My chemical free journey started before I had my children but having them has made me strive for the best of the best for our family. Checking out products on the Think Dirty app has helped us truly rid the chemical laden products we had been using in our home. Although I could talk all day about everything I’ve replaced and what I’ve replaced it with, since its summer let’s talk sunscreen!
Sunscreen is vital during the hot summer months when our littles want to spend endless hours outside playing, right? But we shouldn’t have to sacrifice our health for this… in fact we need sun exposure too, vitamin D is critical! But what’s in sunscreen and exactly what does that SPF really mean? Among a lot of the scary ingredients listed, they often include ingredients that act as “penetration enhancers” and help the product adhere to skin. Which means many sunscreen chemicals are absorbed into the body and can be measured in blood, breast milk and urine samples. 😵 So a lot of them say if under 6 months ask a doctor… yet they’re going to be in my breast milk?! Ugh, how awful!
There are so many factors that go into sunscreen. Why we use it, what it’s good for and so on. I want to talk about a few specific things. SPF, how we need vitamin D, and chemicals.
SPF is not strength it’s actually time. It means, say I burn in the sun after 10 minutes when I use no sunscreen but if I use an SPF 10 then I have 10x the protection of 10 minutes so essentially I’m protected after one application of spf 10 sunscreen for 100 minutes. So really SPF kind of means nothing… well… it just means if you have a smaller SPF then you should apply more often. I recently just learned this and I couldn’t believe I didn’t know it before. Ha! I thought it meant the higher the SPF the better the protection. So then I still wanted to use the lower SPF because we need some vitamin D too.
So about how we need vitamin D. We need it for soooo many things but how about how it keeps us happy! The sun is so demonized. I mean we truly need the vitamin D. We have an epidemic of vitamin D deficiency and then people start taking a synthetic vitamin so that they can “make up” that vitamin D deficiency. When I was in high school I had a vitamin D deficiency, so you know what my doctor recommended? She recommended I take a vitamin…. Why not just get out in the sun for a few hours everyday? As a mom, now I try really hard to get me and the girls outside everyday. Even if it’s just for an hour or even an hour here a half hour there throughout the day. It’s literally essential for our health! We do wear sunscreen especially when it’s between the hours of 10am and 2pm! I used to make my own and absolutely LOVED it! Young Living just came out with a sunscreen though and let’s be honest, with 2 kids under 2 years of age this is going to save me time and sanity. 😜the Young Living sunscreen is an SPF 10 sunscreen and its broad spectrum and absolutely amazing!! I feel confident applying it to my children knowing it’s not filled with awful hormon disrupting skin penetrating chemicals.
It is made with naturally derived plant- and mineral-based ingredients, dermatologist tested and hypoallergenic and formulated without UV chemical absorbers (the thing I mentioned earlier where it can get into your skin/breast milk), parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals, animal-derived ingredients, synthetic preservatives, synthetic fragrances, or synthetic dyes.
Let’s talk more about chemicals….So I was watching a video on how obviously the sun is a factor with skin cancer but it can’t be the only thing. Like think about it this way… you wear something toxic on your skin with a bunch of chemicals and you get burned. Essentially burning those toxins into your skin. 😵😫 Uhhhh hellooooo yes. This. Obviously this is playing a HuGE factor in skin cancer?! How can it not?!
I’d rather take my natural SPF 10 and not burn than any toxic chemical laden SPF 50 into my skin. No thanks.
If you want more information on Young Livings new sunscreen and how to get it click here!
Checkout the EWG for more information on natural health related stuff!