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7 tips to naturally minimize sunburns

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I don’t know about you, but I’m so excited to be enjoying the warm temperatures and sunshine again. Now that there’s lots of talk about sunscreens, it may be a shock to hear that I rarely use sunscreen anymore and I can count on both of my hands how many times I’ve put it on Aidan. 

Over the years it hasn’t really sat well with me to lather up with sunscreen (filled with chemicals) and then go sit in the sun, and the past couple of summers I’ve pretty much avoided using it all together. The sun has been demonized, and when approached mindfully and responsibly spending time in the sun is extremely healing and so good for our mind, body, and spirit. 

Some of the incredible benefits of the sun are balancing our hormones, increasing vitamin D, synchronizing our circadian rhythms, and simply making us feel happier. We need the sun and it can become a part of our daily routines without fearing it.

Now some of these tips may seem a bit odd to you, but there is plenty of research (and first-count experiences!), that support and back them up. 

Here are 7 ways I’ll be avoiding sunburn naturally this summer. 

  1. Don’t wear sunglasses. They impact your body’s natural response to the sun.
  2. Take Vitamin E. 
  3. Avoid PUFA’s (vegetable + seed oils) and increase saturated fats.
  4. Wear a hat to protect your face.  
  5. Gradually build up your exposure to the sun. 
  6. Limit your time in the sun at high peak times. 
  7. If in the sun for a long time, use sunscreen with non-nano zinc oxide. We use All Good and highly recommend it. 

Enjoy your summer and enjoy the sunshine (responsibly)!

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