The good news is that there are plenty of sunscreen alternatives out there that both provide protection and are safe for your body and the environment. Sunscreen is for everyone in need, no matter who you are or where you live.
While chemical sunscreens are probably the most common solution, they are not the best solution.
We'll cover some of the top alternatives to sunscreen so you can feel confident in the change.
WHY SHOULD YOU PROTECT YOUR SKIN WITH ALTERNATIVE SOLUTIONS?
The conventional sunscreens that line store shelves are often filled with active chemical ingredients that can wreak havoc on your body, both inside and out.
Many chemicals have been linked to skin irritations and allergies, and can also be absorbed through the skin, enter your bloodstream, and disrupt your body's hormones.
Chemical sunscreens are also bad for the environment , causing damage to coral reefs and other marine life. Incorporating natural alternatives to sunscreen into your routine is the best way to stay healthier
Avoid harmful chemicals:
Reducing the amount of harmful substances entering our body is the main reason to find a natural alternative to sunscreen.
Allows healthy absorption of Vitamin D:
Natural sunscreen alternatives allow your body to maintain healthy levels of Vitamin D, some of which needs to be absorbed directly from the sun.
Less risk of skin allergies:
A natural sunscreen substitute is healthier for your skin and body in general, reducing the chances of skin allergies and other problems.
Switching to a natural alternative to sunscreen will have a positive impact on both your body and the environment.
You can find an article summarizing why sunscreen is bad for the environment here How does sunscreen negatively impact the ocean?
WHAT SHOULD I USE SHEET CREAM?
You may have heard before that exposure to the sun is healthy and necessary for your body to function properly. If you always shield your body with a chemical sunscreen, it will hinder the body's process of absorbing the necessary Vitamin D from the sun.
Vitamin D deficiency can lead to weakness, loss of bone density and other problems.
Additionally, a healthy dose of blue light from the sun shining through your eyes and skin in the morning helps regulate your body's circadian rhythms and improve your mood.
Fortunately, many natural alternatives to sunscreen are effective at preventing skin damage while also allowing your body to get the Vitamin D it needs from the sun.
Try incorporating one or more of the sunscreen alternatives below into your daily routine.
- Wear UPF (UV protection) clothing
- How long are you exposed to the sun?
- Seek shade and avoid direct sunlight
1. UPF CLOTHING
Arguably one of the most convenient and accessible alternatives to sunscreen is the UPF clothing you wear. Incorporating UPF clothing into your everyday wardrobe allows you to ditch sunscreen while also being a healthy built-in sunscreen alternative.
When buying UPF clothing, the rating is based on how much UV light can be absorbed through the fabric, which is different from the SPF rating used for sunscreens.
Look for clothing with a UPF rating of at least 50 for the best protection.
All Claclac clothing has a UPF 50+ rating so you can rest assured that your skin is well protected. At Clalacc, we create clothes that are simple, elegant, and have the technical features to protect you from the sun.
2. TIME EXPOSURE TO SUN
Although it is sometimes difficult to determine, your exposure time can be a good substitute for sunscreen. Pay attention to your skin type, UV index, altitude, and location when planning time outdoors.
If you can optimize your time outdoors when the UV index is at its lowest, you can avoid sun damage.
Since the UV index is lowest in the early morning and at night, it can be difficult to avoid being outdoors during the day. Have clothing with UPF on hand for those times when you can't avoid being outdoors during the peak heat of the day. It will keep you protected from the sun and cooler than regular clothes!
3. FIND THE SHADOW
Seeking shade out of the sun is another easy way to prevent sunburn without chemicals.
Especially on beach days or summer vacations when you're outside for long periods of time, staying in the shade for yourself can have a significant impact.
Why not go for a walk through the woods, where you'll naturally get some shade from the sun?
No matter how careful you are with UV rays, you cannot completely block them. Therefore, care after UV exposure is very important.
This article summarizes how to properly care for sunburned skin, please take a look.