Winter time is no time to be inside.
There are plenty of fun things to do with the family or alone during this time. But remember to protect your skin from exposure to the sun.
Even though the feeling in your skin is cold, if the sun is shining, you can get burned.
It is the same as when the sun is shining but there are clouds in the sky.
Without protection on your skin, you can get burned without realizing it
until you get indoors.
One thing to know about sun damage is that it is cumulative. Exposure over time can increase the damage
done to your skin. As we are all aware of, this can lead to leathery skin, age spots,
blemishes and even skin cancers.
Protecting your skin all year round from the sun is important. Here are some tips to help you have
fun in the sun and still stay safe.
* Wear hats – Even if you are going for a walk outdoors, wear a hat to protect you from the sun. If your hair is thin or you are bald, a hat will keep the sun off of you. A brim in the front gives added protection to your face.
Besides they are fun.
* Wear sunscreen – UVA radiation is still a danger in the winter. It can penetrate your skin and damage deeper tissues. You don’t necessarily need a high sun protection factor but use at least an SPF of 15 on your body.
Cover all areas that are exposed. Don’t forget the back of your neck. Look for sunscreens that contain zinc and titanium instead of oxybenzone.
* Wear sunglasses – In the winter, the sun can reflect off of the surface of the snow.
This can cause a temporary burning of the corneas and lead to snow blindness.
For a time, you are in effect blind. While it is disconcerting it is also dangerous to your eyes.
Wearing proper sun gear can avoid this trouble. Be sure that your glasses or goggles have approved
UV radiation in the lenses. Dark lenses are not the same and do not provide the same protection.
You don’t want to be snowboarding and get snow blindness because of cheap glasses.
* Wear gloves – Even on walks, gloves protect the skin from drying but also from the sun.
Kids who play a lot outdoors need gloves to preserve warmth.
* Check medications – Some medications have a sun sensitivity side effect. This means that your skin is more sensitive to light and can easily be damaged. Some medications can even thin the skin and make it more vulnerable.
Use sunscreen and moisturizers to counteract that effect.
Your skin can be damaged by the sun even in winter. To protect you while you are out having fun,
wear protective clothing and sunscreen.
Recipe for Natural Sunscreen
Raspberry Seed Oil. The highest of all natural ingredients, contains an estimated SPF of 30-50.
Shea Butter. An excellent skin protectant with an SPF of approximately 6-10.
Carrot Seed Oil. Carrot seed oil is an essential oil and has been estimated to contain SPF levels of 30.
Wheat Germ Oil. While super nourishing for the skin, it too possesses a natural SPF of 20.
Sesame oil, Coconut Oil, Hemp oil, Avocado oil, Soybean, and Peanut Oil. All contain SPF levels between 4-10.
-1 ounce oil blend (use any combination of the oils listed above)
-1 ounce beeswax (adds waterproof properties)
-1 ounce butter blend (i.e. Shea butter, mango butter, or cocoa butter)
-1 teaspoon vitamin E oil
-0.36 ounces zinc oxide powder
-30 drops essential oils, optional
1. Gather ingredients and kitchen tools.
2. In a double boiler, over low heat, melt the oils, beeswax, and butters.
3. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly prior to adding the vitamin E oil, zinc oxide powder, and essential oils. Note: Wear a mask when working with zinc oxide. Although it has not been proven harmful when used topically, inhaling the substance can be dangerous.
4. Stir until zinc oxide is dissolved.
5. Pour into a container.
6. Allow to cool and harden on the counter overnight and then you’re good to go! During times of heavy sun and swim exposure be sure to reapply often for the best coverage.
This recipe is from the frugally sustainable website. I like it because it is simple and gives you ideas/options for both the oils and the butters. But my favorite is olive oil.