For all you couch junkies this is your call to get up and get some Vitamin D! Real Vitamin D, not that liquid fake stuff.
Summertime is a time for beaches, pool parties, slip ‘n slides and splash parks. All those are a kids’ heaven on earth.
Are they my idea of fun? No, but let’s focus on the kids.
Ironically, the summer of 2012, has been relatively mild for us in south Texas, while record temperatures are being set across the rest of the US. For once, south Texas is the place to be in July!
Before you go jump in the pool, lake, ocean, river or puddle think ahead of time about your skin. Do you really want to enjoy a day in the sun only to come home MISERABLE because you’ve become a lobster? Or worse, do you want to feel like a horrible parent because you’ve let your kids get burned? I did this once and I wanted to crawl under a rock. Our children rely on us to think about things like sun protection.
What sunscreen should you use? Don’t go to the store and buy any brand. I know they are cheap but the contain harmful chemicals (specifically octyl methoxycinnamate and butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane).
I mentioned Vitamin D in the opening. Did you know that your body natural begins producing Vitamin D when it is exposed to UVB rays? Did you also know that UVB rays are weak in the morning and late afternoon yet at optimal strength mid-day? This causes a problem. At mid-day UVA rays are present (they always are) and UVA rays penetrate deep into your skin causing major free radical damage. Hmmmm. This is a dilemma.
The fact is you need the sun just not so much that you overdo it. We’ve all over done it before and never want to go there again. Aside from using clothing to protect your skin there are sunscreens you can buy that protect with natural ingredients safe for the whole family.
Both did their job well but I prefer Scarlet’s for the convenience, consistency and stronger protection.
Our family doesn’t typically wear sunscreen (we wear full coverage bathing suits and hats) but if we are out in the afternoon I will apply sunscreen to noses, ears and cheeks. This year I wore a tank top (I hate bathing suits) and needed my neck and shoulders protected.
Day 1 I didn’t wear any sunscreen and got a slight burn. Day 2 and on I wore Scarlet’s Sun Block with no further burning. The kids wore the different brands and both stayed on well with heavy splashing and swimming.
Scarlet’s Sun Block comes in a 6oz plastic bottle with flip top lid or a stick for easy application. The “BALM!” SUN! comes in a 2oz glass jar. Both are easy to travel with but I found it harder to get the sunscreen out of a glass jar when my hands were sandy or wet.
Do you ever read Dr. Mercola’s site? I’m not a huge fan of his because he seems to hate everything but what he produces and sells. However, his site is a great source for information to equip yourself in how to make decisions for your family’s health. As I was reading his site for sunscreen information he was, of course, selling his sunscreen. The really neat thing is Scarlet’s Sun Block and The “BALM!” SUN! contain similar or the same ingredients as his sunscreen! Must be good then, right??
Scarlet’s Sun Block Ingredients:
- Zinc Ozide 37%
- Aloe Vera
- Coconut Oil
- Apricot Oil
The “BALM!” SUN! Ingredients:
- Olive oil
- calendula extract
- shea butter
- coconut & macadamia nut oil
- zinc oxide
- kukui nut oil
- sesame seed oil
- candelilla wax
- St. John’s wort extract
- chickweed extract
- neem oil
- vitamin e T-50
- Organic Essential oils: orange, lavender, tea tree
Don’t let the summer pass you by without doing something fun in the sun! And don’t forget the sunscreen!