Most conventional sunscreens contain toxic ingredients that may increase free radical growth in the body as well as disrupt hormones. Some have even been listed as cancer causing chemicals. You can check your current sunscreen hazard score at http://www.ewg.org/2014sunscreen/
Nature has a simple solution when searching for a safe alternative. Many natural oils offer SPF protection from the sun. Here is a list of a few oils that have natural protection.
Carrot Seed Oil: This oil is a powerful antioxidant with high levels of vitamin A. It has a natural SPF of 38-40. Dilute with coconut oil and use for sun protection.
Red Raspberry Seed Oil: Contains high levels of omega 3 and omega 6 essential fatty acids, vitamin E and antioxidants. It also has anti-inflammatory properties. The SPF ranges from 28-50 depending on the amount used.
Wheat germ Oil: Contains vitamin E and is also a good source of vitamin K, B vitamins and choline. It also has antioxidant properties. This oil has a natural SPF of 20.
Coconut Oil: Has the ability to heal the skin and block the damaging effects of UV radiation from the sun. It has powerful antioxidant properties. The SPF ranges from 4-10.
It is important to get some sun during the “safe hours” before 11 a.m. or after 3 p.m. without sunscreen or sunblock. This ensures that the body gets the vitamin D it needs. Twenty minutes per day is recommended. For days when you will be out in the sun for an extended period of time try these natural oils. Be aware of your skin while using these oils for the first time and use your best judgment as to whether the combination used is adequate. You will also need to re-apply after any water activities. These oils will also give needed nourishment to your skin while its being protected. Have a fun and safe summer!