Sunscreens I have found to be the healthiest, and most effective, while supporting a healthy environment.
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Sun and Vitamin D
Okay let’s get back to talking about the sun. I am not telling you to take off your layers, never put on protection, and bake in the sun all day long burning your skin to a crisp. This would absolutely be absurd, and irresponsible. Doing this repeatedly would more than likely lead to some sort of skin cancer. This is not the idea! I do want to encourage you though to spend a bit of time, every day, (maybe 20-30 minutes) where you are out in the sun uncovered. This will allow the vitamin D to soak into your skin and more than likely will not harm your skin.
Now if you are outside for more than 20-30 minutes, please use a quality sunscreen with ingredients that do not harm your body or the coral reefs and lakes, or wear clothes that cover your body. The reason for this is because most sunscreens contain synthetic chemicals that are incredibly toxic, killing our coral reefs and harming human bodies.
According to the Environmental Working Group, all non-mineral sunscreen chemicals can be measured in urine and blood samples of the body after just one use. Synthetic chemical filters in most store bought sunscreens may include oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate, and octinoxate (The Trouble With Ingredients in Sunscreens., n.d.).
Oxybenzone is an ingredient that blocks ultraviolet (UV) light from your skin. It may do a great job of blocking the UV light, but it does not do a great job of supporting your endocrine system. Oxybenzone is actually an endocrine disruptor. Basically this means it can affect sperm counts in men; lethargy in men, women, and children; and other hormonal issues, as well as possible cancer (Wildeck, 2020). I will not go into all of the synthetic chemicals found in traditional sunscreen, but please do research on the ingredients. If interested, check out the blog section of my website to see which sunscreens I have found to be the healthiest, and most effective, while supporting a healthy environment. Please, just remember that choosing a quality sunscreen is so important for your long-term health and wellbeing. Those synthetic chemicals might not affect you immediately, but they do add up and build up in your system leading to negative health effects in the long run.
If these synthetic chemicals build up in our systems as humans, imagine what they do to our oceans and lakes? In Hawaii, scientists found that the ingredients oxybenzone and octinoxate lead to bleaching of coral reefs, and also coral death. In May of 2018, Hawaii passed a bill that bans the use of these two chemicals in sunscreens (Hawaii bans sunscreen ingredients that harm coral reefs, 2018).
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Homemade Essential Oil Sunscreen Recipe:
Carrot Seed 30 drops
Lavender 30 drops
8 ounce glass spray bottle
Almond oil to fill
Carrot seed oil provides about 40-50 spf
Young Living’s Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50
NingXia Red (take care of the skin from the inside out)
Vitamin D (Super D)
Hawaii bans sunscreen ingredients that harm coral reefs. (2018, May). Retrieved from Environmental Working Group website: https://www.ewg.org/successes/2018/hawaii-bans-sunscreen-ingredients-harm-coral-reefs
The Trouble With Ingredients in Sunscreens. (n.d.). Retrieved from Environmental Working Group website: https://www.ewg.org/sunscreen/report/the-trouble-with-sunscreen-chemicals/