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Here Comes the Sun; Throw Out the Sunscreen

Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, PHom M

June 14th, 2012  |  20 Comments

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In Western New York, summer has finally moved in.  The sun is shining brightly and weekends are filled with barbecues and trips to the beach.

Don’t forget the sunscreen, right?

Not so fast.

Slathering on sunscreen could actually be causing deficiency in Vitamin D.

Some of the functions of Vitamin D include preventing cancer, boosting immunity, and maintaining healthy teeth and bones.  Those who are deficient often feel lethargic and catch colds and other bugs frequently.

Sunscreens can protect against both UVA and UVB radiation from the sun.  UVA radiation is associated with the aging and cancer-causing effects that we are all so worried about, but our bodies use UVB radiation to make Vitamin D! And Vitamin D actually protects us from those very problems.

Even low SPF formulas effectively block UVB rays and prevent our bodies from making Vitamin D.

Is it any wonder why Vitamin D deficiency is being called the new epidemic?

In fact, melanomas often occur on areas that are not exposed to sunlight, suggesting that there are other factors at play other than ultraviolet rays.  I’d guess it has to do with the inability of the skin to properly protect because of a deficiency of Vitamin D.

Dr. Joseph Mercola recently wrote about a boy who was so low in Vitamin D that he had rickets!  The cause was discovered when his mother reported that she was coating him from head to toe in sunscreen whenever he stepped outside.

Instead of sunburn, he was headed towards serious health complications because his body was prevented from doing what it was designed to do.

A usual, it distills down to common horse sense.

Don’t want too much sun for fear of a burn?

Wear protective clothing and spend part of the day in the shade.


Sunburn is never a good thing, but if it does occur, try my go-to natural solution.  Add a few drops of Calendula tincture to some cool water and gently pat it on the burn.  Cantharis 30 is also a great remedy should a burn occur.


Instead of depending on well-marketed skin products,  ill- informed dermatologists, and pop-culture edicts, buy yourself a jar of coconut oil, rub some into the skin and get outside.  And then thank God–the sun is finally here again.

*Some info in this article came the Dr. Mercola’s article that can be found here.





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20 thoughts on “Here Comes the Sun; Throw Out the Sunscreen”

  1. Pam says:

    Thanks. More confirmation!

  2. Anne says:

    If the sun is so good for my skin, why is it that the place on my body that has received the most sun is also the place where the skin has thinned and is easily bruised, leaving large purple areas that take weeks to clear?

    1. Reactions to the sun that are out of the norm are generally considered pathology. Most people are renewed by the sun.

  3. Bethany says:

    Great article! I thought I knew some of this but didn’t know about the healthy functions of UVB. Common sense is the way to go!

  4. Sanchez says:

    Yoghurt is a good solution to sunburn, too. Apply natural, unsweetened homemade yogurt to the effected area and let it dry for 15-20 minutes. Yogurt is good for facial skin care too.

    1. Rose says:

      Good for you! Thank you for telling us about your exrecienpes with homeopathy. Hopefully, it will encourage people who haven’t tried homeopathy to give it a chance. I think they will be very pleased just as those of who use it now are.

  5. Leaves Heal says:

    Yup– just good stuff 🙂
    I wrote a bit on this a while back…

  6. Elizabeth says:

    I like to mix coconut oil with a salve made from olive oil infused with st. john’s wort flowers and beeswax.

  7. Kevin Cherry says:

    Great Article… I agree with you and Dr. Mercola. I’m also taking Astaxanthin. I started a week and a half ago and am anxious to see if I can go out into the sun and not burn:)

  8. amy says:

    How well does the coconut oil work, in comparison to sunscreen?

  9. joette says:

    Coconut oil will protect and nourish the skin, not block the sun. So, i wouldn’t depend on it like a sunscreen.

  10. Natalie says:

    I’ve heard Vitamin A is also a good remedy for sun. I was wondering what Joette thinks about using Sea Buckthorn oil during sun exposure? I read this oil absorbs a lot of UV rays while destroying free radicals found in our body? If I were to use it – should I dillute it with some other oil to minimise staining? Thanks! Natalie

    1. I love herbs and sea buckthorn is no exception. However, I usually like my herbs in tincture form, rather than oil, because they hold their medicinal value over a longer period of time. I’d put some of it in a spray bottle and spritz it on the skin, then use an oil, such as coconut oil to follow.

  11. Joy says:

    Since my family started eating coconut oil I noticed that we don’t need any sunscreen at all. My kids and I spend lots of time outside except for the hottest parts of the day, and I was pleasantly surprised that none of us have burned this year. And we all have fair skin!

    1. Isn’t it amazing how what we choose to eat manifests itself externally, for better or for worse. Great job!

  12. patti says:

    We use coconut oil ALL THE TIME for “sunscreen” and it works beautifully! I have one really fair skinned child that burns quickly and with coconut oil slathered on her she tans very nicely and does not burn. We all use it liberally if we have to be outside all day working.

  13. megan says:

    yah cancer on parts where sun don’t hit. gee how many soaps, lotion etc have people put on that have chemicals that cause cancer. I point this out to people. especial Christian who should know God made the body and the sun to react to each other and yes burns hurt, don’t burn. I lost track of how many people tell me they burn in the sun and I ask how long did you go out for the first time and what month was it. They always say oh 1 or 2 hours and it was late june or July! DUH!!!!!

  14. Meredith says:

    hi. We have a question about D3. If we don’t use sunscreen, never have, what else contributes to a very low (30 ng/ ml) reading?

    Person is taking thyroid levothyroxine – labs say needs to take less. And is on bio-identicals. Lab shows no estrogen and so is changing that dose of bio-identicals now too. Is open to going off them. Is there a protocol?

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      “The person who takes medicine must recover twice; once from the disease and once from the medicine.” Dr. WIlliam Osler, MD. It sounds like you’ve begun applying the wisdom of these words. It wouldn’t take long to find out which drug may have caused or exacerbated the problem.

      Having said this, I wouldn’t use a protocol for something that points in the direction of simply eliminating the exciting cause.

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