Your Guide to Healthy Sun Exposure
Are you ready for sun and #lakelife yet??? It feels like winter has dragged on for far too long, but it has given us the perfect opportunity to talk about sun exposure and clear up some common misconceptions.
Similar to milk propaganda being responsible for “building strong bones” for decades, we have been led to believe that sun exposure alone causes skin cancer and we must apply SPF every day before leaving the house.
Clean SPF’s are particularly helpful for protecting the skin from early aging, but according to Dr. Mercola,
“The public has been misled and misinformed about the health ramifications of sun avoidance, as there are significant hazards associated with vitamin D deficiency, including a heightened risk of heart disease and several cancers, especially internal cancers but also lethal skin cancer.”
While you may want your summer glow ASAP, be patient and gradually introduce your skin back to the sun. There are many elements like water and oxygen that are essential for life, but when out of balance they can turn harmful and the sun is one of them.
Healthy Sun Exposure Is…
Planning ahead! Going outdoors for a long period of time? Make sure to:
Find shady spots
Wear a hat
Or cover up with clothes part of the time to avoid burning your skin
15-20 minutes without sunscreen—clothing levels up to you!
Best practice is to have this time during early to mid-morning hours to avoid the intense afternoon sun that can easily burn
Most sunscreen’s blocks various amounts of UVA & UVB rays. By not using sunscreen for this time period you’re allowing UVB light to stimulate Vitamin D production in your skin
Water is an essential health habit because it is intricately weaved throughout so many processes that take place in the body. More time in the sun means drinking even more than half your bodyweight in ounces. This will help your skin, and all other tissues, remove and expel waste.
Physical & Mental Benefits of Healthy Sun Exposure:
Circadian rhythm regulation - a cycle in which specific hormones release in the body
Improved quality of sleep
Increased Vitamin D production
Boost serotonin levels which contribute to a positive or elevated mood
Stronger bones due to the increased calcium absorption thanks to Vitamin D
Lower blood pressure from the release of Nitric Oxide causing blood vessels to dilate
“Nonsmokers who stayed out of the sun had a life expectancy similar to smokers who soaked up the most rays, according to researchers who studied nearly 30,000 Swedish women over 20 years.”
- Journal of Internal Medicine, March 21, 2016
Sun is an essential nutrient for health, but there is a smart way to approach it from the:
time of day you go out
various levels of coverage & shade you have
sunscreen you use
Nutrition you fuel yourself with
& products you use
Food-Based Nutrients For Skin Repair
The healthier you are from the inside out the easier your skin will be able to adapt to changes in climate, toxins, etc. I love fueling with juice in addition to whole foods because the nutrients in juice are considered pre-digested. The fiber is removed when juiced so you are left with a delicious concoction of ready to absorb vitamins and minerals. This is especially helpful if you have gut challenges and have trouble breaking down raw veggies and maximizing their nutrient profile.
Here are a few juices from DROUGHT, a female-owned/Michigan-made product, and a few key nutrients they contain for skin repair:
Beet #1: Manganese, & Vitamin C support collagen synthesis & wound healing
Carrot #1: Beta-carotene the precursor to Vitamin A helps reduce free radical damage from overexposure to the sun
Green #3: Vitamin A & C, plus ginger. Vitamin A promotes cell production and growth as well as stimulating fibroblasts that keep deep layers of the skin firm and healthy
ALG: Full of ginger to reduce systemic inflammation, while getting in a bit more Vitamin C from the lemon and apple
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Products to Help Revive & Protect Your Skin
The skin is the largest organ so we must be extra careful when choosing which products we apply to it as we eventually absorb it into the body.
Beautycounter’s Countermatch Pure Calm Cleansing Milk:
I’ve been using this specific cleanser for over a week and absolutely love the way my skin feels after it! While I still apply a light layer of moisturizer after the Kiehl’s concentrate, my skin doesn’t feel like it needs it once the cleanser is done hydrating it.
This cleansing milk gently nourishes and cleans the skin without harsh chemical surfactants. It contains plum oil to reinforce the skin’s moisturizing barrier, jojoba oil to cleanse without leaving you feel greasy, and coconut oil to break down makeup and impurities.
Note: There is some coconut oil in this cleanser if you’ve tried using it as a face moisturizer before and tended to break out. I also wear minimal makeup and do not use waterproof products so depending on your preferences, this cleanser may not remove your makeup fully.
Kiehl’s Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate:
This little powerhouse contains Vitamin C or 10.5% L-Ascorbic Acid which helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles. In addition, it has Hyaluronic Acid which draws moisture to the upper layers of skin to create a smooth and plump appearance. It has a gentle warm sensation on application for me and feels completely pampering applying it!
Little layers of nourishment from the inside with nutrition to external concentrates to help the skin from every angle!
Beautycounter’s Countersun Mineral Sunscreen Mist:
Earlier I mentioned sunscreen propaganda and fear of the sun that has been created. Sunscreen IS necessary at peak hours and when out for long periods to prevent burning, but I always cringe when I apply it knowing how many chemicals are in it. Many of which are linked to hormone disruption, skin allergies, and stay in the body for unknown amounts of time.
I love that Beautycounter’s has mineral derived instead of chemically derived UV filters to protect you from the sun’s rays. The aerosol spray is due to compact air rather than toxic propellant chemicals and also, unlike many commercial sunscreen’s, is safe for reefs.
I am also very sensitive to chemicals and synthetic perfumes so this sunscreen’s barely existent smell, might be one of my favorite parts about it!
Now that you have all the tools to enjoy sun healthily this summer, let’s do a SUN dance to get it here! For this post we partnered with Jewel, Jewel Commerce where you can earn cash back while shopping your favorite brands. I love Beautycounter’s products but I don’t always want to sign up for more companies, so I love that I can still get the product’s while earning cash back. All thoughts & opinions contained are my own outside of stated references & quotes.
What is your favorite way to enjoy summer in Michigan??? Since I recently moved back to the mitten I can’t wait to hear all your ideas!
Always rooting for you,
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