“Ladies and gentlemen of the class of ’99
If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it
The long-term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists
Whereas the rest of my advice has no basis or reliable
Than my own meandering experience, I will dispense this advice now…”
I remember the good ‘ol days, cruising around in my little covertable with my girlfriends singing “Everyone’s Free” by Baz Luhrmann. I loved that song. Most of his advice I like, but that thing about sunscreen – well, he and I need to talk about that.
So, I don’t put sunscreen or sunblock on myself or my kids, and no – I sure as heck don’t want them getting skin cancer. Let’s talk about skin cancer for a second. It’s caused by a lack of vitamin D. Coincidentally, sunblock BLOCKS the absorption of vitamin D. So… think about that one for a minute. I know what you’re thinking: sunburn. Well, we can talk about that too. So, a sunburn is a reaction to UV rays that causes inflammation of the skin. See, if you don’t have a vitamin D deficiency – most likely, you wont get a sunburn, even without sun protection. Your best defense against skin cancer and sunburn/sun damage and pre-mature aging is easy:
MAINTAIN OPTIMAL VITAMIN D LEVELS all year round.
Here are some great options to explore when trying to decide how to make sure you are getting enough D.
Fermented Cod Liver Oil
Liquid Vitamin D Drops
Cod Liver Oil
Going out into the sun without sun protection
So, there are some skin types that are just prone to sunburn even if you have sufficient vitamin D levels. (We will talk about D in another post, but the recommended doses from the FDA are laughable). In this case, it is super easy to make a DIY sunscreen to protect even the most delicate of skin. Here it goes. Brace yourself, it’s easy!
Pick an oil: Coconut or grapeseed.
Mix it with 1/4 zinc oxide powder 3/4 oil. Apply to skin.
Now, if you choose not to take my advice or if you feel like you simply must have sunscreen, please only buy Badger! I trust Badger Baby and Badger Sport.
Choosing safe sunscreen isn’t just about protecting yourself from skin cancer. Those sunscreen items are packed full of tons of other toxins that can just stay away!