That’s right, you heard me correct. Think of it this way, your skin is the largest organ on your body so whatever you slather on it is being absorbed into your bloodstream, your organs & basically your whole being. Think about that for a second.
So what exactly are we supposed to do? We have had the fear of the sun put into us from every marketing campaign, dermatologist and yahoo out there. First off we need to stop fearing the sun, it’s not the bad guy here. Don’t get me wrong i’m not saying lets go slather on some oil and bath in the sun…or am i? Well if that oil is coconut oil then maybe I am! I had heard rumors of coconut oil being used as sunscreen, I have to admit I was sceptical at first but of course I had to look into it right? Coconut oil had some natural SPF properties but did not offer 100% protection, you would need to add a few things to it. Want the recipe for coconut oil sunscreen- click here
So we are protecting ourselves from sunburn this is a good thing. Bad side is we aren’t absorbing the vitamin D we need from the sun to protect us, help with depression and boost our immune system. We aren’t protecting ourselves from cancer if we don’t have enough vitamin D. But are we really protecting ourselves?
There are many different types of rays that the sun produces, but the two main rays that we are concerned with are the Ultraviolet A (UVA) and Ultraviolet B (UVB) rays. The UVB rays are the good guys – they are the ones that stimulate the Vitamin D production in our skin. UVA rays are the ones that are the primary risk factor for cancer.
Sunscreens also offer a false sense of protection, as many on the market do not screen for the UVA rays, but do screen for UVB, which makes no sense at all considering UVB are the rays required for Vitamin D production.
So does the sun really cause cancer? It seems to be the general consensus, but what is the scientific proof?Now don’t get me wrong, I am in no way saying go out and bake under the hot afternoon sun, I am saying that perhaps it’s not the enemy we think it is.
Take a look at this video by Dr. Coldwell regarding skin cancer and it’s relationship to the sun.
I personally have had my run in with skin cancer,and following a protocol of simple treatments (not the kind your dermatologist will do) and also sun exposure – yes that’s right I used the sun to cure my skin cancer, I was able to rid myself of the lesions.
I am sure that I will catch some flack for this article, but let me explain. My immune system has never been better than the years I tan, I use a tanning bed in moderation not in excess and I don’t catch colds or the flu nor do I feel the winter blues or have issues sleeping. I am regularly tested for my vitamin D3 levels and although I wasn’t supplementing with D3 and despite what you read that a tanning bed doesn’t help with D3 levels I somehow managed to have fantastic levels.
So yes I tan, inside, outside, wherever I can and I feel fabulous because of it. I feel energy, health and have strong immunity. I am alive and rejuvenated by the sun, in small doses.
According to Anthony J. O’Lenick, author of “Oils of Nature”, raspberry seed oil has a natural SPF of 28-50 and carrot seed oil has a natural SPF of 38-40. Other oils, like coconut oil, wheat germ oil, jojoba oil, sesame, etc. will all have lower SPF levels, ranging from 4-10 and keep in mind that they primarily block UVB rays remember what I said earlier about UVA and UVB
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