Do you know Sun Protection Factors (SPF’s) could be causing more harm than good.? SPF’s only block UVB rays from hitting the skin. These are the same rays that synthesize the production of Vitamin D. Vitamin D is vital for bodily functions; It is necessary for hormone production, prevention of; osteoporosis, autoimmune diseases and depression. It develops healthy bones, strengthens the immune system and balances sugar levels. What’s more, these SPF’s have no resistance to more harmful UVA rays that penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin causing more harm.
In a country where we only get a decent amount of sunshine a few months a year, are we really doing ourselves good by covering our bodies in a SPF that deflects sun rays that are necessary for optimum health? One really has to wonder…?!?!?!
I have been researching natural sun protectors which I have subsequently found out exist in most natural oils including; coconut, almond, raspberry and carrot oil.
With the recent mini heat-wave in Dublin, I was able to put one of these oils to the test. I chose coconut over others, simply because I had it in my kitchen and I love the smell. I also remember using coconut oil as an insect repellent a few years ago in Honduras, the Island of nasty sand-fly bites. It worked on the sand-flies so I wanted to give this oil another test to find out if I could add another proof to its power.
While coconut oil protects the skin from being harmed by the sun, it works differently to conventional SPF’s; The oil has a high resistance to oxidation and stops harmful free radical formation. Free radicals basically hijack electrons from normal cells which then change the formation of cells causing harmful disease such as cancers and other degenerative diseases. In other words, to avoid skin cancer we really should be protecting the body from the over production of free radicals, not necessarily protecting the skin from the sun itself.
There is no denying that the sun is extremely strong so it is important to be sensible when using and oil and to build the skins natural resistance to the sun gradually. I covered myself in coconut oil about 10 minutes before I lay out to allow it to sufficiently seep into the skin. I sunbathed for up two hours a day for 6 days, starting with only one hour on the first day. The results were no burning, a nice tan, my skin feels soft, it’s glowing, even my hair is well conditioned from it sitting on my oily shoulders. What’s more, my skin absorbed all the healthy UVB rays, i.e. Vitamin D.
Vitamin D is stored in muscles and tissue so you can stock up in the summer in preparation for the darker months of winter. Spending an hour a day in sunlight, even if it’s cloudy could give you enough Vit D to last the winter long.
Tried and tested I can now recommend a natural SPF over the conventional ones mainly so the body absorb vitamin sun :-).
Be sensible if you are going down this route. Here are some tips:
- Use cold pressed virgin coconut oil. It solidifies at a cool room temperature & turns to oil the when rubbed into the skin.
- Build up your skins natural resistance to harmful sun rays gradually. Start at 20 minutes for the first day and extend by 10 minutes per day there after.
- Never stay too long in the sun. If you feel your skin is beginning to burn, or if you are experiencing dizziness it’s a good indicator that sunbathing time is up.
- Add powerful anti-oxidizing vitamins E and C to your diet .
- Stay well hydrated by sipping water at 15minute intervals.
- Adding zinc oxide to coconut oil can increase the level of natural SPF.
- Detox from time to time so the bodies natural ability to fight against free radicals is working at it’s optimum. See http://www.hushyoga.com/detox-with-me/
- Be sensible. If you are doing an outdoor activity, water activity, or will be in direct sunlight for hours, it may be better to use a conventional SPF to prevent sunburn.