I have mentioned before our good friend Lina’s blog, Dalai Lina, as a wealth of carefully researched information in multiple subjects. Whether its health, relationships, or fitness I learn more and more from her blog each time I read it. (Have I mentioned that she does this all while being a mother of four?!) I seriously don’t know where I would be if it weren’t for her and my trainer’s constant knowledge!
What most recently struck me on Lina’s blog was a post she wrote about sunscreen and which drugstore sunscreens are considered to be “safe”. With summertime here, I am adamant about lathering my body with sunscreen while in the sun but I also know that that is a very tricky and touchy subject. There constantly seems to be a dispute about the amount of Vitamin D we are getting and how much we should be getting these days. Vitamin D is afterall a cancer fighter and we don’t want to completely neglect our bodies of it, but we all know that too much sun is extremely harmful. And then there’s the sun protection, which can be just as harmful seeing as certain sunscreens are literally chemicals that when applied to your skin enter the bloodstream. Ugh – SO much to keep up with! See why Lina is a total saint!?
Just today I learned that my three favorite sunscreens (NO-AD, Neutrogena Ultra-Sheer, and Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch - can you tell I am weird about my sunscreens being sheer!?) are all rated a 7 out of 10 on the scale (1 being the safest and 10 being the greatest hazard) created by the Environmental Working group. (You can search your sunscreens here to see what they’re ranked) That is not good. Those sunscreens are going into the trash today and I have already run to CVS this morning to get a drug store replacement (L’Oreal Sublime Sun Advanced) until I can order Lina’s favorite – Supergoop. Zappos has it on sale now – $48 for 18 oz. of sunscreen (it would normally cost $148!) – done and done.
As much as I love the warming properties of the sun and as pretty as I feel with a tan, I would rather know that I am protecting myself as best as I can and invest in some killer sunless tanners to get the color I want instead. My friend Hannah just told me about St. Tropez sunless tanning moose and says she swears by it. Her tan tells me its true!
I don’t claim to be an expert on this subject whatsoever, but protection from the sun is definitely something that hits close to home and I wanted to share the knowledge I just picked up in hopes that you all will take it and pass it along!
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