The weather is getting warmer and, for most of us, that means being outside more with less clothes on. YES!!! Picnics, camping, days spent at the beach. We can’t wait to feel the warm sun on our skin. This is usually the time we start using sunscreen to protect our skin from getting burned. I found some very interesting information about sunscreen and coconut oil that I would like to share with you.
Did you know that coconut oil was the original suntan/sunscreen lotion? Coconut oil has many amazing health benefits and islanders have been using it for sun protection for generations. Coconut oil was originally used in suntan and sunscreen lotions but was eventually replaced with chemicals. Sunscreens today use chemicals that disrupt the hormone system and this is definitely not good for anyone, especially children.
A little FYI, the SPF rating on a sunscreen measures how much UV radiation is blocked. Supposedly, the higher the SPF the greater the effect. You might think that SPF 30 is twice as good as SPF 15 and SPF 60 is Twice as good as SPF 30, but that’s not how it works. SPF 15 blocks about 94 percent of UV radiation, SPF 30 blocks about 97 percent and SPF 45 blocks about 98 percent. SPF ratings above this are really meaningless. It’s just more chemicals. Yuck!!
Coconut oil actually has a very low SPF. Testing has shown that it blocks about 20 percent of UV radiation. This is actually a good thing because adequate natural sun exposure is very beneficial and healing. Our bodies need exposure to sun to balance hormones and produce vitamin D. I’m not going to go into everything that we need vitamin D for, you can look that up yourself. But, coconut oil protects the body from sunburn and skin cancer by preventing free-radical damage from exposure to the sun.
That’s not to say that you should just slather on some coconut oil and go bake out in the sun for hours. NO WAY!!! If you have been covered up for the last 6 months or so, you need to gradually get your skin used to the sunshine. You can start by applying coconut oil to all exposed skin and being outside for a half hour. Just to the point where your skin might get a little pink ( for the pale skinned people ). Naturally, the more color you have to your skin the easier the transition will be. Gradually work up to being outside for longer periods of time.
I love helping my clients find new ways to be healthier and more natural. If you have any questions you can contact me, Cami Theisen at Elise Marcus Salon.