|Posted on June 2, 2016 at 11:50 AM|
It is summer again and many of us will be spending a lot more time outdoors going to the beach, hanging around the pool or just working in their gardens. Protecting the skin from harmful ultra-violet (UV) sun rays is important to protect the skin from sun damage and pre-mature aging. There are two types of UV, UVA and UVB. UVA is the type of sun rays most commonly associated with skin damage, pre-mature aging and certain types of skin cancer. UVB on the other hand is the more useful form of sun rays used by the skin to convert sunlight to well needed Vitamin D for the body. Managing your overall exposure to the summer sun through limiting outdoor activity, covering or shading skin, and using chemical sunscreens are some of the most popular ways to protect your skin from harmful effects of the sun. The use of sunscreens is the probably the most popular way to block the excess sunlight but it may introduce many toxic chemicals into your body.
According to the 2016 EWG Sunscreen Guide https://www.ewg.org/sunscreen/report/executive-summary/" target="_blank">https/www.ewg.org/sunscreen/report/executive-summary/, “Almost three-fourths of the products we examined offer inferior sun protection or contain worrisome ingredients like oxybenzone, a hormone disruptor, or retinyl palmitate, a form of vitamin A that may harm skin.” The many claims made about the protective value of sunscreens, especially with regards to preventing skin cancers, may also be very misleading. “Rates of melanoma – the most deadly form of skin cancer – have tripled over the past 35 years. Most scientists and public health agencies – including the FDA itself – have found very little evidence that sunscreen prevents most types of skin cancer”, according to the article. The sun-blocking effectiveness based on higher sun protection factor (SPF) has also been shown to be a myth. It is no more than a Numbers Game - CNN http/www.cnn.com/2012/05/16/health/sunscreen-report. The truth is sunscreens with very high SPF may offer only marginally greater protection than those with lower SPF, while introducing higher concentration of toxic chemicals into the body.
The best way best way to protect the skin from the harmful effects of the sunlight still remains limiting hours spent in direct sun and covering or shading the body. The use of a natural sunscreen like virgin coconut oil http://www.naturalvibesforlife.com/apps/webstore/ in conjunction with the reduced sun exposure along with covering up and shading may be all that is needed. Coconut Oil as Natural Sunscreen - ChiroHealth http/chirohealthrockford.com/coconut-oil-natural-suncreen/ has a SPF of 4 and blocks 75% of all UV radiation. So this summer reach for that virgin coconut oil and use it in conjunction with other natural means to reduce the harmful effects of the sunlight.