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Stay safe and healthy in the Sun

Updated: Jan 12

Sun, summer and the season for sunscreen application is here. I love the sun but I don’t like chemical sunscreens and I haven’t used chemical sunscreen for years - nor do I use it on my kids.

Some of the chemicals commonly found in conventional sunscreens are:

Avobenzone

Oxybenzone

Ecamsule

Octocrylene

My major concern with these chemicals is their potential to disrupt hormones - especially in children and new research is pointing towards that some of these chemicals commonly used in sunscreens may be endocrine disruptors, estrogenic and may interfere with thyroid and other hormone processes in the body. Our skin is our biggest organ and anything applied to it will be absorbed into the bloodstream. So I prefer to play it safe, trust my gut feeling and stay well clear of deliberately applying to my skin any chemical cocktails that are potentially more damaging than what they are meant to protect from.

And because I know that there are other safer and more natural options to protect the skin from the sun.

However, firstly it is important to remember that the Sun is a great healer for Mind, Body & Soul. We all need sunlight on our skin in order to stay healthy and strong.

Our skin needs sunlight (in the right doses) to synthesise vitamin D - the sunshine vitamin. Vitamin D is important for regulating the absorption of calcium and phosphorous, and facilitating normal immune system function. Getting a sufficient amount of vitamin D - and the sun is one of the few natural ways to get it - is important for normal growth and development of bones and teeth, as well as improved immune system and hormone balance.

There’s a lot you can do to safely enjoy the sun without exposing yourself to potential harmful chemicals. Of course, there is a limit to how much sun a person needs or should get. When I reach this limit, I personally cover up, go in the shade or if I know I’m going to be for a prolonged period in the sun I use a natural sunscreen.

Below are some great natural SPF (sun protection factor) ingredients that helps to protect the skin as well as nourish it.

Red raspberry seed oil SPF 28 -50 Carrot seed oil SPF 35 - 40 Pomegranate seed oil SPF 15 - 20 Olive oil SPF 4 - 8 Coconut oil SPF 4 - 6 Shea butter SPF 4 - 6 Almond oil SPF 5



Make your own (vegan) Natural sunscreen, 100ml:

Shea butter 30g

Cocoa butter 20g Coconut oil 10g Red Raspberry seed oil 40ml Lavender essential oil 15 drops

Instructions:

1: Weigh and place all ingredients in a glass bowl.

2: Fill medium sized saucepan with approx. 5cm (2 inches) of water and place on stove over medium heat.

3. place glass bowl in the sauce pan.

4: gently stir and mix ingredients until they are completely melted.

5: Place in freezer for about half an hour (or until temperature of mixture is around 28 - 30℃), stirring regularly.

6: Remove from freezer and pour/scoop mixture into jar, seal and label.

7: Store in fridge or a cool dark place.

Important note: Unlike most sunscreens, natural and homemade sunscreens may not be as waterproof or have as high (or broad spectrum) SPF and therefore needs to be applied more often. Also beware that homemade versions may not protect as fully against UVA and UVB rays. With all the information and misinformation about sunscreen out there, the easiest and safest way to avoid sun damage is to avoid the midday sun, stay in the shade, wear a hat or long sleeves.

Enjoy the Sun and Stay safe ☀️🌿☀️ Resources: https://www.madforlivet.com/viden-og-forskning/sol-og-solbadning-uden-faktor-er-sundt/

Effect of Sunscreen Application Under Maximal Use Conditions on Plasma Concentration of Sunscreen Active Ingredients Avoidance of sun exposure is a risk factor for all-cause mortality: results from the Melanoma in Southern Sweden cohort.

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