Five years ago, my wife and I traveled up to Lake Michigan for a summer swimming trip. We were starting to go all natural, so we thought we could lather on some plain coconut oil for sunscreen and head out in the sun for hours. After a long day in the sun, painful redness set in across our shoulders and back. We knew we did it all wrong. That night, a harsh sunburn kept us awake. Discomfort, pain, and a hellish itch followed over the next few days. We came home with the worst sunburn of our lives.
From that point forward I wanted to find a natural sunscreen that was also effective. I never wanted to experience that pain again. We quickly found a good brand of natural sunscreen, but the watered-down ingredients weren’t enough for us. Being the natural chemists we were, we wanted to put together our own product, so we set out to make our own.
After experimenting with several ingredients and testing different batches, we began putting our own formulations to the test. After two years, we came up with a formula that worked, that smelled good, and rubbed in well. It’s a blend we now call Sun Care Crème. Our handcrafted blend is made with zinc, a mineral that is FDA approved for blocking UVA and UVB rays. Shea butter and coconut oil provide gentle SPF properties and a smooth, comforting base. We use a wonderful mixture of golden jojoba oil and red raspberry seed oil to enhance the product’s effectiveness.
We recognize the importance of absorbing the sun’s rays for vitamin D production, but we want to do it in a way that protects the skin. If we are out in the direct sun for an hour or more, we rub the crème in for every hour of exposure. We also put it on afterward, letting the oils moisturize the skin.
The results: For three years in a row my family has traveled to the Florida beaches for a week at a time. Any sun we get quickly fades into a nice tan the next day. No burning. No itching. The moisturizing properties of the plant oils help the skin quickly rejuvenate. We are so happy with this product. The crème has been great for our three year-old too. We make it in three natural scents: fennel, frankincense, and lavender.
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There's a lot of fear and misunderstanding when it comes to the sun. Afraid of being burned, consumers are quick to lather on sunscreen chemicals to block out the sun's rays. This is done without understanding what these chemicals are and what they do to the body's natural hormone levels. It's also very easy to neglect the importance of daily sunlight exposure. To maintain a healthy immune system, one should embrace 15-30 minutes of sun exposure each day, instead of avoiding it.
Studies show that 77 percent of cancers are prevented when one absorbs adequate vitamin D from the sun. When consumers rush to block out this important component in their life, they set their body up for a state of disease.
Key anti-oxidants help protect the body from the inside outSunburn is NOT proof that the sun is a dangerous, cancerous vessel. Sunburn indicates an imbalance - a disconnect between humans and nature. Instead of fearing sunburn, one should wonder why their body isn't protecting itself from the inside out. Most people are disconnected from the science of nutrition found in living foods. Most people are not eating and absorbing the phytonutrients that help with internal sunlight regulation and oxidative stress. One must also know their limits and seek shade when necessary.
Key antioxidants are missing from the standard diet. Antioxidants like astaxanthin help protect the skin from the inside out, naturally preventing UV radiation damage. Astaxanthin is a phytonutrient synthesized by a species of micro-algae called Haematococcus. It has a deep red hue and can be seen in salmon because they feed on the fish that thrive on the micro-algae.
Sunscreen chemicals wreak havoc on hormonesSunscreen chemicals are like a temporary shield or band-aid that doesn't get to the root of the problem. They're not always effective either. There's no scientific proof that these chemicals protect the skin from damage or cancer. In many cases, sunscreen chemicals pose more risks than rewards.
One common sunscreen chemical called oxybenzone disrupts hormones and may be linked to endometriosis in females and low sperm count in males. The Environmental Working Group reviewed a large number of commercial sunscreens and found out that half of them used the hormone disrupting oxybenzone as an active ingredient in their formula.
When oxybenzone penetrates the skin, it acts like estrogen in the body. This may trigger allergic skin reactions and can negatively affect the reproductive systems of both males and females. For females, this disruption can cause tissue that normally lines the inside of their uterus - the endometrium - to grow outside their uterus. This causes severe abdominal pain and may lead to infertility.
Furthermore, oxybenzone has a 1 to 9 percent skin penetration rate in lab studies. It's detected in most Americans' blood and can even make its way into a mother's breast milk.
Other sunscreen chemicals, like octinoxate, (octylmethoxycinnamate) exhibit hormone-like activity and can alter the function of the reproductive system, thyroid and even behavior in animal studies.
Another common ingredient, homosalate, can disrupt estrogen, androgen and progesterone levels. Exposure to hormone disrupting chemicals can change the very nature of a man or a woman at the hormone level.
Working with nature and the body to protect the skinInstead of disrupting natural hormone levels with sunblock chemicals, it's best to reconnect with nature and work with natural sun protection agents. Healthy oils like extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, and jojoba oil all have documented sun protection factor. Carrot seed and red raspberry seed essential oils have significantly high SPF. Zinc oxide is a mineral sunscreen that can reflect both UVA and UVB rays. It's equally important to know one's limitations and find shade intuitively.
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Lance D. Johnson, founder of Live Pure Body Care, is also the managing editor for all studies represented on this site. Lance has published hundreds of articles for top health news site NaturalNews.com and dozens of other syndicated publications.