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Sun Care - Natural Oils With Great SPF

Posted by Shirley Makela, AADP INHC on 3/25/2015 to News

Skagit valley Tulip field and farmhouse in morning.

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Springtime is coming here in the beautiful Skagit Valley where I am blessed to live.  The cherry trees are in full bloom, bright yellow fields of daffodils are giving way to fields brilliant with tulips blooming.  The Snow Geese and Trumpeter Swans that overwinter here are getting ready for their migration back north, gathering in large flocks. Its an amazing sight when they gather next to these fields of flowers.  The birds are singing in the morning, frogs are singing at night and hummingbirds are everywhere.  I watched in delight as a hummingbird bathed in the fountain in my front yard a few days ago, Id never seen anything like it before. It flew in and out of the stream of water.

 Although we still have our share of rainy days right now all these signs of spring have me thinking about the coming warmth and sunshine.  

 Sunshine and Vitamin D - Its a good thing!

We have been told for years now to avoid sun for the sake of our skin and to avoid skin cancer but avoiding it altogether is not necessarily good!  Sunshine is good for our health exposure to the sun is how our bodies create vitamin D, which is essential for calcium absorption as well as iron, magnesium, phosphate and zinc.  Vitamin D is not only necessary for our bones; it may also be good for our mood!  Many Drs warn that Vitamin D deficiency is very common, and given how vital it is for our health something we need to address. One of the best ways to get it is when our skin without sunscreen applied is exposed to sunshine.  How much time in the sun is required depends on where you live but a general rule of thumb is about 15 to 25 minutes for lighter skinned people, more for darker or tanned skin to help you get your minimum of 5000 units per day.  Youll know when you've gotten enough when your skin is lightly pink but not burned!

 There are also food sources for vitamin D, some of the highest sources are in fatty fish like salmon, trout, mackerel and tuna. Cod liver oil is another good source.  Believe it or not some mushrooms like Portabella can provide as much as 400 IU per 3 ounces!   Meat and dairy from grass fed cows, and eggs from hens that are pasture raised are said to be much higher in vitamin D as well (they taste better too!)

However as critical as vitamin D is - more is not better when it comes to sun.  So if you are planning to be outdoors for extended periods protection is a good idea and luckily nature provides us with some wonderful natural oils that can help!

Natural Oils With High SPF

 If you are like me and want to avoid using sunscreens that may be full of ingredients that are potentially harmful (from the frying pan into the fire!) there is good news.   Many natural oils provide good SPF protection, and some that are incredibly effective! 

The  oil with the highest SPF is Raspberry Seed Oil which can range from 28-50 SPF, this oil approximates what you would get in most sunscreens featuring Titanium Dioxide.  It not only helps protect against free radicals it also provides protections against both UVA and UVB rays.   Carrot Seed Oil is another excellent oil with high SPF ranging 38-40, followed by Wheatgerm oil with an SPF ranging around 20. 

Hazelnut oil is another oil said to have and SPF of around 15 its one I use as part of my base for my serums because it is a wonderful oil for skin, its high in essential fatty acids and both soothing and toning for dry, irritated skin. Some studies show that it is useful for filtering sun rays as well.   Other oils like; Macadamia, Hemp, Avocado, Coconut and Castor oil have SPFs ranging from 6-10, and Olive, Shea, Almond, Jojoba and Sesame range from 4-6 SPF.

 If youve gotten too much sun oils like Tamanu can come to the rescue. Tamanu is an oil used traditionally in Polynesia for helping sun damaged skin, and has been studied in depth for its many healing properties.  Its an oil I love. I offer it straight and use it as a key ingredient in my Extra Care Serum along with Baobab oil.  

 Rosehip is another oil that can help your skin.  Rosehip is not only a potent source for vitamin C which increases synthesis of collagen and photoprotection, it is also high in a natural form of retinoic acid, a natural form of retinoic acid, vitamin A. I absolutely love Rosehip, and use a supercritical extract of rosehip oil in my Wild Roses Serum, and it is one of the key ingredients  in my Extra Care Serum as well.  Its also a wonderful addition to my Honey & Roses Facial one that is my particular favorite right now!

For optimal health we do need sunshine, but when you need protection from the sun as well it's great to know that nature provides us with a wealth of natural oils for healthy skin!


Here's To Our Health!
Shirley Makela, AADP INHC
Owner/Artisan
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