How to Choose a Toxin-Free Sunscreen

Summer is nearly upon us in the northern hemisphere. My daughter had her last day of 2nd grade a week ago and we've plunged into vacation season (for her at least!). As this is the time I normally also replenish my sunscreen stock, it's the perfect occasion to update the annual sunscreen safe swap post that I put together for my toxin-free living community . As having clean sunscreen options is important for anyone with skin, I thought I'd share it publicly as well!  To kick us off, here are a few things to know about sunscreen. Conventional chemical sunscreens are linked to myriad health issues, as well as the destruction of co...

Certain Essential Oils Make Skin Prone to UV Damage: Know Before You Go Out!

Summer is quickly drawing near. We’ve had a few hot, sunny days in the DC area already! If you love applying essential oils to your skin (most of us do!), but also love to spend time in the sun (which is important for Vitamin D acquisition), take note: certain essential oils are photosensitizers (phototoxic) when applied to this skin .   What in the world does that mean?!? Put simply, they make your skin more prone to damage from the sun’s UV rays. This means that the par...