Summer is fast approaching. I don’t know about you but I have already had a sun burn! Where I live, spring came a little bit early. I was at the ski hill working in the blaring sun. It was 15 degrees Celsius up there and there was no where to hide. I’ve got that super sexy racoon face thing going on at the moment. If you want to see me in all my racoon-eyed glory, check out my latest video on my Facebook Page.
Full disclosure here, I don’t usually wear sunscreen. I am one of the lucky ones. I have Italian heritage and I tan like a beast. I am also wary of using commercial sun screen products.
WHAT’S MY BEEF WITH SUNSCREEN?
Laboratory studies of several sunscreen chemicals indicate that they can mimic hormones and disrupt the endocrine system (Krause 2012, Schlumpf 2001, 2004, 2008). Some research on animals suggests that oxybenzone and other sunscreen chemicals can be toxic to reproductive systems or interfere with normal development.
Our hormonal systems are delicate. Women know this. When hormones get disrupted by these endocrine disruptors, sh*t can go sideways.
For example, according to the Environmental Working Group, oxybenzone can act like estrogen in the human body. This can contribute to estrogen dominance, which is a huge issue in both women and men. This imbalance can lead to a variety of nasty symptoms including weight gain, endometriosis, irritability and infertility. To learn more about estrogen dominance, click here.
If you want to check out your favorite sunscreen products for it’s level of toxic chemicals you can input it into the Environmental Working Group database and see how it measures up.
The best way to protect yourself from the sun is to stick to moderate sun exposure. Moderate sun exposure is important. Without the sun, you can’t make Vitamin D, a crucial hormone for calcium absorption, bone production and immune function.
Moderate sun exposure means getting enough unfiltered sunlight to stimulate Vitamin D production but not enough to burn. This is going to be a little different for everyone. Click here to learn more about how much sun exposure you may need for optimal Vitamin D production.
In a perfect world, the best way to protect yourself from the sun is to avoid it when you have had enough or to cover up your skin with clothing.
I know this is not realistic for all people, especially for all you fair skinned ginger type folk out there. Maybe your skin type is a recipe for sun burn disaster, maybe you work outside in the sun or maybe you have plans to travel to an exotic country where the sun is a blazing hot ball of fire.
In many cases, sun screen is absolutely necessary. Here are a few things to look for when looking for safe sunscreen.
HOW TO CHOOSE A SAFE SUNSCREEN:
Here are My Top Picks For Safe Sun Screen Alternatives that include all of the above:
John Masters Organics SPF 30 Natural Mineral Sunscreen, 2 Ounce” target=”_blank”> Aubrey%20Organics Natural SPF15 Saving Face Sunscreen Unscented — 2.3 fl oz” target=”_blank”>Aubrey Organics – SPF 26-45 is available. An unscented version is available as well.