That’s it. I’m done. Finished. Completo.
Fuck this shit I’m out.
This weekend is the unofficial beginning of summer, so I thought I would share my article again from last summer about using organic coconut oil as sunscreen. I know it sounds crazy, but it worked like a charm! Check out the link above, and then read about my experiment from last summer below.
Forgive me, I can’t remember the tumblr that showed me this article, but if you write me, I’ll give you the proper credit. When I first read this linked article, I thought, “Coconut Oil as a sunscreen?! I’m gonna cook like a roasted chicken!” But I’m living proof over the last 3 weeks that it works, and works great! However, if you’re fair-skinned like me, you will have to re-apply often (maybe once an hour or even more frequently depending on how white you are). But your skin will be creamy and smooth! And the reapplication isn’t nearly as annoying as skin cancer.
Ever since I found out that sunscreens cause more harm than good due to all the chemicals you’re absorbing into your skin (paleo=chemical free), I’ve been on the search for an organic sunscreen. I did find one brand in Australia that was pretty much pure organic zinc-oxide, but it was thick and white, and not very practical for my summer beach days. And it felt like I was Meryl Street in Silkwood afterwards, trying desperately to scrub the thick substance off my body in the shower. I gave it away to a hippie mom with a newborn, and decided to just limit my exposure to the sun as much as possible until I developed a base tan, and then exposed myself more and more (like Fred Willard). But every now and then that method ended with a burn (kind of like using the withdrawal or rhythm method for birth control).
So when I read this article I tried using plain old organic coconut oil. No sunburn first week, minimal burn the next week (but didn’t reapply as much), no burn the third week! And my tan is darker than it’s been in years! If you get it in your eyes, it’s a little uncomfortable, so try to avoid your eyelashes from touching it.
You should definitely read the article, but in a nutshell, coconut oil’s high smoke point blocks the burning, and helps the UV rays give you the Vitamin D we all need. But you have to build up your sun exposure before jumping right in this, or as the article says, you must “season your skin” first before you can jump in the sun for several hours. The article suggests how.
I get a kick watching everyone at the beach wonder when my skin will turn crisp like a Thanksgiving turkey, only to be disappointed, again thwarted by the dreaded paleo lifestyle they all like to make so much fun of. And the kids at the beach get a kick out seeing me then unscrew the squirt bottle I put the organic coconut oil in, and then take a swig of sunscreen right from the bottle! They all line up with their mouth open for me to squirt sunscreen into their mouths, like some weird paleo communion. ”Eat this coconut oil, for it is my sunscreen.” And yes, I did warn them not to do that with other sunscreens, just caveman sunscreen.
EDIT: It’s now the end of the summer and I’ve had a deeper tan than I’ve had in 20 years! Probably since my college years on Spring Break. I get a comment almost every day from people mentioning how dark I look. I love not burning! And I have to admit, I love being tan. It’s like a crash diet, you look 10 pounds lighter for some reason, lol. And this is really just from one exposure a week in the summer sun, a 4 hour day of playing beach volleyball (badly) in Santa Monica. Organic coconut oil is my new go-to sunscreen!
NEW EDIT: I’ve already started going to beach, and this year I purchased a Misto on Amazon (see pic below). It makes it much easier to apply than the squirt bottle I used last year. One note, it’s got to be over 70 degrees or the the coconut oil will become solid and un-sprayable.
I always use coconut oil on everything except my tattoos. On those I use SPF 80
this is a REALLY BAD IDEA DO NOT DO THIS. I’m sorry but the fear of getting skin cancer is REALLY LEGITIMATE. I live in Arizona. People DIE because they don’t put on enough sunscreen. You can baste yourself in coconut oil if you want to but skin cancer is dangerous and deadly.
I’m sorry this is just absolutely absurd and I don’t want to be like mean but I’m saying this for everyone’s own good:
1.) if your skin changes color that’s called sun damage and you’re putting yourself at risk for cancer don’t pretend like it’s not
2.) i’m just guessing here but i’m betting everyone here is a bit of a pale ass and not as the website talks about, people living in India who already have a little more natural UV protection against skin cancer
I don’t need to make fun of the paleo lifestyle if you’re putting yourself at the risk of a lethal cancer because you don’t like chemicals.
you’re really not gonna like chemotherapy, let me tell you that much.
put on some real sunblock.
I didn’t research before reblogging, but from what I’ve read now, coconut oil does block UV rays. Not as much as the bottled stuff — 20%, where store-bought sunblock is going to be blocking upwards of 90% — but it is a real sunblock even if it’s not a really effective sunblock.
I imagine the people who are looking into this are worrying about vitamin D deficiency, which is a legitimate health concern even if it’s not nearly as lethal as cancer or chemotherapy. Still, after finding out how it compares to regular sunblocks, I’d have to agree with you that using it as a sunblock for prolonged periods of time doesn’t seem like a great idea.
excuse you shauna
but caterpillars are not cutedo you see what I mean
I’m never sleeping again thanks