Natural UV Protection
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.
Carrot Seed 38-40
Raspberry Seed 28-50
Wheat Germ 20
Macadamia Nut 6
Shea Butter 3-6
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.
Your Beauty In Your Hands. Naturally.