I enjoy summer and being outdoors.
It is comforting to know that by using sunblock, I am protected from the harmful rays of the sun, which reduces my chances of skin cancer and wrinkles (I admit it. I’m vain).
But I don’t like the idea putting a bunch of (possibly questionable) chemical-filled goop on my skin, a breathable, absorbing organ. And I want to absorb vitamin D, the happy vitamin, and one of the vitamins on the commonly-deficient list.
So what is the real scoop about sunblock – is it really as necessary as the sunscreen companies would have us believe?
The answer is both yes and no, according to my friend, Tonya Harris, MSHN, Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition®, Childhood Environmental Health Educator.
Tonya has taken the time to gather facts about sunscreens.
To share her knowledge, she has produced a video series and written a booklet: How to Buy Safer Sunscreen for Your Kids: Discover the Surprising Ingredients That Could be Affecting Their Health & Behavior.
The link is at the very end of the newsletter. Don’t miss it! It’s only free only until August 10, 2016.
Below I’ll share a couple of tidbits that caught my attention.
When the sun is shining I can do anything; no mountain is too high, no trouble too difficult to overcome.
The sun does not shine for a few trees and flowers, but for the wide world's joy.
~Henry Ward Beecher
1. When to use sunscreen.
Because wearing sunscreen almost completely blocks the absorption of vitamin D, I often wondered how do I protect my skin and get vitamin D naturally. Turns out, it’s easy. I just need to use the three rules below:
a) Acclimatize. Go outside for just a few minutes at a time at first, to get your skin accustomed to it.
b) Before or after. Avoid the sun during peak sun hours between 10 am and 2 pm (ideally between 10 am and 4 pm).
c) Create a barrier between you and the sun. If you have to go outside during those hours, stay in the shade and wear sun protective clothing, such as a large hat and sunglasses.
2. Which sunscreen to choose.
Tonya suggests using a mineral sunscreen with safe active, as well as inactive ingredients. (the difference between chemical and mineral sunscreen is explained, starting on page 8. Link is in the PS at the end of the newsletter).
Her favourite brands for her family? Badger sunscreen and Tropical Sands.
3. Be cautious – many people with sensory issues have difficulty with heat regulation. Watch for symptoms like flushed skin, skin that is warm to touch and lethargy, among others.
4. But don’t stress out about it. We have enough stress in our lives and stress causes health issues. Remember to relax and enjoy the freedoms summer offers (like not having the hassle of winter coats and boots).
5. If you want to be prepared for overheating, have a gel pack in your fridge, ready for use when needed.
P.S. I was once told people always read the PS, so here is the time-limited link to
free videos and
of ‘How to Buy Safer Sunscreen for Your Kids: Discover the Surprising Ingredients That Could be Affecting Their Health & Behavior’ by Tonya Harris, MSHN, Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition®, Childhood Environmental Health Educator.
An unplanned P.P.S.
Looking for cutie-patooties! Our recently updated website is having issues so we are redoing the whole thing. It would look fantastic to have new photos on the new website. If you and your cutie-pies have about an hour available, I would love to come to you to take a few photos. Just think of the non-fame and non-fortune you could have! Please leave a message below or contact me directly for more details. And if you are even sort of thinking about it, please contact me. Often people are away over the summer and I have a fear no one will respond. Please make my fear go away. Thanks.
Have a vitamin D filled, no-sunburn summer holiday!