Fun In The Sun the Healthy Way with Mineral Sunscreen
It’s pretty hard to keep me inside, especially in warmer seasons like summer. I would much rather spend my time outside, taking walks, climbing hills, sightseeing, being surrounded by breathtaking views, or simply soaking up nature and sunshine.
Being outdoors and enjoying sunshine are certainly things that I value and I find very important for our overall well-being. I feel there are so many benefits to the body both physically and mentally from simply doing more things outdoors. To me, it's incredibly noticeable how much more I enjoy summer things compared to the deary winter and maybe its just my body's response to the unlimited amount of vitamin D.
Most people know that too much of a good thing can be just as bad and its no different when we are talking about the sun. The sun can be extremely harmful if no precautions are taken. It's important receive some sunshine but also know how to stay protected from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. We need sun protection just as much as Vitamin D. Too much sun exposure can cause harm and damage to skin, eyes, immune system, and even increases the risk of skin cancer.
As an adult, I’m grateful that I have taken time to actually learn how to take care of my health. Over the last 5 years, so much of my lifestyle has changed because I realized that I wasn't going to get any younger. The choices that I am making in my life now are for prevention and healthy aging. I am learning how to protect myself from harmful things that increase my risk for disease later in life. I know that anything can happen, but I try my best to make healthy decisions for the sake of longevity.
My path wasn't always so healthy but I am glad that I found a wellness community. To be honest with you, it’s really scary to think about my skin health as a teenager. I was literally outside in the sun and sometimes unprotected for hours. I’m disgusted and even horrified to even think about the times when I wore tanning oil or bronzer instead of sunblock. These memories of my adolescence, remind me of the lyrics, “I wish that I knew what I know now, when I was younger” from The Faces. Thankfully, times have changed drastically for the better and those bad lifestyle habits didn't last long.
Almost a decade ago, I had a scary and life changing wake up call. I realized I needed to reconsider the health of my skin after having several irregular moles removed from my chest. Ever since then, my lifestyle has greatly changed in all areas but also including how I care for my skin while outside. I found a lot of great information about skin health and skin protection from Skin Cancer Foundation.
Please don't get me wrong, I still enjoy the sun and a summer tan but I do things much differently now. I continue my annual skin exam at my dermatologist for a peace of mind and to make sure I’m doing things the right way now. I also religiously wear sunblock, sunglasses, and spend a little more time in shaded areas. Lastly and most importantly, I consider the type of sunblock that I use on my skin.
When choosing sunscreen its important to find chemical free ingredients that will protect your skin by a physical barrier instead of chemical barriers.
After getting started with Young Living Essential Oils, I became aware that traditional, mainstream products, including sunscreen, are filled with many chemical ingredients that are actually harmful to the body. Our skin is the largest organ, so using harmful products actually exposes our body to dangerous toxins.
When doing research, I sometimes see or hear people say a small amount may not be harmful, but I think about how many product I use everyday and how many years I use the same products on my body. To me that seems like a great exposure to unnecessary chemicals. The skin actually absorbs the ingredients into the bloodstream, which over time causes bio-accumulation or chronic damage to our cells, organs, and body. Decades of using chemical filled products may cause implications with how our body is supposed to work, which is why I choose to use Young Living Essential Oil products, including the mineral sunscreen.
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There are two things that I talk about often and feel are important to understand: green washing and reading labels. Once I had the knowledge that all products are not equal, I actually too the time to look at labels, research ingredients, and understand which ingredients were chemicals, I felt empowered to change my choices.
The first thing that made a big difference in my choices was becoming a knowledgeable consumer and learning how to read labels. I found that reading labels can be challenging because of green washing, which is a marketing technique that companies use to make their products look healthier, safer, and better, even though they are filled with chemicals. I see this happening all around me, specially when looking at personal care or cleaning products.
Green washing is the act of misleading consumers regarding the environmental practice of the particular company or the environmental benefits of a product.
Most companies can put anything they want on the label itself. For instance, you may see words like natural, herbal, eco, clean, organic, pure, even essential oils. Unfortunately, companies are able to make product packaging look like everything we want it to be. They are very good at creating an illusion of a safe product, yet often times its still filled with toxic ingredients because of the lack of regulations.
Since I am aware to look past the packaging, where you will find the most information about the product is in the ingredients list which is located on the back of the label. The scary truth is even this list can be misleading or confusing because toxic ingredients have many synonyms. Companies know that consumers may be looking for words like formaldehyde, so they are able to list another name that we may not be looking for yet its still within the product. These scary marketing techniques and rules regarding ingredients occur because of The Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 which I have discussed before in Discover a New All-Natural Skin Care Routine.
The TSCA basically grandfathered in around 63,000 to 100,000 chemicals that were on the market at the time! There are a lot of chemicals that are allowed to be in products because of this act.
In addition, terms such as "fragrance" often acts as an umbrella term for many other chemicals added to the product. Companies do not have to disclose the chemicals truthfully in the product because they are able to put many ingredients under the term fragrance on the label.
Everything about this information make me infuriated which is why I am here. My goal is to continue to share and spread awareness. Young Living Essential Oils offers simple and affordable ways to ditch harmful chemicals by switching to plant based products.
Since sunscreen is applied all over our skin, all summer long, it's important to read the labels and consider the ingredients before choosing a brand. By using Young Living Mineral Sunscreen I am able to avoid exposure to chemicals, support my skin, and prevent sunburn!
10 Chemicals Young Living Mineral Sunscreen Does Not Contain:
In addition to these 10 chemicals shared here today that you will not be getting with Young Living Mineral Sunscreen, read over Top 5 Natural Recipes to Transform Your Home for another whole list of ingredients that I avoid and the facts I discovered.
Learn About Young Living Natural Mineral Sunscreen
To avoid the harmful ingredients and the concerns from traditional products, I use Young Living Essential Oils Mineral Sunscreen, a product that actually has expanded the Over the Counter Line Young Living offers members. I have been using this sunscreen for two summers and I really like how it has been supporting my skin in the sun.
Young Living Sunscreen is formulated with plant and mineral based ingredients for all skin types to protect from UVB and UVA rays and prevent sunburn. Since I have very sensitive skin the gentle formulation that actually moisturizes and soothes my skin so I apply it to my face every morning before applying my Savvy Mineral Makeup. I actually even apply the sunscreen when I am going to be in the shade or in the car because I realize that the sun's rays reflect everywhere so I always want to be protected.
I love that it’s actually easy to use and pretty fast-absorbing. I typically apply the sunscreen at least 15 minutes before I am going to be exposed to the sun or when I am getting ready in the morning.
Of course, as a Young Living product, it’s infused with Helichrysum, Lavender, Myrrh, Labdanum, Cananga, Carrot Seed, and Frankincense which are some of the best known skin supporting essential oils. The mineral sunscreen from Young Living contains non-nano zinc oxide, which provides a physical barrier to prevent sunburn without being absorbed in the bloodstream.
There are even two options, SPF 10 and SPF 50, which are both water and sweat resistant up to 80 minutes, hypoallergenic, and reef safe!
And last but not least, I use Young Living Essential Oil Mineral Sunscreen over any other brand because it is recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation as an effective Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen!
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