The Truth About Sun Protection

holistic health holistic skin health Sep 05, 2021

One of the most common questions that I receive is,

"How do I incorporate natural sun protection into my skin care routine?" and "Which sunscreens are best?"

The most powerful medicines in the world are available to us for free from nature. The current stories in our society surrounding the sun, its danger and what it does to the human body have been massively manipulated by the sunscreen industry. As time goes by, we’re being encouraged more and more to disconnect ourselves from nature, to mistrust it, and to even, in a lot of cases, think it’s bad, yet nature is the very essence that we come from. Think about that.

The sun has been here since the beginning of time. It is not here to harm us. Nature is not against us. It does not fail us, and neither do our bodies. We are full spectrum-beings that quite literally cannot survive without the sun. All life on earth cannot survive without the sun.

Anytime that we are told that we need something man-made in order to survive, in order to be healthy and free, we must question why. Man cannot replicate nature. We cannot replicate the intricacy of the human body. And we certainly can’t replicate the potent healing aspects of the sun.

The sun itself does not cause cancer solely on its own. There are MANY other things that factor into it. How can I say this? Because I have researched extensively into this. And I highly recommend that you research into it as well. It eases your subconscious mind so you don’t need to fear the outside world like so many people do.

Please do not fear the sun! The sun is nature’s most potent medicine that the human race cannot survive without.

Vitamin D

Our skin uses sunlight to manufacture Vitamin D. Vitamin D helps our body absorb calcium, making it important for bone health, and is also vital for our immune system and protecting us against a range of health conditions and diseases. Not only that, but Vitamin D has also been found in helping reduce the symptoms of PMS, irritability and fatigue, which is why most of us feel better during the Spring and Summer months.

In order to soak up some of this Vitamin D, many holistic professionals recommend getting some unprotected sun exposure each day. Wearing sunscreen reduces Vitamin D synthesis in the skin by more than 95%.

Why not just supplement?

You can, but Vitamin D produced by the skin stays in the blood for twice as long as Vitamin D supplements do.

With this being said, sunscreen should be worn if you spend long periods of time in the sun between 11am - 4pm and are prone to burning.

Protecting Your Skin

While we benefit from the Vitamin D that the sun provides us, the sun also shines its UV rays down on us, which can be harmful IF we allow our skin to burn.

Thankfully, you can prevent your skin from burning by protecting it, if you're going to be outside for long periods of time where a sunburn is much more likely:

Cover Up

When you're outside, it's a good idea to wear a hat, cover up your skin with clothing or seek shade if you're outside for long periods of time. It is vital that you avoid burning your skin and this is the ideal way to do it. 

Time Matters

The sun is at its strongest point between 11am - 4pm. This is the time when you are most susceptible to burning your skin, so be conscious of your skin during these times. 

Physical Sunscreen (aka Mineral Sunscreen)

Active ingredients in physical sunscreens are minerals, either zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. Both of these ingredients offer broad spectrum protection, although I personally prefer zinc oxide. These minerals are natural and are completely safe for the skin and body. They sit on top of the skin and reflect the sun's rays, literally blocking the sun from harming your skin. These two minerals are the only active ingredients that I recommend looking for, and can be found in natural sunscreens.

Physical sunblocks are less irritating and are the best option for babies, kids, anyone with sensitive skin and for anyone who cares deeply about the ingredients that go onto their skin.

Mineral sunscreens do tend to be a little more difficult to apply at first, until you get used to using them. Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are both white powders, so they tend to leave a white cast on the skin until you master proper application or simply find a really good brand that applies nicely.

Physical sunblocks are not typically waterproof, so it's really important to reapply the sunblock after swimming or heavy sweating.

My Recommendations

(please note that the following links are not affiliate links and are simply products that I like and use myself)

For the Face:

Think Sport Mineral Sunscreen Stick
Brush on Block

For the Body (and Family):

The Green Beaver Company Natural Mineral Sunscreen SPF 40
Think Baby/Think Sport Mineral Sunscreen