Ah, the sun. She’s bright, she’s big, she’s beautiful! She is packed with vitamin D, is known for preventing cancer and heart disease, building a strong immune system…the list goes on! We are told to cover our skin from the sun and make sure we wear an appropriate SPF to prevent sun damage (now and later on) blah blah blah…
Without getting too personal or too technical (but factually, of course), I will bring you my reasons for opting against the dreaded ‘S’ word….
Sunscreen means that you are in fact ‘screening the sun’ and you do not want to do this because your body depends on the sun to heal and grow. And according to a 2013 study from scientists at the University of Edinburgh in the UK, sun exposure may outweigh the risk of skin cancer (duh!) ! Daily sunshine exposure:
1) Prevents strokes
2) May stop the spread of infectious diseases such as chicken pox
3) Lowers blood pressure
4) Decrease depression
6) during the 1900s, sunlight therapy was used to treat skin diseases, nervous system, musculoskeletal system, circulatory system, respiration, ear, nose and throat
7) and more…..
If this doesn’t change your mind, get a load of the hazards in sunscreen!:
1) Titanium Dioxide
And this is just 10 of the ingredients in a kids SPF 50 sunscreen by Banana Boat!!! *gasp* JUST 10 !! Which means there are more harmful ingredients in this sunscreen let alone the hundreds of others out there on the shelves of our local supermarkets!
I’ve been practicing safe sun since I was 17. Something about the smell and the way that it felt after I was in the sun for a small period of time didn’t feel natural. I haven’t applied a stitch of sunscreen to my skin since I was 16. Yes, sunburns can lead to sun damage but this can be prevented by taking precautions beforehand. Consider the following tips to help you avoid sunburn that leads to damage:
1) Healthy sun exposure can be had from 10am to 2pm when UVB rays can maximize vitamin D conversion
2) Avoid midday sun and cover up when you see your skin turn pink
3) Use hats and protective clothing so that your not exposed for long periods of time
4) Eat a rich diet full of wholefoods, vegetables and fruits
Natural has an excellent way of providing just the right oils that are high in antioxidants that repair your fresh, sun-kissed skin! You can still achieve that tan look without the worry of burning. Here are a few oils that I use and are recommended for before/after sun care:
1) Raspberry seed oil (SPF 30-50)
3) Wheat germ oil (SPF 20)
4) Shea butter (SPF 6-10)
5) Coconut oil (SPF 4-10) ( I use this one!)
6) Macadamia oil (SPF 6)
7) Jojoba oil (SPF 4) (..and this one!)
8) Avocado oil (SPF 4)
9) Extra Virgin Olive oil (..and this one!)
If you absolutely -have- to use a sun screen, chose from the following in the list provided here.
Here are some helpful links for all my skeptics out there 🙂 😀