Get ready for summer!
With spring breakers still traveling and summer quickly approaching, we have been getting lots of questions about sunscreen. As our awareness has increased, many have been talking about how helpful or harmful sunscreen truly is. Although we need vitamin D to stay healthy and balanced, we also know that too much sun can be harmful. The question is what is worse, too much sun, or too many harsh chemicals on the skin? We figured we can easily solve this with some natural ways to protect you skin to keep it healthy and glowing, without harsh chemicals or expensive natural sun screens.
What does SPF mean?
“SPF (sun protection factor) is a relative measure of how long a sunscreen will protect you from ultraviolet (UV) B rays. The chief cause of reddening and sunburn, UVB rays tend to damage the epidermis, skin's outer layers, where the most common (and least dangerous) forms of skin cancer occur.” So that means with an spf of 10, you can stay in the sun, 10 minutes longer than you could with no protection. Remembering to re-apply you protection is just as important as your first application.
Of course, you don’t have to use sunscreen all the time if you are conscious and careful. Wearing long sleeve or protective clothing is a simple way to prevent sun damage without any protects. Of course hats are a great way too. And remember that children are more susceptible to sun damage than adults. Make sure to take extra care with the little ones.
Here are some plain oils that you can wear as sunscreen. Keep in mind all oils and waxes are different and have different protective qualities, so choose what is right for you. The following are approximate protection against UVB rays.
Carrot Seed Oil (SPF 40)
Red Raspberry Seed Oil (SPF 30 and protects from UVA rays)
Wheatgerm Oil (SPF 20)
Beeswax (SPF 15)
Coconut Oil (SPF 5)
Shea Butter (SPF 5)
The ingredients that are most often use in natural sunscreen is Titanium Dioxide or in some cases, zinc, because it acts as a thickener and protects from both UVA and UVB rays. It is also preferred because, unlike an oil, it does not penetrate the skin and therefore is viewed as less problematic for most people. If you are fair skinned, we recommend finding a natural sunscreen for protection. For darker skinned beauties, you may find coconut oil or Shea butter is plenty.
We love our lip balm and lip gloss because they contain she butter, coconut oil, beeswax and titanium dioxide (in the gloss). You don’t have to go out and buy special lip protection, it is already built in! You can also try our body butter (with Shea butter and wax) to act as a light skin protectant.
No matter what, make sure you do your own research and know your ingredients. Don’t be fooled by product that look natural or only says contains natural ingredients. Turn around the label and watch for Sodium Lauryl Sulfate or parabens. Every body is different, so what works for some may not work for others. Do what is right for you to make the most of the summer sun!
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