By Marla Fox

I love the sun. I love to lay in it, to be honest. I know, I know…it’s not good for your skin. I’m not talking about laying out in it all day everyday ( I know some who do…ahem Mom), but if I’m on vacation, you better bet you are gonna find me posted up in a chair in the sun with a drink in hand for most of the day. During the summer, I love to be outside in the sun even if it’s not on vacation. It just makes you feel good, ya know?

The way I see it, you skin was made to be in the sun, that’s why we have melanin. I really don’t even like to use sunscreen, but as someone who suffers from melasma, my esthetician would say other wise.

So I do wear it on my face at least. To me, all the toxic ingredients in sunscreen getting cooked into your skin all day is way worse than some UV rays. Let’s look at some of those common ingredients.

The first one I always check for, in any of my skincare or hair care, for that matter, is parabens (methyl, butyl, ethyl, propyl,isoyl). They are in everything! They are a commonly used preservative to extend shelf life. They can cause major irritations at minimal. They possess estrogen-mimicking properties which can disrupt hormones and cause reproductive disorders, and have a link to breast cancer, haven been found in tumors. Now, we have the chemicals added to actually absorb the UV rays of the sun, creating a reaction to dissipate them into the air. These include oxybenzone, avobenzone, benzophenone, PABA, octinoxate, octisalate, and homosalate. They are known endocrine disruptors, and easily absorbed through the body into the bloodstream. They can cause cellular damage, leading the way to cancers. Now how about that fragrance? This is a top allergens, and a common cause of contact dermatitis. This just barely scratches the surface! I could go on and on and on. Do some more research on the matter before you just go mindlessly lathering yourself up in toxic chemicals.

Now, like I said in the beginning, I do have to use sunscreen, especially on my face. Mineral sunscreens are one way to go! Natural minerals, like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide are ground up and added to other natural ingredients, creating an immediately effective barrier from the sun. They are not absorbed into the body and are great for sensitive skin. There are many brands out there now with natural options. I personally like this face stick from Badger p-464-spf-35-sport-sunscreen-face-stick.aspx and this lotion option from Goddess Garden everyday-natural-sunscreen-lotion. Unless you want to make one at home, which I have also been known to do (that way you know exactly what’s in it, and its all the way natural). If you want to try a fun DIY project, then check out this recipe here from Wellness Mama homemade-sunscreen I have tried that recipe even with out the zinc oxide, using the SPF’s found in the natural ingredients, and that worked totally fine for me. I use that on my body when I’m out in the sun all day on vaca. Many oils that you can easily find have SPF’s strong enough, if you don’t burn easily, which I don’t. These include coconut oil (SPF 2-8), shea butter (SPF 3-6), olive oil (SPF 2-8), almond oil ( SPF 5), jojoba oil ( SPF 4), raspberry seed oil (SPF 28-50), and carrot seed oil (SPF 38-40). Mix up a few of these common oils with drops of one of the higher oils like raspberry seed or carrot seed oil, and a few drops of smell good essential oil and slather that on! Your skin will also stay super moisturized, which is a major key for a nice summer tan!

(Note: this natural oil concoction works for me, and like I said, I don’t burn easily. Maybe bring a mineral version along too, till you know. Use your own judgment, and don’t blame me if you get a sunburn. )


40 Comments Add yours

  1. turkce says:

    Good post. I definitely love this site. Keep writing! Vernice Jere Silin

  2. turkce says:

    I really liked your blog. Much thanks again. Want more. Rikki Thomas Clayborne

  3. turkce says:

    Very neat article post. Really looking forward to read more. Keep writing. Ardys Esdras Pros

  4. EdwardDePsy says:

    sildenafil without doctor prescription medications without a doctor’s prescription
    generic pills for ed

  5. JasonScode says:

    where to buy viagra online where can i buy viagra over the counter
    viagra cost

  6. JasonScode says:

    buy real viagra online viagra discount
    best place to buy viagra online

  7. JasonScode says:

    generic viagra walmart buy viagra online canada
    where can i buy viagra over the counter

  8. JasonScode says:

    100mg viagra buy real viagra online
    price of viagra

  9. MichaelSwill says: – aralen phosphate
    best drug for ed

  10. MichaelSwill says: – buy generic zithromax online
    best canadian pharmacy online

  11. KevinStime says:

    online doctor prescription for viagra viagra from canada

  12. TerryCar says:

    order ed pills cheap pills online
    cheap ed pills

  13. TerryCar says:

    cheap ed pills buy ed pills
    ed meds online without prescription or membership

  14. PeterJak says: cost of brand name neurontin

  15. PeterJak says: gabapentin medication

  16. PeterJak says: how to purchase prednisone online

  17. PeterJak says: where to buy prednisone in canada

  18. RafaelTal says: how to buy zithromax online
    purchase zithromax z-pak

  19. Web Shell says:

    Hey I know this is off topic but I was wondering if you knew of any widgets I could
    add to my blog that automatically tweet my newest twitter updates.
    I’ve been looking for a plug-in like this for quite some time and was hoping maybe you would have some experience with something like this.
    Please let me know if you run into anything. I truly enjoy reading your blog and I look forward to your new updates.

  20. Billyhat says:

    generic terramycin: buy ceftin
    order zithromax online

  21. MichaelMig says:

    united pharmacy india: usa pharmacy india cheap online pharmacies from india

  22. MichaelMig says:

    india pharmacy: india pharmacy drugs best online international pharmacies india

  23. Robertbef says:

    cialis pills online: cialis pills

  24. Robertbef says:

    erectile dysfunction pills: kamagra pills

  25. Waү cool! Some veгy valid points! І apρreϲiate you writing this post and alѕo thee rest of the
    weƅsite is aⅼѕo very good.

    Here is my page :: local girla near me personals

  26. Robertbef says:

    ed pills: buy erectile dysfunction pills online

  27. Michaelsor says:

    online doctor prescription for viagra: no prescription viagra no prescription viagra

  28. Michaelsor says:

    is there a generic for viagra: viagra without prescription viagra without prescription

  29. This informati᧐n is invɑluable. Where caan I find out more?

    Aⅼso visit my homepage – what are payday loans

  30. encalia says: – cialis online pharmacy

  31. ClaudCig says:

    clomid alcohol: clomid generic – clomid capsules 50mg

  32. ClaudCig says:

    generic clomiphene: clomid – clomid 2020

  33. ClaudCig says:

    cost of diflucan in canada: diflucan 150 price – diflucan capsule price

  34. ClaudCig says:

    diflucan medicine: buy fluconazole – diflucan canada prescription

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *