|Sunburns are bad. Especially when you get them because your spouse is a slacker.|
- An estimated 3/4 of Americans are deficient in vitamin D.
- Your skin doesn't make vitamin D when you have sunscreen on.
- Vitamin D is a huge key to preventing cancers INCLUDING melanoma.
- Your body doesn't efficiently use the vitamin D in most supplements.
- While no one knows the exact ratio, some of the vitamin D your skin creates is created on the surface of your skin in your skin's oils and are absorbed for up to 48 hours after sun exposure. Showering with soap removes your skin's oils and with them the vitamin D. Yet another reason NOT to shower every day:)
- Many of the substances used in sunscreens actually CAUSE cancer (oxybenzone, retinylpalmitate, nano particles of zinc oxide and titanium dioxide).
- Besides being linked to cancer, vitamin D deficiency is also thought to be linked to mood disorders, heart disease, skin disease, immune deficiencies, and more.
- But don't worry, burns are still bad. We still need to avoid them. That much is true.
But there are much better sources than me out there. For starters, here are some informative blog posts that link to a lot more information.
Kitchen Stewardship- Sun, Sunscreen, Skin Cancer and Safety: How Much do You Need?
Kitchen Stewardship- Sunblock reviews
Mommypotamus- Confessions of a Sunbather (and click around her site, she has some other good info on sun and sun protection)
What do I do? I avoid sunscreen, build up sun exposure gradually, make sure we eat our healthy fats every single day (including coconut oil and cod liver oil), and use clothing to protect sensitive areas during peak sun. We try to avoid being in the sun for extended periods from 11-3. And when I need to use sunscreen, I use one of the top 3 listed sunscreens described in the sunscreen review post.