Weekly Wisdom Wrap: Girls Just Want to Have Sun… Everything You Need to Know About Sun-Bathing & Protection

Jul 31, 2015 by

 

Girls just want to have sun but what’s a gal to do, when so many warnings are coming at us regarding the dangers of sun. Not only do we hear about the dangers of the sun itself, but we also hear about the dangers of the chemicals in our sun-protection products. Sigh! To top this off, we also hear how important it is for our bodies to absorb Vitamin D and it is best absorbed via the sun-rays.

Art Photography by Hope VanCleaf/Click for more on Mannequin Series

Let’s start with Vitamin D. Here is a fantastic infographic that illustrates everything you need to know about Vitamin D. Once you review, you’ll understand why we need to have some fun in the sun! As you can see from the chart, you can take supplements and you can get Vitamin D from some food sources. This may be something to consider because getting your Vitamin D from the sun depends on where you live, the color of your skin, and how much exposure you get everyday.

We are all different, and this is why you always have to consider your unique body and lifestyle when reviewing health data. Believe it or not, researchers say we only need 20 minutes of good sunshine to get our Vitamin D but this isn’t always easy to do year round for many of us. Continue on for more wellness wisdom on how you can have your sun in just the right doses, and protect yourself safely…

Don’t you just love the mannequin model named ‘Celeste’ by the way! A friend of mine has created this wonderful series of mannequins. What I love about ‘Celeste’ is she looks so sophisticated in her hat and shades! Notice how fair-skinned she is, which is all the more reason she needs to cover up. Especially if she is spending significant time in the sun. This is the key factor to remember. 20 Minutes in the sun is great for absorbing your Vitamin D, but after that you have to protect your skin through covering up and using SPF skin-care products. Below are recommendations excerpted from the Mayo Clinic on Sunburn protection and if you develop these healthy sun bathing habits, you will reap the benefit of younger looking skin. Most dermatologists will tell you it is sun-damage to the skin that ages you quickly, especially if you have sensitive skin to begin with. Just as a reminder for the darker World Wise Beauties, you have to worry about sun-damage and cancer just as much. You just have slightly different guidelines. See below for the general tips…

Excerpt from the Mayo Clinic:

Use these methods to prevent sunburn, even on cool, cloudy or hazy days. And be extra careful around water, snow, ice and sand because they reflect the sun’s rays. In addition, UV light is more intense at high altitudes.

  • Avoid sun exposure between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. The sun’s rays are strongest during these hours, so try to schedule outdoor activities for other times. If you’re unable to do that, limit the length of time you’re in the sun. Seek shade when possible.
  • Cover up. Wear tightly woven clothing that covers you, including your arms and legs. Consider wearing clothing or outdoor gear specially designed to provide sun protection. Check the label for its ultraviolet protection factor (UPF), which indicates how effectively a fabric blocks damaging sunlight. The higher the number, the better. Dark colors offer more protection, as do fabrics treated with UV- absorbing chemicals.Also wear a broad-brimmed hat, which protects you better than a baseball cap or golf visor does.
  • Use sunscreen frequently and generously. No matter what your skin type is, use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or greater. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends using a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or greater.Apply sunscreen generously, and reapply it every two hours — or more often if you’re swimming or perspiring. If you’re also using insect repellent, apply the sunscreen first. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does not recommend products that combine an insect repellent with a sunscreen.You may use sunscreen on toddlers and babies 6 months or older. But for younger babies, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends using other forms of sun protection, such as shade or clothing.
  • Wear sunglasses when outdoors. You offer your eyes the best protection outdoors by choosing the highest UV protection-rated sunglasses. Darker lenses are not necessarily better at blocking UV rays. Check the UV rating on the label when buying new glasses. It also helps to wear sunglasses that fit close to your face and have wraparound frames that block sunlight from all angles.
  • Don’t expect a base tan to protect. Some people think getting a base tan prevents sunburn. The idea is that a few sessions of indoor tanning will protect them from burning in the sun. Research doesn’t support this. A base tan is no substitute for good sun protection. Plus, the risks of long-term tanning outweigh the unproven benefits of a base tan.
I want to share the following page from the Skin Cancer Foundation, because they offer a very comprehensive overview on all the concerns about SPF products and it helps you understand the ‘lingo’ when looking for sun-care products. In the meantime here is an excerpt from their site on the new sunscreen guidelines developed by the FDA.

FDA Sunscreen Labeling Guidelines at a Glance

  • Sunscreens may be labeled “broad-spectrum” if they provide protection against both UVA and UVB radiation according to FDA-sanctioned test methods.
  • Only broad-spectrum sunscreens with an SPF of 15 or higher may state that they help protect against skin cancer and early skin aging if used as directed with other sun protection measures.
  • Broad-spectrum sunscreens with SPFs of 2-14 must display a warning that the product has not been shown to help prevent skin cancer or early skin aging.
  • The terms “sunblock,” “sweatproof” and “waterproof” are no longer allowed on sunscreen labels.
  • Sunscreens may claim to be “water-resistant,” but must specify whether they protect the skin for 40 or 80 minutes of swimming or sweating, based on standard testing. Sunscreens that are not water-resistant must instruct consumers to use a water-resistant sunscreen if swimming or sweating.
  • A company cannot claim that its sunscreen products provide sun protection for more than two hours without submitting test results to prove this.
  • The FDA has proposed a regulation that would require sunscreen products with SPF values higher than 50 to be labeled “SPF 50+.” The FDA is seeking additional data before making a final ruling. Learn more about high-SPF sunscreens.
  • The FDA is currently reviewing the effectiveness of sunscreen wipes, powders, towelettes, as well as body washes and shampoo with sunscreen ingredients. No decisions have been made.
  • For sunscreen spray products, the agency has requested additional data to establish effectiveness and to determine whether they present a safety concern if inhaled unintentionally.*

*The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends applying spray sunscreen in a well-ventilated room, or outdoors (keeping in mind that the wind may carry some sunscreen away). Keep your eyes and mouth closed when spraying sunscreen. When applying to the face, it’s best to spray the sunscreen on your hand and then apply to your face by hand.

But wait, what about all those nasty reports about the chemicals in SPF’s?  I like to get the full story on everything and personally prefer using the least amount of chemicals as possible when I can. Having said this, I think it is important that you get a full and balanced report on sunscreen. The Skin Cancer Foundation wrote the following response to the EWG ( Environmental Working Group) after their scorching sunscreen report was released in 2014.
The EWG’s conclusions about various brands are based on product label information, which is analyzed by people who are not experts in the field. The EWG’s Sunscreen Report uses scare tactics that only serve to confuse the public and potentially deter them from using the quality sunscreen products that are readily accessible. Though using sunscreen is a vital sun safety strategy, The Skin Cancer Foundation has always recommended a complete sun protection regimen that includes not only sunscreen use, but also seeking shade, covering up with clothing including a wide-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses.
So you have to consider the science, but also consider who is backing the research. Sorry to say, but this is the world we are living in. I think the Skin Cancer Foundation wants to protect us and I would like to believe they do their research. Having said this, I personally might try some of the sunscreens that use minerals vs chemicals or at the very least harm-free chemicals. Here are the well-respected groups that will give you their research on dangerous chemicals, and recommend products who use minerals and safe ingredients.
Ultimately you have to make a decision for yourself. Be your own guru but get ALL the information available and then choose wisely. The bottom line is we need to have a little fun in the sun for our health and our spirits! And we definitely need our Vitamin D!  Just be wise, practice safe sun-bathing and do your research when using ANY personal care products you slather all over your skin! Happy Summer World Wise Beauty!
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Be Blissfully Comfortable in Your Own Skin–Enter to Win the World Wise Beauty ‘Summer Bliss’ Giveaway

Jul 23, 2015 by

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Happy Summer World Wise Beauties!

I am so excited to present this special giveaway opportunity to you! I created this giveaway contest, because I wanted
more people to learn about ‘A Field Guide to Happiness’, WWB’s ‘Book Wise Club’ selection. It’s the perfect book to take to the beach or summer cabin. This got me thinking how wonderful it would be, to have a  ‘Summer Bliss Kit’ to take with you, on your weekend getaway along with this enlightening book.

What should be in a Summer Bliss Kit? Well, definitely things that will soothe the Mind, Body & Spirit. I thought about the ‘Ideal Finds’ I discovered over the last year, and this inspired me to create the perfect Summer Bliss Kit! All the “Ideal Finds’ I included in the ‘Summer Bliss’ Giveaway will create a little bliss in your day wherever you may roam. I hope you enter to win and share the bliss giveaway contest with someone who would appreciate the kit too! Link to contest: https://gleam.io/fb/XANXS

Below are the details on how to enter the giveaway and a list of all the wonderful products you will receive along with the travel memoir book. There will be 5 winners! Good luck to you all!

This wise quote from Confucius is one I remind myself of all the time.
‘No Matter Where You Go…There You Are’. What I also like to add to that wisdom is, “so you might as well be blissful!” Wishing you many blissful days, this summer, and always.

 

 

 

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WWB’s Wellness Wisdom Wrap: The New Luxury is Time–How Not to Let Modern Lifestyle Steal Your Peace…

Jul 10, 2015 by

 

 

Don’t you love this quote! How simple is that? Great wisdom often sounds simple but we all know that it takes a ton of life experience and soulful reflection for us to truly get it! So, have you heard? The New Luxury is Time. Pretty funny for my generation, because status was always equated with a full calendar and a Palm Pilot! This became the ‘culture’ and was carried over into family life with kids too. Today there is a good spirited discussion going on about whether you should be filling every minute of your kid’s time with ‘activity’. I’m not going to get into that but I do like to step back and observe what is going on in our culture.

There is so much that contributes to the ‘mindset’ of any culture and we certainly can’t ignore that socio-economic factors definitely play a big part in what flies or dies in our culture. Before we hit an economic crisis a few years ago, we were able to negotiate money and time. In good times we looked for a raise and in weaker economies we looked for more vacation time. Now post 2008 crisis, many juggle 3 and 4 jobs or ‘gigs’, and time is another issue altogether.  The author Daniel Pink coined this trend with the title of his book ‘Free Agent Nation’ and now we are all entrepreneurs putting a monetary value on our time.  If some of us are still working full-time for one company, the eight-hour workday is less common for most, and work is often dragged home for evenings and weekends. Yes time is a luxury…

The  time is money concept has been around a long time, especially in our western culture. No big surprise there. Just look at the following quotes and we pretty much can see how conflicted our ideas about time are.

  • “Remember, that time is money.” ~Benjamin Franklin
  • “Time is really the only capital that any human being has, and the only thing he can’t afford to lose.” ~Thomas Edison
  • “Whether it’s the best of times, or the worst of times, it’s the only time we got.” ~Art Buchwald
  • “Time is more valuable than money, we can get more money, but we can’t get more time.” ~Jim Rohn
  • “Your time is limited, so don’t waste your time living someone else’s life.” ~Steve Jobs

Oh the list goes on. Let me just add a few prolific lines from the Rolling Stones song ‘Time Waits for No-One’

‘Yes, star-crossed in pleasure the stream flows on by
Yes, as we’re sated in leisure, we watch it fly..
Hours are like diamonds, don’t let them waste.’

How do we view time? Well right now, it’s becoming a luxury for many socio-economical reasons. And the answer to that question really depends on who you ask. The one thing we all can really point to is ‘technology’.  The advancement of technology has changed our ‘culture’ and our ‘lifestyles’ forever. For better or for worse? If I had to answer, I would say both. In some ways it feels like the digital age is sucking the life out of us! This is my perspective and it does reflect my age as well. I can’t deny the age factor because I lived through the ‘before’ and ‘after’ of the digital age.

The adaptive side of me, wants to believe that it’s all in how you ‘manage’ technology. If you have a strong mind and manage your time, you should be able to do the same with technology. Right? Well just think about the hours you spent setting up your computer, TV or phone for that matter. Or just fixing a ‘problem’ with one of them.

People blame ‘fat people’ for getting fat but our ‘food culture’ and ‘industry’ here in the Unites States pretty much created our heath crisis. It happened in increments and before you knew it, eating badly and ‘too much’ became the norm. I had to stick this in here, because what we say yes to, and what we say no to is a big deal. Our decisions become our culture. Choose wisely…

I’m for creating and nurturing a ‘wellness culture’. Everything begins with core-values, and that is why Tolkien’s quote leads this post. Only you can know what to do with your time, and it will ultimately be based on your values. What really matters to you?

For many lucky people ( guess this might be debatable) , family determines and ‘spends’ your time. Equally, many people have found their vocations and love what they do for a living. Work doesn’t feel like work and I call this being a ‘Passioneer’.  Hope you come follow this department at WWB , because it will at the very least inspire you to find your passion and purpose. Both of these ‘experiences’ are valuable because we feel connected to our life and we find meaning.

Regardless of your lifestyle we all need to recharge and I don’t mean your smart phone! As technology has sped up our lives, we now more than ever need to ‘slow down’. We need to get back to being ‘human’. It turns out that eating real food ( not processed) is crucial to our health and sleeping at least seven hours ( for most) is too. I did a wonderful  interview with the Carl Honoré  author of ‘In Praise of Slowness’ and more recently ‘The Slow Fix. Carl believes the Western world’s emphasis on speed erodes health, productivity and quality of life. He was right to predict there would be a backlash and a movement toward living slower. Check out his TedTalk below, and see if you don’t relate to many of his experiences. I certainly agree with his prescriptions to gain back our sense of equilibrium.

 

 

The slow movement in todays culture has manifested in all aspects of our lives. From the slow food movement, to our love affair with yoga, zen and meditation, we are trying to slow down. I don’t know if you must practice these things to find your peace, but they certainly can help alot. Maybe like any other bad habit we have to take small steps to getting back to healthy lifestyle. Here are a few tips to help you keep your inner peace as a ‘human’,  and I hope it will encourage you to use your time a little more wisely…

 

Clear the Deck and the Bedroom!

Turn your bedroom into a sanctuary—one that’s used solely for relaxation. With more revelations that the light from electronic devices can actually disturb your sleep, consider banishing electronics from your bedroom altogether. Once you reclaim your bedroom, you might be surprised to find that your bedroom is a place to make love, dream, and recharge.

Try a Digital Detox Diet and Eat More Mindfully

The dinner table is another place where phones and computers can intrude on life. Not only can distracted eating lead to things like weight gain, but depriving yourself of the chance to savor your food and your company can deprive you of a true human experience. When your electronics interferes with conversation or the exploration of different sensations, flavors, and textures, your mind doesn’t have a chance to ‘play’. The stressed, always-on state that results can lead to burnout. Just this week there was an important article in the New York Times entitled ‘Screen addiction is taking its toll on children’. I think it may be taking its toll on everyone! Food for thought anyway…

Sign Off For Awhile, and Be Out of Touch

Remember how boredom felt when you were a kid? Well, some of us do! We played outside, delved into our journals and layed on our beds listening to records in an attempt to stave of what felt like endless hours alone. It’s harder than ever to attain that state as an always connected and entertained adult. Why not try to restore that experience with some scheduled off time? Start slow, if need be, but practice time away from the digital screens. Make sure your devices are off and kept away where you can’t give in to temptation. You might find, short of any emergency, that everyone got along without you and you are feeling a little more relaxed.

The author of the ‘ The Slow Fix’ shared this interesting tech story about SLOW-TV. Don’t laugh! I love the photo image he used. Really captures what our world is coming to! As he shares in his post, this is the direction we are moving in. Technology can be used to help us relax after it has whipped us into chaotic distraction! Choices my friends. Remember you always choices…

EXCERPT: Another Scandinavian TV revolution will sweep across British screens this week. Only this time there will be no grisly murders, imploding families or detectives in woolly jumpers. This time not much will happen at all. Instead, BBC Four will broadcast a two-hour canal journey in real time. No soundtrack, no host or voiceover, no fancy camerawork; just a serene, unedited pootle through the British countryside.

SLOW TV, Carl Honore Tech Story

I think many westerners equate workaholic habits with success and too much leisure time with laziness. Both are extremes. There was a period when we tried the ‘Work hard and play hard’ lifestyle, but that doesn’t really quite work well either. There are many successful entrepreneurs who now embrace taking time regularly to ‘just be’ and rejuvenate. Even if it’s an hour for lunch, just taking time to relax your mind will make a difference in the quality of your work. Here is a very informative article from Fast Company magazine covering this very idea. The research in brain science is finding many ancient teachings coincide with modern research on improved mental agility. What I takeaway time and time again, is much like machines, but far more complex, we humans need maintenance, tune-ups and sometimes complete over-hauls to function well. Sleep, rest and relaxation are key necessities in helping us to function at optimal levels and live well.

BUDDHA HAD IT RIGHT: RELAX THE MIND AND PRODUCTIVITY WILL FOLLOW

Illustration by Daniel  Zender, The New Yorker

 

Don’t get me wrong, I am not anti-digital. It offers many conveniences. It just shouldn’t exist at the expense of our well-being. When things begin to encroach on important things like mind, body and spirit, I want to ask questions, step back and maybe say no to a few things. Here is a more positive perspective, (or should I say hopeful) on the digital distractions that are now a big part of our lives. The article from The New Yorker is entitled ” A New Theory of Distraction’. Maybe the writer is right, we can never replace our beautiful human memories. But I still maintain, we have to be careful that we don’t lose our capacity to actually experience things fully, or we won’t really remember them. We can’t let modern lifestyle steal our peace or our memories.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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