Healthy choices for protection from the sun and bugs

You are out camping at your favorite Huron County Park and to maximize your enjoyment (and your health) you want some sort of protection from both the wonderful, but sometimes harmful, rays of the sun. And those pesky bugs? Who needs ’em?

bugsprayWhat are the healthy, safe choices? How can we find reliable, natural and green alternatives to the chemicals most popular on the store shelves?

The key is to learn what is inside your sunscreen. We must research and read what goes into our bug repellent. When making use of skin protection or pest protection, it is important to use products made from natural substances, not man-made chemicals. Thankfully, there exist several benign, non-toxic, nature-based ways of accomplishing protecting our comfort.

Here are 4 items to always look for and avoid in any substance you put on your skin:

  • parabens
  • chemical fragrances
  • nanoparticle
  • petroleum

No matter what the purported purpose of these ingredients, they are toxins or unknowns that have been found to gather in the soft tissue, organs and cells of our bodies, to no good outcome.

sunscreenWhat you want to find listed on the side of the tube of your sun screen are such items as:

  • aloe vera gel
  • jojoba
  • green tea
  • beeswax
  • coconut oil

These are all plant-based or insect-based lotions that will not only protect your skin from the sun, but will supply it with the nourishment to make it healthier. In addition, two minerals to look for in the mix are titanium oxide and zinc oxide. Despite their laboratory-sounding names, these minerals can create a strong shield against harmful sunlight rays without harming the skin.

As for those pesky pests flying about, it’s best again to go with substances taken from plants. Lemongrass is quite effective, as are peppermint oil, citronella, and pure vanillin.

So, go out and enjoy the great outdoors, and keep safe and comfortable using the fruits of that same great outdoors.



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