We all know that protecting our skin from the harmful rays of the sun is important, but how we do so is just as important. Watch this segment I did on Better Connecticut for some tips on how to stay healthy and chemical free when it comes to sun protection:
- Avoid Harsh Chemicals: Many chemicals used in traditional sunscreen products have been linked to allergies, respiratory issues, hormone disruption and skin irritation. The best sun care products are those that use minerals versus chemicals to physically block the sun’s harmful rays from burning or hitting your skin. The two ingredients you want to look for under active ingredients are zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. These are minerals. Avoid ingredients, such Avobenzone, Homosalate, Menthyl Anthranilate, Octisalate, Octocrylene, Oxtinoxate, Oxtocrylene, Oxybenzone and PABA. Baby and child sunscreens and sunblocks products often have better ingredients than adult versions, yet will protect you just as well.
- Do Your Homework: EWG.org (Environmental Working Group) has released their list of top suncare products for 2012. Also, there’s an App for that too! Download the free EWG Sunscreen Guide from iTunes.
- Layer:Your sunscreen is important, but there are a lot of other things you can do to protect yourself from the sun. 84% of UV rays found in direct sunlight are reflected under your umbrella or canopy. As a result it is important to layer.
- Sunglasses: Sunglasses that are 100% UVA and UVB protective are a must. For children, consider Babiators. They provide 100% protection against UVA and UVB rays, are BPA Free, and are made with pliable rubber and shatter-resistant lenses.
- Umbrella: Consider carrying an umbrella when walking.
- Clothing: Layer with long sleeves and pants made with lightweight fabrics.
- Additive Barriers: ezShade Blocks 99% UVA/UVB and keeps you cooler. It doubles your shade and can attach to an umbrella or canopy tent.
is a clip-on for umbrellas and canopies that can provide extra shade and block 99% of UVA/UVB rays
- Makeup: Ladies can consider using mineral based makeup for an extra dose of protection
- Safe and all-natural after suncare:If you do get too much sun, you can find relief with some very simple, all-natural home remedies as well.
- Aloe: Aloe vera from the plant is the best source for soothing sunburn. You can purchase aloe plants at your local nursery or even at your grocery store. Cut open the leaf and apply the aloe gel from inside the leaf onto sunburned skin.
- Compresses: Wet a washcloth with a solution of 4 Tablespoons baking soda and one quart of water, and then apply it to the affected areas.
- Therapeutic Baths: Take cool baths with either baking soda or oatmeal mixed into the water for some relief.
- Hydrate: Make sure you stay hydrated during hot days and when you get lots of sun!
What are your favorite natural, chemical-free tips for suncare?