A few weeks ago, I wrote about the best beach and sport sunscreens for your skin, products free of the wrong chemicals and containing the right ones. A solid way to avoid those nasty sunburns.
In the spirit of Zero Waste, and avoiding those plastic bottles, here is an even better product – homemade sunscreen.
DIY Organic Sunblock
In this episode (of Surf Sufficient) we teach you how to make your own high spf, water proof sunblock from organic and natural ingredients for pennies on the dollar compared to buying it off the shelf. Ingredients include- zinc oxide (sunblocking agent), coconut oil (soothes and conditions skin), bee’s wax (waterproofing agent), and tea tree oil (soothes and repairs skin and smells good too).
The best sunscreen is a hat and a shirt. No chemicals for the skin to absorb, no questions about whether the product works, no bogus claims like “sunblock.” (No conventional product blocks out all rays. That’s why the FDA is trying to ban the term. )
But when you can’t avoid exposing your skin to the sun, use EWG’s Sunscreen Guide to find top-rated sunscreens with broad spectrum (UVA and UVB) protection but fewer hazardous chemicals that penetrate the skin.
The list has narrowed down over 1800 sunscreens to 188 of the best beach/sport options.
Each one contain the minerals zinc or titanium. They are the right choices for people who want the best UVA protection without any chemical considered to be a potential hormone disruptor. None of the products contain oxybenzone or vitamin A, and none are sprayed or powdered.
See if your sunscreen is on the list, or find one to buy – EWG Sunscreen Buyer’s Guide 2012
Continue reading The best beach & sports sunscreens
International Surfing Day is tomorrow, Wednesday June 20, and I hope you can get in the water. If not, don’t worry because most of the events are this weekend.
Still, for Wednesday, Surfrider has lined up an all-day web-a-thon, an Instagram photo contest, and a few specials for membership. One of them is for a GoPro camera, where for the price of the camera ($300) you get a GoPro HD Hero 2 and a Surfrider membership, t-shirt, backpack, leash, sunscreen, wax, and a magazine subscription.
To see a full list of events for Orange County, check out the OC Beach Blog, here are a few of them:
- Wed, June 20 – Salt Creek State Beach Clean-up – Food, prizes, surf session – 4-6pm
- Sat, June 23 – Clean-up, Drink-up at A Restaurant, Newport Beach – 5-7pm
- Sat, June 23 – Huntington State Beach Clean-up – Surf session, Paddleboard lessons, Yoga, coffee food, music surfboard display – 8-12pm
Continue reading International Surfing Day Events in Orange County
Sunscreens prevent sunburns, but beyond that simple fact surprisingly little is known about the safety and efficacy of these ubiquitous creams and sprays.
FDA’s failure to finalize its 1978 sunscreen safety standards both epitomizes and perpetuates this state of confusion. EWG’s review of the latest research unearthed troubling facts that might tempt you to give up on sunscreens altogether.
That’s not the right answer – despite the unknowns about their efficacy, public health agencies still recommend using sunscreens, just not as your first line of defense against the sun.
Here are the surprising facts:
– No consensus on whether sunscreens prevent skin cancer.
– Some evidence that sunscreens might increase the risk of the deadliest form of skin cancer for some people.
– The common sunscreen ingredient vitamin A may speed the development of cancer.
– Free radicals and other skin-damaging byproducts of sunscreen.
– Pick your sunscreen: nanomaterials or potential hormone disruptors.
– Europe’s better sunscreens.
– The 34th summer in a row without final U.S. sunscreen safety regulations.
keep reading – each fact has an explanation at EWG
// Thx to Swiss Miss, Photo via Robert S. Donovan