Why Worship the Sun?
Besides the fact that it gives life to all living things, there are many wonderful reasons to bask in El Sol. One of the best reasons in my book is that getting out in the sun increases your vitamin D and heightens mood. Have you ever noticed that your outlook is brighter on a sunny day? It might be due to increased vitamin D levels, as low levels of vitamin D have been shown to be connected with depression.
Keeping your vitamin D levels normal through exposure to natural sunlight helps prevent a host of diseases from cardiovascular and kidney disorders to autoimmune, endocrine and neurological diseases.
Sun is good!
The Safe Sun Program
There is not just one way to be safe when spending time in the sun. Rather, practicing safe sun is a lifestyle, a way of living in harmony with our natural surroundings. Here's how to do it:
- First get regular, safe exposure. This means starting out with 10 minutes or so of sun exposure each day at the beginning of the sun season and gradually increasing your time out to the maximum of your personal sun limit. What it doesn't mean is for you to come out of winter hibernation all pasty white and expect to spend 5 hours in the sun on the very first day. And pay attention to your personal sun exposure limit. A pale skinned freckled redhead will have far less personal sun tolerance than an olive skinned individual. Know thyself!
- Now, wear protective clothing. No sunscreen or sun exposure buildup is 100% effective in offering sun protection. Use common sense. If you must be out for long periods use sun protective clothing, such as hats, rash guards, pants and long sleeved shirts to increase your protection level. Seek shade when your exposure limit has been met.
- Make sure you eat your sunscreen. Did you know that the foods you eat can protect you from sunburn from the inside out? Scientific studies have shown that high antioxidant foods like chocolate, tomatoes, pomegranates, fatty fish and green tea bolster resistance to damage from UV light and help cells prevent and repair damage. These antioxidants neutralize free radicals like the ones produced from too much UV ray exposure. The strongest antioxidants in the fight against free radical damage are vitamins A, C, and E, along with the mineral selenium. Since your body doesn't produce these substances naturally, you must make sure they are present in the foods you eat and the products you use on your skin.
- When you need sunscreen, make sure it is non-toxic. Most conventionally marketed sunscreens contain oodles of toxic substances that pervade everything from the product to the packaging--things that are bad for you and bad for our planet. Avasol™ is the first sunscreen to put a stop to all of that. We craft our product out of ultra-premium, ethically-sourced, natural, organic and wildcrafted highly antioxidant raw ingredients that heal and protect according to traditional medicinal wisdom and cutting edge green chemistry. Our pure, natural formula cannot harm you or marine life and our biodegradable or refillable packaging ensures that our sunscreen won't contaminate our precious earth. Pretty awesome, right?
A Word on SPF.
SPF is particular to each person. That's right. When testers calculate SPF for a sunscreen they are calculating the number of minutes it takes people to burn without sunscreen, then they redo the test on the same people with sunscreen. When you are calculating the amount of time you can be in the sun, use this equation to get your personal sun quotient:
Number of minutes it would take you to burn without sunscreen x SPF number = your maximum sun exposure time.
So if you burn after 20 minutes of sun exposure, an SPF of 30 would allow you to be in the sun for 600 minutes without burning. But be warned -- people in the real world use much less sunscreen than those SPF testers do, so make sure your slather on your Avasol™ for best results!