Sunshine is your friend: ways to enjoy the sun

Old fashioned alternatives to toxic chemical-based sunscreen lotions and potions.

I sat in our garden today with a cup of tea enjoying the sunshine. Daily fresh air and sunlight being vital for a radiant woman.

This lily was flowering and to me it looked like it was enjoying the sunshine.  Do you agree?

red lily in the gardenThe last twenty years has seen many become very fearful of the sun, which I feel is a shame as having a sensible relationship with the sun is one of the great joys in life.

Is it fear-based marketing, a desire to sell more lotions and potions or is the sun really as dangerous as many say?

I used to use oodles of sun cream.  I am sure we can all remember being slathered in cream by a well meaning adult?

Sunshine is your friend

It was not until a decade ago that I even stopped to think what was in the thick sun cream that smelt so strong!  Curiously, whilst wearing sun cream I still burnt.  I was staying in the sunshine for hours and hours hoping that the cream would protect my pale English complexion.

Have you ever stopped to read the ingredients of the tubes of cream we, and our children, slather liberally on the skin?

Sunscreen often contains synthetic chemicals

There are many toxic chemicals which are not beneficial for the skin.  Learn what you can do to avoid them today.

I avoid oxybenzone and retinyl palmitate (I talk more about why in my book). A growing number of manufacturers use nanoparticles [1] and this is an area of much controversy and there is still more testing and research needed. Again I discuss this in my book.

Sunscreen is only a relatively recent invention but we spend millions and millions of dollars and pounds each year on it. The sun is an emotive subject of much debate, does it cause harm or not?

Years gone by we used to just stay in the shade or wear long sleeves, perhaps a parasol!

 

Enjoy some shade

Enjoy shade in summer. www.ActualOrganics.comI would rather wear a shirt and enjoy the shade of a peaceful tree or cafe’s umbrella than bake in the sun slathered with strong-smelling lotion. Do you agree?

Skin care needs to be good enough to eat! learn why

Vitamin D

The sun actually helps us make Vitamin D  and according to The New Home Encylopedia (written in 1932) exposure to sunlight is best done in a hot, shady spot.  So it seems sun-bathing was not in direct sun, yet is it any wonder we burn by lying on a sun bed by the pool?

Vitamin D levels have fallen in Europe in recent years, is this due to our use of sun cream or is it due to us spending hours mesmerised by computers?  Rickets cases are now more common in Great Britain [2] [3] Rickets is a serious condition and one that sunscreen potentially has exacerbated. [4]

Could our desire to avoid the sunshine and the fear-marketing surrounding skin care have back fired?

Learn more about Vitamin D. The Vitamin D council has this to say about Vitamin D.

Sun wise tips:

  • Get some sun shine but just be sensible!  Don’t be afraid of enjoying the sun.  Just be sensible- Do NOT ‘t lie on a sun lounger (sun bed) at 12pm with only baby oil on!
  • I go out in the sun before 12pm or after 3pm for gardening or a brisk walk where I will be out for longer than 20 minutes.
  • On really hot days I get up at 5.30am and do all my chores outside before 10am. I then do inside work and go out after 6pm. I’m still getting sunshine but not burning!
  • I am mindful of how long I have spent in the sun.  I seek shade after 10-20 minutes if it is extremely hot.
  • Before I go into the sun I put shea butter on my skin- be aware this is not, not not a sun cream!  Yet, I find shea butter is nourishing and soothing for my skin in summer.  I moisturise my skin in summer. Shea butter is also thought to be rich in vitamin E.  If you buy shea butter please buy fair trade.
  • Clothes are a safe way to enjoy being outside on sunny days, so are hats and shady trees!  Look at animals they rarely lie out in the blazing sun at midday.
  • If I have to be in the sunshine all day, and it is blisteringly hot, I wear this outdoor balm made by Miessence (affiliate link) rich in shea butter, zinc oxide and antioxidants but more often than not I merely seek shade!
  • If you are in the United States you will need this link for Reflect Outdoor Balm  (affiliate link)
  • For those that simply must have sun cream: another option is Green Beaver sunscreen (buy it here – affiliate link) , which is available in most good health food stores in Canada and throughout the world. You can buy it on Amazon (affiliate link) but please ask your local health food store first!

Antioxidants, naturally

In very hot weather, curiously I find a cup of tea very refreshing.  Tea contains antioxidants.  As do fresh fruits (including tomatoes) and vegetables and they have a role in healthy skin.

Professor Mark Birch-Machin, Professor of Molecular Dermatology at Newcastle University in Great Britain, says ‘We know an antioxidant-rich diet is important as part of overall sun protection, but eating tomatoes will not make you invincible’ says Birch-Machin.  Common sense prevails; eat your fruits and vegetables and put on a long sleeved shirt and a hat!

There are a number of recipes for ‘sunscreens’ online, bear in mind that in order for something to be classified as a sunscreen it has to be SPF tested to be able to be called broad spectrum sunscreen. Learn more.  I am all for making your own face mask, maybe even a lip balm but in order for sunscreen to be effective you have to have a mineral barrier, usually zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, this is a very fine powder and I would not want to be messing with that in my kitchen, it is harmful if breathed in. By all means simplify your life but when it comes to sunscreen just buy it at the shop!

 

What are your top sunshine safety tips? 

Are you a ‘yes’ for lotions and potions in summer, or a ‘no way’ shady tree kind of girl?

Here is to balmy and restful summer days.

 

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Further reading to think about:

[1] 2020 Science. http://2020science.org/2010/06/15/just-how-risky-can-nanoparticles-in-sunscreens-be-friends-of-the-earth-respond/#ixzz234dC74m7

[2] Rickets: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/children_shealth/9215896/Rickets-The-Facts.html

[3] Rickets, concerns over the worldwide increase.

[4] Middle class children suffering with rickets http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/8128781/Middle-class-children-suffering-rickets.html

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