When it comes to enjoying sunshine and the outdoors in nature, we must realize that at times we need some protection from sunburns and pesty biting insects. As consumers we are bombarded with an array of various products in sunscreens and bug repellents. Unfortunately many contain toxic and carcinogenic chemicals such as deet (N,N-diethyl-m toluamide, and N,N-diethyl-3-methylbenzamide) in bug repellents and Avo/oxybenzones, Paba, Padimate O, Octocrylene(to name a few) in sunscreens. Yes they go on nicely and work well but at a cost of absorbing truly unhealthy toxic chemicals.
But there are other options such as bug repellents made from essential plant oils(citronella, lemongrass, peppermint, eucalyptus, catnip, cedarwood, neem etc.) Sunscreens with the active ingredient, zinc oxide with moisturizing natural plant oils are safer and cleaner. And then there are many broad brimmed hats that work simply and efficiently in the sun.
Remember that our skin is our largest organ and that toxins can be easily absorbed through our skin directly into our bloodstream without the first aid of our liver to detoxify. Also be extremely cautious with young children as their immune systems are still developing and the load of unnecessary chemicals can have many adverse affects on their well being. Remember that the sunshine also provides the most natural source of Vitamin D.
Barb at The Ninety Ninth Monkey says to enjoy your summer and nature and with these tips you can do it in a healthier way.