What You Should Know About Traditional Sunscreens & Natural Sunscreen Alternatives
Everyone is fond of summer, seaside and sun! Still we have to think about moderate consumption of sunlight and take care of our skin health.
Moderate exposure to the sun is very useful: ultraviolet strengthens the immune system of the skin, activates the metabolism, vitamin D synthesis, which is essential for muscles and bones, for heart, kidney and liver health, for hormonal balance. It also helps to prevent malignant tumors.
When sunlight falls on the retina of our eyes, the body produces a natural antidepressant – melatonin, which ensures a good quality sleep that literally means the restoration of the whole body. But, as it is said, less is more.
Why is it a smart idea to protect skin with natural sunscreens? Very simple! Recent scientific research has revealed that sunscreens with very high UV (ultraviolet) filters increase the risk of skin cancer, reducing its anti-cancer immunity. Organic, also known as chemical, UV filters block the formation of the most important antitumor immune regulator – nitric oxide – in the epidermis. The higher SPF (Sun Protection Factor) cosmetics have, the higher the risk of impaired immune system is.
The effect of some organic UV filters is similar to that of female sex hormones estrogens that stimulate the growth of cancer cells. UV filters can also enhance photo reactivity: when skin absorbs UV radiation, free radicals begin to produce and provoke premature aging and trigger cancer. Synthesis of free radicals directly depends on SPF of cosmetics.
But perhaps the most shocking fact is that organic UV filters can penetrate into the blood and accumulate in the body. For example, according to a recent study in the United States, the common UV filter benzophenone-3 (hydroxybenzoane), which is a popular ingredient of many sunscreens, was found in 96% of more than 2,000 urine samples of Americans of different ethnic origins, age and sex. Concentration of oxybenzonae on average was three times higher in women, especially young, than in men, and is seven times higher in the blood of white Americans than that of African Americans.
Many tanning oil lotions consist of mineral oils and a large number of silicones. Mineral oils have the effect of excessive hydration. It sounds strange, but mineral oils can hold moisture so effectively that the skin becomes overhydrated. Since your skin will look good at first glance, but in the long run, different cellular processes will work somewhat less efficiently. Ultimately, this will result that the skin simply will not be able to protect itself, and it’s a kind of a vicious circle – your skin dries quickly if you do not apply any cream on a regular basis.
- Organic UV filters with a high degree of protection (above 40) increase the risk of skin cancer. Sunscreens can do more harm than good.
- From the manufactured sunscreens, it is better to choose physical (not organic) UV filters containing oxides of zinc, titanium, iron, etc.
- Unlike organic filters, natural oils (base and essential), which are natural sunscreens, strengthen natural skin protection, protect it from burns, provide beautiful color and comprehensive care before, during and after tanning, improve overall well-being and health of the body.
- After an active beach holiday, the skin needs additional nutrition and hydration. For sunburn products, we recommend to use soothing components, such as chamomile extract, calendula, aloe vera.
Best base oils with natural SPF to protect the skin from the sun:
- Raspberry seed oil – 28-50 SPF
- Carrot oil – 38-40 SPF
- Wheat germ oil – 20 SPF
- Olive oil – 7-8 SPF
- Coconut oil -7 SPF
- Macadamia oil – 6 SPF
- Castor oil – 5-6 SPF
- Almond oil – 4-5 SPF
- Jojoba oil – 4 SPF
- Shea butter – 4 SPF
- Avocado oil – 4 SPF
- Sesame oil – 2 SPF
You can mix base oils of your choice, your favorite essential oils and a soothing component to get your perfect home-made natural sunscreen with a lovely scent.