Sunday, July 3, 2011

Hello Summer By Valerie Hould-Marchand

Bye bye rainy spring, and finally… Hello summer ! After such a long winter and gloomy spring, we are finally enjoying some warm, sunny weather. Its time to soak up the sun !
  And before you head out for a day filled with your favourite summer activities, you know you should slip on some sunscreen. But do you really know what ‘s in your sunscreen ?  Perhaps you have thought about trying a natural alternative, but you are not convinced that it can provide adequate sun protection.
 The fact is : chemical-free, natural and mineral options are just as effective when it comes to protecting your skin against UVA and UVB rays. They are also better for your health because they do not contain harmful chemicals that are often used in traditional sunscreens.
 Still, choosing the right option can be difficult… You should look for a formula containing titanium dioxide or zinc oxide. Also, your sunscreen should clearly state that it contains no nano particles.
 Here are two of my favourites
Nature’s Gate
Nature’s Gate offers a wide range of sunscreens to fit anyone’s lifestyle. All their products are paraben and phthalate free. Favourite product : Face block SPF 25
 Burt’s Bees
Try the Chemical-Free Sunscreen SPF 30
This option is 100% natural and non-whitening ( for a non-ghostly look ). Its active ingredient is titanium dioxide, a naturally-occurring mineral. A great option for your skin and the planet, as the runoff from showering and swimming will not cast off any harmful residues !
Hydrate with coconut water ! Quench your thirst with this refreshing, nutrient-packed drink. You will love it, especially if you exercise outdoors in the summer.
 Remember, sun is not the enemy here ! We all need a little vitamin D ! You just need to be adequately protected when we step outdoors.
Until next time,
Heal yourself
Heal the planet

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