*sings* The sun has got his hat on, hip hip hip hooray!

Have you? Got your hat on, that is?

I know *rolls eyes* …there’s all that stuff about slapping on sunscreen and wearing a hat to avoid skin cancers.  You’ve heard it ALL before.  Or have you?

Just HOW savvy are you on sunshine and how to stay safe in the sun?

Here’s the lowdown on natural skin protection …AND I’m going to start with some CONTROVERSY! Read on …


Go Outside With No Sunscreen (BRIEFLY)

Say what? You thought this was a piece about natural sun protection!

YES, I really mean that. NO sunscreen …briefly. It’s good for hormones.

Yup.  Vitamin D is a hormone, not a vitamin.  We know that now.  There is so much more to learn about this hormone and there is much more research going into it now.

We do know that sources of Vitamin D in food – fatty fish, fish liver oils and some in eggs, cheese and ox liver –  aren’t enough to keep our levels topped up.

The main source is sunshine. Our skin makes Vitamin D when it’s exposed to sunshine.

So, whats a girl to do?

Experts recommend going out, exposing one third of your body (easy tiger!) to sunshine for about 10 minutes without sunscreen.  BUT avoid the hottest parts of the day 11am-3pm.

Then put on your sunscreen to protect your skin.

For children, you should reduce the sun exposure time down to a few minutes.  It’s not recommended that small babies are exposed to strong sunlight.  If in doubt, ask your doctor or take a look at the UK NHS guidance.

Don’t stay out in the sun too long. Never allow your sun to get red and burn – you’re damaging it.


Choose Safer Sunscreen

For the past few years, I’ve been searching for a sunscreen that provides natural sun protection and isn’t full of toxic nasties or hormone disruptors.

I just read yet another article  which recommended avoiding oxybenzone (hormone disruptor) and octocrylene and avobenzone (linked to allergy) and also homosalate (hormone disruptor).

Look out for harmful parabens, phthalates and artificial fragrance too.

Safer choices contain minerals zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. Check out the back of the bottles you have lurking in the cupboards, ladies.

I’ve ordered some g-o-r-g-e-o-u-s sun care products from my fave Neals Yard Remedies. *  Squeeeee.

Apply Your Sunscreen Properly

I know some of you will think I’m teaching my Granny to suck eggs, but if it helps one person it’ll be worth the rest of my lovely readers rolling their eyes and sighing… loudly.

Apply your natural skin protection sunscreen in a thick enough layer.  Apply it everywhere exposed to sunshine and to reapply regularly …especially if it’s likely to get washed off or rubbed off on a towel or clothes.

Wear Sunglasses

Sunglasses are not just a fashion accessory. Although there are some pretty cools ones, huh?

They protect your delicate peepers from the fierce rays of the sun.   If you don’t wear sunglasses, you’re putting yourself at higher risk of eye damage.

Eye damage can lead to condition like cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration. Not to mention skin cancer around the eye area, which is a common site.

Eat To Boost Skin’s Natural Defences

I mean eat lots of veggies and fruit. They are full of antioxidants to help protect from sun exposure and other modern life risks.

Veggies and fruits that are yellow, orange and red in colour are particularly helpful.

If you’re a Salad Dodger you could choose a good quality (you get what you pay for) supplement with Vitamins A, C and E.
And my final tip for staying safe and happy in the sun?

Be Prepared

Be like the Girl Scout and be prepared.  Think natural sun protection.

Make sure you take suitable clothes to cover up during the hottest part of the day, which might include a jaunty hat?

Take plenty of water (avoiding BPA plastic bottles which are hormone harmers) to keep you hydrated.

Oh and a book to relax and unwind…don’t forget the good book.


Enjoy the sunshine.


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