The Truth about Sunscreens May Surprise You
Its summer vacation in most parts of the world which means more people are spending more hours outdoors. While there are several articles available that promote the hazards of sun exposure and value of using sunscreen. What you may not know, are some of the misconceptions on sun screens and how to really protect yourself and your family. The truth about sunscreens may surprise you.
Sun screens don’t prevent melanoma
According to a response written by Dr. Mercola, slathering yourself in sun screens won’t prevent skin cancer. The latest research points to the Omega 6:3 ratio. The Natural Academy of Sciences published a review showing the relationship between the ratios of Omega 6:3 and the prevention of skin cancer. This of course does NOT mean you should boost your ratio and spend the day at the beach unprotected. Burning your skin is still damage. It is important NOT to burn. Of course there are numerous studies available written about the impact of chemicals in sun screens on the human body as well as the environment. Dr. Elizabeth Plourde outlines these dangers in her book, “Sunscreens – Biohazard: Treat as Hazardous Waste”. In addition, her research provides proof there is a relationship between the increases of sunscreen use with an increase in all skin cancers as a result of increased sun exposure due to a false sense of security of using sunscreen.
Wear chemical free UV protective clothing
Wearing the proper clothing is one effective solution. The reality is, even if you use a broad spectrum sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays, there are none that protect against infra-red rays. UVA and infra-red rays are the ones that are linked to melanoma. The better alternative is to wear UV protective clothing and hats to avoid overexposure and protect yourself from burning. Keep in mind, not all UV protective clothing is chemical free so you need to look for companies that carry chemical free UV clothing.
Coconut oil is a natural sunscreen
Did you know that Coconut Oil is a natural sunscreen? Studies indicate that sun screens may result in limiting the opportunity to gather vitamin from the sun because it blocks too many of the UV rays where it’s sourced from. Using coconut oil increases the body’s ability to absorb vitamin D by not blocking out the useful UV rays that enable Vitamin D absorption. In addition, it blocks damaging free radicals that cause many of the issues caused by overexposure providing additional protection. Not to mention, it has been well documented that Vitamin D helps the body protect itself against several autoimmune diseases ( MS,IBS, rheumatoid arthritis, systematic lupus erythematosus, Sjogrens), Type 1 diabetes along with numerous other benefits like improving oral health.
You should prepare your skin for sun exposure
According to Bruce Fife in his book, “Coconut Cures: Preventing and Treating Common Health Problems with Coconut Oil”, if you’re skin isn’t use to being exposed to the sun, he suggests going out for a period of a few weeks spending 10-15 minutes a day in the sun, using coconut oil as protection, until your skin becomes “seasoned” to the sun. Your skin will then be able to tolerate longer hours. It is important to use a good quality coconut oil. Unrefined, extra virgin coconut oil is best.
The bottom line….
The latest research has uncovered additional evidence around the root causes for skin cancer and prevention. Sun screens can cause more damage by preventing the body’s ability to absorb Vitamin D. In addition, to the harmful exposure to the body as a result of chemical laden products that may actually be cancer causing agents themselves. Prepare and protect yourself from overexposure by using nature’s own remedy of coconut oil and wearing non chemical UV protective clothing.