Protecting your skin from the sun is a warning we’ve grown up hearing, but what if you learned that the sunscreens on the market today are causing you more harm than the actual UV rays?

There are studies that have been released over the years that are revealing the true dangers of sunblock and the real benefits of being out in the sun, without it!

Myth Busted: Sun doesn’t really cause cancer

They’ve scared us into wearing sunblock for decades, but now the cat’s out of the bag that sun isn’t to be feared.

Sure, it’s hot and can eventually burn you (surely, you have enough sense to seek shade before that happens), but it doesn’t really cause cancer. Think of the African’s in the homeland walking out in the sun for centuries without sunblock and are just fine.

As black people, we have skin that absorbs the sun quite well. This is why we can withstand being outdoors much longer.

In fact, it’ been found that darker pigmented people can stay out in the sun 15-30 times longer than Caucasians and other light pigmented folks (who can only stand in the sun for 15-30 minutes up to three times out of the week).

In fact, it’s recommended that we do go out into the sun to absorb it’s goodness before putting on any type of sunblock. It’s also found that getting sufficient sunlight can help prevent certain types of cancers — ironic, huh?

We Are Deficient in Vitamin D, Which is Naturally Provided By the Sun!

According to scientific studies, 40-60% of Americans are at risk of vitamin D deficiency. This is more prominent in the younger generation aged 18 to 29, since they wear sunblock the most.

What’s interesting is that in one study performed on African American women between 15 and 49, it was found that by the end of winter, 42%of them were found to be vitamin D deficient.

Please note that we are at a higher risk of cancer because of this. This is why it’s recommended that we not wear sunblock at all, unless we are in the sun for more than 45 hours out of the week.

How to Get Your Recommended Dose of Sunny D

There’s nothing in nature that can provide you with as much vitamin D as the sun can. I like to think of us as Superman — without the sun we are weakened and with it, we are made strong!

The best times to go out is when the sun is at it’s peak, which is between noon and 2 p.m. The idea is to get as much sunshine as you can during the warmer months, so that by the time the cold winter hits, you’ll have enough supply of vitamin D to get you through.

More Reasons to Say No to Sunblock

If you happen to be one of the people who are outside 45+ hours per week, then it’s recommended that you safeguard your skin from the burns the sun can cause. However, I wouldn’t recommend that you slab on any sunblock.

The ingredients that are found in majority of sunscreens today are highly toxic and what’s sad is that these products have been approved by the FDA — despite the fact that they are carcinogenic and endocrine disrupters, which leads to an imbalance in your hormones. Imbalanced hormones alone can bring you down a road to all sorts of diseases and illnesses.

There are a total of 15 ingredients that have been found to be toxic in these sunblocks, but just to name a few:

  • Octinoxate
  • Oxybenzone
  • Vitamin A Palmitate/Retinyl Palmitate
  • Homosalate
  • Octocrylene
  • Paraben Preservatives

It gets worse the higher the SPF, which folks have also been tricked into using. From what we’ve revealed, the more sun the product blocks, the more devastating it will be in our level of vitamin D deficiency. Then throw on top of that the amount of toxins that have to be added in order to provide that extra SPF “protection”.

Some of these ingredients have been linked to tissue damage, allergic reactions and endocrine disruption.

Natural alternatives for resisting sunburn

Again, if you are being overexposed to the sun and would like to protect yourself, mother nature has already provided the solution. Here are some of the natural ingredients that provide SPF protection:

  • Coconut oil: SPF 2-4
  • Avocado oil: SPF 4-15
  • Raspberry seed oil: SPF 28-50
  • Olive oil: SPF 2-8
  • Almond oil: SPF 5
  • Shea butter: SPF 3-6

You can make a spray and add in essential oils like eucalyptus and lavender to help soothe your skin. Avoid citrus essential oils though because they can irritate the skin when exposed to sunlight.

Embrace your natural place in the sun

If you’re the average person, you won’t ever have to worry about putting on sunblock. Just remember to wear a brim hat and bring an umbrella when you head out to the beach or swimming pool for the day.

If you are lighter complected or tend to burn really easy, then by all means make yourself a natural sunscreen. Just make sure to avoid wearing straight up oils because like in the frying pan, it will get hot!

So stop being afraid of the summer sun and enjoy yourself and the vitamin D that it’ll provide you with!

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