Swap Out your Sunscreen! “Food” Swap Project #4

sunscreen3JPGHappy Friday! I hope you have an exciting – or relaxing – long weekend ahead.

Ready to hit the beach? Do you have sunscreen handy? No one wants to leave the great day at the shore looking like a lobster! So, a little planning and preparation can go a long way.

Being a melanoma survivor, I’m always on the lookout for safe sunscreens. The labels can be so confusing, so years ago, I asked my dermatologist which ones he recommended.

What I learned was that mineral based sunscreens were a much healthier choice than the many chemical based ones that line store shelves. Specifically, he suggested I look for titanium dioxide or zinc oxide. So for years, I was using mainly titanium dioxide, since that was more common it seemed.

Well, flash forward a few years, and now, having plunged into the research myself, I know that zinc oxide is the clear winner, as it offers better protection against UVA rays, which aren’t the kind that cause sunburn, but contribute to the development of the deadliest form of skin cancer, melanoma.

You’re probably wondering, why am I including sunscreen in my Food Swap Project? Well, you see, your skin is actually your largest organ, and does absorb lotions and such that you apply to it. So, personal care products are food for the skin!

Just as you don’t want to eat food additives, you don’t want to apply chemicals to your skin. So, on those days that you spend more than 20 to 30 minutes in the sunshine (a few minutes of unprotected sun exposure is the best source of vitamin D, as long as you don’t burn), here are some sunblock recommendations:

1. Badger brand of sunscreens – my personal favorite, the one I count on when I want to enjoy a day out in the sun. Zinc Oxide is the active ingredient, along with a handful of recognizable, organic ones.

Badger has many options, from SPF 15 to 35. From lotions to face sticks, to sport sunscreens, to special formulas for babies and toddlers, this company has your sun safety covered. And most importantly, unlike other zinc oxide brands, when you rub them in well, they don’t make you look white and pasty!

2. Poofy Organics sunscreen – very similar to Badger, but only available online, unless you life near Rutherford, NJ, where the small, family run company is based.

3. Poofy Organics Flawless Facial Moisturizer, SPF 15 is perfect for those days when you won’t be out in the sun for extended periods of time. It’s not greasy, and works well under make-up, and is rated as one of the “Best Moisturizers with SPF” by Environmental Working Group (EWG). I love this product and use it almost every day.

Please note that the above Poofy links are affiliate links, so I may receive a small commission for any purchases you make through them, which will offset the cost of maintaining this site.

I only recommend personal care products that I actually use, and it took me a while to narrow down my selections to these. You can find the Badger sunscreens in many supermarkets and drug stores.

Both brands of sunscreens are rated as “Best Sunscreens” by the Environmental Working Group! Feel free to check out EWG’s list here.

Of course, it’s important to keep in mind that no sunscreen can protect you 100%. If you spend excessive time outdoors, you might seek out the shade of a tree, a good sun protective hat or clothing, a UV beach umbrella, or even a quick drying, UV protective towel.

You CAN have your sunshine and enjoy it too, if you simply plan ahead.

So, wherever you go, and whatever you may do outdoors this weekend, I hope you really enjoy your time out in the sunshine! It’s food for the body and soul.



About Dawn

As a Certified Health Coach, I provide motivated individuals with the resources, tools, support and encouragement they need to make the gradual changes in food and lifestyle that could completely transform their lives. Contact me.
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