The Truth About Sun Safety & Vitamin D

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The Truth About Sun Safety & Vitamin D

Did you know that I used to be a synchronized swimmer? It’s true! I did ‘synchro’, as we liked to call it, for nearly five years and I loved it! There’s hardly anything better than spending all summer in the pool, with your friends, choreographing awesome water-dancing routines to 90’s pop music. 

You know what I also did a lot of during my ‘synchro’ days? Wear sunscreen. We’d spend upwards of 5 hours in the blazing sun some days, so Mom made sure we were properly doused in SPF 50 (sport performance, of course!).

Oddly enough, the older I got, the more I noticed I had a propensity towards getting sunburned (particularly in high school and college). On top of that, for as much time as I would spend int the sun, the only part of me that seemed to get ‘sun-kissed’, was my face. The rest of me was sans the healthy glow and basically still white. Which, I always found odd given that it was the opposite case for my dad and extended family who grew up in Colombia spending copious amounts of time in the sun (and they almost never wore sunscreen!). It makes you wonder: what the heck am I missing here (scratches head)?!  

What I didn’t know then, that I absolutely know now, is the way you #eatmovethink has everything to do with whether or not you’re going to reap the benefits of the sun’s essential nutrients without getting cancer. But, what I’ve learned since my days as ‘the synchronized swimmer who didn’t tan right’ has not only changed my life forever but also my health.

I know that the last couple of sentences were probably a lot to swallow. But, myth-busting and truth-revealing are a part of what I do and who I am. And, I wager, if you’re a Code to Wellness regular, then it’s a part of you too.  This is why I feel compelled to share all of these truth bombs about the vitamin D, sun safety, and their many health benefits today.

Before we dive in, here’s a quick rundown of what we’ll be covering:

  • What is vitamin d & where does it come from?
  • There is no replacement for the vitamin D you get from the sun
  • But, what about sunburns?
  • Intelligent sun exposure & anti-cancerous effects
  • Is your sunscreen to blame for increasing rates of skin cancer?
  • Does sun exposure in fact prevent cancer?
  • Sun, skin & human photosynthesis
  • How to build up your internal SPF with real food
  • Internal SPF building recipes
  • Building up a protective base tan
  • How to do it in 3 simple steps
  • The safest sunscreen on the planet
  • Beautycounter’s face & body protect stick sunscreens
  • Why this stick sunscreen is superior

Ready? Here goes.

WHAT IS VITAMIN D & WHERE DOES IT COME FROM?

Unlike most other vitamins, vitamin D is tough to get from foods because it’s not abundant in many foods. Realistically,  you’d have to consume enormous portions of those foods containing vitamin D in order to meet your body’s vitamin D requirements.

There’s a lot of debate around what the daily recommended amount of vitamin D should be, which you can read about here.  A good general rule is to aim for 5,000-8,000 IU of vitamin D per day with the real emphasis being placed on  getting your 25(OH)D (levels of vitamin D found in blood serum) up to 50-70 ng/ml for optimal health (this is where the real big benefits seem to kick in according to vitamin D research). To figure out where you currently stand, you’d have to run some labs.

Anyways, to get that much vitamin D into your system by way of food, you’d have to consume about 18 oz of wild-caught salmon per day (which is a little over 1 lb)! Depending on your skin tone, it only takes 20-30 minutes of afternoon sunlight (a bit longer if you’re darker-skinned) to produce 10,000 IUs of vitamin D (which is nearly double the minimum I recommended above).

None-the-less, the following vitamin D rich foods are important to incorporate into your Code to Wellness lifestyle.  They increase your vitamin D levels and because they contain healthy fats that help to naturally protect your skin from getting sunburnt:

This is an image with the top 9 foods that are highest in Vitamin D and can help improve your sun safety by simultaneously building up your internal sunscreen.

But the biggest, best and primary source of vitamin D comes from that gigantic yellow star at the center of our solar system – the sun. Truth be told, we actually have vitamin D receptors ALL over our bodies making safe sun exposure the best, most-congruent-with-nature and arguably the merriest way to get a healthy dose of vitamin D.

By the way, apparently, there’s a huge debate (which you can read about here), going on about whether vitamin D is genuinely a vitamin or truly a hormone . What we do know for sure is it’s a group of fat-soluble secosteroids. According to semantics, this makes it more than a vitamin, yet not quite a hormone. So presently, it’s in nutrient-limbo…but I bring this point to light to emphasize yet again:

  • Just how important vitamin D is to the optimal health of our bodies
  • Just how important it is to absorb vitamin D directly from the sun, especially since it’s the most potent ,(let’s just agree to call it that for now so things are less confusing), resource on the planet 

Not convinced yet? Keep reading.

Vitamin D influences every single cell in the body and is responsible for enhancing absorption of lots of important vitamins & nutrients (think calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphate, zinc…), as well as:

  • Organ repair
  • Bone growth and fortification
  • Immune system function
  • Insulin regulation (lowers insulin)
  • Blood pressure regulation (lowers blood pressure)
  • Neuromuscular functioning (boosts it)

Oh, and did I mention that it interacts with over 2,000 genes!

All of the above benefits prevent beastly health issues like osteoporosis, rickets, bad dental health and hormonal deficiencies. And, if you’re hormones are in balance, well, it’s not likely you’re going to be overweight. Which of course perpetuates the genius cycle of putting on a swimsuit, going out in the sun, absorbing Vitamin D , maintaining balanced hormones, and keeping your waste-line exactly where you want it.

THERE IS NO REPLACEMENT FOR THE VITAMIN D YOU GET FROM THE SUN

Now, I know you might be thinking “Oh, I can just take a vitamin D supplement and call it good,” but I’m here to tell you that’s just not the case. Don’t get me wrong, vitamin D from oral supplements can be helpful; but oral supplements  just don’t deliver the entire nutrient-dense kit and caboodle like vitamin D absorbed directly from the sun’s rays. 

You see, vitamin D from oral supplements is unsulfated.  Unsulfated vitamin D doesn’t bond to the sulfur already inside our bodies, which means it can’t make vitamin D3 sulfate, an all important blood purifier that also helps protect us from bad bacteria. Read more about the vitamin D-sulfur connection via Dr. Seneff’s work, here. Also, there is some evidence, according to Australian researchers, that vitamin D oral supplementation may actually negatively impact gene expression by suppressing immune system function.

BUT, WHAT ABOUT SUNBURNS?

I’m so glad you asked! I used to get really confused on this topic too.

As I told you in the very first few sections of this post, I used to burn easily, even though a high need for and tolerance to the sun was built into my DNA (thanks to my Colombian roots). However, one of the very first things I noticed when I switched up my nutrient intake and started eating real foods was my increased tolerance to the sun’s rays. All of a sudden, I could spend 30 minutes out in the sun (without sunscreen) without getting burned. And then 60 minutes, and then 2 hours. Eventually, I was able to spend entire days in the blazing sun (like I did a few years ago on a trip to Israel) without burning! 

How was this happening? I knew it had to do with eating real foods and the fact that I had changed up/stopped using sunscreen, but I couldn’t put all the dots together until I listened to this podcast with Daniel Vitalis and Nadine Artemis.

Let’s talk about UVB rays, sunscreen, SPF factors and sunburns actually functioning as a form of protection.

I never would’ve thought of this next point had I not listened to the podcast mentioned above, but a sunburn is actually your skin’s earliest warning sign that it’s time to seek protection from the sun i.e. shade. When we apply sunscreen, the chemicals get absorbed by our skin and block the sun’s UVB rays so we don’t get burned. But, this isn’t without consequence. Those very same UVB rays that can cause a sun burn are also the very same rays that produce vitamin D and the beneficial nutrients + functional properties listed above. Overusing sunscreen can actually give us a false sense of security because it essentially disables the need for our bodies to produce a sunburn in order to warn us to get out of the sun. This disconnect allows us to stay out in the sun for longer hours at a time, provided that we constantly and consistently wear our newly adopted SPF armor, without actually producing and absorbing the all important vitamin D. 

“Sunscreen damages the DNA indirectly and without the warning signal of a burn and it’s the indirect DNA damage that’s responsible for the mutations.” –Wise Interaction With the Sun, Nadine Artemis

Speaking sunscreen, indirect DNA damage, and SPF (sun protection factor);  Did you know that SPF is a label which can only be applied to sunscreen’s made of synthetic ingredients? That means, that even though plenty of plant oils like coconut, jojoba, olive, sea buckthorn and raspberry seed oil provide the equivalent of anywhere between SPF 10-25, they can’t actually be labeled as such since they’re natural ingredients and not synthetic. Yet another way the skin care industry confuses the heck out of people and keeps them addicted to synthetic, chemical-laden sunscreens. 

Here’s some serious food for thought on the importance of developing a base tan in order to naturally prevent sunburns:

“Melanin, the tanned-skin pigment, produced in the spring prevents sunburn in the summer. Melanin is our ancient biological mechanism of photo-protection designed exclusively to support our relationship with the sun. Melanin in the skin transforms 99.9% of absorbed UV radiation into heat that is easily dissipated, allowing us to sidestep radiation damage that contributes to cell damage. Far more effective than sunscreen, melanin lingers in our skin long after the sun’s rays have set.” –Wise Interaction With The Sun by Nadine Artemis 

 

INTELLIGENT SUN EXPOSURE & ANTI-CANCEROUS EFFECTS

This study, highlights the sunshine-Vitamin D-skin health trifecta and suggests this mind-boggling concept: Intelligent sun exposure HAS anti-skin-cancerous effects.

“Mother Nature got it right. Sunlight has and likely will always remain as a major source of vitamin D3 for most vertebrates including humans. The sun-induced production of vitamin D3 in the skin is not only for the purpose of making a hormone responsible for calcium metabolism and other systemic functions but also serves as a sentinel within the skin cell to reduce risk of tumor formation due to the UVB-induced DNA damage and increased oxidant activity both of which have been associated with increased skin carcinogenesis caused by excessive exposure to sunlight.” –Shedding New Light on the Role of the Sunshine Vitamin D for Skin Health

I know you’re probably thinking something along the lines of “holy sh**?!”, right? Which is why I’m going to repeat this one more time – read this study! It really makes you step back and take an inquisitive look at your current, socially acceptable perspective on what you “know to be true” about the sun, skin health, and disease.  

You’ve probably been told forever by your parents, family, friends, doctors – people you truly trust – that you’ve got to stay out of the sun or you’ll get skin cancer (or something to that effect).  Am I right? And, that you shouldn’t even be walking from your front door to the car without being covered in SPF 70!

It’s truly amazing that the way a culture thinks about something as elementary as the sun and its effects on our health can have such a huge (and sometimes truth-blinding) effect on our personal health psyches.

Do you know where I’m heading with this yet? Good. Then you know that what I’m here to tell you today is that you’ve likely been fed skewed information about  this whole sunshine-vitamin D-skin health puzzle. 

On the flip side, I’m not giving you permission to dance naked in the desert on a 110° F day until you turn red as a tomato. That’s not what I’m saying at all because that is not intelligent sun exposure advice. 

What I’m saying is that the whole ‘sun-gives-you-skin-cancer’ story that’s been weaved and passed onto you isn’t exactly what it seems.

Oh, and just in case you were unsure about which cancers researchers, doctors, friends and family members are referring to when they say skin cancer:

  • Malignant Melanoma (cancer of the pigment cells, very dangerous)
  • Squamous & Basal Cell Carcinomas (not cancerous, less dangerous, can easily be removed)

The truth is that there are a lot of toxic chemicals being used in the very sunscreens you’re slathering ALL over your body’s largest organ (your skin).  They contain endocrine (hormone) disruptors, allergens, oxidizers (they oxidize in the sun), and toxic breakdown products. Flip over your bottle of Banana Boat or Coppertone or you’re “natural sunscreen” and you’ll likely see any of the following culprits listed: 

  • Oxybenzone
  • Octinoxate
  • Homosalate
  • Octisalate
  • Octocrylene

The chemicals in our sunscreens aren’t the only factors responsible for hormone disruption, allergies, and even more serious issues, such as skin cancer. In addition, there’s research that shows the following three modern, cultural staples also contribute to an increased risk of skin cancer:

  • Fluorescent light exposure
  • The Pill
  • PUFAs (Polyunsaturated fatty acids – vegetable, corn, canola and soybean oils)

Based on a 1982 study from The Lancet, workers who were exposed to fluorescent light were two times as likely to end up with malignant melanoma as outdoor workers. That study was conducted over 30 years ago. Imagine how this rate has gone up with increased exposure to laptops, tablets, and smartphones!

The Pill and PUFAs (which most Americans consume heavily) are the biggest perpetrators of skin hyper-pigmentation. Consuming a diet high in PUFAs throws off the ratio between Omega 6 fats (inflammatory) and Omega 3 fats (anti-inflammatory). UVB rays interact with the fats in our bodies. PUFAs do not resist oxidation very well at all, whereas traditional fats (like coconut oil, palm oil, butter, tallow, lard) absolutely do! When those PUFAs oxidize inside your body, it’s essentially like cooking with rancid oil and garnishing it with a heaping pile of toxic chemicals from your sunscreen. That’s what’s really going on inside your body when you eat a diet high in PUFAs, slather on sunscreen, and proceed to go dance in the hot sun. 

I kind of like the way Daniel Vitalis, the ReWilding expert himself, puts a funny and sarcastic spin on the whole issue:

“Oh, so if I put this toxic chemical onto my skin and then I cook it there [with PUFAs] in the sunlight, that’s bad?” –ReWild Yourself, Daniel Vitalis

Yes, that would be very bad 😛

In fact, there was a study done on mice who consumed a diet of 20% PUFAs vs. mice that weren’t fed any at all. The mice that developed skin cancer were also the mice that consumed the diet made up of 20% PUFAS, surprise, surprise…which is a scary fact considering that the SAD (standard American diet) is chock-full of them!

Now, as if all of that weren’t already mind-boggling enough, I couldn’t live with myself if I didn’t expose you to just a little bit more.

IS YOUR SUNSCREEN TO BLAME FOR INCREASING RATES OF SKIN CANCER?

Slathering on sunscreen does not necessarily prevent cancer. In fact, studies are showing it may in fact do quite the opposite.

  • A 2007 study from The University of California reviewed 17 studies of sunscreen use and melanoma risk, drawing the conclusion that there’s a significant correlation between sunscreen and melanoma
  • A 1998 Journal of the National Cancer Institute concluded that children who were frequent users of sunscreen had a higher chance of developing moles and freckles (which are often predictors of melanoma)

If we’re being honest with ourselves, we would take this information to heart and realize that there’s a lack of consistent evidence that supports sun exposure being linked to skin cancer. It’s a topic the media has run with and blown out of proportion to the point that they’ve made us believe rubbing oxybenzone all over our bodies is safer than a few minutes out in the sun. Sounds like fear mongering to me, don’t ya think? 

DOES SUN EXPOSURE IN FACT PREVENT CANCER?

“A large-scale, randomized, placebo-controlled study on vitamin D and cancer showed that vitamin D can cut overall cancer risk by as much as 60 percent. This was such groundbreaking news that the Canadian Cancer Society has actually begun endorsing the vitamin as a cancer-prevention therapy.” –The Surprising Cause of Melanoma

That’s a shade different from what we’re used to hearing, ain’t it? Also, this:

  • Skin cancer is less likely to form in adults and kids who work and play outside (source)
  • Skin cancer is rare in those who live near the equator (source)
  • Considerable evidence indicates that vitamin D from sun exposure may reduce the risk of several cancers, including breast cancer (source)

Ok, so clearly we’ve got the data to back it up (sun exposure isn’t the evil demon we’ve been led to believe), but you’re still struggling to wrap your head around this one. I don’t blame ya. It took me a while to come to terms with it as well. Think about it this way and you’ll see that this whole idea really isn’t that far-fetched. 

SUN, SKIN & HUMAN PHOTOSYNTHESIS

What are the 4 things plants need to survive?

  1. Soil
  2. Water
  3. Air
  4. Sunlight

Even a first grader could answer that! Why do plants need all of these things?  They all contribute to helping a plant absorb nutrients from the sources that feed it (all of which are listed above). You know this concept as photosynthesis

“The interaction of sun on skin is the human form of photosynthesis; sunlight in the form of UVB rays touching the skin activates our bodies production of vitamin D.” –Living Libations

That’s right! Humans photosynthesize just like plants do. But, that process can’t happen if those rays are getting blocked 100% of the time by sunscreens because we depend on those very rays to make vitamin D. 

“Uh, ok. I get it. But, what the heck do I do now?” Great question. To start:

  • Build up internal sunscreen i.e. SPF
  • Build up a protective base tan
  • Use the safest sunscreen on the planet  (we’ll talk about that below)

You have to help your body protect itself from the inside out. One of the best ways to do this is by consuming foods that help to build up what I like to call an “internal SPF”.

HOW TO BUILD UP YOUR INTERNAL SPF WITH REAL FOOD

It’s too bad that I didn’t figure out how to naturally build up my own internal SPF until years after I’d retired from synchronized swimming. I could have saved my mom a bucketload on her Banana Boat purchases. But hey, better late than never. 

How did I do it? Using real food. And, you can do it too!

Cutting out processed foods, grains (unless they’re soaked or sprouted), refined sugars and vegetable oils, as outlined in the image below, is a great place to start. But, if you actively want to work on building sun protection from the inside out, you also have to make an effort to consume the foods that contain the nutrients that do exactly that. Those foods are rich in:

  • Antioxidants 
    • Lycopene
    • Quercetin 
    • Resveratrol
    • Glutathione
    • Sulfur
  • Healthy fats
    • Omega-3 fatty acids
    • Cholesterol

Lycopene is the antioxidant that gives foods like tomatoes, guavas, watermelon, and peppers their red color. UK researchers found that subjects eating a tomato-rich diet experienced a 30% increase in sun protection after just 12 weeks!

Quercetin and resveratrol reduce ROS (extremely destructive free radicals), generation and cell damage which can happen under environmental stress (UV rays and heat stress). They also increase antioxidant activity.

Glutathione is another extremely important antioxidant that you can’t get from food or supplements as it would get ravaged by your stomach. Instead, your body has to actually manually manufacture it and sulfur, which you can get from foods (like asparagus, coconut oil, pasture-raised eggs)  is crucial to that process. 

“Both cholesterol and sulfur afford protection in the skin from radiation damage to the cell’s DNA, the kind of damage that can lead to skin cancer. Cholesterol and sulfur become oxidized upon exposure to the high frequency rays in sunlight, thus acting as antioxidants to “take the heat,” so to speak. Oxidation of cholesterol is the first step in the process by which cholesterol transforms itself into vitamin D3.” –Dr. Seneff

Finally, one study, compared coconut, peanut, castor, sunflower, sesame, olive, cod liver, and neem seed oils to see which one(s) were the best at blocking the transmission of UV radiation. Omega-3-rich cod liver oil was the clear winner and responsible for blocking 90% of the sun’s rays!

All of these nutrients are big players when it comes to your body’s vitamin D synthesis, which is likely why you’ll find that a lot of these SPF building foods contain more than one of the key nutrients listed above. 

The image below is a great guideline for helping you build up your own internal SPF! Pin it or save it to your phone for future reference.

 

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INTERNAL SPF BUILDING RECIPES

To make your life easier, I’ve gathered up a few terrific Code to Wellness recipes that double as fat-loss promoting and internal SPF building food fare.

Avo-Melon Salad 

Papaya Popsicle

Sakana Bliss Bowl

Lucky Leprechaun Green Juice

Avocado Coconut Protein Smoothie

Sloth Propeller

BUILDING UP A PROTECTIVE BASE TAN

Contrary to popular belief, building up a base tan has a much bigger function than simply giving you that summer glow you might be after. 

That brown pigment, the one that contributes to your tan, that’s called melanin. It’s your body’s built-in defense system and is produced in response to the sun in order to help shield you from it the next time you go outside. It allows us to sidestep cell-damaging radiation by preventing sunburns.

“What is most amazing about melanin and which most people don’t know, is that its photochemical properties make it an excellent photoprotectant. This means it absorbs harmful UV-radiation and transforms the energy into harmless heat through a chemical reaction known as “ultrafast internal conversion”. This property enables melanin to disperse more than 99.9% of the absorbed UV radiation as heat, protecting us from UV damage.” –Evolving Wellness

Ever wonder why each of us requires a different amount of sun exposure to get the same amount of Vitamin D? Yet again, Melanin. Fair skin requires less exposure whereas dark skin requires more exposure. Hence, once you’ve built up a base tan, you’ll find you can spend more time out in the sun.

HOW TO DO IT IN 3 SIMPLE STEPS

The best way to build up a base tan is to, as with most things, start gradually increasing your exposure to the sun while eating an internal SPF supportive diet. Ideally, you start in the spring so by the time summer rolls around, you’ve built up a protective layer of melanin (i.e. base tan) that can extend your time outdoors (at the beach, playing frisbee, rolling down grassy hills ;P) without getting burned.

  1. If you’re very fair skinned, start with just 5 minutes, bare-skinned, out in the sun. Then, if you want or need to be outside for longer find shade, cover up with clothing (hats/sun shirts), or use the safest sunscreen out there (which we’ll talk about below) to protect you.
  2. Work your way up to 10 minutes then 15 minutes with the end goal of at least 20-30 minutes in mind without getting burned. That’s the amount of sun time it takes to produce 10,000 IU of vitamin D.
  3. If you’re darker-skinned you can likely start with closer to 10 minutes, but if you’re worried about getting burned, there’s nothing wrong with starting with just 5 minutes and working your way up.  

Don’t bath or shower directly after soaking in the rays. If you want to actually absorb all of that vitamin D you’ve been working so hard to get, your skin needs about 48 hours to synthesize it (vitamin D), which happens on your skin. Soaping up disrupts this process. Instead, rinse off with water and use soap on the bits that were untouched by the sun (armpits, bum, groin…).

THE SAFEST SUNSCREEN ON THE PLANET

For the record, I am definitely not “anti-sunscreen”. You can certainly have too much of this good thing (which equals burning, pain, danger, and discouragement from getting positive interaction with the sun). I don’t want that for anybody. I’m against not knowing what the heck you’re putting on your body.

Whether you’ve just been confused on the matter up till now or just been plain afraid to try out some of these strategies until now, the fact remains that nearly all mainstream sunscreens on the market are packed with active chemical ingredients that are seriously disrupting the endocrine system (i.e. your hormones). In this NY Times article, experts outline the fact that exposure to them is actually making our health worse.  

Thankfully, as we’ve demanded better products and company transparency, a new generation of truly safe sunscreen products are now easily available to us.

What’s different about them? Zinc oxide and protective, healthy oils, that’s what.

Because they contain these ingredients, these sunscreens work differently than  chemical sunscreens (which undergo changes during light exposure and enter the bloodstream). Let’s talk about zinc oxide a little bit so can really understand why this type of sunscreen stands apart.

Zinc is a mineral – a powdered one – that’s especially safe and effective as a broad-spectrum sunblock because it’s non-toxic + non-irritating. When applied, it sits on top of the skin, absorbing, reflecting or scattering the sun’s rays, and protecting everything beneath it.

When you look at a sunscreen’s label, the term you’re looking for (on any zinc-based sunscreen) is “non-nano”.

The term “non-nano” refers to the particle size of the zinc oxide in the zinc-based product you’re using. “Nano” means smaller particle (smaller than 100 nanometers) and “Non-nano” means bigger particle (larger than 100 nanometers). Capiche?

Trust me, I wouldn’t be boring you with these fine details if they didn’t matter. Here’s why you need to know this.

A nanoparticle will penetrate the skin and enter the bloodstream (potentially leading to free radical damage) which is one of a few different reason that studies continue to point them out as a major sunscreen safety issue. A non-nanoparticle won’t enter the bloodstream because the particles are too big to be absorbed. For this reason, non-nano zinc-based sunscreens are the safest option.

I could end this monster of a post here, but I always really appreciate when the health practitioners I know, like, and trust make recommendations about the products they actually use on themselves. It’s just so darn helpful! So, that’s exactly what I’d like to do for you.
Once I’ve spent my 20-30 mins absorbing vitamin D straight from the sun, my go to – actually, now that I think about it – the only sunscreens I trust and feel 100% safe using on my body are…

Beautycounter’s face and body protect stick sunscreens.

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WHY THIS STICK SUNSCREEN IS SUPERIOR 

With a stick sunscreen, like either of these, there is no possibility of the zinc oxide separation from the suspension ingredients (like there can be with liquid lotions). When the two separate, as they sometimes can with the lotion-based products, you’re protection is compromised. I love that I don’t have to worry about that at all with these solid, stick based products since the manufacturer uses a special technique to keep them from separating. 

More reasons I love them:

  • they’re formulated with non-nano zinc oxide
  • they’re suspended in antioxidant-rich, free-radical fighting & hydrating ingredients (like coconut oil, acai fruit oil, aloe, green tea, and blood orange extracts)
  • they’re water resistant
  • they’re SPF 30
  • they’re super compact (easy to carry in a golf bag, hiking, biking, small purse, fishing, skiing…)
  • they’re easy to use
  • they’re easily blendable and don’t leave you lookin’ ghostly white afterward
  • they’re incredible for acne-prone skin (like mine!)
  • they don’t require a hand-washing after you apply them (so ideal for outdoor activities where you don’t have access to a sink!) 

 

Sun Protection Products

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Aside from the fact that Beautycounter’s products work beautifully and are super easy to pack and use, I support their mission as a company 100% because they’re challenging the personal care industry to clean up its act (no small feat!). They’ve been working hard towards legislative change as a whole and recently took 100 consultants to Washington DC to confront Congress (wow!). Creating social change?! I’m all about that. Aren’t you?

Now, You’ve Truly Got ALL the Facts

Yep. I’ve laid it all out there for ya. Are my fingers about to fall off? Yes. Was it worth it to put it all down in one place so you can have a better understanding of vitamin D from the sun and safe sun protection? Hell yes!

It’s all here, and there are plenty of sunny days ahead for you to incorporate any and all of these strategies to synchronize your Code to Wellness. So, after you stock up on your supply of Beautycounter’s face and body sunscreen sticks, which of the other strategies will you adopt first? Let me know in the comments below 🙂

 

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