The Purely Primal Skincare Blog

{Fix your skin. Naturally!}

Happy Skincare Saturday!

This week we’re featuring our fourth Q&A session with the Purely Primal Skincare Team!

We got some great questions for our new Q&A feature, and we’re answering them right here on the blog. We’ll be adding some of our other FAQs to the mix to bring you even more skin care help.

For more in-depth information on each topic, be sure to check out the Purely Primal Skincare Guide.

SCS QA (1)

Today’s Q: What type/brand of sunscreen do you recommend?

This is a question we get asked frequently! We do NOT recommend conventional or “broad spectrum” sunscreens.

These sunscreens are full of toxic substances that can be absorbed into the skin and into your bloodstream. Most of these filter out UVB (which provide health-boosting Vitamin D) but not UVA (associated with malignant cancer).

Clothing and shade are the safest sun protectors. When you’re inevitably going to be over-exposed for your skin type, use a physical sunscreen. They form a physical barrier against the sun’s rays. They typically contain only a few ingredients: zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide. They’re safer and much more effective. These old-school, creamy white sunblocks are fabulously nerdy – and protective.

A few of our favorites:

Most nourishing oils have an SPF between 4 and 8. Coconut oil, both ingested and applied topically, can raise burn resistance. Supplements like astaxanthin also serve as excellent internal sunscreens. Take these a few weeks leading up to the warm summer months.

For sunburn relief, try a nourishing Vitamin E-rich oilCalendula hydrosol and Aloe Vera can be very soothing for burns as well. (However, Aloe Vera should not be used on severe burns.)

These are the strategies we use for smart sun exposure. Do you have any tips? We’d love to hear ’em!

You can read more about Vitamin D and the sun in Liz’s new book, Eat the Yolks!

Thanks for stopping by!

Liz & Amanda