Friday, June 22, 2012
A few thoughts for the first Friday of summer!
Please please please don't make your own sunscreen. I know it's tempting to think that all we have to do is make a lovely lotion and load it up with some sunscreen ingredients, but that's not the way it works! My wonderful husband has vitiligo, which means he has spots on his body devoid of melanin, so he burns pretty quickly. We stay out of the sun as much as we can, but we spend a fortune on sunscreen every year so we can have camping or lake swimming fun. If it were so easy to make an awesome and effective sunscreen, don't you think I'd be making it? The chemistry is fascinating, but there's a reason that there are entire textbooks on the topic - it's a very complicated process that we can't do at home. .
Anonymous wrote in this post: What if I don't like the ingredients of a sunscreen? What if it contains citrus oils? What if I think that a sunscreen that is acceptable could be better with more antioxidant extracts included?
If, after this diatribe and the posts below, you still want to make your own sunscreen, go do it. I've done my best to dissuade you...
Edited to add: Seriously. If you still want to make your sunscreen, don't write to me justifying why you're going to do it and think I'm going to support your decision. There's no way you're getting my seal of approval, and you aren't going to change my mind that we should make sunscreen at home.
Do not refer me to the EWG's report on sunscreen. This is not a reputable report, and is not considered scientific in any way. I've heard my scientific idols say that these reports are causing more harm than good as people turn away from sunscreen and get more sun exposure. Exposure to the sun can cause sunburns, premature photoaging, and skin cancer. Those are facts. The reports presented by the EWG are not facts. If you believe that the ingredients found in sunscreens cause cancer, do a google search and see how many reputable studies report this.
Blast from the past: Sunscreens
Please do not make your own sunscreen!
Here are some thoughts on adapting your products for summer, as well as some products I love for this season! You really need to try the cool ties! They are awesome! (Blondie is modelling the latest in cool tie fashion - hot pink with black isn't just for the 80s any more! And you can tell how excited I am about this topic by all the exclamation marks!)
LiseLise has written a great post on her blog about defining what natural means. I'm happy to see that I'm not the only confused by this topic! I've added her blog to the blog roll below because she has a blog you want to read! (Have I mentioned lately how awesome you are, Lise? Well, you are!)
I'm off to the workshop! Any requests? (And the picture above of the ice cream with peaches just kinda screamed summer to me! Raymond made the ice cream and canned the peaches, and it was so tasty!)