Four Ways to Avoid a Sunburn

There is a quote circulating the Internet lately that says, "The main ingredient in hand sanitizer is paranoia!" If you think it is bad in hand sanitizer, just think how concentrated in sun screen. The experts all tell us that the sun is the main cause of skin cancer. But I wonder? Is it possible that the main cause could be your sunscreen?  Forget that most commercial brands have 20 plus ingredients in them. When the sunscreen is applied, it blocks our ability to absorb the sun and synthesize vitamin D. A lack of vitamin D leads to disease. We need D!

We need direct sunlight, uncovered for 20 min or so in the middle of the day. But hours and hours outside during that time, is not advisable on a daily basis or sunburn will be the result.

Here are some ways we avoid the agony that is sunburn:

Do your outside activities early or late. Did you know that after 4pm, your chances of getting a sunburn dramatically decrease? If you can, put of that trip to the pool until then. It is usually less crowded by then anyhow. It' s a win-win!

Cover up! Well, maybe not this much unless you are in the Bahamas in January and are cold.

But seriously, my teenager doesn't need to see your bosoms anyhow... and neither do I! Where I come from, once it hits 60 degrees out, the clothes seem to shrink! No offense intended, but is that really necessary? Even if you are off to the pool, there is a lot of modest swimwear available, including swim shirts. I saw a young girl with the cutest retro swimsuit on the other day. I want one too! As my little girl says, "Modest it hottest, especially in summer!" It is also safer for our precious skin.

Eat your SPFs! Antioxidants are one of the greatest sources of sun protection. Wanna know the strongest antioxidant I have found? Clove oil!

"As an essential oil, clove's ORAC rating soars to over 10 million. Most other antioxidants are rated in the tens of thousands to a maximum of a few hundred thousand at best." (source)

So, take your clove oil regularly. I take a few drops in a capsule each day. Your skin will thank you for it. You can purchase some high quality stuff here.

Use a mineral based sunblock during the heat of the day.  Zinc oxide will block the UV rays from the sun and it sits on top of the skin, rather than being absorbed. There are a lot of zinc oxide based creams available commercially. They run $15-$17. Badger Natural Sport Sunscreen SPF 35 comes highly recommended.  Or you can make your own of course!

Here is one home made variable to your sunscreen. I made this one before a family outing to the water park.

1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
1/4 cup Beeswax Organic Pastilles
2 T Raw Shea Butter
1 t Vitamin E oil
2 T Zinc Oxide Powder
12 drops helychrisum, lavender, or peppermint

Melt the oils, beeswax and Shea butter together. Then add the zinc oxide and once cool, add the essential oils. I whipped it up with a whisk and put the lid on. We immediately took it with us to the water park and used only this sunscreen. It took 6 min to make, then about 20 min to cool in the fridge.  If applied often, it worked great!

For some other additions to your sunscreen consider the following:
Raspberry seed oil SPF 28-40
Carrot seed oil SPF 30-40
Wheatgerm oil SPF 20
Olive oil SPF 15
Macadamia oil SPF 6
Jojoba Oil SPF 4
Sweet Almond Oil SPF 4

I first became interested in a new form of sunscreen after reading Bruce Fife's, Eat Fat, Look Thin.  I love this book. He postulates that if you only use good oils (no polyunsaturated fats) in your cooking, you should be able to wear only coconut oil as sunscreen. It worked for centuries before we started adding rancid fats and highly processed foods to our diet.  So, my sister and I were in the Bahamas and I was happy to let her be the Guinea pig on that one. She had been off the soybean and canola oils longer than I had, so she seemed the logical choice. We headed out for a great day of motor "scootering" around Nassau which it turns out is a whole lot more dangerous than a sunburn. I nearly killed us that day. Unfortunately for my sister, the coconut oil was not enough to keep the sunburn away and on day two, she had to resort to the chemical filled stuff the rest of us brought. But still, I believe there is something to eating our SPFs! I will continue to include antioxidants and healthy oils to my diet for the sake of my skin. Next trip to the Bahamas should be sunscreen free.... and will definitely be motor scooter free, seriously!

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  1. Good, good post! We try to avoid being outside between 10am and 4pm, but sometimes it's not avoidable. :-) So, for those times we use TruKid or Badger. Good stuff.
    Visiting from Weekend Whatever.
    ~Stacy @ Stacy Makes Cents

  2. Great tips!!! And I agree with your little girl "Modest it hottest, especially in summer"! Amen!!!

    Pinned this! Thanks for sharing this with us at One Sharendipity Place this weekend!!

    Krys @thet2women.com and www.worshipingwhilewaiting.blogspot.com

  3. Wow, this was a very interesting article! I didn't know anything about clove oil - and now I'm on a quest to learn. I am just beginning to learn about essential oils (ok, I'm a slow learner).

    Thanks for the information and help. Coming over (for the first time) from Moms the Word link-up.

    1. The world of essential oils is daunting, but well worth it. Let me know if I can help.

  4. Very helpful!!
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  5. Visiting from Healthy Tuesday.This is great information. I posted about foods that help protect against sunburn this week and added a few links to other bloggers posts about the harmful effects of sunscreen and how to protect yourself. I am going to add your link to the post as well.

  6. wow I'm going to start eating more clove!

  7. Thank you so much for the sunscreen post, Very much needed when going to the pool or the beach. Never knew about clove oil and now I do. Thanks, for such an informative post!

  8. I totally agree with modest swim wear even for the males. Both of my young males (14 & 16) sport swim shirts. I also have a very cute modest swim suit, I have seen some wearing vintage swim wear and wonder where they bought them.

    I'll have to try using just coconut oil we have been off the bad oils for over half a year now. Pinning to my health and wellness board.

    Thanks for sharing on Tuesdays With a Twist.

  9. I just saw some of the CUTEST swimsuits on ModCloth. I love the vintage look... 50's is it? http://www.modcloth.com/shop/onepiece-swimwear/gardenia-getaway-one-piece

  10. Wow, I never knew that clove oil would protect me from the sun. Learn something new everyday don't you?

    Heidi’s Wanderings

  11. We are going to Florida soon and I have wanted some natural sunscreen. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Thank you for teaching me something Useful!
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  13. Thank you for the sunscreen recipe! I completely agree with you about modesty during summer or any other time of year! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

    Thank you for linking to Tuesdays with a Twist!

  14. I'm good at putting on sunscreen on my kids- sometimes I forget myself!

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  16. That picture does look like me--last week, on the verge of a burn with no suncreen. Thanks for sharing on the HomeAcre Hop. I'm choosing this as one of my features. Please come back and grab your button tomorrow: http://everythinghomewithcarol.com/the-self-sufficient-homemaker-hop-10/

  17. This is a great article. I always have a hard time going to the beach during the summer because I have very white and sensitive skin. I have tried all the sunscreen on the market and I usually don't even take off my shirt when on the beach, and I still get burnt. However, this past summer I bought the Best Natural Sunscreen and it worked great. It included the latest zinc formulas which are great for the skin. It is also strong enough to block all harmful UV rays.