Cindy DeCarolis

Practicing Safe Sun

I have always loved being outdoors and sitting in the sun with a good book. When I was in my teens, back in the ’70’s, nobody really thought about whether it was safe to suntan and sunscreen was not a thing yet. In fact, we tried to get as tan as possible – tan was considered healthy.

Today, spending any time in the sun and having any tan at all is considered unhealthy. I believe that there is a happy medium – a place where we can enjoy being outdoors and get a “healthy glow” but still be safe. I call this practicing “safe sun.”

Here are my top tips:

Moisturize your face with a good day cream containing an SPF every day, all year long. My favorite is Eminence Organics Bright Skin Moisturizer with broad spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen.
Spend time in the sun before 10:00 a.m. and after 3:00 p.m. I love the early morning sun. I bicycle at 6:00 a.m. on the Erie Canal during the summer. It is uncrowded, peaceful, and I gradually build a light tan.
Find a spot in the shade or indirect sunlight when relaxing in the sun (with or without a book) .
Cover your skin with clothing that is light weight, light colored, and loose. When I lived in Baltimore and Atlanta I found that I felt most uncomfortable in the heat when I wore something sleeveless and felt that searing sun on my skin.

Wear a hat to protect your face and scalp and sunglasses with UVA/ UVB protection for your eyes.
Listen to your local weather report daily. On days they are cautioning a high heat index plan indoor activities and be sure to drink extra water to stay hydrated.

Use a sunscreen that provides long lasting, broad spectrum protection. Avoid Oxybenzone, Vitamin A (retinyl palmitate), and added insect repellent. Look for Zinc oxide, Avobenzone, and Mexoryl SX. Visit the Environmental Working Group website for their Guide to Safer Sunscreens /www.ewg.org/sunscreen/.
Combine fractionated coconut oil with doTerra Frankincense, Lavender, Helichrysum, and Peppermint for a soothing after sun balm.

Stay hydrated with lots of good water and fresh, organic fruits and veggies daily to keep your skin glowing.

Visit a good dermatologist for your annual skin cancer screening.
Now that you are practicing “safe sun” enjoy and have a peaceful, blissful, and balanced summer!

At Blissful Balance LLC, our mission is to help you to live life healthier. You can follow us on Facebook and Instagram. Contact me at cindydecarolis62@gmail.com for a complimentary consultation. You can also visit doTerra to purchase essential oils.