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Well, today is raining again – this year it has been just a downpour of rain here. However, we were blessed to have had a nice and shiny week that just ended, and we certainly took advantage of this brief sunny time!
The sunshine can be pretty tricky though. We do enjoy it when we have it, but it is so important to keep that skin protected! My family has very sensitive skin, that quickly reacts to the sun, as we have lots of Northern genes that are simply not able to have that natural protection, and any sun encounter is pleasant to enjoy, but needs to be addressed as well, as it will leave its mark on the skin, not in a good way.
Yesterday we went to the park, and enjoyed that sunshine. Growing up, even though my grandmother was a doctor, my family didn’t really appreciate having sunscreens at all – it is possible that they were not available where I grew up, I wouldn’t be surprised, and I just didn’t know any better. The way my grandmother protected us was just not taking us to the beach any more, not allowing us to go outside for long stretches of time, and we would always stay in the shade on sunny days. My husband grew up in North America, and shared with me that as he was growing up, they did apply lots of sunscreen, but the biggest concern was to find PABA free sunscreen. I read up a bit of PABA – turns out this is a chemical called para-aminobenzoic acid that absorbs UV and visible sun light to prevent sunburns. It is recommended to avoid sunscreens that contain PABA as this chemical is dangerous for health.
There are lots of other chemicals that can be found in sunscreens and beauty products. It is very important to read the labels, and to only use chemical-free and natural skin care products – on yourself and on children.
Starting with Sunscreen, Give Chemicals the Bird!
Many people have a love/hate relationship with sunscreen. Maybe it’s the chemical smell. Maybe you’ve heard it’s harming coral reefs. Maybe your skin reacts to it. Goddess Garden Founder, Nova Covington, had possibly the most compelling reason to make a safer sunscreen—her baby daughter’s sensitive skin. The chemicals in sunscreens are some of the worst offenders in terms of health risks for people and harm for the planet. From chemical sunscreens like oxybenzone and octinoxate to the inactive ingredients like phthalates and parabens, sunscreen is complicated stuff. These chemicals have been linked to everything from allergies to hormone disruption. And remember, hormones control more than just female reproduction and mood—they are the control systems for everything in your body. Insulin is a hormone. Your thyroid is controlled by hormones. They aren’t something we want disrupted! Nova has been on a mission to eliminate toxic chemicals and help others do the same. Let’s all give chemicals the bird!
Mineral sunscreens are great for those with sensitive skin.
Sunscreen chemicals can trigger allergies and other skin reactions like they did for Nova’s daughter. Since natural minerals reflect the UV rays and aren’t absorbed into the skin, they are much less likely to cause irritation. This makes them great for those with sensitive skin or anyone who wants to avoid synthetic chemicals.
Mineral Sunscreens are immediately effective and don’t break down in the sun.
Do you know why you’re supposed to wait 20 minutes after applying sunscreen before heading into the sun? It’s because the chemicals go through a reaction in your skin before they’re effective. Chemical sunscreens like avobenzone also break down quickly in the sun, requiring not-so-safe ingredients as stabilizers., Liquid plastics are also often added to keep the chemicals from being absorbed too quickly. Natural minerals aren’t as complicated. They’re immediately effective and stay that way—no liquid plastics or toxins required.
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