I have worked hard to make the best sunscreen I possibly can.
It works for my red-headed, very fair skinned husband; especially when I remind him to reapply. It can work for you. We do recommend to reapply about as often as you would those commercial chemical sunscreens.
Our Live-Long Sunscreen is gentle. I have had no one have an allergic reaction....but if you are allergic to any of the ingredients; do not purchase our product.
Do you need sunscreen all the time?
My response is no. Moderate sun exposure is need to absorb the Vitamin D our body needs. How long? If you are in the Northern climates; you need about 1 hour of sunlight per day....Now don't do this in the strongest sun times of the day. If you have pale skin; you may burn. Do this intelligently. AND keep your skin moist with cold pressed ois or butters.
Why do I include the Whipped Body Butter here?
For those who do not burn easiy or if you are limiting your overall sun exposure. The Whipped Body Butter should not be used for a several-hour sun exposure; unless you have already adjusted your body to this return to sensible sun exposure or do not burn easily.
....Butter is great! Natural moisture keeps your skin soft, supple, young. Moisturized skin does not dry out. These natural butters and oils protect skin. Think of your skin like a fine piece of leather. What happens when the leather gets dried out? It gets stiff, wrinkled, tight. Keep skin moisturized and get healthy, beautiful skin. As a side note: Our Whipped Body Butter reconditions that dried out leather.
If you do overdo it and get a little red. Shower in cool water or bathe in a cool bath with oatmeal. Apply aloe from a plant or therapeutic grade Lavender essential oil. Then follow with the Whipped Body Butter or Ultimate Lotion. Keep the skin moisturized and cool. Do not get anymore sun exposure until burn is healed.
Do You Need Sunscreen?
Medical doctos tell you yes....I'm not convinced.
Here is a exerpt from Kenvin Trudeau's book "Natural Cures "They" Don't Want You to Know About" (2004),
25. Do not use sun block.
This is one of the greatest frauds in history. The sun does not cause cancer. Sun block has been shown to cause cancer. The ingredients in sun block are now strongly believed to be the number one cause of skin cancer. There is no skin cancer in Africa. People stay in the sun all day long with no sunscreen. It is not the pigment in the skin as some suggest. People with African heritage living in America have the highest rate of skin cancer, and they stay in the sun the least. You don't want to get a sunburn, so wear a hat or cover your body with light clothing. The sun is healthy for you and the sun should be on your skin. Statistics show that the people who use the most amounts of sun block have the highest skin cancer rates. This goes for tanning lotions as well. Remember, whatever you put on your skin is going in your body. If you can't eat it, don't put it on your skin.
page 98 The eyes
Toxins get in through the eyes in a similar fashion to the skin. The eyes also, in addition to the skin, are the entry point of solar energy from the sun. The sun is not a toxin, as you are being led to believe. The lack of sun causes deficiencies in the body, leading to imbalances and disease. The major form of toxins that come in through the eyes are images that cause bad emotions. Today there are more violent images on television, in the movies, in newspaper and magazines, vidio games, and books than ever before. Repeated exposure to negative, ugly, disturbing images causes the body to become acidic. Today, people are being exposed to over one thousand times the amount of negative images than they were just twenty years ago; and over ten thousand times the amount of negative images compared to seventy-five years ago.
I can't say I agree with all he has to say. But, current research on EWG has proven many of his claims.
Live Long Sunscreen
Has 25% zinc oxide percentage to make this sunscreen an SPF 30. Plus the carrier oils in this formula have sun-filtering properties. The iron oxide and rice powder also have sun-filtering properties.
We only use non-nano zinc oxide. We made the decision years ago not to go with the tinier sized particles.
Lightly tinted -- we use brown iron oxide to take that "white" look from our sunscreen. Add a little color to your skin. Blends into the skin better--even more sun protection. May stain light clothing.
Our Live Long Sunscreen feels different from chemical-based sunscreens. It will leave a "sheen" on the skin and does feel oilier than the chemical based sunscreens. We have not had any issues of our Sunscreen causing acne or breakouts. The oxides can have a drying effect on the skin.
Gentle enough for babies. Strong enough for redheads.
Protect your skin from the damaging UVA and UVB rays. Remember to re-apply every couple hours especially if you are in higher elevations. The ozone layer is thinning. This is letting more UV rays through the atmosphere.
The zinc oxide provides full spectrum sun reflective protection of 22. Then the oils in this sunscreen are sun-filtering oils. I compare the SPF factor of Live Long to a commercial, chemical sunscreen of 30.
The Lavender essential oil provide protection from insects; as well as being beneficial to skin.
Reapply often, especially after sweating, swimming, exercise. It can be rubbed off when active.
Active Ingredients: 25% zinc oxide; hazelnut oil; walnut oil.
.......I think the Sunscreen is great.......Just got back from Florida where the bugs are biting and I had no bug bites!! I even liked using it when I was not in the sun!!! I also have a contact allergy to what seems like everything. I have tried over 10 organic/natural sunscreens and yours was the ONLY one that did not irritate me!! Thank you again!!
My Tinted Face Screen kit
This is an item we have been testing and playing around with for a long time. -- Tinted sunscreen for the face --Use as liquid foundation also.
It is too difficult for us to try to get the perfect shade....so that is what the kit is for!
Kit includes: 2 oz. Live Long Sunscreen; 2 oz. labeled empty jar; 1 oz. Mineral Foundation Powder.
You will need to decide which 1 oz. color of the Mineral Makeup Foundation would be best for you.
I used a Light Cappuccino for myself--much darker than my normal shade of Fair/Fawn blend.
Detailed directions for mixing Face Screen: In a clean bowl; put about 1 1/4 oz. sunscreen. Add 1/2 Tablespoon of Foundation powder. Mix well using a wire whisk (best option); a fork works also. Test color. Slowly add powder and/or sunscreen to create your perfect color. It usually takes about 1 Tablespoon or more of Foundation powder to 1 1/2 to 2 oz. Sunscreen to tint it well. Carefully put in labeled jar.
I will use this as makeup--finish with just a brush of the mineral foundation powder; then rice powder over it.
Once you have practiced these directions; you can make your larger size sunscreen have more tint by adjusting the ratios.