Autumn is officially here -- and although the days are shorter, the sun is still shining bright here in California.
Protecting your skin with even a minimal SPF (Sun Protection Factor) should be part of your daily routine to avoid premature aging and cancer from exposure to ultraviolet light. In fact, the daily use of a low-SPF sunscreen has been shown to be more effective than intermittent use of a high-SPF sunscreen.
But here's the problem with traditional sunscreen: It literally blocks ultraviolet rays from penetrating the skin and therefore also blocks the healthful and healing benefits of natural sunlight. Sunlight helps balance hormones and is necessary for the production of vitamin D. [A quick note: Vitamin D is imperative for the formation of healthy, strong bones and for preventing osteoporosis, rickets and osteomalacia. It is also essential for proper immune function, helps regulate blood sugar levels and blood pressure, and protects against cancer in general -- and melanoma in particular! YES, vitamin D is anticarcinogenic. Many health problems people deal with are caused or at least intensified by vitamin D deficiency.] Additionally, many of the most popular chemicals in sunscreen break down into useless (at best) or carcinogenic and environmentally hazardous waste.
Coconut oil functions like an SPF sunscreen so far as protecting against sunburn and skin cancer is concerned BUT it does not block the skin from absorbing sunlight. Instead, it blocks free-radical reactions from occurring that result in all the consequences associated with overexposure to the sun. There are products out there which include some amount of coconut oil and use that as a marketing point -- look at the rest of the ingredients. Rest assured we use only five ingredients in our product: USDA Certified Organic virgin coconut oil, natural bees wax, ionized water, vitamin E and Certified Pure Therapeutic-Grade essential oil. If you don't know what it is and wouldn't put it in your mouth, do you really want to put it on your skin where it'll be eventually absorbed into your bloodstream just the same?
We recommend seasoning your skin with our moisturizing coconut oil butter first, if you have not been out in intense sun for some time and your skin is sensitive, before spending hours in the sun with a single application. Start with 15 or 30 minutes of exposure or until your skin turns just lightly pink. Wait a day or two and then do it again, adding five or 10 minutes. Repeat this for a week or two and you'll be ready to go!
This information is for educational purpose only and is not meant to treat or diagnose any condition.