What would summer be without a day (or two or three) on the beach?
Whether you're on the sandy shores of a beach, lake or pond, a recliner by the pool, or just a good old-fashioned folding chair behind the house, skin needs protection from the sun's UV rays, and unfortunately, most people reach for toxic sunscreens to do the job.
Consider reaching for some virgin coconut oil instead. Yes, really! Pack some in with that beach towel and cooler, for a little toxin-free skin protection.
What's in a Ray of Sun?
Ultraviolet rays come in two varieties: UVA rays, most often credited for skin aging and cancer; and UVB, which can also cause burning and damage in excess, but which delivers necessary vitamin D through the skin, actually boosting immunity, energy and anti-aging protection.
Sunlight is the body's favorite way to generate vitamin D, and blocking all UVB rays will prevent vitamin D production. Ironically, after all the talk about slathering sunscreen on to avoid cancer, shutting out vitamin D can actually increase cancer risk. Then too, so many commercial sunscreens have toxic ingredients to boot.
Just Say "No" to Toxic Sunscreens
The Environmental Working Group reports that some 75 percent of commercial sunscreens are infused with toxic chemicals associated with hormonal disruption and even cancer.
Among these ingredients are retinal palmitate and oxybenzone, some of the worst offenders. Titanium nano particles are often included as well.
These chemicals and particles are easily absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream, where they may become as toxic as an oral cocktail of the same ingredients would be.
Skin doesn't have to hide under a towel.
Coconut Oil to the Rescue
The virgin coconut oil in the kitchen cabinet is versatile indeed. Not only has it been consumed by pacific islanders for thousands of years, but they have also massaged it into their skin for eons, to soothe, heal and protect.
Coconut oil has an SPF of 10, meaning that it blocks about 90 percent of the beneficial UBV rays. Still, 10 percent can get through and penetrate to do their jobs.
Many people believe that an SPF of 50 provides profoundly more protection, but this is misleading. The difference is minimal, and in fact, blocks out the beneficial rays discussed above. In addition, so many consumers have no idea that SPF ratings only refer to the UVB rays, and not to the more damaging UVA rays.
The nutritive essential fatty acids in coconut oil fortify the skin, and protect its surface and underlying tissues from the ravages of excessive sun exposure, by creating a seal that serves as a physical barrier as it seals in essential oils.
Its intense antioxidant activity increases the skin's immunity and self-healing powers as well, making coconut oil one of the best products anyone can apply to the skin.
To prevent burning, apply coconut oil before heading out into the sun, and recheck in 30 minute intervals to see if reapplication is necessary.
With just a little effort and attention, people can avoid toxins and keep themselves safe and comfortable with natural products like organic, virgin coconut oil. Shop Biconi today for the highest quality coconut products.
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