I have written before about considering our largest body organ, our skin, as a second mouth because of its absorbency. Everything we rub on our skin is subject to absorption and then circulation in our blood and lymph, In my writing on this subject, I’ve mentioned that the incidence of skin cancer rose significantly with the advent of commercial sunscreen and sun blocking products.
A fear of the sun campaign has pervaded “modern cultures” and we think nothing of spraying or slathering attractively touted products onto our own and our children’s skin in a effort to protect them from sunburn and, eventually, from the residual effects of repeated sunburn. We are convinced that these “effects” are skin cancer. I do not mean to minimize the importance of avoiding sunburn nor do I mean to minimize the impact certain skin cancer like melanoma can have on health and life.
However, habitually and purposely causing our skin to absorb strong dangerous chemicals into our bodies is unnecessary and dangerous. I want to share some products that provide protection from sunlight overexposure without these chemicals. I also encourage you to choose sun protective clothing and to move into and out of shade as part of your skin protection/health protection habits. There are many beautiful protective options in the sportswear market now. Perhaps I’ll post on some of these later. Swim shirts and wide brim hats have become “the trend”.
Let me assure you I have used all of the products I’m sharing herein; however, I have bought them without the supplier having any knowledge of my writing and I make no gain of any kind from mentioning these products. I’ve used them and they worked for me to protect my skin and they have been comfortable and effective.
THREE BRANDS OF NATURAL SUN PROTECTION PRODUCTS I HAVE USED SUCCESSFULLY:
UV NATURAL SUNSCREEN: SPF 30+. This product is a non-greasy cream without added fragrance. It is preservative free, made of the finest natural oils and moisturizes as well as protects. It contains grapes oil and green tea, macadamia seed oil, and zinc oxide. The label instructs to apply 30 minutes before exposure and that it has been shown to maintain spf after 40 minutes in water. More information at www.uvnaturalsusa.com .
SIERRA MADRE SUN CREAM (by Super Salve Co.): SPF 30. Directions say to “massage a small amount into face and body 15 minutes before sun exposure and apply every hour or so as needed.” Label says this cream “has an effective ‘broad spectrum’ UV protection with moisturizing and nourishing properties that can help protect the skin from harsh exposure to sun, wind, and water.” I personally learned about this product from a snow boarder who uses it. Label also touts “Excellent sun protection for all skin types. It is rehydrating, aromatherapeutic, nanoparticle free, paraben and Phthalate free as well as alcohol and gluten free.” It claims no animal testing as well. It contains olive, sesame seed and coconut oils as well as beeswax. Active sunscreen ingredients include zinc oxide, jojoba oil, lecithin, glucose oxides, enzymes, almond and Ylang Ylang oils. More information aw www.supersalve.com. I have found this to be a creamy, pleasant and effective product.
ADORABLE BABY SUNSCREEN (by Loving Naturals) SPF 30+ . I know it’s for babies but this is actually my favorite product for myself (I’m 72, very active and my skin has always been dry and sensitive. Although I have very successfully used the above two products, this one seems to be the one I reach for most often. Label (and my experience) says it is “water-resistant, uncoated/non-nano, blocks UVA/UVB, goes on clear and is 100% natural.” The active ingredient is “uncoated non-nano Zinc Oxide”. Other ingredients include grape seed oil, organic sunflower oil, extractions from coconut oil, organic beeswax, organic cocoa butter (fair trade), organic shea butter, stearic acid from palm oil, purified water” in that order. Directions say, “For full protection, apply liberally to all exposed skin before sun exposure, then rub in until sunscreen is no longer visible. Reapply after 1-2 hours, swimming, sweating, or towel drying. Children under 6 months ask a doctor.”
Note: The Loving Naturals Company also makes an incredible “anti-aging skin cream” with carrot seed oil and alpha lipoid acid and shea butter . I actually discovered it ordering from www.amazon.com and tried it and LOVE IT. It’s very reasonably priced as well. You can type “Loving Naturals Skin Products” into your search engine to get linked up.
I don’t know of “brick and mortar retailers” of these products unfortunately; however the manufacturer may supply a list.
Here are some ingredients in other sunscreens I personally don’t want to “eat through my skin” as I consider them toxic chemicals: Avobenzone, homosalata, octisalate, octocrylene, oxybenzone, acrylates/dimethicone copolymer, acrylates/octylacrylamide copolymer, alcohol dent, ascorbic palmitate, cetyldimethicone/bis-vinyl and several other laboratory contrived chemicals. The lists are extensive. In my anti-cancer lifestyle, I try to omit “eating” toxins either through my mouth or through skin absorption. Why flirt with cancer to “protect from cancer” ever? It’s not necessary–ever!