We all know how important it is to protect yourself from excess sun exposure, but it may surprise you to learn that your sunblock may actually be doing more harm than good! Here are a few tips to get your daily recommended dose of Vitamin D while protecting yourself from sun damage and harmful toxins.
Many conventional sunscreens include ingredients that are less than stellar for your health, and can cause allergic reactions, skin irritation, and hormonal imbalances, and have the potential to make you sick when used over a long period of time. Conventional sunscreens get absorbed directly through your skin when they are applied, which means that those potentially toxic chemicals responsible for blocking UVA and UVB rays can reach your bloodstream.
Thankfully, conventional sunscreens are not your only option when it comes to protecting your precious epidermis from sun damage. The Environmental Working Group has been a leader in sun protection research for over a decade. They recommend following these steps to stay safe in the sun:
The EWG stresses using sunscreen as a last resort, only when you feel you need it. When you do need to use sunscreen, we recommend opting for an all-natural, mineral-based sunblock that will sit on the surface of your skin rather than absorbing directly into it. Some mineral-based sunblocks go above and beyond, containing holistic ingredients that can reverse sun damage and improve your skin’s overall appearance.
A few of our favorites include:
Carrot Seed Soothing Facial Oil by Naturopathica – this ultra-calming blend of hydrating and soothing seed oils nourish the skin and prevent redness. While it doesn’t have an established SPF value, Carrot Seed Oil is known for its sun protective qualities, and is perfect for darker skin that rarely burns.
Lavender Protective Moisturizer SPF 17 by Naturopathica – soothing Lavender and anti- inflammatory Turmeric nourish and moisturize your skin while guarding against UV damage. This product is a great solution if you’re looking for a daily moisturizer with just enough SPF.
SunFit SPF 30 by Skin Fitness – this superstar mineral sunscreen not only blocks harmful UVA/UVB rays with Zinc and Titanium Dioxide, but also tones and refreshes your skin with healing Aloe Vera. The perfect daily sunscreen for fair skin that requires a higher SPF.
Daily UV Defense Cream SPF 50 by Naturopathica – this lightweight, chemical-free sunscreen utilizes pharmaceutical-grade micronized Zinc Oxide, Green Tea extract, and strengthening deep sea enzymes that help preserve and reinforce your skin’s natural defenses against heat or sun exposure. Powerful SPF protection just right for a day at the beach.
Ask your doctor or skin care specialist for a recommendation based on your skin type. Since mineral-based sunscreens sit on the top of your skin, they should be applied 15 minutes before sun exposure, and should be reapplied after swimming or sweating. Always shower or rinse off any remaining sunscreen when you are done spending time in the sun.