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Homemade & Organic Sunscreen!

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Homemade & Organic Sunscreen

Summer is upon us! For my family, that means many hours outside gardening, around the pool, walking Kona, running, exploring, kayaking, etc. With that in mind, I have an elevated sense of urgency to have lots of organic sun protection on hand for my family. I’ll be honest, I really enjoy the sunshine–as a Florida-born girl, and my skin absorbs the sunlight readily. It doesn’t take much sunlight for me to have a solid base tan. But, I do try to be mindful of when I am getting a little too much sun.

Besides enjoying having a good tan (as a reason to not always apply sunscreen), I have steered away from generic, drug store bought sunscreen because….well, have you ever read the ingredient lists? I have rambled a whole lot more about the sunscreen issue in this post.

So, my thoughts on sunscreen are:

1. Know your skin and how easily you burn; use sunblock and clothing accordingly.

2. Skin temperature is important in skin damage. In other words, your skin can withstand sunlight for longer if it is cooled off–like in the pool or the ocean, for instance.

3. Rely mainly on clothing to cover up your skin. Use sunscreen when needed–and always reach for the good stuff! There are a few good brands out there: Aubrey Organics makes a great, natural sunscreen.

4. To go completely organic, have control over your ingredients and be creative, make your own! Furthermore, ALWAYS look for “non-nano” sized Zinc Oxide. This is the safest, physical sunscreen ingredient available. Many sunscreen ingredients are chemical sunscreens, which is a whole lot of what-we-don’t-want! Non-nano sized zinc oxide will sit atop your skin (appearing white–this is a good thing, as it means your skin isn’t absorbing it. It is simply serving its purpose as a sun barrier).

Make your own sunscreen/sunblock using this recipe:

(I merely always eyeball measurements, so I use the word “recipe” loosely”

Ingredients (keep in mind, these are approximate):

-2 tablespoons of Zinc Oxide

-1/4 cup of Coconut Oil

-1 tablespoon of Beeswax beads (optional–will thicken the mixture)

-1/4 cup of Shea Butter

-1/4 cup of Hemp Oil, Almond Oil or Olive Oil.

Instructions:

-Melt Coconut Oil, Beeswax, Shea Butter and Oil of choice in double boiler

-Take off of the heat and add Zinc Oxide

-Sunscreen is ready when it has cooled and solidified

**It is most helpful to clean your bowls while the ingredients are warm, as they will come off more easily.

Enjoy! Please share if you make this recipe for yourself–I’d love to hear about it.

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The Eczema Company Sunscreen Review

The Eczema Company

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About The Eczema Company:

“The Eczema Company was created by our family to help others dealing with the daily challenges of managing eczema. We know all about the intense itching, the sleepless nights (for the whole family!) and the desperation to find something to make the discomfort even the tiniest bit better. Our son developed a baby rash and was diagnosed with eczema at three months old. His skin continued to worsen and at age three his body was 90% covered in what looked like severe burns. Around that time we discovered he has many food allergies and sensitivities, some lead to eczema flare-ups and some lead to immediate itching. Now that we’ve found his triggers, our son’s skin is much better.

You can follow our son, Tristan’s story on our blog, It’s an Itchy Little World.

We have tried countless eczema creams, eczema clothing, etc. and have made our favorites available to you in this eczema store. As you know, what works for one person’s eczema may not work for another. We realized this after seeing our closet full of partially used eczema creams that were recommended for Tristan, but just didn’t help his itchy skin. While all eczema is different, we want to provide you with products try that we believe in because they work. We hope they bring you and your family some much-deserved relief.

Our hope is that through this website and our blog we can help bring relief to your itchy little world.”

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Raw Elements Sunscreen

About:

“ECO FORMULA 30+ is the conscious consumer’s answer to serious sun protection. All natural and free of all the bad stuff, this formula boasts balanced Physical UV protection through a unique Organic Eco-Shield Performance Technology. As a performance driven sunscreen, it is very water resistant beyond 80 minutes, yet so gentle and moisturizing it is perfect for our young ones! Packed with biologically active antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and extracts, it continues protecting our skin long after environmental exposure.

Benefits Include:

  • Great for sensitive skin.
  • Never runs or stings.
  • Broad spectrum protection – UVA & UVB.
  • #1 EWG top rated.
  • Non-nano zinc goes on white, stays white.
  • Water and sweat resistant for 80 minutesSafe for babies and children.
  • Reef safe and biodegradable.
  • Can be applied on wet skin.
  • Non GMO Project Verified.
  • Made in the USA.

Ingredients:

Zinc Oxide 23%, Organic Sunflower Oil, Organic Green Tea, Organic Black Tea, Organic Coffee, Organic Hemp Seed Oil, Organic Cocoa Butter, Mango Butter, Organic Beeswax, Rosemary Oil Extract, Vitamin E (GMO free & derived from sunflower).”

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My Thoughts:

Though I don’t suffer from eczema on my body, I am always eager to try a new, organically based sunscreen. This sunscreen is one of only a few that I would recommend using. The vast majority of sunscreens that you’ll find at your local drug store are jam packed with questionable ingredients that are doing your skin more harm than good.

Within this ingredient list, you’ll notice a bunch of organic ingredients, preceded by Zinc Oxide. My knowledge about zinc oxide is this: smaller zinc particles (nano-sized) are more able to penetrate skin than non-nano particles. This means that non-nano zinc particles are able to create a barrier on your skin without being readily absorbed. So, your skin will absorb only the goodness in this sunscreen–all of the organic oils and substances. Non-nano sized is what you want to look for in a sunscreen, when shopping around. Zinc oxide is one of many “drug” ingredients found in sunscreens, and is considered the safest. To be the most mindful of protecting yourself, aim to use sunscreen when needed, but rely on hats, shirts and cover-ups to protect your skin for more extended, intense portions of time in the sun.

Thru June 30th, The Eczema Company is offering you 15% off of your first purchase, using the code “RUNON2014.” So go get your hands on this awesome sunscreen as summer approaches!

Sunscreen – Something To Note, Laird Hamilton

I’ll preface this post by saying that I am hoping to provide some good information here, and maybe help open a few minds–not to rant or force my thoughts on anyone. I just believe it is worth mentioning! 🙂

During a conversation with my mother today on the phone, she planted a seed of an idea in my mind that I instantly realized was very important and worth addressing and discussing in my blog: Sunscreen.

Being a Florida native, participating in outdoor activities where sun exposure is frequent, the topic/necessity of sunscreen is mentioned often. My ideas and beliefs pertaining to sunscreen have changed quite a bit since becoming more aware of the ingredients in my beauty products.

Just like any other beauty product you can pick up at the drug store, sunscreen contains a laundry list of harmful chemicals that you should not ignore. Many people immediately are in disbelief when they hear that.

“What do you mean? Sunscreen PROTECTS my skin!” Well, unfortunately, that’s not completely true.

If you care about the toxins that enter your body via the largest system in your body: the integumentary system (which includes your skin) then this is important.

It is good to remember that if you would not eat it, you might want to consider why you are putting it onto your skin (substances are absorbed through skin and go DIRECTLY into your bloodstream, unlike food that gets the benefit of kidneys and a liver to filter out impurities).

To put it simply, just because you can buy it at the store, does not mean it is good for you. One way to be more aware of what you apply to your body is to read the ingredients! Don’t blindly use products. If you pick up a bottle of sunscreen, it is likely that you do not know what most of those ingredients are, and you probably can’t pronounce them either–that’s because they are not made to go into your body.

If you need to hear this from a more credible source,

take Laird Hamilton for example. Laird is a professional surfer, health and fitness genius, son of surf legend Bill Hamilton, husband of health and fitness guru Gabrielle Reece, and has been deemed the “best athlete in the world” by many renowned athletes.

 

He is also lives in Kauai, Hawaii part of the year, and Malibu, California the rest. I believe it is safe two say two things about him: His knowledge is respected and virtually always right on the money, and he knows a thing or two about being in the sun.

Here is a direct Laird Hamilton quote:

“I hate sunscreen, it has a lot of toxins in it….Have you ever really looked at the labels on processed foods & products? The list of ingredients is surreal. Here’s one: perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). Sounds like something you’d find in battery acid, not in food and products that go into and onto your body.”

He goes on to discuss that a large portion of skin damage due to sun is the result of skin temperature getting too high. He suggests that submerging yourself constantly in water to keep your skin cool does a lot to minimize damages of extensive sun exposure. A good rule of thumb to always keep in mind in regards to your health is moderation; it’s never a great idea to over-do it, especially when talking about being in the sun.

In all of this, I am not suggesting that precautions should not be taken to avoid over exposure, rather, which precautions?

We are so quick to reach for the sunscreen when we should be reaching for a t-shirt, hat, shorts, sunglasses, or umbrella. Lots of sun protection & no toxins.

In the advancing market of natural and organic substitutes for everyday items containing harsh and harmful substances, companies like Aubrey Organics are changing sunscreen. They are creating sunscreens with lots of organic ingredients and virtually no toxins.

Awesome right? So, if you must, you can use sunscreen in moderation and feel more assured that you aren’t harming yourself as you are covering up with sunblock.

Wouldn’t you think twice about sunscreen after hearing that? I sure did.

These words from Laird came from a sit down interview titled “As It Lays” (you can watch it on youtube.com) and also from his book: “Force of Nature: Mind, Body, Soul, and, Of Course, Surfing.”