This is a question I get quite often and the answer is yes and naturally. Any of my products that have Coconut Oil and/or Shea contain ~6 SPF. Coconut Oil and Shea Butter both contains about 4-6 SPF each.
I am in the process of making a natural sunblock with an SPF of 25. Why only 25 you ask? The reasoning is that we as a society are becoming Vitamin D deficient because with all of the SPF protection. Yes we need protection from the sun’s damaging rays, but we also need the sun for the Vitamin D.
Vitamin D is a beneficial vitamin and antioxidant that is widely known as a key element in supporting a healthy immune system and preventing bone related diseases like osteoporosis and rickets. Vitamin D can be absorbed into the body through several forms, including exposure to the sun, supplement pills and vitamin D creams. The cream form of this vitamin can be useful in treating sin conditions and supporting overall skin health.
What role does Vitamin D in play in our Health?
· It is required to carry out proper absorption of calcium and phosphorus in the body.
· It promotes calcium absorption and therefor aids it aids in proper growth, development, and strengthening of teeth and bones.
· It enhances the immune system, which consequently helps in reducing the risk of bone related diseases such as osteoporosis and infections such as rickets
· It is effective in targeting and improving skin care problems such as itching, flaking, and redness associated with psoriasis
How can we get our daily requirement?
Vitamin D is commonly referred to as the “sunshine vitamin” because it’s the only vitamin that is formed when skin is exposed to the sun’s ultraviolet rays. As little as 10-15 minutes under the sun – (without sunscreen), three times a week enables your body to manufacture enough vitamin D, which can be stored in the body for several months. The Sun’s UV rays form a cholesterol-like compound in the human body which is then converted first to form a precursor of vitamin D and after to vitamin D3. Vitamin D3 is activated by enzymes from your liver and kidney.
The active form of vitamin D is known as vitamin D3 or cholecalciferol. It is a fat-soluble vitamin which is found in two major forms: vitamin D2 and vitamin D3. Ergocalciferol or vitamin D2 is mainly derived from plants while cholecalciferol or vitamin D3 derives from exposure to the sun’s rays and certain food items.
Although Sunlight is the best natural source of vitamin D this may not be possible in cold countries, people that work indoors, or protect themselves from the sun. In that case, people can opt for dietary sources in order to fulfill the daily requirement of this vitamin. Very good food sources of vitamin D include include salmon, tuna, eye yolks, sausage, fortified milk, enriched orange juice, cereals and soy products.