Natural sunscreens alternative to chemicals
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:
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 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 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, 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.
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, 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 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.
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 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.
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 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:
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.
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.