Melanoma Awareness Month

Sun Protection is SO important… but not all sunscreen is safe.

Who’s looking to preserve their skin AND stay as healthy as possible??

If you want to have beautiful skin AND decrease your risk of melanoma- sunscreen is ESSENTIAL.

Melanoma might be the least common form of cancer, but it is also the deadliest. 

In 2022 in the United States, it is estimated that:

  • There will be 197,700 cases of melanoma diagnosed. Of those, 97,920 cases will be noninvasive and 99,780 cases will be invasive. Of the invasive cases,
    • 57,180 cases will occur in men.
    • 42,600 cases will occur in women.
  • There will be 7,650 deaths from the disease.
    • 5,080 will be men.
    • 2,570 will be women.

The link between melanoma and sun—especially sunburn—is abundantly clear:

  • The vast majority of melanomas are caused by UV exposure from the sun.
  • Your risk for melanoma doubles if you’ve had more than five sunburns.
  • One blistering sunburn in childhood or adolescence more than doubles your chances of developing melanoma later in life.

This is the product you DO NOT skip, friends. You, your partners, your kids, and anyone else you care about should be wearing a toxin free facial SPF every single day of the year and a toxin free body SPF when you’re going to be outside in the sun for any amount of time. 

Why is choosing safe sunscreen so important?

Did you know that 78 popular sunscreens were recently found to contain 3 X the FDA restricted levels of Benzene? Did you also know that Benzene is known to cause >> CANCER << in humans according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the World Health Organization, and other regulatory agencies?

*Source: study by Valisure May 2021

Additionally, these⚠️toxic ingredients are also commonly found in chemical sunscreens👇

❌ oxybenzone

❌ octinoxate

❌ parabens

❌ propylene glycol

❌ phenoxyethanol

❌ BHT

❌ fragrance

…also linked to cancer & other health concerns!

So which sunscreens should you go with?

My favorite Facial SPF (every human should be wearing everyday of the year) can be found here and is currently on sale for Memorial Day (Just got to “shop” “skincare” “sunlight facial SPF”) 👇

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My favorite body SPFs are the Think brand and All Good 👇

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Family Fun Month

Did you know that August is National Family Fun Month? I just learned this myself!

In our family, fun revolves around traveling, fitness, and being outside. Right now the way we incorporate all three of these things can’t fully include Adeline because she’s too young, but we’re hoping when she’s old enough she’ll want to get involved as well. We spent this last weekend doing something we love, racing a Spartan Race.

Christopher and I have gotten really into Obstacle Course races this past summer. We love that they allow us to do all of our favorite things: travel, stay fit, and be outside! They also fall perfectly into our lifestyle and our goal to raise Addie in a toxin free, healthy environment as she’s being exposed to these events, watching us train for these events, and we keep with our toxin free lifestyle during them as well.

I see so many people at these races slathering on the toxic sunscreen, and I so badly wish I could educate them on the dangers they’re causing their bodies while they are trying to prevent their bodies from harm from the sun! Spray sunscreens are the absolute worst because of everything you’re inhaling in conjunction with what you’re putting on your skin. But, even most lotion sunscreens are harmful, even the ones claiming to be clean. I make sure to apply my toxin free facial SPF in the morning (which I do every morning anyway) and bring my toxin free body SPF!

Here’s some info to help you choose safe sunscreens for yourself and your family…

You’ll want to avoid ingredients Oxybenzone, Octinoxate, Octocrylene, Homosalate, and ALL spray-on SPF (to avoid inhalation of chemicals and/or minerals), and common chemical preservatives like: parabens, and phenoxyethanol.

You’ll want to look for non-nano Zinc and Titanium Dioxide mineral SPF with no sketchy preservatives.

To learn more about the harmful sunscreens to avoid and also grab my safe swap recommendations, go here 👉 https://forms.gle/j39yLgwiVcHaLYKR9