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Quick Tip for Those Using Natural Sunscreens!

I have been loving this sunscreen from Vive Sana (see review for it – here!), but I actually have a special way of applying my natural sunscreens which I thought that maybe not a lot of people thought about and which I think makes using natural sunscreens a hell of a lot easier than straight out of the bottle. Though, if you can manage it and the consistency doesn’t bother you, then that’s cool too.

You see, a big issue a lot of people have with using natural sunscreens is that they often times are extremely thick, leave a white cast, and can be really difficult to spread on the skin so it’s no wonder that many avoid using them.

That being said, using a natural sunscreen is worth it in the long run to avoid unnecessary chemicals, pesticides and preservatives from causing bodily harm so what I do to counter balance the aforementioned problems with using natural sunscreens is I like to mix them with a nickel size amount of serum or natural vegetable oil to help them spread more evenly on the skin, dim the white cast and even last me longer.

Many people don’t know that there are natural vegetable oils that actually offer natural SPF protection. That’s not to say you should replace SPF with a vegetable oil because the protection of natural vegetable oils is too low to offer sufficient protection in such a hot climate, but it certainly does help and works well for spreading my sunscreen out!

Here are some favorites that I like to use either alone or sometimes mixed together:

  • Olive Oil (lower than SPF 4)
  • Jojoba Oil SPF 4
  • Macadamia Oil SPF 6
  • Soybean Oil SPF 10
  • Wheatgerm Oil SPF 15 – 20
  • Red Raspberry Seed Oil SPF 28 – 50
  • Carrot Seed Oil (Essential Oil – this must be mixed with a carrier oil such as soybean or olive – DO NOT USE UNDILUTED!) SPF 38 – 40

I hope these tips help you in your quest to an all natural lifestyle!

Natural Sunscreen That Protects and Improves Your Skin While You Wear It!

I’ve been searching for the perfect natural sunscreen for ages and it’s not as easy as it may seem. Companies boast a “natural” formula that’s usually anything but or it’s natural yet gives me a horrible white cast and a greasy residue of a face when applied. I’m so happy to report I finally found one that ticks off all the right boxes in all the right places!

Vive Sana Solar to Polar Ultra SPF40 Sunscreen is everything I ever I wanted in a natural sunscreen and more:

  • 70% Certified Organic, 100% Natural Ingredients
  • Broad spectrum mineral-based UVA/UVB Protection
  • Phthalate-Free, Paraben-Free, PABA-free, Petroleum-free
  • Sustainable US packaging
  • Healing, Hydrating and Gentle Ingredients that Benefit the Skin

Included in this formula are also a host of natural sun and free radical fighters such as Green Tea and Raspberry seed as well as other more skin calming ingredients like chamomile and oat to soothe the skin. Aside from that, beneficial vegetable oils such as apricot, safflower, jojoba, avocado and olive all work to condition, soften and hydrate the skin and, of course, percentages of 8.5% titanium dioxide and 3.5% zinc oxide help shield the skin from UV damage. Also, it does not include water in the formula so this will last a lot longer for you and your family and is more concentrated than cheaper mainstream sunscreens that are made with water as the main base ingredient.

What I love about this sunscreen is not just that it’s all natural, though that certainly is a huge plus, but I love that it is pretty much skincare built into a high SPF sunscreen. One thing I will say about this that is kind of annoying is the fact that the formula is really thick and it comes in a tube with a small little hole to get the product from, but it’s so thick the product is a pain to squeeze out. Also, it’s pretty thick so I like mixing it with my Alpha-H Liquid Gold Perfecting Daywear, which I use as a primer, in the morning to give it a bit more slip and it spreads super easily that way and leaves no white cast on my face as so many other natural sunscreens have in the past. Also, there’s none of that typical chemical type sunscreen scent which I find repulsive; in fact, there’s hardly any scent at all. I also received a small sample of the Solar to Polar Baby SPF42 Sunscreen which I kept in my purse for re-applying throughout the day and it was actually much smoother to apply than the Ultra, but other than that, they are basically the same.

I highly recommend Vive Sana sunscreens because they are natural, green, and potent for sun protection from UVA and UVB rays. The fact that they include natural ingredients to help protect your skin as well as other skin beneficial ingredients makes this sunscreen that much more awesome!

Also, Storybook Apothecary readers get a special discount if they purchase anything from Vive Sana’s website within the next 2 weeks and use Coupon Code – Storybook20; they will receive a whopping 20% off their order so hurry on down and pick yours up at this great low price!

Check out the Solar to Polar Ultra – here!

Check out the Solar to Polar for Babies – here!

How do you feel about natural sunscreens?

Do you prefer natural or chemical sunscreens to protect your skin from harmful UV damage?

Disclaimer: I was NOT given compensation to write this blog post in any way other than the samples that were sent to me from Vive Sana for review. My opinions, thoughts and experiences with this product are my own.

Guest Post: “Fountain of Youth” by Kirsten @F00dVentures

A few days ago, I posted this post asking anyone if they wanted to do a guest post and Kirsten @F00dVentures sent me an email with an awesome post so without further delay, here it is and I hope you enjoy and check out her blog!

“Fountain of Youth: What I Do to Stay Looking (and Feeling) Young

First of all, I want to thank Tianna for allowing me this opportunity to be a guest blogger. I have had a blast writing posts on my own blog. It’s a bit of a funny story how this came about. I decided I wanted to do a post on the types of foods you should be eating for healthy hair. That same morning (literally as I was typing out that post for my blog), Tianna made a post asking if anyone wanted to be a guest blogger. If I had known that sooner, I would have saved the healthy hair post for her blog. ( Check out that post – here! ) But I think the fountain of youth will make for a fine post as well.

So let’s get to it 🙂

The fountain of youth is not a foreign concept. Everybody wants to not only look young but feel young.  While I can’t say there is really some miracle elixir out there that will suddenly transform you back to the way you used to look when you were in your 20s, there are small things you can do on a daily basis that will make all of the difference in the world as you age.

I think I’ve done a pretty good job so far, implementing these into my daily lifestyle. I take a look at my peers (I am 26) and can’t help but judge them. I remember what these people looked like in high school. Many of them have gained an excessive amount of weight, they have horrible diets, and still carry on as if they are teenagers (smoking and drinking and partying). They look like they are in their 30s instead of their 20s. I know that stressful jobs and lifestyles will take their toll, but there are only a handful of people I went to school with that have aged well (and we’re only in our mid 20s!) If these people look this bad now, just imagine how they are going to look when they are actually in their 30s.

So here are my tips for having that youthful glow:

1)      Protect yourself from the sun. I don’t mean skulk around in your house all day. Wear sunglasses and SPF. Even when it is cloudy out, the rays from the sun will still shine through even if you can’t see them. They can still do damage to your skin and cause wrinkles. So make sure to protect both your skin and your eyes all year round.

2)      Avoid smoking. There is mounting research constantly talking about smoking and the detrimental things it can do to the body. The most recent research is now saying that smoking can age the skin by releasing enzymes that break down collagen and elastin, important components of the body. When this happens, you are more likely to get wrinkles than your non-smoking counterparts.

3)      Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. Dry skin is unhappy skin. Dry skin also makes lines and wrinkles more noticeable. Moisturized skin is happy skin. It also gives the appearance of youth. I make sure to moisturize my face and my body every day.

4)      Get enough zzzz’s. Research has shown that a lack of sleep can cause the body to produce excess cortisol, a hormone that breaks down skin cells. In order to counter this, hit the pillow. Sleeping produces human growth hormone (HGH) which helps the skin remain thick, more “elastic” and less likely to wrinkle.

5)      Eat a wide array of fruits and veggies. These foods contain free-radical fighting substances called antioxidants. Free radicals are known to cause all kinds of diseases, including aging. Antioxidants combat free radicals so make sure to eat plenty of them on a daily basis.

6)      Eat lots of fish. Fish, especially salmon, contains essential fatty acid omega 3. One of the things this fatty acid is responsible for is keeping the skin nourished and youthful. The reason it’s called “essential” is because the body cannot make it on its own. So if you want that youthful glow, be sure to include fish into your diet at least 3 times a week.

7)      Don’t overwash your face. Like hair, your face makes its own oils that keep it looking nice and youthful. If you constantly wash your face, then you’re constantly stripping it of these oils.

8)      Avoid excessive alcohol use. I think the number one thing my peers do that makes them age is excessive alcohol use.  Alcohol dehydrates the skin due to its toxin content. These toxins remove moisture from your skin resulting in wrinkles. I’m all for having a good time but I’m a firm believe that a good time can be had w/o alcohol.

9)      Drink lots of water. Your body is made up of water. In addition to its many other functions in the body (transporting nutrients for example), it also hydrates the skin. So drink up that H20.

10)   Be conscious of what you put not only in your body but on your body. This may fall on deaf ears since this is somewhat of a beauty blog. I mean no disrespect when I say this. I love Tianna’s blog and I think she does a great job of using natural products. But one thing I believe that has helped me stay young looking is the lack of makeup I wear. I stopped wearing makeup when I was 19. The main reason was because I worked in a soup restaurant and by noon my makeup was practically melting off my face. It was not very becoming. Another reason was that it was just an added expense. And lastly, I was just sick of constantly having to check myself all day to make sure my makeup looked okay. I definitely have my flaws though. I still break out like a teenager which is annoying. But I feel that piling on makeup is not going to help the problem, I feel letting my skin breathe is going to be a better solution. So my point after all that, is if you are going to wear makeup or put things on your face, at least make it natural. Tianna has done a great job of reviewing natural products and has even sent me a few of them which I am ecstatic to try out. Just like you should be mindful of what you eat, be mindful of what you put on your body.

Hopefully this post will help you all find your own fountain of youth 🙂 “

Thanks again to Kirsten @f00dVentures for doing this awesome guest post!

Please be sure to follow her blog – here!

Happy Friday !