Ahhhhhh.....Spring I thought you would never come and rescue me from what seemed like the longest, coldest winter of my LIFE!!!! I know it wasn't just here in North Carolina either. Everybody was feeling Old Man Winter's wrath this year.
Now we can all ditch the mittens and bulky coats and brake out the sundresses and bikinis. But before we do, it is important to remember that May is national skin cancer awareness month. Skin cancer is a scary thing and something I never worried about. When I was younger, I slathered baby oil on my super fair skin thinking that frying my skin until it was red and hurt was even remotely attractive. Yet, I was invincible back then and didn't know that later on not using sun protection would lead to dryness, brown spots, wrinkles and skin cancer. I did a blog awhile a go about how I spent hours with my oh-so-handsome dermatologist while he burned, cut and stitched up the skin cancer on my chest all the while scolding me that I needed to be using sunscreen all the time. He even played on my insecurities about getting old and wrinkly telling me that if I had worn SPF when I was in my teens then I wouldn't be chasing my youth like I am now. TRUST me doc, I GET IT!!! I am not looking to get any more cancer OR look like a crinkly leather face anytime soon.
Now that I am older, and realize past mistakes, I have learned that our beautiful skin covers and protects everything on our body; so, it is incredibly important that we treat this vital organ with love and respect. It is easy to say run out and get a sunscreen and all will be well, but it isn't so easy these days. There are thousands of sun protection products to choose from out on the market, so are all of them OK to use? NO!! Many of you know that I am against using chemicals anywhere on the body; and therefore, I am extremely picky when it comes to my sun protection. You want to find products without Oxybenzone (hormone disrupting chemical), parabens, nano particles, and Fragrance (pretroleum based phthalate). Sprays and powders generally have additional chemicals for performance purposes, so finding a sunblock that is rated a 1 on the Environmental Working Group's website http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/search.php?query=badge+sunscreen
is going to be your best bet. I like products from California Baby, Babyganics, Badger, Aubrey and Seventh Generation. And for the lips, HURRAW! lip balm http://www.hurrawbalm.com/hurraw/
is the BEST. It is raw, organic, vegan and gluten free. The tangerine is the best and SPF 15.
Now that we have the most important part of our summer kit figured out, I will just list the other things I use to be safe:
-I get my hair highlighted every two months with organic color, so this fades easier than chemical color so I have to keep my hair protected. I LOVE this hat http://www.swimoutlet.com/p/sun-n-sand-bianca-x-large-sewn-ribbon-hat-36482/
. It comes in all kinds of colors and you can crumple it up in your bag and because it is floppy it still looks awesome. It keeps the sun out in all directions like a big umbrella.
-Speaking of umbrellas, this is the umbrella I use and I love it so much. You can attach it to your chair at the pool or your beach chair Rio Brands Total Sunblock Umbrella. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00A2FVLKG/ref=oh_details_o02_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
-Under my hat, if I have been swimming and I don't want my hair to fry, I make my own mixture of hair conditioner and purified water https://www.shoppristinebeauty.com/s/LocksFameConditioner.html
Pristine Beauty Locks Of Fame Conditioner, and every week I do a deep conditioning treatment with our No Scary Hairy (hair and scalp revival serum) https://www.shoppristinebeauty.com/s/NoScaryHairy.html
....This product recently was honored on the Total Beauty website http://www.totalbeauty.com/content/gallery/best-split-ends-treatments/p59082/page11
Wondering where to get a super cute swimsuit and cover up? Look no further than HSN!! They have some of the cutest choices. I recently bought this two piece ECHO Scoop Style Halter in Black http://www.hsn.com/shop/two-piece/fa0373
and the Jessica Simpson Gold Dust Drop-Waist Cover Up http://www.hsn.com/products/jessica-simpson-gold-dust-drop-waist-swim-coverup/7340888
in white and black!! You can find all kinds of super cute wedges on HSN as well. Home shopping has come a very long way and it is super duper convenient!!!
- SUMMER SNACKS! Many of you know that I am vegan and a raw food eater, so when I am protecting my skin it is also very important to me to protect my body all year (especially when I have enjoyed a day in the glorious sun). We all know that raw nuts and seeds are good for you, but did you know that the selenium, and vitamins E & A will protect us against skin cancer, neutralize free radical damage caused by the sun, age spots and wrinkles. Ingesting wonderful nuts and seeds will make our skin look radiant and YOUNGER! WOOHOO!!!! Bring on the Two Moms In The Raw Bars!!!
What is that old saying, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away"? Well apples also help keep skin cancer at bay, along with berries and watermelon. These fruits not only taste delish, but they provide our bodies with sun fighting nutrients that makes our look skin young and fresh.
Now get out there and enjoy the sunshine with a little help from your friends at Pristine Beauty!!!!