Summer is fast approaching. I don’t know about you but I have already had a sun burn! Where I live, spring came a little bit early. I was at the ski hill working in the blaring sun. It was 15 degrees Celsius up there and there was no where to hide. I’ve got that super sexy racoon face thing going on at the moment. If you want to see me in all my racoon-eyed glory, check out my latest video on my Facebook Page.
Full disclosure here, I don’t usually wear sunscreen. I am one of the lucky ones. I have Italian heritage and I tan like a beast. I am also wary of using commercial sun screen products.
WHAT’S MY BEEF WITH SUNSCREEN?
Laboratory studies of several sunscreen chemicals indicate that they can mimic hormones and disrupt the endocrine system (Krause 2012, Schlumpf 2001, 2004, 2008). Some research on animals suggests that oxybenzone and other sunscreen chemicals can be toxic to reproductive systems or interfere with normal development.
Our hormonal systems are delicate. Women know this. When hormones get disrupted by these endocrine disruptors, sh*t can go sideways.
For example, according to the Environmental Working Group, oxybenzone can act like estrogen in the human body. This can contribute to estrogen dominance, which is a huge issue in both women and men. This imbalance can lead to a variety of nasty symptoms including weight gain, endometriosis, irritability and infertility. To learn more about estrogen dominance, click here.
If you want to check out your favorite sunscreen products for it’s level of toxic chemicals you can input it into the Environmental Working Group database and see how it measures up.
The best way to protect yourself from the sun is to stick to moderate sun exposure. Moderate sun exposure is important. Without the sun, you can’t make Vitamin D, a crucial hormone for calcium absorption, bone production and immune function.
Moderate sun exposure means getting enough unfiltered sunlight to stimulate Vitamin D production but not enough to burn. This is going to be a little different for everyone. Click here to learn more about how much sun exposure you may need for optimal Vitamin D production.
In a perfect world, the best way to protect yourself from the sun is to avoid it when you have had enough or to cover up your skin with clothing.
I know this is not realistic for all people, especially for all you fair skinned ginger type folk out there. Maybe your skin type is a recipe for sun burn disaster, maybe you work outside in the sun or maybe you have plans to travel to an exotic country where the sun is a blazing hot ball of fire.
In many cases, sun screen is absolutely necessary. Here are a few things to look for when looking for safe sunscreen.
HOW TO CHOOSE A SAFE SUNSCREEN:
Here are My Top Picks For Safe Sun Screen Alternatives that include all of the above:
John Masters Organics SPF 30 Natural Mineral Sunscreen, 2 Ounce” target=”_blank”> Aubrey%20Organics Natural SPF15 Saving Face Sunscreen Unscented — 2.3 fl oz” target=”_blank”>Aubrey Organics – SPF 26-45 is available. An unscented version is available as well.
Coconut oil is my very favorite. I am not lying when I say that I use it for everything. Right now I have a big gallon bucket of it sitting in my kitchen cupboard.
Coconut oil is an excellent cooking oil. Since it is mostly a saturated fat, it stays stable at higher temperatures. This makes it great for frying and baking. And I think it makes vegetables taste awesome.
Not only is coconut oil great for cooking but it also has a number of non food uses that you may not know about.
This is one of my favorite uses for coconut oil. Shaving cream is not only expensive but laden with harsh chemicals that get directly absorbed into your skin and can end up in your bloodstream. Once chemicals are in your bloodstream they have the potential to affect every single cell in your body.
Since you absorbed at least 60% of everything you put on your skin, this is a legitimate concern. Coconut oil is great because it moisturizes your skin and makes shaving super easy as well.
I’ll admit, it’s a little greasy as a moisturizer but I still love using coconut oil for body lotion. I find the best way to apply it is while in a hot shower. I then use a towel I don’t care so much about or a dark colored towel to dry off. This way some of the oil is still on your skin, keeping it all silky and smooth, but with out the greasiness.
Did you know coconut oil has an SPF of 8É It doesn’t seem like much but it’s enough if you don’t plan to fry yourself in the sun all day long.
There are two types of UV rays; UVA and UVB. UVB is what allows your body to produce Vitamin D and UVA is considered to be skin damaging. Both can cause tanning and burning but UVB does so at a much faster rate.
While using commercial sunscreen will block damaging UVA radiation, it will also block UVB and compromise your body’s ability to produce Vitamin D. Vitamin D is a necessary hormone that supports the immune system and protects against cancer.
Using coconut oil for sunscreen provides a mild protection that will keep your skin safe while allowing you to produce vitamin D at the same time. And don`t forget, when getting moderate sun exposure, pay attention to signs of burning so that you can cover up or get out of the sun.
Commercial sunscreen is also full of carcinogenic ingredients that are known to mutate DNA and actually cause cancer. Switching to natural sunscreen is not only cancer protective by increasing your vitamin D levels but will also reduce your exposure to toxic carcinogenic chemicals.
If you are fair skinned or have to spend long periods of time in the sun and need something more potent than SPF 8, check out CARROT SEED OIL 100 % Natural Cold Pressed Carrier Oil. 2 Fl.oz.- 60 ml. Skin, Body, Hair and Lip Care. "One of the best oils to rejuvenate and regenerate skin tissues." by Botanical Beauty“>carrot seed oil which have SPFs of 25-50 and 35-40, respectively.
When it comes to sexual pleasure or even dealing with vaginal dryness, at some point or another most women will need to use sexual lubricant.
Unfortunately, most commercial lubricants are laden with chemicals that are easily absorbed through the wall of the vagina. Coconut oil provides a great natural alternative for sexual lubricant(and smells delicious too!).
Be aware though coconut oil may not be compatible with latex condoms. There is a chance that the coconut oil will cause them to break.
Also be wary that coconut oil may disrupt vaginal pH in some women. While coconut oil has anti-fungal properties (which is great for vaginas), it may also take some of the healthy flora down with it. If you notice any irritation from the coconut oil, consider using a vaginal probiotic cream to restore balance and lay off the coconut oil.
At this point in this article you have noticed that a lot of commercial skin care and beauty products are laden with chemical additives that can have a negative effect on your health.
I think this is especially true for lip balm as it goes on your lips. Not only can it be absorbed through your skin but you can swallow a lot of those chemicals as well.
Chapped lips are a total bummer. Whether its from too much sun exposure, wind burn or harsh winter days, it can be hard to think about anything else. And it’s almost impossible not to lick your lips.
You can combine 1 teaspoon of coconut oil with 1 teaspoon of sea salt. Dab this mixture over your chapped lips and then scrub gently with your fingers. You can do this for a couple of minutes or until your lips feel smooth. Rinse your lips with warm water and dry.
You can continue to use the coconut oil daily until they are no longer chapped.
Coconut oil is absolutely great for removing eye makeup like eye liner, mascara and shadow. It works quickly and doesn’t require much rubbing. You can dab a little coconut oil on a cotton ball or makeup pad and wipe around the eyes until clean.
This is a great alternative to commercial makeup remover which can irritate they eyes.
Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic dental technique that is used to cleanse the mouth of toxins and bad bacteria. There are numerous scientific studies that support this process and I know many people who absolutely swear by it.
It basically works by removing biofilm and plaque from your teeth. The bad bacteria get “stuck” in the coconut oil and dissolve. While some plaque is normal, too much plaque and biofilm can lead to poor dental health and even heart disease.
Oil pulling is simple. Put a tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth and swish it around for 10-15 minutes. Make sure to spit it out when your done as it now contains toxins and bacteria.
You will be amazed by how fresh and clean your mouth feels after doing this.
What is your favorite way to use coconut oil? Leave me a comment below and let me know.