Best Non-Toxic Sunscreens

Hi Friends! I am so excited for summer to be here. I am definitely a summer person because I love the sun and water. I live in Gilbert, Arizona so that means very sunny and hot days.

If you have been following me on Instagram, you probably know how much I love to spend time in the sun. The sun is our friend and getting sunlight every day is very important, but we do need to be safe about it.

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Not All Sunscreen Is Created Equal

Many sunscreens on the market are linked to endocrine disruptions and cancers as well as organ toxicity. Most of them use artificial fragrances, which is a combination of lots of different chemicals.

Keep reading for a list of non-toxic sunscreens, just click the pic for the link!


nontoxic sunscreens

ThinkSport and Thinkbaby

ThinkSport SPF 50 Mineral Sunscreen
ThinkBaby SPF 50 Mineral Sunscreen for babies

Badger

Badger SPF 30 Mineral Sunscreen
Badger Kids SPF 40 Mineral Sunscreen
Badger Baby SPF 40 Mineral Sunscreen

Pipette Baby

Pipette Baby SPF 50 mineral Sunscreen

C’est Moi

C’est Moi SPF 30 Sunscreen
C’est Moi SPF 45 3 pack Sunscreen

Biossance

Biossance SPF 30 Mineral Sunscreen

SuperGoop Face Sunscreen

Not all Supergoop sunscreens are totally non toxic, but this face sunscreen is!

SuperGoop SPF 30 Face Sunscreen

Erbaviva

Erbaviva SPF 30 Sunscreen

Block Island

Block Island SPF 30 Mineral Sunscreen

stay safe in the sun!

I hope you guys enjoyed this post, remember to stay safe in the sun and have fun this summer!

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Rose Gold balloons saying "Love"

Non-Toxic Valentine’s Day Gift Guides

Valentine’s Day is celebrated in lots of different ways. For us, its mostly a small gift, flowers, chocolates, or a simple gesture. But for others, it is a larger gift giving holiday.

Fun Fact: My husband and I started dating the day after Valentine’s Day (he says that was on purpose lol)

I have put together a small list of gift ideas that have non-toxic products and self care items (because something we all need is self care!)


Gift Guide For Her

Lounge Set

Jade Face Roller and Gua Sha

Face Serum

Face Mask

Scrunchies

Tongue Scraper

Magnetic Lashes


Gift Guide for Him

Lounge Set

Sunglasses

Shaving Soap

Beard and Hair Trimmer

Facial Cleanser

Men’s Shower Soap

Tongue Scraper

Beef Jerky


Happy Valentines Day!

I hope you enjoyed my gift guide. However you celebrate Valentine’s Day, and whoever you are with, I wish you and your significant other a happy day.

To all my single pringles, treat yourself! You deserve it.

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Why You Should Get Sunlight Everyday

The sun is one of the best healing tools out there. When we get a healthy amount of sunlight, our minds and bodies can benefit in so many ways.

These days, so many people do not get enough sunlight each day. We have become so busy with working and running from one thing to the next that we have forgotten that it is okay to take a moment and do something positive for our mental and physical health. And we shouldn’t feel guilty doing so.

If you let lots of sunlight into your home, do you notice a difference in your mood and sleep cycle? Even letting sunlight in through your window can have lots of benefits, keep reading to find out why.

It is okay to take a moment and do something

positive for our mental and physical health.

The Benefits of Sunlight

Improved Sleep

If we open the window or go outside when we wake up, it helps our minds set a good sleep/wake schedule.

Morning sun exposure is best done within an hour of waking up to get the most benefits.

Studies have shown that individuals with sleep disorders can have improved sleep by spending 30-45 minutes each day in the sunlight. This is due to the increased levels of Serotonin.

Increased Serotonin

Serotonin is linked to wound healing, bone health, digestion, and improved mood.

So opening your windows to let in natural light can actually go a long way for your mental health.

Low levels of Serotonin are linked to seasonal depression, insomnia, weight gain, nausea and fatigue.

Our bodies produce Serotonin in our brains when sunlight is absorbed through our eyes. (But that does not mean look directly at the sun!)

Vitamin D

Sun exposure is the best way to boost Vitamin D levels. Our bodies produce Vitamin D when exposed to the UVB sun rays.

UVB rays cannot be absorbed through windows as they are made to filter them out, so you must go outside for this benefit.

Vitamin D supports our immune function and targets inflammation. It is also linked to bone health as it helps our bodies absorb Calcium.

Low levels of Vitamin D can cause fatigue, hair loss, bone pain or muscle pain.

Healing Skin

Although excess sun exposure is linked to skin cancer, a safe amount of exposure can aid in healing different skin conditions such as:

  • Acne
  • Psoriasis
  • Jaundice
  • Eczema

Conclusion

Safe amounts of sunlight are very important to get everyday. There are so many more benefits but these ones are important to me and are the most prevalent ones. Check out the products I have linked below to help you get the most of these benefits!

Non Toxic Sunscreen

Attitude Mineral Sunscreen
Biossance Sunscreen
C’est Moi Sunscreen

In case you missed the product links in the post, click the pic!

Light Therapy for Skin
Vitamin D Supplement
Serotonin Supplement
Sunlight Alarm Clock

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Getting Healthy Skin with More Than Just a Face Routine

Did you know that there are many different factors to skin health other than how clean/ moisturized it is? Yes it is important to keep your skin clean and hydrated and to choose the right products for your skin, but if you are finding it hard to clear stubborn acne or other unwanted skin blemishes the problem may be lying under the surface.

I have a history of stubborn acne when I was a teenager so I know how much fun it is… not. I tried so many products recommended by the dermatologist such as topical and oral medications, but I felt like these only solved a part of the problem.

It wasn’t until I developed good sleeping, eating, hydration, facial, and other routines that I saw my skin just take care of itself. Finding a good balance in everything literally cleared my skin. Here is a list of a few things that actually play a role in your skin’s health.

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Factors That Influence Skin Health

Woman sleeping in fresh white sheets. A sufficient amount of sleep is important for our health.

Sleep

It is recommended that we get at least 7-9 hours of sleep every night. It is important to develop a good sleep schedule and to “prepare for bed” by:

  • Washing your face and applying a night cream
  • Keeping clean sheets
  • Relaxing/ mediating before laying down
  • Not eating right before going to bed

For the 1st 3 hours of sleep, our body releases the Human Growth Hormone which maintains the youthfulness of our skin and repairs the skin from daily damage.

For the middle 2 hours of sleep, our body releases Melatonin which is an antioxidant to protect our bodies from harmful free radicals.

For the last 3 hours of sleep, our bodies’ cortisol (stress hormone) levels decrease and our skin recovers from the long day we just had.

So get your beauty rest – its a thing! Learn more here.

Various fruits in the shape of an "L" for liver. Fruits are great liver foods that help stimulate it to flush out toxins.

Liver

As I mentioned in my last post, liver health is actually related to skin health. If your liver is not doing its job of flushing out toxins, they come out through the skin.

Toxins living in the deep layers of our skin can cause surface blemishes such as acne, eczema, dark spots, dermatitis, and wrinkles. So taking care of your liver is a way to clean your skin from the inside out.

Superfoods for liver health include:

  • Leafy Green Vegetables
  • Garlic
  • Tomatoes
  • Citrus Fruits
  • Carrots
  • Onions
  • Avocados

This website has lots of info on liver health!

Woman sitting in stress. Her eyes are closed and stress lines are present on her forehead. Stress causes other internal health changes due to rising Cortisol levels.

Stress

Throughout my life, every time I get stressed I notice a little zit or two pop up out of nowhere. I used to try and just clean the area and apply creams and stuff but now I notice that when I calm down and keep a good routine it goes away.

When we are stressed, our Cortisol levels rise and this causes our sebaceous glands to produce more oil. So its no wonder that when I am stressed I get pimples and when I am calm they go away.

Ways to manage stress include:

  • Yoga/exercise
  • Good morning routine
  • Breathing exercises
  • Make a to-do list or schedule
  • Set aside time for yourself
  • Go on a walk
  • Start a new hobby
Woman holding a glass of water. Her skin and nails appear to be in good health. Hydrated skin is healthy and does not contain as many toxins.

Hydration

Did you know that your skin is the last organ in the body that receives the water we drink? That’s right, so keeping our bodies hydrated is very important so that our skin reaps the benefits.

Studies have shown that drinking at least 9.5 cups of water every day improve our skin’s density and thickness. Dr. Steven Deliduka, a board certified dermatologist said,

“Without adequate water intake, skin appears duller, and wrinkles and pores are more prominent.”

Dr. Steven Deliduka, Forefront Dermatology

To drink more water, try setting timers throughout the day to remind you, or using one of these water bottles that track your intake throughout the day. (I like to add frozen strawberries and lemon to my water so it has more flavor and health benefits!)

Natural Skin Care Products

I like to find products that do not contain harmful chemicals for my skin, but that aren’t super expensive. Here are some that I like:

Burts Bees Sensitive Facial Cleanser
Burts Bees Sensitive Moisturizing Cream
Alba Botanica Detox Cleanser
Alba Botanica Detox Scrub

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