New research from the Environmental Working Group shows that 75% of commercial sunscreens include harsh ingredients that are toxic to your skin and the environment, not to mention disrupt your hormones and are linked to skin cancer!!
You may have heard you can use coconut oil as a natural sun protection. And while that's not a myth, there's more to it than that.
Here’s everything you need to know before using coconut oil as a sunscreen:
If you want to use coconut oil as a natural skin protector, try Dignity's 100% Organic and Raw Coconut Oil. It's centrifuge-extracted process guarantees you're getting all the moisturizing and anti-inflammatory properties the coconut has to offer.
However, it's important to note that coconut oil should not be used as a primary skin protection, a replacement for sunscreen, or for longer periods of time in the sun! To keep your skin safe, the Skin Cancer Foundation recommends an SPF of at least 30. We prefer mineral sunscreens because they’re safer for our planet!
Watch how Dignity Coconuts President Erik Olson and his wife Bet used coconut oil to replace over 7 items on their packing list during a trip to the Boundary Waters, Minnesota.
Do you have littles at home who put everything they play with in their mouths? Or maybe you have one child who's learning to craft and ready to paint, but a toddler or baby who can't be trusted... We resonate!
It's tricky to find crafts for the whole family (especially when everyone is home longer during the summer!)
That's why we were excited to find a simple recipe with products we already had around the house.
Fill each tin cup with 1 spoonful of coconut oil. You may need to melt the coconut oil down slightly, as you want to the consistency to be between a solid and liquid. Add 1 drop of non-toxic food coloring, mix, and VOILA!
Check out the youtube video tutorial here.
Harvard Health's 2021 article on healthy cooking oils explains high heat causes molecules in oils to break apart, burn, become bitter, lose nutrients, and release smoke. Coconut oil is one of the plant oils that has a "high smoke point" so it can handle grilling temperatures of 400° and 500°.
Another medical journal from 2020 linked the heating of fats and oils, especially those high in polyunsaturated fats (also called PUFAs), at temperatures beyond their smoke point can result in carcinogenic compounds in the food that you eat. They also found high consumption of these fats can cause the same cellular damage leading to Alzheimer’s disease, obesity, type 2 diabetes, and other inflammatory disorders. The higher the PUFA count, the more toxins released.
Vegetable Oil and Canola Oils were found to be some of the biggest culprits at 58% and 30-35% PUFAs. Even Olive Oil and Avocado Oil have between 8-10% PUFAs, but Coconut Oil is between 2-3%.
So you could buy the fanciest steak or Waygu beef burgers, but your meat could become contaminated if not cooked with the right oil.
Level up your grilling skills by learning how to:
For more ideas, check out: 101+ ways to go natural with coconut oil - including beauty tips, cleaning tips, video tutorials, and 20+ ways to use for Mom & Baby.
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