Happy 4th of July! I imagine that many of you will be out celebrating in the sun today. Last week I shared my views on the risks and benefits of sun exposure over at Keeper of the Home.
Here’s an excerpt:
As a redhead with fair skin, sunscreen has always been a staple in my summertime skincare regimen.
The few blistering sunburns and sun poisoning that inflicted me when my parents forgot to slather it on me as a kid left a lasting impression: Going without sunscreen hurts!
But over the course of the past few years I’ve started to change my tune on sunscreen and sun exposure.
When I became aware that many Americans are deficient in Vitamin D, which we get naturally (and freely!) through sufficient sun exposure, I began to question whether or not sunscreen was always a must.
On top of that, I began to grow wary of the ingredients in most standard sunscreens on the market today. Putting potential carcinogenics on my skin to protect myself from skin cancer didn’t really make sense.
When I became the mom of three little fair-skinned redheads, I knew that I had to intentionally decide the risks and benefits of using sunscreen versus sun exposure. I didn’t want their delicate skin absorbing chemicals, but I also didn’t want to leave them open to the same blistering sunburns and sun poisoning that I remember getting as a child.
To create a balanced approach, I began investigating the benefits versus the risks of sun exposure andhow to maximize those benefits and minimize those risks. I also began seeking out alternatives to conventional sunscreens.
Read the rest of this post over at Keeper of the Home!