- I’ve adopted the Oil Cleansing Method to wash my face.
- I use the No ‘Poo Method to wash my hair
- I even brush my teeth with Primal Life Organics Dirty Mouth Tooth Powder.
One area I haven’t really focused on is sun protection.
Firstly, I live in the North East…aka “the place of eternal winter.”
Kidding. It gets warm here. But only for a few months a year.
Now that it’s finally sunny out, I’ve been thinking more about how to safely get some sun exposure.
I’m a huge fan of sitting outside on a sunny day to soak up some sun and get some vitamin D. I call this “therapeutic sunbathing,” with entails 10 to 20 minutes of direct sun exposure every day. Just enough to stoke the vitamin D fire, but not enough to burn.
There are days, however, when I have to be outside for a longer than optimum length of time.
When running the Harpoon 5 Miler, or going to Crossfit North East Regionals for example.
On those days, I need some more sun protection.
And I’d prefer not to get it from Hawaiian Tropics or Water Babies.
There are some not-so-nice things about conventional sunscreens.
Including the fact that they block the UV-B rays in sunlight that are the catalysts for your body’s production of vitamin D.
There are natural ways to increase your body’s sun tolerance, and lots of options for natural sun protection.
Including homemade tallow sunscreen bars.
- Melt the tallow, beeswax and coconut oil over low heat in a double boiler or a glass bowl over a pot of hot water. Stir to combine.
- Once all of the ingredients are melted and mixed, removed from heat and add the zinc oxide, vitamin E oil and lavender essential oil.
- Pour the mix into a mold and refrigerate to harden. (If you want them quicker, pop them in the freezer).
These turned out better than I could have hoped! I haven’t used them yet, but I’m confident that they’ll protect me from the sun.