What Are Some Natural Sunscreen Alternatives?

Woman Applying SunscreenIt is important to protect yourself from the harmful effects of the sun’s UV rays. Radiation from the UV rays may cause skin cancer or weaken the immune system. It will cause sunburn.

You can protect your skin from harmful sun rays by using conventional commercial sunscreens. These sunscreens may contain some toxic substances and for this reason some people are looking for more natural alternatives to conventional sunscreens.

You can protect your skin from the sun by wearing clothing and covering up while in the sun. It is smart to wear a hat to protect yourself. If you plan to sit in the sun for a period of time use an umbrella or canopy to provide shade.

There are some foods which will help protect you from the sun. Foods rich in antioxidants and healthy fats will help protect you from the inside. Consider eating foods such as tomatoes, avocadoes, nuts, salmon, citrus fruits and others.

An alternative to conventional sunscreen might be zinc based sunscreens containing clean (non-toxic) ingredients.

natural sunscreenThere are natural items which can be used instead of sunscreens to help provide some protection to the skin from the sun.

Red raspberry seed oil has a natural SPF of 28-50. This natural oil protects against both UVA and UVB rays,. The red raspberry oil has an anti-inflammatory effect and can reduce the inflammation and pain associated with sunburn.

Carrot seed oil has properties which can protect the skin against free radicals. The oil has a natural SPF of 35-40.

Coconut oil may help prevent burning. It can block about 20% of the sun. It can be used as a sunscreen base and will help protect the skin from the inside out when it is consumed.

Wheat germ oil has an SPF of 20 and moisturizes the skin.

Sesame oil will block about 30% of sunlight so you can remain longer in the sun.

After a sunburn aloe vera is often used to sooth the burn. It can be used beforehand for blocking about 20% of the sun.

Be sure to stay well hydrated during the hot summer months. Drink lots of fluids and eat foods that help protect your body from the sun. It is wise to avoid the sun when it is at it’s peak between 10 am and 4 pm.