If possible go local and natural.

The more natural you can go the better – especially if you can source the ingredients yourself. 

Making and producing your own is not for everyone especially as our lives are so busy. We’d always prefer people to shop local but that is not always possible. Here are some products you can purchase if you don’t have time to make or buy.

There is a few basics that we recommend. One of our essentials is coconut oil. It can be used on its own or as a base to make other products. 

Sun Cream

Research shows the chemicals in suncream don’t just sit on the skin and reflect the sun, they seep into the bloodstream. They scatter all over the body without being detoxified by the liver and can be detected in blood, urine, and breast milk for up to two days after a single application. Some of the ingredients are considered endocrine disruptors which are chemicals that interfere with the normal function of hormones. 

These products often have a long list of ingredients – none of which we have any knowledge of. Use common sense, if you have light skin it will take time to build up resilience to the sun, start small as you would if you were exercising. Get out of the sun during the hottest times and cover up with long sleeve breathable material.

There will always be times when it is unavoidable to be out in the sun. You can use a range of things to ensure you don’t burn during these times:

Toothpaste

Toothpaste has lots of ingredients you wouldn’t necessarily choose to put inside your mouth.

Fluoride is a particularly controversial topic. 

The main chemicals used to fluoridate drinking water are known as “silicofluorides” (i.e., hydrofluorosilicic acid and sodium fluorosilicate). Silicofluorides are not pharmaceutical-grade fluoride products; they are unprocessed industrial by-products of the phosphate fertilizer industry. Since these silicofluorides undergo no purification procedures, they can contain elevated levels of arsenic — moreso than any other water treatment chemical. In addition, recent research suggests that the addition of silicofluorides to water is a risk factor for elevated lead exposure, particularly among residents who live in homes with old pipes

Many dentists believe the addition of fluoride is a positive thing but other dentists are suggesting we avoid it.

As always we suggest you make your own informed decision based on all the research out there.

 

 

Make your own suncream:

Coconut oil has an SPF while Raspberry seed and carrot seed oil contain a higher SPF. You could also use something Zinc based, remember the less ingredients the better. It is very easy to make our own.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup almond or olive oil (can infuse with herbs first if desired)
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • ¼ cup beeswax
  • 2 TBSP zinc oxide
  • 1 tsp red raspberry seed oil (or less, optional)
  • 1 tsp carrot seed oil (or less, optional)
  • 2 TBSP shea butter (optional)

    Optional Ingredients

    • essential oils
    • vanilla extract
    • other natural extracts (not citrus
       
    • Combine all the ingredients except zinc oxide in a pint-sized or larger glass jar.
  • Combine all the ingredients except zinc oxide in a pint-sized or larger glass jar.
  • Fill a medium saucepan with a couple inches of water and place on the stove over medium heat.
  • Put a lid loosely on the jar and place it in the pan with the water.
  • Shake or stir the jar occasionally to mix the ingredients as the melt.
  • When all the ingredients are completely melted, stir in the zinc oxide, and pour into whatever jar or tin you will use for storage.
  • Stir a few times as it cools to make sure zinc oxide is incorporated.
  • Store at room temperature or in the refrigerator to increase shelf life.