Natural UV Protection

It's that time of year again. Sun protection is on a lot of people's minds, especially parents and individuals who spend a lot of time outside, whether at work or at play. As a controversial topic and item, most health practitioners will agree that we all need some amount of protection from the harsh effects of constant sun exposure. 

Sun Protection Factor or SPF is used to determine how long you can stay in the sun with a particular SPF, use this equation below:

minutes to burn without sunscreen x SPF number = sun exposure time

This equation can be tricky for darker skinned individuals, who might not necessarily see a burn but would definitely feel the discomfort of prolonged sun exposure. 

For all individuals, some protection is better than no protection at all. 

In addition to traditional sunscreens found in the market (many with chemical additives and fillers), many oils contain natural UV protection.

Oil                                     SPF
Carrot Seed                     38-40
Raspberry Seed               28-50
Wheat Germ                    20
Avocado                          4-15
Soybean                          10
Coconut                           2-8
Olive                                2-8
Castor                              6
Macadamia Nut               6
Almond                            5
Shea Butter                     3-6
Jojoba                              4
Sesame Seed                  2-4

Many of these oils can be applied straight onto skin or used in formulations.

Some steps you can take to protect yourself and your family from UV exposure:
  • If possible, avoid being in the sun between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
  • Look for shade, stay under a tree, or use an umbrella.
  • During outdoor activities, wear sunglasses to protect your eyes. When the UV index is three or higher, you should also wear protective clothing and a large-brimmed hat.
  • Remember to apply sunscreen to all exposed areas of your skin.

Myra Aso
Your Beauty In Your Hands. Naturally.

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