“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.
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!