Whether you live in the northern or southern areas of North America, you need to understand the truths about sunshine. According to Harvard Medical, the sun’s energy turns a chemical in your skin into vitamin D3, which is carried to your liver and then your kidneys to transform it to active vitamin D. Our bodies need natural vitamin D created by the sunshine to help keep our bones, muscles, immune system, and other things strong. It also may lower the risk of certain cancers like prostate and colon cancer and it stimulates the brain to produce chemicals to improve our moods. Tired and grumpy in the office all day? Get a little sunshine!
So, how do we enjoy the outdoors without worrying about premature aging and skin cancer?
- Eat foods high in antioxidants which protect skin from UV rays such as omega 3 rich fish, blueberries, cherries, all citrus fruits, broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, kale, and more. Also, drink water and green or black teas.
- Wear clothing with UPF and wide-brimmed hats and sunglasses.
- Pay attention to your shadow. If it’s shorter than you, the sun is likely to burn your skin. That’s why we are told to go out in the mornings and late afternoons or evenings after work.
- Wear sunscreen on areas not covered by clothing. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. Make sure it’s PABA free and free of petrochemicals. Reapply sunscreen every 45 minutes, even on cloudy days.
We hope you’ll decide that the positive effects of outdoor activity outweigh the fear of wrinkled skin and skin cancer. This is why we teamed up with Goddess Garden Organics Sunscreen and created this giveaway! Not all sunscreens work the same. This one is broad-spectrum and contains the highest organic content of any sunscreen out there.
Goddess Garden, a Boulder-based skincare company, was founded in 2004 by Nova Covington, entrepreneur and mom. As a new mother, Nova was inspired to create organic skincare products initially for her daughter Paige, who was allergic to chemicals in traditional bath products. Motivated to develop safe skincare solutions, Nova launched natural products using pure minerals zinc oxide and titanium dioxide as the active agents for sun protection. In 2009, Goddess Garden launched a line of Organic Sunscreen products that protect and nourish without harsh sunscreen chemicals.
Thanks to Goddess Garden Organics one of our e-newsletter subscribers and Facebook fans will win a 6 oz. bottle of Goddess Garden Organic Sunscreen which is SPF 30 and water resistant up to 40 minutes.
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