The Truth about Sunscreen and Sunshine

By Leanne Venier, BSME, CP AOBTA

For over 30 years, the media and doctors have been telling you to avoid sunshine and slather on sunscreen…

But the TRUTH is, this advice may be harming your health every single day (not to mention killing your productivity). We now know that all those myths we’ve been hearing for decades about the dangers of sunshine, are UNTRUE, according to hundreds of the latest medical and scientific research studies from around the globe.

And on top of all that, not only does sun avoidance harm you, you may be making things even worse by applying dangerous sunscreens on your skin. In fact, a very high percentage of sunscreens on the market are actually toxic and could very well be making you and your children sick.

Keep reading to learn how to choose a safe, non-toxic sunscreen for you and your children

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Healing Sunlight makes you Happy & Healthy!

Yes, getting regular Sunshine exposure (without sunscreen) is actually one of the BEST things you can do for your health. Sunbathing has not only been scientifically shown to prevent and heal cancer, it also fights depression and anxiety and reduces your stress. Sunlight exposure can literally make you feel happier, sleep better, reduce pain and even lose weight.

But first let’s talk about WHY Sunshine has all of these healing effects.

Why is Sunlight so Good for Me & How does it Heal?

 

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Sunlight contains both visible light and invisible rays, each of which has powerful healing properties.

You’ve probably heard of UVA and UVB and Infrared rays (all of which are actually GOOD for you in the proper doses). You can’t see these rays with your naked eye – they’re INVISIBLE to humans.

There are also VISIBLE rays which we see every day when we go outside.

What you normally see looks like WHITE light to your eye. But did you know that this White light contains all of the HEALING COLORS?

You can see these individual color rays any time there’s a rainbow in the sky.

Every time you spend time outdoors under natural Sunlight (without sunscreen) you get a full dose of all these Healing Color Rays!

And it’s FREE!

(Keep reading to learn how to get safe and healthy sun exposure).

Sunlight contains all colors of light which combine to make white light

Sunlight contains the visible color wavelengths, Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo and Violet (all these spectral colors make up Visible light)

Each of these color rays acts like nutrients for our bodies, just like Vitamins do.

Sunlight that reaches the earth’s surface also contains UltraViolet and InfraRed Rays.

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Sunlight Breaks down like this – EACH one of these has UNIQUE healing properties

(Click on each color to learn more)

IR Rays (InfraRed = Below Red Light. NOT visible to the human eye)

Color Rays:
Red (longest wavelengths in the visible/colored light spectrum)
Orange
Yellow
Green
Blue
Indigo
Violet (shortest wavelengths in the visible/colored light spectrum)

UV Rays (UltraViolet = Above Violet Light. NOT visible to the human eye & includes UVA, UVB & UVC)

Each one of these types of Sun Rays have different healing properties

(Click on each of the Colors above to learn more)

Sunbathing is an easily accessible, pleasurable and 100% natural way to get all of the sun’s healing color nutrients.

And did I mention, it’s FREE!

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So Why Does Sunlight Keep us Healthy?

We Evolved to Live and Thrive under Sunlight, just like Plants

Without sunlight, plants shrivel up and die. Countless research studies now show that the same thing happens with humans when you don’t get enough of the healing rays from sunshine.

 

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How Does the Blue Light found in Sunlight, affect my Health & Sleep?

Blue light exposure directly influences our melatonin levels.

Melatonin is a very important hormone in our bodies. It’s used for preventing and healing cancer and it helps our bodies stay healthy and avoid countless other health issues. It also helps us get sleepy at night.

When we see blue light – just like the clear blue sky we see on a summer day – it directly controls how much melatonin our bodies produce.

Among all of its other healing colors, Sunlight also contains this very beneficial type of blue light.

When we get exposure to blue light during the DAYTIME, it helps set our circadian (daily) rhythm and our healthy sleep cycles

Blue light shuts off melatonin production in our bodies, which is just the way we evolved to respond. It was a natural survival mechanism back in the caveman days. You certainly didn’t want to be falling asleep in the middle of the day if you were a paleo man out hunting. That’s when all the predators could come along and find you sleeping in the field and have you for lunch! (and I don’t mean as a special guest, but rather, as the main course. 🙂 )

So, nowadays, when we see blue light, it tells our bodies “It’s the middle of the day – Shut off melatonin production! Be wide awake! Stay alert!”

When we get regular blue light exposure during the daytime as we evolved to do, then later in the evening, our bodies turn on melatonin production to help us get sleepy and heal and restore our bodies at night.

But uh-oh – if we don’t get blue light exposure during the day, we don’t create enough melatonin at night.

By getting regular blue light exposure from sunshine during the day, you’re directly helping your body get sleepy at night and giving it the important support it needs to do its nightly healing and recovery.

Not only is poor sleep very bad for our health, our brains also don’t get to do their nightly ‘defrag’ when we don’t enter deep sleep.

Poor sleep and lack of Deep Restorative Sleep is very bad for memory, focus and concentration and it really kills your productivity.

Adequate Melatonin levels keep you Young!

Melatonin is also a very potent antioxidant and anti-aging hormone. When our melatonin levels are high enough, our bodies use it for keeping us healthy as well as for healing us from all sorts of illnesses.

Unfortunately, most people are deficient in melatonin due to sunlight avoidance. But there’s an easy solution!

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Learn More about the Importance of PROPERLY TIMED Blue Light and

the many other benefits of Healing Sunshine

in my published articles in TEXAS MD Magazine

What are the benefits of getting a regular dose of SUNSHINE?

Regular sun exposure (aka Chronic sun exposure):
  • SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCES YOUR CHANCES OF GETTING AT LEAST 16 TYPES OF CANCER
  • reduces your risk of heart disease, diabetes, depression and numerous other illnesses and imbalances
  • can actually heal a number of illnesses by restoring proper vitamin D levels and melatonin levels
  • helps you lose weight
  • reduces stress, anxiety and depression
  • is very safe and a much needed part of any health program … as long as you do not get a sunburn
  • As written in the Lancet, “Paradoxically, outdoor workers have a decreased risk of melanoma compared with indoor workers, suggesting that chronic sunlight exposure can have a protective effect.”

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We now know that Avoiding sunlight has actually been harming people far more than helping them

The latest science proves that all the hype and fear about sunlight exposure for the past 30 years has been grossly exaggerated.

If you get regular sunshine and you DO NOT GET A SUNBURN your chances of getting skin cancer are extremely minimal. And since the types of cancer that you are more likely to get if you don’t get regular sunshine are FAR MORE DEADLY than the most common, treatable forms of skin cancer (skin cancer has extremely high survival rates), you are actually doing yourself far more harm than good by avoiding the sun.

BY AVOIDING THE SUN – YOU ARE FAR MORE LIKELY TO GET ONE OF SEVERAL TYPES OF VERY DEADLY CANCER, THAN YOU ARE TO AVOID SKIN CANCER.
This has been scientifically proven in numerous studies. It’s finally time to reverse the misconceptions that people have been led to believe about the sun.

 

Man and woman sunbathing on beach towels in sand
Healing Sunlight has been scientifically proven in countless studies to prevent cancer and many other illnesses, beat depression and anxiety, reduce stress, and even help you lose weight!

Healing UVA, UVB and Near Infrared

By SAFELY exposing your skin to natural sunlight without sunscreen, we also get the BENEFICIAL RAYS OF UVA AND UVB as well as healing Near Infrared rays.

Yes, they really ARE all beneficial!

UVB is directly responsible for Vitamin D production in our bodies

Vitamin D is another extremely important hormone needed not only for healthy bones, but for preventing and treating cancer and countless other illnesses.

Vitamin D is formed in our skin and bodies when we get natural sunlight exposure with NO SUNSCREEN.

Sunlight has been used throughout history to treat many illnesses, including tuberculosis of the bones in children at Swiss Heliotherapy clinics.

I always recommend wearing an all-natural, non-nano particle, mineral-based sunscreen on your face, neck and back of your hands since these are the areas most vulnerable to photo-aging and contribute little actual surface area for vitamin D production. (see more on this below)

 

 097_swiss_sun_treatment Children take sun at a sanatorium in the Swiss Alps, the region in which heliotherapy originated Valley Echo, May 1923 (1)
Heliotherapy (Sun therapy) clinics in Switzerland successfully treated children with Tuberculosis of the Bones, using only Healing Sunlight.

 

UVA has been proven to significantly lower blood pressure in less than 20 minutes of exposure

See the bottom of this page for links to the scientific studies about this.

 

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Why is it so Important to Use only Non-toxic Sunscreens?

… but ONLY AFTER you’ve gotten your daily dose of sunshine without sunscreen?

Most sunscreens on the market, contain highly toxic chemicals, many of which become even more toxic when exposed to sunlight. These toxins are absorbed directly into your blood stream through your skin.

You may think you’re helping prevent skin cancer by slathering these toxic substances on yourself and your children, but research studies have now shown that a high percentage of sunscreens on the market become carcinogenic when exposed to sunlight (meaning that your sunscreens themselves can cause cancer!)

If you have to stay out under the sun longer than the recommended amount of time needed for Vitamin D production and to support your proper melatonin cycles, then it’s best to cover up with clothing and a hat and/or stay in the shade.

Or, once you’ve gotten your minimum sun exposure for that day, apply an all-natural sunscreen without any of the toxic chemicals. These natural sunscreens use non-nano particle minerals including Zinc. These minerals create a reflective barrier so the UV rays cannot penetrate.

How Do I find a Healthy, non-toxic Sunscreen?

Each year, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) publishes their list of the Safest and Most Dangerous Sunscreens.

EWG is the nation’s most effective environmental health, non-profit organization.

Here is the list of Safe & Dangerous Sunscreens for 2016 – See the summary table below

EWG.org/sunscreen

Depending on which country you live in, you will find at least some of these available.

Amazon.com is usually a good resource for buying in any country. If you have a Whole Foods Market where you live, they will also have a good selection – cross reference with the table below to seek the lowest scoring sunscreens.

 

My #1 personal favorite sunscreen scores a 1/10 on the EWG scale.

The LOWER the score on the EWG site, the HEALTHIER the sunscreen.

For those of you who are always asking me what sunscreen brands I personally use, my long-standing favorite is Mineral Fusion Moisturizing SPF 40 Sunscreen. I’ve been using this one for a few years now.

I like this particular sunscreen because it moisturizes my face nicely and besides doing a great job as a sunscreen, it also contains anti-aging peptides.

It doesn’t feel oily or greasy and it absorbs quickly (many mineral based sunscreens sit on your skin for a long time, making you look ghostly white, while others leave a heavy oily sheen). I buy mine on Amazon with the super savings you get with their Subscribe and Save program.  It’s also usually available at Whole Foods for the full retail price (and probably most other health food markets carry it, as well)

I always apply this sunscreen to my face, neck and decolletage when I’m outdoors for any reason or when I’m working in my outdoor office. The skin on these facial areas is much more delicate and vulnerable than the rest of your body, and it’s such a small surface area where you’re not going to be making that much Vitamin D by leaving it exposed. It’s also the part of your body that is most often exposed to sunlight, so it makes sense to protect it from any possible UV damage.

If I’m riding my scooter wearing a sleeveless top, I also apply sunscreen to the tops of my shoulders where I usually get the most sun exposure.

But I let the rest of my body get full sunshine as much as possible (without burning at all, of course). When I’ve had enough sun for that day, ie. my skin starts to turn a slight pink, I then cover up, get under the shade or apply my sunscreen – depending on where I am and what the outdoor temperature is.

Best Sunscreens for Adults and Children, in alphabetical order – according to the EWG site:

Adults Children
All Good Sport Sunscreen, SPF 33 Adorable Baby Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30+
All Terrain TerraSport Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30 All Good Kid’s Sunscreen, SPF 33
Babo Botanicals Clear Zinc Sunscreen Lotion, Fragrance Free, SPF 30 All Terrain KidSport Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30
Badger Sunscreen Cream and Lotion, SPF 25, 30, and 35 ATTITUDE Little Ones 100% Mineral Sunscreen, Fragrance Free, SPF 30
Bare Belly Organics Face Stick Sunscreen, SPF 34 Badger Kids Sunscreen Cream, SPF 30
Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Sunscreen Stick, SPF 30 BabyHampton beach*bum sunscreen, SPF 30
Goddess Garden Facial Natural Sunscreen, SPF 30 Bare Belly Organics Baby Sunscreen, SPF 30
Kabana Organic Skincare Green Screen D Sunscreen, Original, SPF 35 Belly Buttons & Babies Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30
Mineral Fusion Moisturizing Sunscreen, SPF 40 Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen, Baby, SPF 30+
The Honest Company Sunscreen Stick, SPF 30 BurnOut Kids Physical Sunscreen, SPF 35
Tropical Sands Sunscreen, SPF 15, 30, and 50 California Baby Super Sensitive Sunscreen, SPF 30+

Worst/Most Toxic Sunscreens for Children

Banana Boat Kids Max Protect & Play Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 100 Coppertone Water Babies Sunscreen Stick, SPF 55 Coppertone Sunscreen Continuous Spray, Kids, SPF 70 Coppertone Sunscreen Lotion Kids, SPF 70+
Coppertone Foaming Lotion Sunscreen Kids Wacky Foam, SPF 70+ Coppertone Water Babies Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 70+ CVS Baby Sunstick Sunscreen, SPF 55 CVS Kids Wet & Dry Sunscreen Spray, SPF 70+
Equate Kids Sunscreen Stick, SPF 55 Hampton Sun Continuous Mist Sunscreen For Kids, SPF 70 Neutrogena Wet Skin Kids Sunscreen Spray, SPF 70+ Neutrogena Wet Skin Kids Sunscreen Stick, SPF 70+
Up & Up Kids Sunscreen Stick, SPF 55

How Can I tell if My Current Sunscreen is Toxic?

You can go to the EWG site or use their Free App to determine the Toxicity of your Current Sunscreen

This free app is called SKIN DEEP and it’s available for Android and Iphone.

It will tell you the danger scale of any of your cosmetics products including most of the big name sunscreen brands and products.

Visit your Android or iPhone app store to download it and then check the toxicity levels of your current sunscreen.

How do I know how much Sun Exposure I should get each day?

The amount of sunlight each individual needs every day depends entirely on their skin, their genetic lineage, and their ability to tan.

People with fair skin need far less sun exposure than someone with dark skin to produce the same amount of VItamin D (an extremely important hormone for health that our bodies produce naturally when exposed to sunlight).

The most up to date rule of thumb for proper Vitamin D production: stay in the sun with at least 60-70% of your skin exposed. When your skin starts turning a very slight pink, you’re done. This amount of time will vary from 3 minutes for very pale-skinned people to over an hour for very dark-skinned individuals.

Read the article below, “A Bright Spot for Human Health” to understand the reasons for this.

What does the latest Research Say?

This article has the best compilation of all of the science and medical based reasons why you really DO need Sunlight:

Benefits of Sunlight: A Bright Spot for Human Health

Here’s a recent study about why UVA is good for you – it lowers blood pressure and can prevent heart attacks and cardiovascular disease:
Science Daily: Here Comes the Sun to Lower your Blood Pressure

Also See my page What is Color and Light? – to understand the Science of the Healing Colors within sunshine

 

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Leanne Venier, BSME, CP AOBTA, is an international award-winning artist, engineer and expert in the science of color & light and Flow States who regularly lectures at major medical centers, SXSW Interactive, MENSA & elsewhere. Leanne loves geeking out, reading thousands of medical and scientific research studies. She connects the dots between research that’s happening all over the world and then shares her findings to help others. She has a knack for explaining the research in ways that are easy for everyone to understand. She combines her art, mechanical engineering background and acupuncture and holistic healing training, to teach medical doctors and lay people around the globe about the latest scientific research for Optimizing Health, Creativity and Productivity using Color, Light, Art and Flow State.

Leanne has been interviewed on NBC-TV, Gaiam TV (Gaia.com), nationally syndicated radio and in numerous national and international health magazines. She teaches executives and laypeople how to use Color to easily tap into Flow State (the Zone) for 500% increased productivity, enhanced creativity & optimal health in her Live and Interactive Color and Creative Flow Online Training Program. She’s available for Speaking Engagements, Flow Workshops & Training Programs and Business & Productivity Coaching using Flow State. More information on her website: CatalyticColor.com

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