Trade your chemical sunscreen for extra virgin coconut oil

Woman Applying SunscreenYou’ve probably heard a battle raging over the use of sunscreens. On one hand the government advocates making sure you’re all slathered up to prevent exposure from to the sun.

On the other hand, many health proponents point out that sunscreens are loaded with toxic chemicals. And they also tell us a certain amount of sun is extremely helpful.

So what is a moderate-minded person to do?

Natural Society suggests trading in your chemical sunscreen for extra virgin coconut oil. Natural Society points out that coconut oil has been used as an effective sunscreen for thousands of years by indigenous, pacific islanders. Good point. So, why slather toxic chemicals on your body when you can use non toxic coconut oil instead?

There are two types of UV (ultraviolet) rays from the sun: UVA and UVB. UVA rays are primarily responsible for skin damage from excessive sun exposure that can lead to cancer and skin aging. However, although UVB rays can also cause damage and sunburn, they are necessary for your body to produce its own cancer protective vitamin D via the skin.

Sunlight is by far the optimal way to produce your vitamin D. Blocking UVB rays may inadvertently be increasing your cancer risk by blocking vitamin D absorption. Plus, sunscreen causes cancer through carcinogenic ingredients.

According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG) approximately 75% of commercial sunscreens contain toxic chemicals that are linked to cancer and disrupt hormones.

  • Retinyl palmitate, a known skin cancer hazard.
  • Oxybenzone, which disrupts hormones leading to cell damage and cancer.
  • Zinc and titanium nanoparticles are in colorless sun screen lotions.

Those and other chemicals rubbed on your skin are readily absorbed into your bloodstream and can be just as unhealthy and toxic as an oral dose.

Get the full scoop at Natural Society here.

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