Expose your skin surface and get it to turn slightly pink. Then get into the shade. Avoid burns.
You may be one of those people for whom summer is far too short!
But like it or not, most of you only have a few short months to enjoy the great outdoors in most of the continental US. Why waste it dealing with two of the most vexing hassles of the outdoor summer season?
After spending six or more months stuck inside from rain, snow, and sleet, you can’t wait to rush out and spend all weekend in the sun. Not only is the golf course beckoning, but so is yard work, your kids’ sporting events and other outdoor activities, and the grill.
It’s easy to overdo your sun exposure in your quest to finally spend some time outdoors… especially when your skin isn’t used to the sun.
There are many simple lifestyle changes you can make to radically decrease your risk of sunburn, such as choosing your essential fatty acids wisely, increasing your consumption of raw vegetables, and avoiding processed foods and sugars.
I will go into more details in the video, so I encourage you to watch it.
Clothing Can Protect You – Especially Hats
Additionally, you can use clothing wisely to avoid sun-induced skin damage. My favorite is a cap which shades my eyes and allows me to avoid wearing sunglasses and to benefit from all of the 1500 wavelengths in sunshine. But the cap also keeps the sun off the very thin skin around my eyes which is particularly sensitive to photoaging damage from the sun.
However, if you are looking for an additional level of protection beyond clothing then my team has come up with something that will really work for you and your family.
Daytime sun isn’t the only summer headache you can have.
Ever been out on a beautiful summer evening enjoying the afterglow of sunset and onset of stars – only to have it ruined by ten thousand pesky mosquitoes? Or was that ten million? In several states, mosquitoes have been dubbed the “state bird.” Nasty little critters!
In a damp year, mosquitoes don’t limit themselves to evening warfare either.
They love sultry, still, humid days… and parks, campgrounds, wooded and swampy areas, and even your own backyard in broad daylight! Hard to escape them! Worse, they’ll sneak into your house and buzz around your bedroom while you try to sleep.
Now, you could try solutions like DEET-based insect repellents – but I certainly don’t recommend them. In a moment, I’ll tell you why that’s a non-solution, and provide you with a viable alternative.
Equip yourself now to have a ton more fun this summer with this Summer Survival Kit…
The Case AGAINST Using Sunscreen – Even ‘Natural’ Ones – Except for This Sunscreen…
I normally advise against using sunscreen. Even most “all-natural” sunscreens.
You may already know this. And if you aren’t familiar with the reasons, I’ll share them with you in a moment. But first, I want to tell you that natural sunlight’s potential to harm you has really been blown out of proportion. This is thanks to many doctors, health officials, advertisements, beauty experts, corporations, and well-meaning friends. They basically tell you that you need to stay out of the sun because the sun will kill you. This simply isn’t true.
For starters, there is little scientific evidence to justify the many health campaigns that urge you to completely avoid the sun. Avoiding the sun just doesn’t make sense. And it certainly doesn’t make any sense when study after study shows that…
The Sun Is Not Deadly
In fact, the sun is healthy for you. Think about it. How could it be any other way?
After all, your ancestors survived outdoors, working outside under the sun’s rays far more often than they were indoors and out of the sun.
This brings up an obvious question.
How likely would it be for your body to end up being configured in such a way that the sun is a deadly threat?
That’s not to say sunlight can’t be harmful. Of course, it can be…
For instance, long-term, excessive exposure to sunlight can increase the risk of certain types of skin cancer. Yet moderate sun exposure is less dangerous than sporadic sun exposure.
Plus, there’s a good deal of evidence that sun exposure without sunburn is beneficial. So safe sun exposure is key.
What You Should Know About UVA and UVB Rays
Ultraviolet light from the sun comes in two main wavelengths – UVA and UVB. It’s important for you to understand the difference between them, and your risk factors from each.
Consider UVB the “good guy” – though of course you can’t de-select UVA if you’re going to be in the sun. UVB helps your skin produce vitamin D.
UVA is considered the “bad guy” because it penetrates your skin more deeply and can cause more free radical damage. Not only that, but UVA rays are quite constant during all the hours of daylight throughout the entire year.
By comparison, UVB waves are low in morning and evening and high at midday.
So, if you’re out early in the morning or late in the day, you get lots of UVA (bad guy) and not much UVB (good guy). Not a good way to produce vitamin D.
What’s more, have you ever gotten a scorching sunburn on a cloudy day? You think you don’t need to protect yourself and you wind up being really sorry you didn’t. That’s the UVA rays at work. They can break through cloud cover and pollution and do some real damage your skin.
Kind of a Catch 22.
Natural Sunlight Is Far and Away the Best Way to Get Your Vitamin D!
And it is the ultimate way. Why? Because as soon as the sun’s ultraviolet rays strike your skin, your body is programmed to do something remarkable. It starts producing its own natural vitamin D.
Better yet, your body produces the most active form of vitamin D in existence – calciferol, also known as vitamin D3. Vitamin D3 is actually the precise form your body needs.
And luckily for all of us, our bodies automatically generate enough of it with virtually no risk of overdose. They just know when to stop producing natural vitamin D before it can reach toxic levels.
However, elevated vitamin D levels obtained strictly from oral supplements can take six months or longer to normalize. That’s why I don’t recommend supplementing your vitamin D with pills. If you do take vitamin D supplements, you need to get your blood levels tested regularly to avoid toxicity.
With natural sunlight, you may be wondering what precautions you need to take…
Should You Use a Sunscreen to Guard Against SUNBURN?
Absolutely! But not any kind of commercial sunscreen. More on that in a moment – but first, let me just say…
As much as I prefer you steer clear of sunscreens because they interfere with natural vitamin D production, there is one critical exception.
The exception is when it is impossible to limit full body exposure to sunlight! So if you can’t limit your exposure for whatever reason, do use a safe sunscreen to protect your skin from sunburn. It is for YOUR own good.
Limiting sun exposure, wearing protective clothing, and using a natural, non-chemical sunscreen can reduce the risks of the harmful effects of the sun.
But if you can’t avoid the following three scenarios:
- You’re forced to be in the direct rays of the sun for a longer time than is safe…
- You must go into intense sunlight without having the opportunity to gradually build up to it…
- You’re in a situation where blocking the sun with strategic clothing or sunshades is impractical…
…use a sunscreen to help guard against sunburn. But, don’t just slap on any of the standard commercial brands you find on store shelves. With that in mind…
It’s Time to Expose the Sunscreen Smokescreen!
In my opinion, corporate greed has created products that are harmful.
I’m talking hundreds of sunscreens that I believe are toxic because they contain man-made chemicals… chemicals I believe can cause serious health problems. Here’s why.
The main chemical used in sunscreens to filter out ultraviolet B light is octyl methoxycinnamate. OMC for short. OMC was found to kill mouse cells even at low doses. Plus, it was also shown to be particularly toxic when exposed to sunshine. And guess what?
OMC is present in 90 percent of sunscreen brands!
But that’s not the half of it. A common ultraviolet A filter, butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane, has also demonstrated toxic properties.
Furthermore, several studies show that the chemicals commonly used in sunscreens are absorbed through the skin and end up circulating in your blood stream. Not good. So…
If Your Sunscreen Contains Any of These Chemicals That I Consider Dangerous and Potentially Life Threatening, Do Yourself a BIG Favor…
Dump it now.
Yes, that’s right. Toss your sunscreen in the trash if it contains any of these questionable chemicals:
- Para amino benzoic acid…
- Octyl salicyclate…
- Padimate O…
- Menthyl anthranilate…
- Trolamine salicyclate…
And, oh yes, let me not forget…
Potentially harmful chemicals such as dioxybenzone and oxybenzone (two chemicals I just mentioned) are some of the most powerful free radical generators known to man!
So if your sunscreen contains dioxybenzone, oxybenzone, or any of the other chemicals I just revealed, I highly recommend you switch to a formula that is safe and healthy for your skin.
And a note to moms… You are undoubtedly very conscientious about caring for your children. But when you lather up your son or daughter with sunscreen thinking you’re doing the right thing, you could in fact be doing more harm than good.
So check the labels on your sunscreen. After all, your skin is your largest organ, as your child’s skin is theirs.
Safer for You… and Our Fragile Underwater Ecosystems
If there’s still any doubt in your mind that you should toss out potentially dangerous sunscreen products, consider this…
National Geographic recently came out with a startling discovery: Sunscreen chemicals are killing coral reefs around the world.
Four ingredients commonly found in popular brands of sunscreen – paraben, cinnamate, benzophenone, and a camphor derivative – are suspected of awakening dormant viruses in a certain algae that live inside coral reefs.
Essential to the health and well-being of coral, these algae provide coral with its food energy and contribute to its vibrant color. Without these algae, coral turns white – or “bleaches” – and dies.
Tragically, these sunscreen chemical-driven viruses replicate until the algae explode, spreading viruses into surrounding coral communities. The resulting bleaching – and death – of the coral can happen in as little as four days.
And all it takes is a very small dose of sunscreen to set off this underwater viral epidemic.
Fortunately, there’s a much better option than chemical-laden commercial sunscreens… for you and the environment.
Introducing… My Sunscreen
This is the story of an incredible line of products that may be beneficial and healthy for your skin.
The ingredients in my sunscreens are specially designed to not only help protect your skin from potentially harmful rays, but also to nourish and moisturize your skin.
My entire line of sunscreen and tanning products share these outstanding features:
- NO dangerous chemical ingredients
- NO parabens or artificial fragrances
- NO nanoparticles
- NO mineral oil
- Non-comedogenic (doesn’t irritate or clog pores)
- Safe for kids
- No animal testing or cruelty
Sunscreen Protection – Most Now Without Titanium Dioxide!
In response to your requests, we have removed titanium dioxide from most of our sunscreen products (except Sunscreen SPF 50). Now, most of my Sunscreens contain only zinc oxide for active UVA and UVB ray protection.
Zinc oxide is a mineral that’s found naturally in the earth’s crust. For our sunscreen products, we use a form that’s derived from natural sources.
Zinc oxide has been used all over the world for over 75 years as a safe ingredient to help prevent excessive sun exposure.
Each ingredient in this outstanding product has been carefully chosen to specifically protect and nourish your skin.
Unlike some chemical sunscreens that may absorb ultraviolet light, zinc oxide helps reflect and scatter away both UVA and UVB rays from your body. We accomplish this by using a larger particle size, no nano-particles are used. This is important because we don’t yet know the effects of nano-particles on the body.
Although you may notice a small amount of visible white on your skin when applied heavily, our zinc oxide sunscreen applies smoothly onto your skin, unlike the old pasty zinc creams that many of us may remember lifeguards wearing decades ago.
Other Ingredients Included in My Sunscreen
Astaxathin is one of nature’s most powerful antioxidants.
- Sunflower Oil and Wax:
Sunflower oil is a moisturizer that contains vitamins A, D, and E. This soothing ingredient is often used to moisturize dry, weathered, and aged skin. Sunflower wax helps make sunscreen water-resistant without the use of petroleum products.
Lecithin is found in the membranes of plant cells (soy). It is widely used in cosmetics as an emollient and water-binding agent.
- Coconut oil:
Coconut oil has been used by islanders for hundreds of years to moisturize their skin and is likely to be mild and gentle on your skin.
Used as an emollient, glycerine moisturizes your skin.
- Jojoba oil:
Jojoba oil is a non-fragrant natural emollient that has moisturizing and skin-conditioning properties.
- Tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E):
Tocopheryl acetate also acts as a natural preservative.
- Shea butter:
Shea butter is a natural plant lipid used as a thickener and emulsifier. It also has effective moisturizing properties.
- Eucalyptus oil:
Eucalyptus oil is an essential oil. When mixed with other oils, it can be absorbed by your skin. Best of all, it may assist other oils in absorption, as well, which can support the moisturizing process.
- Aloe vera gel:
Aloe contains over 130 active compounds and 34 amino acids believed to be beneficial to your skin.
- Pomegranate extract:
Pomegranate contains vitamins and antioxidants. It also contains 3 types of polyphenols – tannins, athocyanins, and ellagic acid.
- Raspberry seed oil:
As a source of Vitamin E, this oil can help condition the skin.
Bottom line, my Sunscreen‘s exclusive blend of ingredients results in a pleasant-smelling sunscreen lotion with NOchemical fragrances or dangerous artificial chemicals.
You can feel great about putting it on your skin, and your kids’ skin too!