It’s that time of the year again to think about sunscreen and the sunshine vitamin… vitamin D. You’d think it was winter still because it’s so cold, grey, and drizzly here on the west coast of BC 🙁 Such promise of sun and heat a few weeks ago! It was just a teaser! But, even with the weather taking a nose dive today I still need to plan ahead and think about what I want to use for sun protection this summer.
I try to wear sunscreen year round on my face and neck, but, in the spring and summer I really need to pay more attention to this and make sure I’m covered sufficiently. One of the main reasons is that we go for long motorcycle rides when the temperatures heat up and I’ve experienced way too much sun on my forehead and nose in my younger years when I wasn’t using the right product. And, oh yes the back of my neck! These are the areas on my body that are really exposed when on the back of the motorcycle, especially since I don’t wear a full face helmet. I’m trying to be really organized and trying to plan ahead because we have just booked an exciting motorcycle trip! We are flying to Orlando and doing a self-directed Georgia and Florida tour!! We’re renting a Harley and traveling from Orlando through Georgia with six stays in various cities. So, I really need to get everything including my sun protection organized. Plus, we’ll be touring in the BC interior visiting wineries this summer and it’s always scorching hot there.
I was looking back at my previous post about sunscreen and the points I mentioned still stand. Avoid vitamin A in sunscreen, because, it has been shown to increase the incidence of skin tumours and lesions. Also, avoid the ingredient oxybenzone because it is a hormone disruptor as well as an allergen. I’ve read Dr. Mercola’s information on vitamin D and sunscreen as well as the EWG site regarding getting sufficient vitamin D and I find it very interesting. I don’t believe I get enough vitamin D! I haven’t had lab work to back that statement up, but, I never have my body exposed to sunshine! In the summer time my arms and legs may see the sun. My face and neck are covered by sunscreen. Apparently if you don’t expose large areas of your body to the sun for approximately 10 – 20 minutes daily you aren’t getting the vitamin D your body needs. Vitamin D is important in the absorption of calcium among other important benefits. I’m starting to think that I will let more sunshine hit my body from time to time.
I watch a lot of YouTube and somehow I came across this Mango Island Mamma channel. Basically it’s about vegan family living in Hawaii. I checked out her blog and I was reading through some of her resources and FAQ’s and I read she doesn’t use sunscreen for herself or her family which include two little children. Check her out and see what you think about what she has to say. My plan is to always use a mineral based sunscreen on my face and neck (especially when on the motorcycle), but, let the sunshine hit the rest of my body occasionally to soak up some vitamin D 🙂
I’m looking into some other brands of sunscreen right now that I’ve heard mentioned recently. I’ll update you if I find any interesting ones and I’ll show you which ones I buy.
Let me know what your thoughts are on vitamin D and sunscreen.
Have a great weekend!