What is the problem with simply using sunscreen?
Sunscreen contains as many as 5 carcinogenic chemicals.
An SPF above 50 blocks your vitamin D production by more than 95%, which leads to vitamin D deficiency.
They block the bodies production of melanin, a natural occurring substance that protects you from sunburn
Yes, exposure to the sun can be harmful but using certain sunscreens can cause more damage than an uncomfortable sunburn. Eating foods rich in antioxidants (like fruits and vegetables) will help your body to protect itself from the inside and provide numerous health benefits. Seed oils, plant extracts, and physical barriers can also be used for external sun protection.
Here is a list of some of the best natural alternatives to protect yourself from the sun.
Wheat Germ Oil - SPF 20 - Its natural antioxidants are excellent for repairing cell damage. Apart from acting as a natural sunscreen, it is highly beneficial as an after-sun lotion as it helps the skin cells that may have been damaged by the sun. Wheat Germ Oil is also the richest source in Vitamin E more than any other vegetable oil. It also has a high content of Vitamin A and Vitamin D, and is high in protein and lecithin.
Raspberry Seed Oil - SPF 28-50 - Rich in omega 3 plus 6 fatty acids and antioxidants. It offers UVA and UVB sun protection and is similar to titanium dioxide protection, found in most mineral sunscreens. In addition to providing SPF 8 UVA and SPF 28-50 UVB protection, it also helps heal eczema and psoriasis as well as prevents stretch marks.
Macadamia Nut Oil - SPF 6 - Rich in phosphorus, potassium, Vitamin E and cinnamic acid that contributes to the oil's SPF 6 protection.
Sesame Oil - SPF 10 - Using sesame oil as a sunscreen alternative can block up to 30% of the sun's rays from your skin.
Shea Butter - SPF 10 - Combining shea butter with other oils containing natural sun protection like coconut oil or carrot seed oil can be a great alternative for your sun protection.
Coconut Oil - SPF 8 - Coconut oil is a natural alternative to sunscreen. Coconut oil blocks out as much as 20 percent of the sun’s harmful rays. Apply coconut oil to any exposed patch of skin every hour for maximum sun protection.
It is important to remember that these natural alternatives are low in SPF and must be applied every 45 minutes - 2 hours (depending on the SPF provided).
Tip: mix several oils to create a sunscreen alternative with a higher SPF.
UV DAMAGE REPAIR OILS
Here are some natural and extremely beneficial post sun exposure skin care.
Aloe Vera - This green plant cures the damages caused by the sun's rays and treats sunburns.
Moringa Oil - This oil is an excellent way to heal and soothe damaged skin. Moringa contains an abundance of antioxidants and Omega-9 fatty acid that penetrates the skin to repair damage and relieve pain and swelling. The best part is, moringa oil absorbs quickly and doesn't leave the skin feeling sticky or greasy.
Maracuja Oil - aka Passion Fruit - “The Pure Miracle” has several outstanding uses, among them is a cure for post sun exposure. Apply to sun-damaged skin to treat sun spots and other damages.
Argan Oil - For those excruciating tan-line moments, argan oil can be there to soothe the pain and speed up the healing process. It's rich in anti-inflammatory linoleic acid and soothing vitamin E, making it an excellent post-sun recovery agent.
Sea buckthorn oil - This oil is an extremely amazing after sun skin care because it is full of omegas that can rehydrate the top layers of the skin. Sea buckthorn oil also has an abundance of antioxidants that help fight free radicals set loose by sun damage.
Natural and homemade sunscreen options provide protection without harmful chemicals. There are many more alternatives to be found that are cheap and effective.