April Crowell, Dipl. ABT (NCCAOM), AOBTA CI & CP, CHN
The sun is out!
Idaho is blessed with long, sunny days, wonderful mountains, rivers, forests and deserts. A playground for those who love to be outside. However, with Idaho’s dry climate and high elevation, it’s easy to get scorched. Getting sun is good, it’s the best source of vitamin D–so get out there, just start in small steps and be aware that you can still burn in little time even on overcast days.
Having a fair-skinned, freckled daughter who loves to be outside has helped me become even more aware of the sun’s power and how quickly it can damage us. Here are a few tips.
Use a quality sunscreen
The EWG (Enviromental Working Group) puts together a fabulous database covering most sunscreens. Easy way to find out what products are toxin free and environmentally friendly or if it’s safer to just leave the stuff off your skin.
Many natural oils possess SPF. Red raspberry seed oil has a natural SPF of 28-48. Carrot seed oil has a natural SPF of 38-40, etc. You can find a list here. Personally, I haven’t experimented enough with these oils, or know of others who have, to feel fully comfortable spending a + 100° day in it–yet. But, I see no reason to not believe that these natural oils do supply SPF…time for some gentle testing to see what happens.
Drink plenty of water. Room temperature or cool water is easier for the system to absorb. I know–ice is nice–but it makes the body work hard (creating heat) to warm it enough to absorb it. You will quench your thirst faster, […]