Some Sunbathing Summer Suggestions You May Have NOT Heard
As a western culture we are bombarded by scary suggestions that our sun can/will harm us. Why is it that ancient cultures spent many more hours in the sun, and even utilized the sun to create wellness and health? We evolved as a culture under the health and healing of the sun. Perhaps drenching ourselves in chemical-laden sunscreen is NOT the answer.
Our skin is a major organ that is utilized for detoxification. When these chemicals are detoxed from our body and merge with the chemicals in poisonous skincare products, including sunscreen, it creates a toxic environment which is a mixture for disaster. Many sunscreens contain harmful ingredients: fragrance chemicals, parabens, harsh alcohols, toxic chemical solvents and petroleum oils. Oxybenzone is linked to hormone disruption and cell damage that may lead to skin cancer. Retinyl palmitate has now been proven to be a carcinogen. Benzophenone 2 decreases the function of the thyroid and there are many more that appear to do more harm than good.
Sunbathing can be healthy (and essential!) when done properly. Every cell in your body thrives from sunlight. Here are just a few of the benefits one may experience with appropriate sun exposure…
- Enhances your mood by increasing the brain’s release of serotonin.
- Assists in proper circadian rhythm for a better night’s sleep.
- Can help some skin conditions.
- Creates vitamin D which promotes bone growth and prevents illness.
*Note: 90% of vitamin D is absorbed through the eyes so attempt to avoid wearing sunglasses or contacts during this time.
- Lowers blood pressure by releasing nitric oxide.
- It makes you look healthier!
- Improves emotional health - (Sadhaka Pitta) For more information:
So What Is One to Do…Practice Safe Skin Care
- Timing can be essential. Avoid extreme sun exposure usually between the hours of 10am-4pm. 10-30 minutes/day, 3-4 days a week is usually sufficient. If you are not accustomed to sunning, gradually work up to it.
- Avoid burns! Coconut oil has a natural SPF of 15. It is also a powerful healing agent and releases antioxidants into the skin, which bolster natural defenses and helps prevent damage from long-term sun exposure.
- Treating burns (if necessary!) Aloe and chilled cucumber blended with water made into a paste can make a refreshing mask. Add high quality essential oils such as lavender and sandalwood if you wish to add a spa-like feel.
Summer and sun seem synonymous, so grab your coconut oil and go responsibly enjoy the many and varied activities these summer months have to offer compliments of our “star” of the solar system. Your cells will thank you for the health and vitality our sun added!