Do you believe that you should wear sunscreen every time you step outside?
Are you afraid of skin cancer? Or maybe you just don’t want to burn? Do you have another fear of the sun? Where did all of these fears come from? Learn the truth about sunscreen.
Today, let’s do a little sunscreen 101.
First of all, sunscreen should always, and I mean always, be a last resort. Yep, you read that right! Sunscreen should never be your go to. Please, please, please engrave that into your thought process.
You’ve been lied to…
You do not, and I repeat, you do not, need to have sunscreen on when you go outside. God gave us the sun to heal us. To give us Vitamin D. To help us grow and thrive. We have to have the sun to live and to be healthy!
Let’s think about this for a moment… If you put a plant into a room without windows; you give it the best purified water and the best nutritional supplements you can buy. Do you know what will happen to that plant? You guessed it! That plant will surely die.
And we are absolutely no different. We have to have the sun! It doesn’t matter how much healthy organic food you eat, how much purified water you drink or the amount of healthy whole food supplements you take. If you do not get sun, you will have health problems.
Don’t get burned!
Before you read any further. Please know that we need the sun, but we need to not get burned. It is imperative that you build up to your sun exposure. Start in small time spans and build up. If you can only be out in the sun for 15 minutes without burning, then go out for that time, and next time add 5 minutes to your outside time. Build up your exposure in small increments until you can be out for an hour.
If you must be out longer than your burn time, please, put on clothes to cover you, or get under an umbrella or shade. Do you best to not burn.
Vitamin D to the rescue!
One of the benefits of getting out and exposing yourself to the sun, and probably the most commonly known benefit, is Vitamin D production.
There are two kinds of rays from the sun. UVA and UVB. The UVB rays are what makes us produce Vitamin D. This is done when our skin, and our eyes are exposed to the sun. Cool huh?!?
“Adequate Vitamin D intake is important for the regulation of calcium and phosphorus absorption, maintenance of healthy bones and teeth, and is suggested to supply a protective effect against multiple diseases and conditions such as cancer, type 1 diabetes and multiple sclerosis.” Apr 7, 2016 Medical News Today
That’s awesome! So many health benefits from our very own Vitamin D production!! But keep in mind, we cannot produce Vitamin D unless the sun touches our skin, and our eyes.
When I’m outside, hiking or being active, I make sure to wear as little clothing possible, and I put my sunglasses on top of my head so that I can soak up the rays!
Are you someone who lives in an area where it’s hard to get sun? Clouds and rain? Or somewhere that has seasons? 😉
We don’t really have seasons in Arizona. We have sunny and warm and sunny and hot. But believe it or not, when we’re sunny and hot, it’s hard to get outside. It’s to hot for outdoor activities, except for water activities, and often regular life duties like work, get in the way of the water fun.
If you live in an area where you have seasons, or weather conditions and busy lifestyle prevent you from getting out in the sun and producing your own Vitamin D, you may need to Consider the two options below.
(We took a trip to the town my dear honey grew up in, Bellingham WA. As you know, Washington state has seasons, and a lot of rain and clouds. Which is why we live here. But as you can see, on this particular day, it was all sunshine! This was a perfect day to be outside. ❤)
Option 1: Tanning Beds
The first and best option for supplementing your Vitamin D when you can’t or don’t have access to the actual sun, is to use a tanning bed. Yes! Again you read that right! For real!
Now… There’s some stipulations, so pay close attention. While tanning indoors, in a tanning bed, make sure your bed is delivering UVB rays. Remember, those are the rays that produce Vitamin D. So, only use tanning beds with UVB rays. Also, you want to make sure that the tanning bed you’re using has an electronic ballast, not a magnetic one. Magnetic ballasts are known to produce huge amounts of EMFs, which cause cancer.
So remember these two things; the tanning bed needs to have an electronic ballast and produce UVB rays. Please also work with the tanning bed staff to tan without burning. Please don’t burn. Start slow, and slowly build up.
Option 2: Vitamin D supplements
As a second source, taking Vitamin D supplements is another option. However, giving our body the opportunity to produce it’s own is much better.
What you need to know is; there are two types of Vitamin D supplements. One is the most common form, D2. And the other is the healthy form, D3. D2 is the synthetic form of Vitamin D. Always say no to synthetic forms of anything, everything! D2, is 1. Synthetic, 2. Less Potent, 3. Can cause more harm than good. Click here to see the Vitamin D supplement I take and recommend for you. You can use coupon code PLW20 for 20% off your entire first order! Feel free to stock up and save now on any nutritional supplements you need.
It is imperative that you use Vitamin D3 if you need to supplement.
If you are unable to get some real sun, or tan in a tanning bed, supplementing with Vitamin D3 is your next best choice. I love this Vitamin D3 for the days when I can’t get outside or to a tanning bed. And for your kiddos (yup, they need to get sun also!) that can’t swallow capsules and aren’t able to get out into the sun to produce their own, this Liquid Vitamin D3 is a great option for them.
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Benefits of the sun. Surprise! It’s not just Vitamin D.
You had to know there was more! Other benefits of getting out into the sun include; enhancing your mood, treats skin conditions such as psoriasis and atopic dermatitis and helps regulate melatonin. Awesome! More reasons to get out and enjoy the sun.
So… Sunscreen. Let’s talk about sunscreen.
As I mentioned above, sunscreen should always be the last resort. There are many reasons why, but I’m going to share with you my top two. And for me, that’s enough.
My first reason is because it blocks us from producing Vitamin D. And, as we learned above, it is imperative for our health to produce Vitamin D.
My second super important reason is, sunscreen is loaded with toxic chemicals. Chemicals that cause skin cancer. You can read more about the toxins in sunscreens at Environmental Working Group. They have extensive lists and studies.
But if you must…
So here it is! We made it. If you must be outside, can’t limit your exposure time, and you cannot cover up or get under a shade, please make sure that you’re using a non-toxic option for sunscreen. I confirm toxicity and ingredients using the EWG personal care products website. EWG ranks products on a scale of 0-10. 10 being the most toxic.
In our home, we only use products that rank 3 or lower.
Here are some least toxic sunscreen options:
That was a lot!
Whew! I hope you’re feeling informed and empowered! You wanted to know about sunscreens, and you learned so much more!
It is my goal to give you the tools and information to keep you and your family safe and healthy.
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