A safe and effective natural chemical free sun cream

Friday  07 June 2013 

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We’ve had a few days of glorious sunshine and the moaning has started.

Having spent the last 12 months up to our necks in flood water, blizzards and howling Siberian winds you’d have thought that folk might be cheered by the glow of the sun.

But no, that doesn’t appear to be the British way does it!

After good weather on Saturday and Sunday last week another blue sky day on Monday was all it took for the army of scaremongers to troop out and say how bad it was for us.

‘If skin cancer didn't convince you... Breakthrough study finds daily sunscreen use stops wrinkles in their tracks’ was just one of the reports that came to light.

Now I love the sun, nothing cheers me more than the chance to offer up the faded glory of my once muscular body to the elements.

Mind you the rest of the family aren’t so keen on seeing me pottering around the garden in my Hawaiian shorts and battered bush hat...

...but it doesn’t stop me!

The feel of the warmth of the suns rays on my skin for twenty to thirty minutes a day is like a powerful health boost – and I love the feeling of the lasting glow in the evening.

Interestingly this point of view usually generates one of two responses;

- “I completely agree and enjoy a spot of sun bathing myself.”


- “You fool! You are storing up dangerous UV rays which will give you cancer, cover up and get the sunblock on.”

Its strange how commonly people fall into one or other of those camps – in fact I bet you are now looking at this letter and choosing a point of view...

...whilst dismissing the other as a heresy: But the truth, as always, lies somewhere between the two.

Let me explain.

To block or not?

Received wisdom has it that the moment we encounter the golden orb in the sky we should be slathering on the sun cream.

This protects us from the damaging rays of the sun, and allows us to achieve a long lasting deep tan...

...or so we thought.

In a recent review in a clinical journal(1) the researchers discovered that there was wildly differing amounts of protection available from the commonly used products, and in most cases this was overstated compared to their actual performance.

But this review also identified the concerns over the safety of some of the sun protection products used.

Citing instances of toxicity and anaphylaxis as a result of using some of the ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate which are often included in commercial formulations.

In his e-book ‘SPF Zero’ Dr Don(2) goes even further claiming that sun screens act as endocrine (hormone) disruptors, mutagens, carcinogens and are hugely damaging to the environment.

Plus he cites a study conducted by the American Environmental Working Group in 2010(3) which made the startling discover that ONLY 39 of the 500 sunscreen products that they tested were safe and effective to use.

The result of all of this information is that we should all be very careful about what we choose to put on our skins before we head out into the sun.

If you plan to be out in the sun for any length of time you would need something to prevent your skin from burning – after all there is nothing attractive about the colour pink and blisters is there!

But, decide whether you need to splash on the lotion based upon your skin type (fair skins burn easier, old and young skin has less resilience), the weather (don’t make the mistake of seeing cloud and thinking you are safe) and the length of time you are due to be out in it.

Thirty minutes exposure for most people is safe, and allows your body to boost its vitamin D production as well as gladden the heart.

How to avoid chemical skin damage

The big manufacturers will want you to believe that you should never set foot outside of your door without applying some of their hyper expensive white goo.

They will say that even twenty minutes exposure to the sun will cause irreversible skin damage and that even the most leathery of skin is at risk of developing melanomas.

But they would wouldn’t they? That’s how they make their money and they control of the media as a result of the piles of cash they hoard.

But far from avoiding the sun because it may damage you the experts are convinced that exposure to sun will PROTECT us from cancer; here’s what a West Palm Beach specialist called Dr Al Sears had to say about it;

“Our body needs exposure to the sun to produce vitamin D. An Anticancer Research study found that just by getting a little sunlight every day – about 20 minutes for fair-skinned people and two to four times that much for those with dark skin – could reduce the risk of 16 types of cancer.”

Dr Mercola explained this even further when he said;

“The 15 to 30 minutes per day generally applies to fair-skinned, thin, younger individuals, with the more of the body exposed, the better. Darker-skinned individuals may require several hours per day. For those unable to derive sufficient vitamin D from solar UVB, artificial UVB lamps are a viable option, as are vitamin D supplements.”

So, don’t automatically reach for the sun cream when you are thinking of heading outside – consider the opportunity for a bit of natural healing instead.

Of course, even I wouldn’t dream of spending several hours out of doors without some kind of protection, especially on my poor ol’ bald bonce, so I use a range of chemical free, natural sun products.

Find out more about safe and effective natural sun cream here

Well I hope you all have had a bit of sun on your backs this week, and let’s pray we have a few more days like it to come.

I’ll be back on Sunday with a chance to find out more about your inner workings...

...Yours, as always

(1) Latha, M. S., Martis, J., Shobha, V., Shinde, R. S., Bangera, S., Krishnankutty, B., ... & Kumar, B. N. (2013). Sunscreening Agents: A Review. The Journal of clinical and aesthetic dermatology, 6(1), 16.
(2) KL, M. S. (2012). Spf Zero: Chemical Sunscreen Exposed. eBookIt. com.
(3)Environmental Working Group (2010) Guide to Sunscreens.






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