It’s a catch-22: we want to protect ourselves from the sun’s harmful rays, but we slather on a concoction comprised of dozens of chemicals and toxins. Most commercial sunscreens are full of toxins that are slowly deteriorating our health and the health of our skin. For this reason, I have sought long and hard for a good, all-natural sunscreen. I may not be able to do much about the sun’s rays, but I can control what I put on my skin.
The Food and Drug Administration has not verified the potential dangers of sunscreen; instead, it has grandfathered in ingredients used in the late 1970s, when we first became aware of the importance of sunscreen. As a result, today’s sunscreens are not required to provide the same kind of information on their possible toxicity.
To be on the safe side, here are a few all-natural sunscreens you can use instead to protect your skin from the sun. They are ordered according to their SPF.
Red Raspberry Seed Oil – SPF 28 – 50
This oil's SPF protection ranges from 28 to 50, depending upon the quality of the oil. Red raspberry oil is the closest all-natural ingredient to titanium dioxide, which is in most commercial sunscreens. Red raspberry seed oil may help protect against UVA and UVB rays and even prevent cancer, dermatitis, and psoriasis.
Carrot Seed Oil – SPF 38 – 40
Carrot oil, which can also serve as an antiseptic, carries a higher SPF factor, but it is weakened when combined with a carrier oil.
Wheat germ Oil – SPF 20
Wheat germ is packed with vitamins and minerals, specifically vitamins E, K, and B. It may also be effective at staving off free radicals and ultraviolet rays from the sun.
Coconut Oil — SPF 10 or lower
Although coconut oil has an SPF of just 4 or 5, it still contains cell reinforcements that assistance in shielding the skin from unsafe radiation.
As with all prevention measures, these oils should be used in conjunction with other efforts to reduce and prevent sun damage, such as wearing a hat, sunglasses, and protective clothing and avoiding peak sun times.