5 Tips to Enjoy the Sun Without the Burn
I was at an outdoor business meeting enjoying the sunshine and getting a ton of work done. Unfortunately I did not have adequate sun protection and ended up with a sunburn right in the middle of my back. I could not reach it to moisturize, and it itched like crazy! I am usually quite diligent with sun protection, and make my own sunscreen, but didn't think that the fashionable striped tears on the back of my shirt would leave me looking like a red-tinted zebra.
Considering my adult life is devoted to skin care - it was definitely a "DOH" moment.
Rather than lamenting on my itchy striped back I converted a back brush to a lotion applicatior and slathered on Volcanic Ash Daily Care Lotion. It eases the sting from the burn and prevents peeling.
The sun is our friend and is a key source of Vitamin D - a much needed nutrient. It helps us grow and can ease symptoms of depression, but it has a dark side. Overexposure to UVA & UVB rays can cause major damage and premature aging if left unchecked.
Conventional sunscreens have been around for years, and there are 17 different ingredients that are approved by the FDA as a sunscreen component. 9 of these ingredients actually penetrate the skin and are known as endocrine disrupters. This means they skip our internal filtering system (liver/kidneys) and get right to work affecting our hormones, causing tumors and abnormal growth in babies and small children. Here is a list of some of the most toxic "sun protectants" to avoid:
There are some major offenders that are common in sunscreens - Below see the worst of the worst -
Oxybenzone- A primary ingredient in over 65% of sunscreens and a known skin irritant and is classified as a weak estrogen and has antiandrogenic effects (reduces the affects testosterone has on the body). You can imagine how that can affect babies and small children. Studies show that 96% Americans that use sunscreen have a higher percentage of Oxybenzone in their bloodstream. The CDC posted a study in 2016 that shows teenage boys who have higher percentages of this chemical in their body had significantly lower testosterone levels.
Even worse - Oxybenzone passes from mom to baby through breast milk.
Octinoxate - while not quite as awful as Oxybenzone, it also penetrates the skin, passes from mom to baby through breast milk and is a known thyroid disruptor.
So what's the answer?
Well, we can hide out in our homes and end up a nation deficient in Vitamin D and suffering from depression, but I love the sun too much for that, and besides, the birds are outside 🙂
There is good news- Mother Nature, as usual, had provided natural alternatives that protect our skin just as well as the chemicals. Here's a list of oils and minerals that effectively protect your skin from overexposure to the sun.
Non-Nano Zinc Oxide - this is a NON-PENETRATING mineral that reflects the sun and is quite different from Nano Zinc Oxide, which has become popular because the mineral is ground to nano size, for sheer application, but it is so small that it can penetrate the derma and enter the bloodstream.
Titanium Dioxide - this reflects suns rays similar to Zinc Oxide and is not able to be absorbed topically, however it can pose a risk if inhaled. Use caution if your sunscreen is a mist and you are applying to your face.
Carrot Seed Oil - Carrot Seed Oil is not only an amazing anti-aging oil, it has the highest rated SPF of all oils - SPF 40 -NOTE - best when diluted with a carrier oil -do not apply directly to skin. Carrot Seed Oil is a main ingredient in our Age Defying Collection.
Raspberry Seed Oil - A close second SPF 30 and very high in antioxidants. The sunscreen I make for my family has Raspberry Seed Oil. Note - just like Carrot Seed Oil you want to dilute in a carrier oil.
Wheat Germ Oil - SPF 20 - High in antioxidant and a natural skin protectant. Used in many of our FRSC offerings.
Other oils that are lower SPF but great for combining with the above oils are Soy (SPF 10), Macadamian Nut Oil (SPF 6) and Jojoba Oil (SPF 4). Soy oil is least expensive and great for body application, however Jojoba oil will not clog pores and would be best for facial application.
What about Coconut Oil?
Coconut oil has many benefits and is an excellent addition to your skin care regime, however it has an SPF value of under 5, so I would not recommend using it as a sunscreen.
It is important to note that using natural alternatives are not waterproof, and do require reapplication after exposure to water. For me, it's worth it to protect our children and our environment.
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