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Monday, June 25, 2012

Natural sunscreens alternative to chemicals


Natural  sunscreens alternative to chemicals  
 Hi dears,
You know that I am writting for Holistic Linving Annex 
and I want to share with you my contribution of this month. 
Hope you'll find it useful and intresting. Enjoy!
The sun is a natural source of Vitamin D, but can be as damaging as it is beneficial for your health. Skin damage caused by too much sun exposure can be irreversible and cause health conditions such as burns and skin cancer.It is very important that you  protect your skin with sunscreen before stepping out into the sun. However,  not everyone feels comfortable wearing sunscreen chemicals on their skin. The chemicals in commercial sunscreen can cause such skin reactions as dry or itchy patches. If your skin is prone to these side-effects, there are several natural alternatives to commercial sunscreen. 
Find out which are they:

 Sesame Oil
Pure sesame oil is an effective natural alternative to sunscreen  because it can block out approximately 30 percent of the sun's rays. Apply sesame oil to the exposed skin once every one to two hours for maximum protection.

Coconut Oil
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. As an alternative, coconut oil mixes with shea butter and coconut butter to add sun protection into your favorite daily skin products. Coconut oil and milk are also natural skin moisturizers and can be applied to the skin daily instead of commercial moisturizers, providing a natural daily sunscreen.

Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is a succulent plant with extract that is useful for many medicinal purposes, ranging from wound healing to diabetes treatment. Aloe vera gel reflects as much as 20 percent of the sun's harmful UV rays If you grow the plant at home just  pluck a leaf to access the gel-like interior. No matter the method of obtaining the gel, apply it to the skin every one to two hours for sun protection.

Red Raspberry Seed Oil
Provides the highest broad spectrum UV protection against both UVA and UVB rays due to the exceptionally high levels of alpha and vitamin E, vitamin A, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Some sources stated that Red Rapsberry Seed Oil has SPF as high as 28 – 50 and equal to that of titanium dioxide.

 Carrot Seed Oil
Carrot seed oil is an essential oil with significant antioxidant, antiseptic and fragrant properties with high levels of vitamin A. Carrot seed oil also provides natural sun protection with  SPF of 38 and 40.

Hemp Seed Oil
Although hemp seed oil provides a low SPF, the nutrients found in hemp seed oil closely resembles the naturally occurring molecules in the human body. These molecules are known as lipids and include elements such as bodily waxes, fats and fat-soluble vitamins. Because of this close resemblance, the nutrients are easily absorbed into human skin, providing added sunscreen. Hemp seed oil is also a natural source of essential amino and fatty acids, as well as nutrients, which stimulate keratin formation in the human body, adding many benefits to the skin.

Alfalfa Oil
Alfalfa, also known as lucerne, can be used as a pretreatment along with other sunscreens. It is known to reduce the damage caused by sunburn and is also a rich source of antioxidants. Traditional Indian medicines used alfalfa leaves for treating skin conditions, such as sores or boils.

Tropical Ferns
Golden polypody (golden serpent fern or cabbage palm fern) is a tropical fern native to America. This fern contains beneficial antioxidants, as well as properties that lower the risk of skin damage caused by the sun. The fern can help to maintain the skin's elasticity and most importantly, can reduce the risk of skin cancer. In medicine, extracts from this fern have been used to treat serious skin conditions, such as psoriasis.

Alexandrian Laurel
Alexandrian Laurel, more commonly known as the Ballnut tree, contain elements that are believed to regenerate skin tissue. Acordigly with  the European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences the Ballnut tree oil provides a high UV protection level, equal to SPF 18 to 22. The oil has no toxicity, which means that it can be used on the skin with no irritations or adverse effects. Alexander Laurel  oil can also be added to eye drops to provide natural sun protection for the eyes.

Wheatgerm Oil 
Wheatgerm is one of the best sources of natural vitamin E and is also a good source of vitamin K, B vitamins and choline, and natural SPF equal to 20.  Applied to the skin this oil helps to moisturize tissues and acts as an antioxidant  preventing  free radical damage.

Soybean Oil 
Soybeans originally come from China and are a rich source of essential fatty acids, protein, lecithin, iron and calcium in the diet.  Used on the skin, soybean oil is effective moisturizer compared to other oils  and has a natural SPF of 10.

Macadamia Oil
Macadamia nuts are rich sources of magnesium, iron, phosphorous, potassium and vitamin E. The oil contains a natural plant chemical called cinnamic acid which provides a variable SPF level of 6.

Jojoba Oil
Used by Indians and Mexicans for food, medicine, skin care and rituals. The oil of jojoba is effective as a moisturizer for dry skin and contains a natural plant chemical called myristic acid which provides some limited sun protection (SPF of 4).

Other Oils
Other natural plant oils with low SPF levels include sea buckthorn oil, shea butter,  olive oil, avocado oil, soybean, peanut oil, green and white tea  leaves. 

 All this marvelous oils and herbs you can use to make your own non-allergic  sunscreen as following:

Sesame Sunscreen
Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are two of the natural minerals. Both are gentle and non-irritating and the least likely to cause photosensitivity disorders. Titanium dioxide offers protection against both UVA and UVB rays and zinc oxide offers an even wider spectrum of protection in the UVA range. That’s why is critiqly to use it in sunscreen:
2 tbs virgin coconut oil (SPF 2)
1 tbs shea butter (SPF 6)
½ tsp sesame oil (SPF 2)
½ tsp aloe vera gel
2 tsp zinc oxide
Put the first 4 ingredients in a ceramic bowl inside a saucepan. Then fill it with an inch or two of  boiling water. Melt all the ingredients and add zinc oxide.  Chose a dark glass jar to pour it and keep it in a cool dark place.  The liquefied mixture will last for 6 months.

Lettuce sunscreen
Use a  coconut oil, zinc oxide and aloe vera gel  and heat it in a small saucepan  at medium temperature, until the mixture begins to simmer.  The heated mixture will be combine  with lettuce leaves and Vitamin E oil from the capsules, into a blender.  To make that lettuce breaks apart into smaller pieces chop it before and blend  with rest till will liquify or puree.  Add  unscented lotion  to avoid making the sunscreen too thick. Pour the greenish tint of sunscreen in a plastic bottle and storeit in the 
refrigerator since it contains natural food products. Rub it on your skin before sun  exposure.

Hope that will help you to stay sun protect during  the hot summer.



  1. great tips!!! love this post!!!


  2. Really love this editorial !

    Get's me really in the mood for a nice hot summer !!



    1. Me too, plan to spent my day at the beach :)


  3. molto interessante questo post!!! Io devo stare attentissima alla pelle e alla protezione solare :)

  4. bellissima ispirazione e grazie per i consigli!:) Un bacio!

  5. The pics are amazing, I would go for the natural one tough.

  6. oh my God, those snapshots are so hot and I can feel summer in each of them!!! I do want o go to see right now but I have no sea or even a single beach near;(

    1. Oh, I am sorry about that. I would love to go together at the beach :P

  7. Thanks for the sunscreen alternatives! Awesome post! And the photos are so perfect!




    1. Thank you so much, Rebecca! Really appreciate!

  8. Thank you for the tips. All of the pictures are just gorgeous!


  9. Love your blog and follow via Bloglovin ♥
    you like to follow too? -

    1. Thank you so much, Gladly follow u there!!!

  10. Beautiful post!!!
    Thank you so much for your visit!!!
    Of course, I follow you with GFC and Bloglovin(218) now!!!
    Hope you follow back.
    Have a good week!

    Besos, desde España, Marcela♥

  11. Of course I follow you and I love your nice blog !
    Sorry for my bad english ^^

    I hope you have a good week !
    XoXO Andrea


    1. No problem dear. Your English is good!!!


  12. Wow, great post, good tips for natural sunscreen! Love the images too! You have a lovely blog! would you like to check out mine when you have time?
    Hope you are having a wonderful day!
    Style-Delights Blog

    1. Hey love,

      thank you so much for your lovely comment. I would love to see your blog too!
      Hope you have a great day too!

      Lots of kisses!!!

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    Lots of kisses and have a great week!!!

    1. Oh, love! such a beautiful comment. I would love to hear more often with you!

      Hug you tight and see ya on your blog!

  14. That is so interesting, thanks for posting this!!


    1. :)))) thank you, love! My very pleasure!!!

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  16. Thank you for the great tips. I'm in love with the amazing swimsuits :)))


  17. Hey dear, your blog is very nice and inspiring! I followed via gfc now (don't have an own bloglovin-account). Would be great if we keep and touch!

    1. Thast great, honey!

      Happy to see u here! Kisses

  18. Hello, thank you :)
    Very nice blog & great pictures :)

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    nice Greetings from Austria

    1. So pleasant! Thank you my lovely guest! be welcome here!

  20. Amazing photos!

  21. We loved it!
    Both the photo session as the costumes and accessories .. Beautiful!
    Big kiss; *

  22. Love these photos!

    xo Jennifer


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    kisses, annalena ♥

  25. Amazing post! <3
    I'm totally in love with these photos ;)


  26. These photos are amazing. I really like your blog. :D


  27. amazing pics!!!!!!


  28. Hello, thank you for you comment.
    I like your blog and i will be glad if we would follow eachother on gfc and bloglovin <3

  29. Nice post full of good infos for this hot summer and sunny days . Would you love to follow each other ? :)

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    and if you like it, feel free to click that follow button pretty ^^)

  31. Great post I always have sunscreen on in the summer cos of my fair skin so this post is amazing, I had no idea there was so many natural and organic oils out there!

    Have a lovely day

    1. Oh, Sonia! Thank you for you lovely comment and sharing your own experience.


  32. I love the swimsuits on the photos!

  33. These are some breathtaking images. I love the post and the amount of details you went through! I will definitely be exploring these organic oils!! I really appreciate you visiting my blog and your sweet comment! Yes, I would LOVE for us to follow each other on Gfc and I now have bloglovin too as of now! xx Following you

    Sophia xx
    Australian Couture

    1. I will be more than happy to stay in contact with you, honey!

  34. nice post :):) i'm following you, visit my blog if you want :)

  35. Bellissimo questo post e soprattutto molto utile!!! :D
    Le foto sono stupende!




    1. Thank you, Girls. I will come back to you tomorrow. Sleep tight!

  36. Thank you, Girls. I will come back to you tomorrow. Sleep tight!