My daughter and I stayed a lot in the sun this summer. No, we are not afraid of “skin cancer”. And we didn’t get burned once! For those who know us, we are not fair-skinned but not dark-skinned either. We lay somewhere in the middle.The reason to expose your skin to sun is primary because this is the best way to get your vitamin D. Fortified foods are a lousy, cheap and inefficient alternative. You can also get it from healthy foods like wild herring, catfish, salmon and grass fed dairy. (if you consume any of these regularly…)

Vitamin D is a critical to ensure the growth of healthy bones in children and the maintenance of healthy bones in adults. It ensures that our blood has sufficient levels of calcium and phosphorus. It’s crucial to the proper function of the heart, nervous system and immune system.

So, how do we enjoy sun without burning and without soaking in the toxic concoctions that regular sunscreens have?

Here is what my daughter and I were doing this summer:

1. use COCONUT OIL. Following the principle “if you can’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin” we actually ditched all our lotions (although organic, they still might contain cheap vegetable oils and additives that we simply don’t need for the buck we’re paying). And so we switched to all coconut: we have been using it in our food, and now on our skin with great success! My daughter loves to spread it on her body and then lick some too! :) We put it on before we lay in the sun and after shower, also before bed. Its amazing health benefits helped not only our health, but our skin as well: no burns and in my case a smoother, clearer skin. And no more dryness that I’ve been having all my life! So I don’t miss the expensive lotions at all!

2. take your SUNGLASSES OFF! Yes, you heard that right. When you wear sunglasses, “much less sunlight reaches the optic nerve, much less warning is sent to the pituitary gland, much less melanocyte-stimulating hormone is released, much less melanin is produced – and much more sunburn results!” explains Dr. Sharon Moalem in her book “Survival of the Sickest” To be honest, I’ve always been bothered by glasses and now I’m happy to have one more reason to let my eyes get the beneficial sunlight: good for the eyes, good for the skin!

3. if you are fair skinned and so more susceptible to get burned, then you can rely on a few NON-TOXIC, NATURAL SUNSCREENS. In cases where the sun is really hot and I stay longer than 2 hours in full sun I might apply some AquaSport sunscreen from All Terrain. You can check if your natural sunscreen is actually safe by going to EWG Skin Deep Cosmetic Database.

4. it’s also good NOT to shower before you go out in full sun. The natural oils of your skin are also protective.


So, how about you? Do you have any tips to share against sunburn?