I need the smartest and most well-informed amongst you to help me out. For times when I will be spending extended periods of time (1.5 hours) under the full brunt of the sun (for example, surfing) and cannot go without sunscreen -- which brand do you recommend and why?
I personally like to use Bullfrog because of its formulation that allows it go on quick and dry quickly. Not to mention it is water-proof.
It is by far the most handy sunscreen on the market -- but is it the healthiest? I dunno.
Sock it to me and have a great Memorial Day!
PS I guess I should be clear on what I am asking. I am less concerned about just shielding myself from the sun, than I am about potentially dangerous interactions between the compounds in the sunscreen, the sun and my skin. i.e. Do I want to be absorbing oxybenzone into my skin?
PPS As much as I'd love to go without sunscreen, I can only do so for about 30 to 45 mins or I risk a severe burn. Aside from the the sun directly overhead, there is plenty of radiation reflected from the water too.
Here's a recent study:
And in it is this link on how sunscreens rate as far as safety:
Supplement Vitamin D
Slowly increase your time in the sun
Apply coconut oil which has equivalent SPF 5
Apply topical vitamin C. You can make a solution at home, although it will only last a few days. This reduces burning an average of 22% in tests.
I naturally burn badly, but following these steps I haven't burned in 4 years. I currently live in Mexico (constant sun), never burned. That being said I am careful with my time in the sun as I'm sure our ancestors were conscious of this or had darker skin. Unless you build up a really good tan I would suggest zinc oxide on the most sensitive areas as well.
I recommend Vitamin D and working up your base and going natural
here's a link to "natural sunscreens" if you must http://www.thedailygreen.com/environmental-news/latest/natural-sunscreens-460608
previous to paleo I used zinc oxide personally and was using it only on sensitive areas like my nose.
Paleolithic hunters probably avoided the sun between 10-2, just like most animals do. Viva la siesta! I use Watermans sunscreen www.watermansappliedscience.com. The SPF33 is oxybenzone free. Paleolithic humans also didn't have to deal with our current ozone issues either! Lucky bastards.
I live in Arizona, and my Mediterranean complexion gives me a little extra protection. I can build a fairly dark tan in summer. However, when I want to be outside for very long periods, I go with clothing that covers me up. And hats.
Here's an example: http://www.coolibar.com/men-s-swimwear.html
I don't have a lot of help with sunscreen proper, as I am lily white and tend to monitor my time in the sun, but make sure you take lots of vitamin D3. It totally helps. My brother, who is a redhead hasn't used sunscreen in years, is Paleo, and takes tons of the stuff.
That's all I got.
this isn't 'paleo' but I don't think you're going to find such a thing as an SPF15+ sunscreen one could call 'paleo'
so if I were you I'd check out GoodGuide, which lists products according to their general 'health' scores across a bunch of factors: