Just because we are saying good bye to frost bite doesn’t mean we should say hello to sun burn. Your skin is far more important to your health then you might think, so protect it. What follows below is all you need to know about making the right sunblock for the summer season.
Too much or too little Sun can be Dangerous
The line between tanned and burned is a thin one, and no one wants to cross it. But, for many of us the problem isn’t too much sun, it’s too little. In this new age world we live in many of the jobs we work require us to be inside instead of working out in the sun. This overly sheltered lifestyle can lead to vitamin D deficiency and many other health issues.
That being said, over exposure to the sun can happen much faster than you think and bring dangerous consequences such as skin cancer. So how do you know if you are getting too much or too little? Well, because the amount of vitamin D you need changes with age it is hard to give exact estimates.
But generally adults will need a few hours of direct sunlight while children will only need an hour or two at the most.
What to look for in a Sunscreen
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If you are going to be spending a large amount of time in the sun this summer, you should keep yourself properly shielded from the sun. But, with so many different sunscreens out there how are you supposed to know which is the best for you?
Although it is near impossible to pinpoint exactly which brand of sunscreen is perfect for you, there are some qualities that only the best and most effective sunscreens will have. The first thing You should understand is what SPF is and why it is important.
SPF is the measure of the level of protection from the sun’s UVB rays. UVB rays are what cause the skin to burn and increase the risk of skin cancer. SPF works by providing the skin with a parentage of added protection from the sun.
So, if your skin burn within 20 minutes of being in the sun SPF30 will allow you to stay in the sun 30 percent longer than you would normally have been able to.
Store bought sunscreen is effective there is no doubt about that, but, it is also packed with harmful chemicals that can do just as much damage to your health as over exposure to the sun.
All Natural Sunscreen: Coconut Oil Homemade Sunscreen
To make your own all natural organic Sunscreen all you will need is:
- ¼ of a cup of extra virgin olive oil (SPF 4)
- ¼ of a cup of coconut oil (SPF 4) 1 teaspoon of Red Raspberry oil (SPF 25- 50)
- ¼ cup of beeswax
- 2 tablespoon of zinc oxide, which is a compound that is completely safe for the skin.
- Combined all ingredients, except for the zinc oxide, in a large jar with a resalable lid.
- Next fill a large frying pan halfway with water and set to boil.
- Place the jar in the water till all its contents melt, add zinc oxide and shake well.
- Level this solution to cool for a day at room temperature.
With these simple tips you will be sure to enjoy the summer’s heat and not get burned.
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