With summer in full swing, everyone is worried about the sun and protecting themselves from the harmful effects of the sun. This means slathering on the sunscreen which can actually be more harmful than the sun itself, depending on the ingredients in it. So today, I really want to break it down for you and share my sunscreen reviews so that you can make an informed decision when it comes to how you protect yourself.
Ok, so I get it, everyone hears about skin cancer and it is much believed to be caused from the sun. Skin cancer is a real and dangerous thing I know, my grandma had skin cancer which progressed and eventually took her life. But here is the thing, the sun is not a direct cause to getting skin cancer. Sure, if you bake in it all day long you may have a problem, but that is not what I am advocating at all.
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The sun itself is the source of all life on earth. It has not changed in how it works and what it does, rather we have changed over time. We have changed how we eat, what we drink, how we live and even the products we use. All of this has to have some effect on how the sun affects us. The sunscreen we slather on our bodies are filled with ingredients that are highly questionable. Some even being carcinogenic. And somehow this convinces us that we can stay in the sun all day and soak up those rays because we are “protected.”
I wanted to share with you my favourite sunscreen reviews so that you can still protect yourself without the need to slather on potentially harmful ingredients. But first, I want to address the vitamin D issue and what a deficiency looks like.
Vitamin D Deficiencies:
The only way we can get vitamin D is from the sun and although supplements help during winter months, this is not ideal.
Vitamin D deficiency is serious and can cause major issues for our bones in particular. As much as everyone associates calcium with bone health, vitamin D is also a significant (if not more important) contributor to healthy, strong bones.
Further, a vitamin D deficiency has been correlated with increased risks for cancer development, especially breast, colon, and prostate cancers. So the very thing most people are scared of is caused by not getting adequate amounts of the vitamin that is best received from the sun itself!
Vitamin D deficiency is also linked to increased risks for cardiovascular disease, since it is involved in regulating blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and inflammation.
And vitamin D has also been shown to play an important role in the health of our immune system.
Last, because it acts like a hormone within our body and affects brain function, a deficiency has been linked to an increased risk for mood disorders including seasonal depression (also known as SAD- Seasonal Affective Disorder), severe mood problems experienced during PMS, insomnia, and anxiety.
Me, relaxing in the sun in The Dominican Republic when I was there in 2015 on a cruise. Speaking of, I need another vacation STAT.
How to get Adequate Sun and vitamin D:
So in order to prevent a vitamin D deficiency, it is important that you try to get 10-20 minutes of sun exposure daily (during the summer months in colder climates). If you really want to protect your face, you can use a sunscreen, but try and expose your body as much as possible for this short period. The best time to do this is between 10 AM and 3 PM at least twice a week to the face, arms, legs, or back.
If you are going to be outside in the afternoon, try and cover up, use a sunscreen (options below) or stay out of the sun, under some sort of protection. Just remember that slathering sunscreen on and then sitting out all day is not ideal either. This provides a false sense of security and protection.
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So now that we understand the importance of getting vitamin D from the sun, I want to share some sunscreen reviews with you, in case you find yourself spending more time outside.
Coola Face SPF 20 Rose essence Tint: This tinted, light rose-scented, Titanium Dioxide-based formula (for those who are Zinc sensitive) includes Acai Oil to deliver a powerful defence against aging, phyto-protector Plankton Extract to rejuvenate the skin and Alpha-Linolenic Acids to reduce redness and irritation. I really love that this one is not matte, as I prefer a more dewy look especially in the summer. However, if you are looking for a matte one, try the unscented one or the cucumber scented one.
Coola Sport SPF 30 Citrus Mimosa: I LOVE this sunscreen, mostly because it works so well but also it smells amazing, especially if you love a fresh citrus smell as much as me. I wore it all day when I was recently up at a cottage for the weekend and it was hot and it kept me protected all day (in and out of the water).
Josh Rosebrook Tinted Nutrient Day Cream with SPF 30: I love the way this one goes on my face and it is a very subtle tint. As with all other Josh Rosebrook products, this one is made with super high quality ingredients that perform very well. The colour adjusting earth minerals correct and brighten while plant oils and active herbal infused synergy transform and repair. This lightweight cream also works as an effective primer or alone as a protective moisturizer delivering a natural glow with a smooth, comfortable finish.
Sometimes a girl’s gotta fake it…
How about if you want to fake a tan (like me) because lets face it, I’ll never get that golden glow naturally and I don’t recommend spending hours in the sun either (hello wrinkles). So, here are some of my faves that work to give you glowing, beautiful and bronzed skin naturally.
Suntegrity Natural Self Tanner: I really like how this product went on and of course the colour from it as well. I find that this one has a slightly stronger smell than the other one I am also recommending but it provided a little more colour which I preferred. It is infused with botanical extracts (including Goji, Acai, Mangosteen, & Noni), hydrating organic oils, nourishing vitamin E, and youth promoting antioxidants into a luxurious sunless tanning lotion that provides you with a complete skin enriching experience. Eco-certified DHA from sugar beets provides a natural golden tan while organic butters and oils provide deep hydration that leave the skin feeling incredibly silky and smooth. Organic sweet almond oil, shea butter, coconut oil, and mango seed butter help moisturize, nourish and soften the skin while organic rose hip oil helps to regenerate and brighten the skin, keeping it supple and healthy. Update: they do sell this in Canada at Clementine Fields as well.
Chocolate Sun, Cocoa Glow Sunless Tanner: This is the second one I have tried (other than the one above) and I also really liked this one. I used the Cocoa Glow (second darkest) shade and it is still pretty light so I can imagine the lightest one is verrry light. Keep in mind, I am pretty fair skinned but other reviews seemed to suggest that this one is pretty light in its appearance so that is why I went with the second one and I am happy I did. It also smells DIVINE, exactly like chocolate and is not streaky or orange at all. It is created with a proprietary blend of organically grown and wild crafted botanicals and herbs chosen for their beneficial, nurturing and hydrating properties. It also includes Shea Butter, coconut oil and aloe.
Alima Pure, Bronzer: In case you want to get the glow without applying a sunless tanner then try this one! I bought it recently and love the way it looks and how it goes on. It is a loose mineral bronzer that is buildable and light weight, which is great for the summer. I use the mauna loa which is best for a medium matte bronze look for those with light to medium skin tones. I especially like that there is no glitter/shimmer effect so it looks very natural.
Applying a Sunless Tanning Lotion:
With any sunless tanner, always try and exfoliate before applying, apply in a broad circular motion and allow it to sit on your skin for 6-8 hours while the colour develops. For this reason, I like to apply it at night and allow it to deepen overnight. Then I wake up in the morning and I am good to go. The chocolate sun has a very mild smell afterwards, (they both have that self tanner smell) due to the DHA, whereas the Suntegrity is a little stronger. But, the Suntegrity brand does offer a deeper colour. Both last a few days on the face and a little longer on the rest of your body.
What do you think about getting vitamin D naturally? Let me know!
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