What Sun-Safe Products Does a Health Coach Use?

There are sooooo many stay safe in the sun products out there! How do we know which ones are actually safe and not toxic?

One way that I have learned is by using two apps:

The EWG -Environmental Working Group App

The Think Dirty App

These two apps rate products and ingredients on a toxic scale. Zero is non-toxic and ten is very toxic. You can scan bar codes or type in product names or ingredients. AND they are free to use! Score!

So, based off my research using these two apps here are a few products I use to keep myself safe in the sun:

HOMEMADE SUNSCREEN

I choose to make my own because it’s cheap and it works! I’ve used this recipe for years for me and my family and never get burned. Plus, the ingredients are safe and non-toxic! Here’s my recipe:

1/2 cup olive oil

1/4 cup coconut oil

1/4 cup beeswax pellets

2 Tablespoons shea butter

Melt ingredients in a double boiler while stirring with a wooden spoon or popsicle stick. Once melted remove from heat, let cool slightly, and stir in:

1 teaspoon vitamin E oil

12 drops helichrysum essential oil (you can get here)

12 drops myrrh essential oil (you can get here)

2 Tablespoons non-nano zinc oxide powder

Stir occasionally until solidified. Store in a glass container and apply liberally when going in the sun. Use high quality and organic ingredients whenever possible. I get some products locally and others from Amazon.

**Side note: It’s not safe to order essential oils from Amazon. Ever.

**Another side note: If you’re freaked out about making your own sunscreen and worried about it working- first of all try it! Second, if you don’t want to then Think Dirty has an excellent sunscreen guide with products you can buy.

LIP PROTECTION

Don’t forget to protect those lips! They can burn too! I make my own lip protection – similar to the recipe above with only a few differences. There are also many safe ones out there to purchase. Again, check Think Dirty for a great list!

SUNGLASSES

This might seem obvious, but protecting your eyes from sunburn is important too! Find ones that block UVA and UVB rays.

SPF CLOTHING

Long sleeves in the summer sounds crazy. However, they are very useful in preventing sunburn- especially if the fabric has UV Protection in it. And you might find it’s not so bad after all! Don’t forget a UV protecting hat! I got my long sleeves (see picture above) from the kids section at Target. HA!

ALOE VERA

Inevitably, I’ll forget to apply the sunscreen or leave home without it. (I’m not the only forgetful one, right?!?!) And when I come home a little red or charred I want something safe to soothe the burn. Aloe from an aloe vera plant is best. A little sticky, but feels so good!!!

If you have questions about other products or about what I’ve mentioned here, please reach out! I won’t bite! Promise! I’d love to be a resource for you in using safe products for you and your family!

7 Tips for Staying Safe in the Sun

It seems there is some confusion these days about being in the sun. How much sun should we get? (Gotta have that vitamin D, right?) Do we use sunscreen every single time or not? How do we avoid skin cancer?

Well, I think the key is balance. The sun is very important for our bodies and our health. And it’s the second thing God created in our universe. He put it in the exact spot for our benefit!

We must have vitamin D! It helps us feel happier, helps us fight off cancer, and helps our bodies work properly. And a lack of vitamin D can lead to serious issues such as cancer, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, depression, fibromyalgia, and the list goes on and on. Yikes!

Skin cancer primarily isn’t even caused by the sun. It’s usually caused by the things we put on our skin and in our bodies and how those things react with the sun that causes the cancer.

So, here’s seven tips to help you stay safe in the sun this summer!

1.Eat foods that provide UV protection

Some great foods to help are omega 3 fatty acid fish such as wild caught salmon or tuna. You can also eat dark leafy greens and cruciferous veggies such as broccoli, cauliflower, or Brussels sprouts. In addition, add some red and orange fruits and veggies to boost your protection.

2. Drink green tea

This has been researched and has been known to help prevent some types of skin cancer. It’s full of polyphenols which also help prevent cancer development. Yay! I do recommend drinking organic hot or cold green tea (not the kind you buy at the gas station).

3. Eat the right oils

Healthy oils can do much to give you UV protection. Consume 1-3 Tablespoons daily of oils like coconut oil, olive oil, or avocado oil. These oils make your skin less resistant to sun damage and if you put it on your skin it can block up to 20% of UV rays!

4. Drink lots of water

Keeping your skin hydrated is super important when you’re in the sun often. I recommend to my clients to drink between 50% and 75% of your body weight in ounces of water a day.

5. Get 15-20 minutes a day of sun without sunscreen

Yes! Without sunscreen. This helps your body really be able to absorb the vitamin D it needs. Now, if you’re going to be out in the sun for long periods of time please take measures to stay safe and avoid getting burned.

6. Use shade or clothing protection

When you’re out all day in the sun at the beach, on the lake, or in the river you can protect yourself with shade, sun blocking clothing and sunglasses (don’t forget to protect your eyes too). I think these are underutilized tools to help keep us safe.

7. Choose a non-toxic safe sunscreen with an SPF of 15-30

The FDA has reported that 80% of sunscreens are ineffective and contain toxic ingredients. (And if the FDA admits it you know it has to be bad. EEK!) The Environmental Working Group suggests that sunscreen should be a last resort in protecting yourself in the sun. WOWIE. That’s a change in thought. They recommend that if you look at the ingredients and you wouldn’t eat it then don’t put it on your skin.

Have questions? I’m happy to help! Just ask!

Plus, stay tuned for the products I use and recipes for safe sun exposure!