The sun has been worshipped and revered for centuries, animals and insects are guided by it, are circadian rhythms are set by it and let's face it, it feels good to be in it, it feels nice on our skin, it boosts our mood and helps us feel happy. In recent times the sun has gotten a bad name, people are scared of it because they don't want there skin to burn, are worried about premature aging and skin cancers so they cover up, wear sunscreen, sun glasses but at what detriment is this to our health and wellbeing?
Did you know...that the sun converts cholesterol under our skin into Vitamin D!
I have not used chemical suncreams for years and always opted for natural alternative when the children were little...So i went on the hunt to find some good recipes for natural suncream, one without harmful chemicals and also without nano-zinc, anything nano should be cautioned when applying to the skin, our skin is our protective barrier but technology has found ways to infiltrate this protection and anything nano is very very small, small enough to get through the skins barrier and into the bloodstream. Posh expensive suncreams use it sometimes because it leaves no trace on the skin and they can say it is natural. So i came up with a recipe which i like very much. It is roughtly Spf 20. although i have not tested but plenty of my friends have an say it is nice and moisturizing, more like a facecream and a sunscreen...it's 100% natural made with a combination of shea butter, grapeseed oil, coconut oil, sesame oil and zinc oxide...so the zinc oxide does leave a slightly misty film on your skin but that is because its a natural reflective from the sun.
Please think twice about buying chemical suncreams.
Titanium Dioxide - harmful to coral reefs.
Oxybenzone - disrupts hormones and causes organ system toxicity
Octinoxate - toxic to coral reefs
Homosalate - enhances pesticide absorbtion.
Most things that are bad for the planet are bad for us because we are all one and all so intelligently connected.
Be safe in the sun, avoid 12-1pm, wear a hat or a long sleeve top, white being the optimal colour to reflect heat and rays.
A polo shirt with the collar turned up and a hat for kids with a little cream on their face and arms is enough, remember that all important Vitamin D!