Natural sunscreens alternative to chemicals

 Hi dears,
You know that I am writting for Holistic Linving Annex
and I want to share with you my contribution of this month.
Hope you’ll find it useful and intresting. Enjoy!
The sun is a natural source of Vitamin D, but
can be as damaging as it is beneficial for your health. Skin damage caused by
too much sun exposure can be irreversible and cause health conditions such as
burns and skin cancer.It is very important that you  protect your skin with sunscreen before
stepping out into the sun. However,  not
everyone feels comfortable wearing sunscreen chemicals on their skin. The
chemicals in commercial sunscreen can cause such skin reactions as dry or itchy
patches. If your skin is prone to these side-effects, there are several natural
alternatives to commercial sunscreen.
Find out which are they:



 Sesame Oil
Pure sesame oil is an effective natural
alternative to sunscreen  because it can
block out approximately 30 percent of the sun’s rays. Apply sesame oil to the
exposed skin once every one to two hours for maximum protection.
Coconut Oil
Coconut oil blocks out as much as 20 percent of
the sun’s harmful rays. Apply coconut oil to any exposed patch of skin every
hour for maximum sun protection. As an alternative, coconut oil mixes with shea
butter and coconut butter to add sun protection into your favorite daily skin
products. Coconut oil and milk are also natural skin moisturizers and can be
applied to the skin daily instead of commercial moisturizers, providing a
natural daily sunscreen.
Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is a succulent plant with extract
that is useful for many medicinal purposes, ranging from wound healing to diabetes
treatment. Aloe vera gel reflects as much as 20 percent of the sun’s harmful UV
rays If you grow the plant at home just  pluck a leaf to access the gel-like interior.
No matter the method of obtaining the gel, apply it to the skin every one to
two hours for sun protection.
Red Raspberry Seed Oil
Provides the highest broad spectrum UV
protection against both UVA and UVB rays due to the exceptionally high levels
of alpha and vitamin E, vitamin A, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Some
sources stated that Red Rapsberry Seed Oil has SPF as high as 28 – 50 and equal
to that of titanium dioxide.








 Carrot Seed Oil
Carrot seed oil is an essential oil with
significant antioxidant, antiseptic and fragrant properties with high levels of
vitamin A. Carrot seed oil also provides natural sun protection with  SPF of 38 and 40.
Hemp Seed Oil
Although hemp seed oil provides a low SPF, the
nutrients found in hemp seed oil closely resembles the naturally occurring
molecules in the human body. These molecules are known as lipids and include
elements such as bodily waxes, fats and fat-soluble vitamins. Because of this
close resemblance, the nutrients are easily absorbed into human skin, providing
added sunscreen. Hemp seed oil is also a natural source of essential amino and
fatty acids, as well as nutrients, which stimulate keratin formation in the
human body, adding many benefits to the skin.
Alfalfa Oil
Alfalfa, also known as lucerne, can be used as
a pretreatment along with other sunscreens. It is known to reduce the damage
caused by sunburn and is also a rich source of antioxidants. Traditional Indian
medicines used alfalfa leaves for treating skin conditions, such as sores or
Tropical Ferns
Golden polypody (golden serpent fern or cabbage
palm fern) is a tropical fern native to America. This fern contains beneficial
antioxidants, as well as properties that lower the risk of skin damage caused
by the sun. The fern can help to maintain the skin’s elasticity and most
importantly, can reduce the risk of skin cancer. In medicine, extracts from
this fern have been used to treat serious skin conditions, such as psoriasis.
Alexandrian Laurel
Alexandrian Laurel, more commonly known as the
Ballnut tree, contain elements that are believed to regenerate skin tissue.
Acordigly with  the European Journal of
Pharmaceutical Sciences the Ballnut tree oil provides a high UV protection
level, equal to SPF 18 to 22. The oil has no toxicity, which means that it can
be used on the skin with no irritations or adverse effects. Alexander Laurel  oil can also be added to eye drops to provide
natural sun protection for the eyes.
Wheatgerm Oil 
Wheatgerm is one of the best sources of natural
vitamin E and is also a good source of vitamin K, B vitamins and choline, and
natural SPF equal to 20.  Applied to the
skin this oil helps to moisturize tissues and acts as an antioxidant  preventing  free radical damage.
Soybean Oil 
Soybeans originally come from China and are a
rich source of essential fatty acids, protein, lecithin, iron and calcium in
the diet.  Used on the skin, soybean oil
is effective moisturizer compared to other oils  and has a natural SPF of 10.
Macadamia Oil
Macadamia nuts are rich sources of magnesium,
iron, phosphorous, potassium and vitamin E. The oil contains a natural plant
chemical called cinnamic acid which provides a variable SPF level of 6.
Jojoba Oil
Used by Indians and Mexicans for food,
medicine, skin care and rituals. The oil of jojoba is effective as a
moisturizer for dry skin and contains a natural plant chemical called myristic
acid which provides some limited sun protection (SPF of 4).
Other Oils
Other natural plant oils with low SPF levels
include sea buckthorn oil, shea butter,
olive oil, avocado oil, soybean, peanut oil, green and white tea  leaves.


 All this marvelous
oils and herbs you can use to make your own non-allergic  sunscreen as following:
Sesame Sunscreen
Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are two of the
natural minerals. Both are gentle and non-irritating and the least likely to
cause photosensitivity disorders. Titanium dioxide offers protection against
both UVA and UVB rays and zinc oxide offers an even wider spectrum of
protection in the UVA range. That’s why is critiqly to use it in sunscreen:
2 tbs virgin coconut oil (SPF 2)
1 tbs shea butter (SPF 6)
½ tsp sesame oil (SPF 2)
½ tsp aloe vera gel
2 tsp zinc oxide
Put the first 4 ingredients in a ceramic bowl inside
a saucepan. Then fill it with an inch or two of  boiling water. Melt all the ingredients and
add zinc oxide.  Chose a dark glass jar
to pour it and keep it in a cool dark place.  The liquefied mixture will last for 6 months.
Lettuce sunscreen
Use a  coconut oil, zinc oxide and aloe vera gel  and heat it in a small saucepan  at medium temperature, until the mixture
begins to simmer.  The heated mixture
will be combine  with lettuce leaves and
Vitamin E oil from the capsules, into a blender.  To make that lettuce breaks apart into
smaller pieces chop it before and blend  with rest till will liquify or puree.  Add  unscented
lotion  to avoid making the sunscreen too
thick. Pour the greenish tint of sunscreen in a plastic bottle and storeit in
refrigerator since it contains natural food products. Rub it on your skin
before sun  exposure.


Hope that
will help you to stay sun protect during  the
hot summer.

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    Prof. Dr. Skinny Bitch
    25 June 2012 at 9:47 am

    great tips!!! love this post!!!

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    The Fashion Milkshake
    25 June 2012 at 10:05 am

    Really love this editorial !

    Get's me really in the mood for a nice hot summer !!



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      25 June 2012 at 10:53 am

      Me too, plan to spent my day at the beach 🙂


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    25 June 2012 at 10:37 am


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    Elisa Ferrari
    25 June 2012 at 11:34 am

    molto interessante questo post!!! Io devo stare attentissima alla pelle e alla protezione solare 🙂

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    25 June 2012 at 11:51 am

    bellissima ispirazione e grazie per i consigli!:) Un bacio!

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      25 June 2012 at 11:57 am

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    A Blog With Us
    25 June 2012 at 12:13 pm

    The pics are amazing, I would go for the natural one tough.

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    25 June 2012 at 1:08 pm

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      25 June 2012 at 1:11 pm

      Oh, I am sorry about that. I would love to go together at the beach 😛

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    25 June 2012 at 1:14 pm

    Thanks for the sunscreen alternatives! Awesome post! And the photos are so perfect!


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      25 June 2012 at 1:43 pm

      Thank you so much, Rebecca! Really appreciate!

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    Thank you for the great tips. I'm in love with the amazing swimsuits :)))

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    sonia de macedo
    26 June 2012 at 6:59 am

    Great post I always have sunscreen on in the summer cos of my fair skin so this post is amazing, I had no idea there was so many natural and organic oils out there!

    Have a lovely day

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      28 June 2012 at 7:31 pm

      Oh, Sonia! Thank you for you lovely comment and sharing your own experience.


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    Demi Mist
    26 June 2012 at 7:09 am

    I love the swimsuits on the photos!

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    Australian Couture
    26 June 2012 at 8:32 am

    These are some breathtaking images. I love the post and the amount of details you went through! I will definitely be exploring these organic oils!! I really appreciate you visiting my blog and your sweet comment! Yes, I would LOVE for us to follow each other on Gfc and I now have bloglovin too as of now! xx Following you

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    26 June 2012 at 9:35 am

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      Thank you, Girls. I will come back to you tomorrow. Sleep tight!

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      Grazie di cuore, cara!!!

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