Your Sunscreen might be harmful: Use natural options for sun protection
Sunshine is beautiful, isn’t it? Well, summers are here and I’m sure we all are looking forward to beach vacations wearing cute shorts and tank tops soaking sunrays and embracing nature’s beauty. It gives us the very necessary Vitamin D too. But is that all? Not really. It comes with some cons as freebies. Excessive exposure to sunlight can cause serious health issues, from sunburns to skin cancer. You read that right! SKIN CANCER! And yet, so many of us are ignorant of this fact. Others who have realized the scary impact, simply resort to sunscreens. But are they really safe? Read on.
Did you know there are two types of sunscreens? Mineral (good) and Chemical (bad). While mineral sunscreens are harmless and typically include ingredients like Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxidewhich are natural and non-toxic (in simple words safe to use on your skin), the chemical ones contain toxic contents like Oxybenzone, Avobenzone, Fragrance, Parabens and even Vitamin A(when in a certain form is exposed to sunlight, multiplies the risk of skin cancer). You know what’s more alarming? As per a recent report by EWG (Environmental Working Group) a mere 5%of the available sunscreens (both chemical and mineral) are safe to use. Yes, just 5%. Do the maths and see what are the chances of your sunscreen being safe. Very little, right? What do we do now? Do we wait for more brands to wake up and make safer sunscreens? Even if they do, when will these be easily accessible?
Here are 5 things you must be trying out immediately:
- Sandalwood – it is known for its amazing sun protection properties. Mix it with your regular moisturizer and apply it as sunblock or mix it with rose water and use it as a mask. Either way, it will reverse the sun damage
- Aloe Vera – sunburn or not, applying fresh Aloe Vera gel on your skin after a sun exposure, will leave a cooling effect and undo the damage. Be sure you are applying 100% natural and organic Aloe Vera with no added preservatives or fragrances
- Oils – so many plant oils come along with natural SPF (Sun Protection Factor) such as Sesame oil (SPF 30), Coconut oil (SPF 20), Wheat germ oil (SPF 20), Olive oil (SPF 20) and Peanut oil (SPF 20), Red Raspberry Seed oil (SPF 28-50), Avocado oil (SPF 20), Carrot Seed oil (SPF 38-50) to name a few. While you may use these oils all alone on your bare skin, you may also mix them with Sandalwood powder or Beeswax or even Aloe Vera gel. Even better, add Zinc oxide (do not inhale it) to the mixture and have your own homemade sunscreen. Sounds good, eh?
- Protective clothing – it is one the easiest and yet the most underrated methods. All you need is more of light colour clothing in your wardrobe (to reflect back sunlight) and the closer the fabric threads are, the more UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) you get. Adding an umbrella or hat along with sunglasses will save the uncovered parts of your body. If you are going to be around water for longer durations, make sure you walk around in wet socks/shoes and do not forget to carry a cover-up/wrap in your bag
- Food – eating healthy is the key. Incorporating foods rich in nutrients and antioxidants can substantially boost your skin’s natural sun protection ability. These are citrus fruits, carrots, strawberries, green tea, pomegranates, almonds, red grapes, leafy greens, tomatoes, watermelon, turmeric and flax seeds. Are you going grocery shopping today?
What’s going on in your head? Does this seem like a bit too much? Don’t worry, Juicy Chemistry has your back! Check out these products that we have specially curated for you. These are 100% organic and preservatives free because we care. 😊
- Organic Aloe Vera Powder (Hydrating Mask for Sun Damaged & Sensitive Skin)
- Organic Aloe Vera Water (Hydrating Facial Toning Mist)
- Argan, Rose & Camellia Day Serum (with Natural SPF)
Sunshine is beautiful and so should be your skin. Happy Summers!