Many well known sun creams contain contain toxic ingredients that are not only endocrine disrupting chemicals which interfere with the bodies free radical production but are also hormone disruptive (oxybenzone). So what is the alternative, to stay safe in the sun?
Our bodies need exposure to the sun in order for our skin to absorb vitamin D because its an important foundation of our hormone production. By avoiding the sun or covering our self’s in toxic chemicals actually prevents our body from receiving the correct about of Vitamin D our body needs. In order to get the right amount of Vitamin D, we need to safely spend time out doors.
Not sure how much vitamin D you need? Our bodies are really cleaver at telling us how much we need and when it’s had enough, sunburn = the body has had way too much of it’s daily dose of Vitamin D. So the goal each day is to get enough Vitamin D with out over doing it and getting burnt. This amount, can vary from person to person because we are all completely unique. But on average for fair or light skinned people it can only 15-30 minutes, where darker skinned people may need two hours or more!
Safe Approach To The Sun ( getting plenty of Vitamin D) Without Getting Burnt
Use the shade and it’s free – This is a bit like like telling someone how to suck egg’s because this is common sense. But if you know you are going to be out in the sun for a long period of time and there this a tiny chance you may get burnt. Pack a light weight jumper, shirt, hat etc… to pop on when you feel your skin has had enough sun. Also use mother nature to help shade you from the sun by sitting / standing under trees or by hedges etc…..
Natural sunscreen – Many natural plant based oils have their own natural SPF (sun protection factor).
- Almond Oil- SPF 5
- Coconut Oil- SPF 4-6
- Red Raspberry Seed Oil SPF 25-50
- Carrot Seed Oil – SPF 35-40
- Shea Butter – SPF 4-6
Choosing the right SPF for your skin and how long you can stay out in the sun can be a mind field but by using the guide below you can ruffly decided which is the right SPF for you.
- Fair skin — can stay in the sun 10 minutes before burning
- Olive skin — can stay in the sun 15 minutes before burning
- Dark skin — can stay in the sun 20 minutes before burning
Decided which skin type you are and multiply the SPF by the number of minutes you are estimately able to the stay in the sun with out burning, this will give you the amount of time you can stay in the sun after applying your chosen SPF. For example I have olive skin so my calculation look like this; (Coconut oil SPF) 6 x 15 (Olive skin) = 90 minutes (the mount of time I can stay in the sun before burning)
Organic sunscreen – If the thought of rubbing coconut or carrot oil into your skin before you go out into the sun is not your thing. There are lost’s of organic companies that produce sunscreen which are only made from natural ingredients (non toxic for our bodies). By favorite organic company is *Neal’s Yard Remedies sunscreen which I personally use on both my self and my children when we go away on holiday.
- * Wild Rose Moisturising SPF 30 – Is really light to apply and the smell is to die for. My children use this one as it is a high SPF which they need due to their skin being so young.
- * Citronella Formula – This formula is made up off a huge range off essential oils from orange, clove, lavender, thyme oil just to name a few. Although Neal’s Yard Remedies have not given this an official SPF, I have found it protects me personally for around an hour and it also keeps the bugs away.
What can I do to calm my skin if I loose track of the time and get burnt? It happens to us all from time to time right. Not that long ago I attended my children’s sports day, it was not that hot so I did not apply any sunscreen and low and he hold I burnt the top of arms.
You can make this simple sun burn gel that is 100% completely natural (no toxic ingredients), cools the skin, helps repair the damage to your skin, smells nice and induces relaxation. Oh and only contains 2 ingredients! I do recommend making a fresh bottle every few weeks, because there are no preservatives in it.
How do you stay safe in the sun?