies have shown that a sunscreen with SPF 15 can block a whopping 93% of all incoming UVB rays. On the other hand, SPF 30 stops 97%, while SPF 50 blocks 98%. The report also notes:
“A product with SPF 100+ blocks approximately 99.1 percent of the UVB rays. So, you don’t really need a high number. They are just expensive and don’t offer higher protection than SPF 50. Keep in mind, SPF protects only against UVB rays.”
Coconut oil has an SPF of 10, which means that 90% of the benefit of vitamin D creation from UBV rays is blocked. How many people know that the SPF ratings do not show any protection against harmful UVA rays?
But still, the American Cancer Society recommends you to apply a substantial amount of commercial toxic sunscreen 30 minutes before sun exposure.
Use coconut oil instead sunscreen
Although the normal daily sun exposure is the best way to get vitamin D, the overexposure can cause some serious health problems. So, in order to make a proper balance between the absorption of vitamin D and protection against the sunburns, we strongly recommend you to use coconut oil.
Bruce Fife, the author of Coconut Cures: Preventing and Treating Common Health Problems with Coconut Oil, claims that applying unprocessed coconut oil on the skin not only protects you from burns and cancer, but it also strengthens the skin and does not completely block UVB rays that are needed for the synthesis of vitamin D. Mr. Fife also warns against the use of hydrolyzed or processed oil. He says that the most important thing is to make sure that the coconut oil is pure, and not processed.