Summer time is regarded as beach or poolside time. Naturally, you’ll want to protect yourself from the sun. Instead of reaching for toxic sunscreens, try packing some extra virgin coconut oil along with your beach towel and umbrella.
Yes, the same extra virgin coconut oil found in your kitchen pantry will do the trick to protect your skin – minus the toxicity from health-compromising ingredients.
Choose Coconut Oil for Sunscreen Instead
Contrary to popular belief, daily exposure to the sun is essential to your overall health. It’s the overexposure that’s dangerous. Sun exposure is the best way for your body to create health protecting vitamin D. To protect yourself against sunburn, use a non-toxic sunscreen like coconut oil or opt for a low-risk, safe sunscreen that doesn’t contain health-compromising ingredients.
According to Dr. Bruce Fife, ND, the author of “Coconut Cures: Preventing and Treating Common Health Problems with Coconut Oil”, coconut oil, when applied on the skin can protect against sunburns and cancer. Unlike sunscreen, unprocessed coconut oil doesn’t completely block the UVB rays that are necessary for vitamin D synthesis. It protects the skin and the underlying tissues from damage caused by excessive exposure. Instead of burning or turning red, it produces a light tan, depending on the length of time you spend in the sun.
“Consuming coconut oil also strengthens the skin and makes it more resilient and less prone to sunburn.” – Dr. Fife stated. He also warned against using hydrolyzed or processed oil. So, make sure the coconut oil is pure and not processed.
Source: Living Traditionally