We make a point to get daily exposure to the giant, life-giving ball of Vitamin D in the sky. To keep our hormones balanced, energy levels up, and our minds wise as ever. With skin cancer rates higher than ever, the amount of skincare products available by the thousands, and the media's impeccable scare tactics of sun exposure on fleek - we have to question, could our levels of stress be related? Could the very products and "rules of thumb" promising prevention be (simply put) false?
Are you a religious applicator of SPF? SPF, sun protection factor, is a term only allowed to be used when describing synthetic chemicals lab-tested to prevent sunburn. How they work is by blocking all UVB rays of light from reaching the skin cells - as prolonged exposure to UVB light can indeed cause sunburn (which we don't want). What isn't mentioned or made known to the public is that without absorbing UVB light, our skin is unable to get the right kinds of Vitamin D - a hormone necessary for metabolic efficiency, cancer prevention, and production/absorption of nutrients. When we block UVB, we block Vitamin D absorption as well as isolate the absorption of UVA rays. Are you a supplement whore? Think again, as oral supplementation of Vitamin D3 is un-sulfured and unable to effectively block radiation and produce the an[tioxidants that signal to our skin to shield the sun in the right way.
By now, we know that individual parts do not make up the power of the whole, and we are approaching wholistic health in everything from the desire to eat more whole foods, to re-configuring our distracted minds through meditation and Yoga. We've also realized, as a growing, collective Wellness society, that pharmaceuticals are bunk as they try and approach healing from a partial point of view. What makes the sun any different? Is the human design not perfect? Was our creator, higher power, all-knowing energy off?
On stress hormones that disrupt skin balance
We are a company dedicated to uncovering the detriments of what chronic and acute stress does to body, brain, and consciousness. Could the disruption of hormones as it relates to stress be the culprit for skin sensitivity, susceptibility to sunburn, and the rapid rates of aging we are experiencing by way of our skin's layer?
We have only begun to scrape the surface on the detriments of a life high in stress. What we do know, though, is that high levels of stress hormone affect normal hormonal processes in the body - thus disrupting the quality of health by way of digestive imbalances, inflammation in the skin, joint torque, and brain fog. When we block the ability of life (the sun) to enter as it was designed, on top of a life high in stress - what could this be doing for the balance of our skin?
How to defend and nourish your skin naturally
We've heard it all before - eating a rainbow, plant-rich diet to do just about everything. But how, at a hormonal level, do foods like plant fats, vegetables, and algaes serve as a natural SPF shield?
1. Keep your Agni high! Digestion is everything. Making sure you food combine properly, take a high-quality daily probiotic/prebiotic (We like Seed), and eat a diet rich in plant-fiber - your system can digest and absorb what it needs to keep your insides clean and clear, thus allowing your skin to do what it needs to protect, defend, and glow.
2. Consume and apply lots of fats! Eat foods rich in whole plant fats like olives, activated nuts/seeds, coconuts, avocados, pastured eggs, and raw butter or ghee. Apply nutrient rich oils that are bioavailable to the skin - our favorites include coconut, jojoba, lavender, seabuckthorn, almond, and olive.
3. Match your herbal regimen accordingly. Consume tonic herbs that support skin health like Shatavari, Poria, White Jelly Fungus, He Shou Wu, and Reishi Mushroom. Also adding in tropical plants like Acai berry, Pitaya, and Moringa help ignite inner glow. When you maximize your intention within your lifestyle, you can begin to re-harmonize an overly-tampered-with system and begin to reset your experience with skin, energy, and your relationship to the sun!