Do Hand Sanitizers Work?

You’re at a festival and are about to dig in to a mouth-watering turkey burger on an artisan multigrain bun with a side of sweet potato fries and suddenly the thought hits you:

“When did I last wash my hands?”

If you’re like me the answer that comes back is that you don’t remember.  What do you do?  You reach for your handy bottle of hand sanitizer, and then you devour that turkey burger.

But, how do you know that hand sanitizer works?  Are you really cleaning your hands, or are you just putting another layer of…whatever that is on your hands?  Well, I’ve done the research for you.  You should know that there’s good news and bad news.

The good news.  There are hand sanitizers that have been proven to work even better than soap and water in most situations.

The bad news.  There are other hand sanitizers that haven’t been proven to work and/or potentially have some really terrible side effects.

To Alcohol or Not To Alcohol…That Is The Question.

There are two different types of hand sanitizers and they work in two completely different ways.  You’ve got Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizers, and you’ve got Alcohol-Free Antimicrobial Hand Sanitizers.

Alcohol-free sanitizers work like a key that fits into a lock.  If it’s at the right house it will lock the door and keep the troublemakers from getting out.  It only kills bacteria and viruses, but not fungus.  It has either not been proven to work any better than washing with soap and water in real world conditions, and/or it carries with it the potential for some very serious side-effects.

Alcohol does things a little differently.  Like a drunk who can’t find their keys in

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Alcohol doesn’t mess around.

the dark it just kicks down the door and trashes the place before it realizes that it is at its neighbor’s house.  It works on a wide range of micro-organisms, including bacteria, viruses, and funghi.  It has been proven to work, and only has a few side-effects.  We’ll talk more about those later.  However, these side-effects have opened up the market for alcohol-free antimicrobial hand sanitizers.

Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizers

Between the two types of hand sanitizers the CDC recommends alcohol-based hand sanitizers.  You just need to make sure that the one you’re using has more than 60% alcohol or it isn’t strong enough to do the job.  It works by dissolving proteins in the cell walls, but it doesn’t work in all situations.  If your hands are visibly dirty it is best to wash your hands.  Using an antimicrobial soap has been shown to be more effective when your hands are heavily soiled, and there are some drawbacks that you should he aware of.  We’ll go over those in a minute.

Alcohol-Free Antimicrobial Hand Sanitizers

As I said earlier alcohol-free antimicrobial hand sanitizers only works on most bacteria and viruses, but not fungi.  The active ingredient that does all the sanitizing is usually either Triclosan/Triclocarban, or Benzalkonium Chloride.

Triclosan/Triclocarban works by inhibiting fatty acid synthesis in the cell walls.  That’s a fancy

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Benzalkonium Chloride! I’m melting!

way of saying that you’ve taped it’s mouth (and butt) shut with duct tape and then left it starve.  Benzalkonium Chloride works by destabilizing the cell membrane of the micro-organism.  It basically causes the cell to melt like you just threw water on the Wicked Witch of the West.  Both have some pretty serious side effects.

The Ugly Side of Staying Too Clean

According to a first of its kind study done by Northwestern University, children who used hand sanitizer had weaker immune systems as adults.  I think I just heard a collective gasp from helicopter moms everywhere.  It turns out we need dirty little microbes to help our immune system develop.  Practice makes perfect.  That’s not the worst of it either.  Not only will our immune system be weaker, but it will misfire possibly leading to asthma and allergic sensitization.

Ok, so using hand sanitizers as children suppresses our immune system as adults and makes us more allergic and asthmatic. That’s all, right?  Sorry to say it isn’t.  Perhaps you’ve heard of BPA’s?  They are those nasty chemicals that mimic estrogen and can cause breast and prostate cancer, genital defects in males, early onset of puberty in females, obesity, and ADHD.  Ya, those things!  There’s a lot of this stuff, going around and it’s in a lot of things making it difficult to avoid.  One place that it lurks has gotten a lot of attention.  It is on receipt paper, and you can absorb it through your skin!

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No more handling receipt paper!

Hand sanitizers make the skin more permeable and increase the rate of absorption.  To be fair, most lotions have the same effect.  In a study done where two groups of participants were asked to handle receipt paper – one with dry hands and the other after using hand sanitizer – the group who had used the hand sanitizer showed ten times the amount of BPAs in their blood and urine.

“Ok, ok…so does the bad news stop there?” you ask.  Ha!  Not even close.

The Ugly Side of Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizers

As I mentioned earlier alcohol-based hand sanitizers have a few drawbacks.  In fact, these drawbacks opened up the market for the alcohol-free antimicrobial hand sanitizers.  However, as you’ll find out in a minute the side-effects of alcohol aren’t so bad when compared to the monster lurking behind their alternative.

Contact Dermatitis

The problem is that alcohol is an irritant and frequent use can cause contact dermatitis.  Detergents also do this, so frequent washing with soap and water is no better.  Contact dermatitis is a nasty condition that causes:

The “Nurse’s Allergy” (contact dermatitis associated with frequent hand washing and use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers) is a condition that affects approximately 50% of nurses.  This is why most alcohol-based hand sanitizers now contain moisturizing ingredients.  However, sometimes even that is not enough and using a strong, natural moisturizer like Chickie Gold Moisturizer to counteract the drying effect of alcohol-based hand sanitizers becomes important.

Alcohol Poisoning

It’s ok, you can laugh at the thought of getting drunk off of too much hand sanitizer.  However, it’s no laughing matter.  Poison control centers have drunkmememanaged over 17,000 cases of exposure to hand sanitizer by children under 12 since 2010.  Hand sanitizers usually contain 60% or more alcohol.  Just to give you some perspective, most hard liquors contain 40% alcohol.  That pretty much puts hand sanitizers into the same category as Moonshine.  It’s no wonder teens are being hospitalized after getting drunk off of hand sanitizer.

Other Stuff

The alcohol itself is not so bad.  But many alcohol-based hand sanitizers use other ingredients to give their products the right consistency, texture, or fragrance that can possibly have some serious side effects.  Aminomethyl propanol, an ingredient used in the leading brand of alcohol-based hand sanitizers, Purell, is an endocrine disruptor.  You read about that last week.

The Ugly Side of Alcohol-Free Hand Sanitizers

Since alcohol-based hand sanitizers can cause contact dermatitis, as well as pose a risk for small children and teenagers getting chocolate wasted off of it, some companies have started to develop alcohol-free versions.  I spoke about what those were earlier.  The problem with them is that the side-effects of alcohol-free antimicrobial hand sanitizers make the previous two look about as scary as a pair of sleeping kittens.

Hormone Disruption

Alcohol-Free Antimicrobial Hand Sanitizers contain ingredients that can disrupt hormones.  Hormones are chemicals that travel around in your body and regulate complex processes.  Screwing around with them is not a good thing.  Last week we pointed that out in our ARTICLE CONCERNING ENDOCRINE DISRUPTORS.  Triclosan/Triclocarban, phthalates, and parabens just happen to be chemicals that mimic hormones and they are used in many hand sanitizers.

Triclosans/Triclocarbans

According to a statement released by the FDA, frequent use of Triclosan/Triclocarban may cause alterations in thyroid, reproductive, growth, and developmental systems of neonatal and adolescent animals.

Phthalates

Phthalates are used as a solvent.  A solvent is something you put something else in to dilute it.  Coffee and tea use water as a solvent.  The problem with phthalates is that they may have some serious side-effects including altered semen quality, testicular cancer, shortened gestation, reduced anogenital distance in baby boys, premature breast development in young girls, ovarian cysts, asthma, and the list goes on and on and on.

Parabens

Parabens are used as a preservative.  (I know I find it funny too that hand sanitizers use preservatives.  It’s a sanitizer!  Why does a sanitizer need a preservative?!?)  They mimic the hormone estrogen and may be linked to breast cancer.

Antibiotic Resistance

Incase you thought hormone disruption was bad enough, there’s more good news.  (Did you sense my sarcasm?)  Not only can alcohol-free sanitizers discombobulate your complex system of hormonal regulation, it can breed micro-organisms that are immune to antibiotics.  They are commonly known as “Super Bugs” and they are scary.

Frequent use of both Triclosan/Triclocarban and Benzalkonium Chloride can cause micro-organisms to adapt.  This means that we pretty much can’t kill them with our current capabilities.  Alcohol-based hand sanitizers don’t have this problem because they work in a completely different way as we talked about earlier.

Weighing Your Options

Futurama-Fry V2On the alcohol-based side you have contact dermatitis and alcohol poisoning.  Not to mention the other stuff that may be in there that has nothing to do with the actual sanitizing action that is going on.  On the alcohol-free side you have hormone disruption and antibiotic resistance.   Neither option is really appealing.  What if I told you there was a third option?  An option that doesn’t have any of those side-effects?  Well you’re in luck because there is.

The Legend of The Four Thieves

As legend goes there were four thieves who robbed wealthy victims of the black plague in Marseilles, France.  Upon being arrested they agreed to divulge their secret for how they were able to protect themselves from the disease in exchange for leniency.

This formula became known as the Four Thieves Vinegar.  It’s ingredients are believed to have been rosemary, sage, lavender, camphor, garlic, and cloves.  Banished to the realm of magic potions and sorcery, recently science has shed light on how this formula actually did protect the four thieves from the bubonic plague.

Both rosemary and clove oil have been tested for their anti-bacterial properties and “both essential oils possessed significant antimicrobial effects against all microorganisms tested.”  Both sage and camphor “exhibited remarkable bacteriostatic and bactericidal activities.”  Garlic has been found to be “better than antibiotics.”  Clove oil has “marked germicidal effect against various bacteria.”  Science backs up this centuries old remedy.  Apparently there is a third option, after all.

The Third Option

Hazel Berra Hand SanitizerNature offers us natural sanitizers that don’t have the side-effects that come with either the alcohol-based or the alcohol-free formulas.  This is why we developed the Hazel Berra Hand Sanitizer.  Inspired by the Four Thieves formula this hand sanitizer contains the antibacterial properties that are in nature. Unlike alcohol-based formulas that can give you contact dermatitis this formula is nourishing for the skin.   Your little ones can’t get drunk off it, either.  Unlike the alcohol-free formulas this powerful antibacterial relies on natural essences that don’t create antibacterial resistance, and doesn’t disrupt your hormones.  It does have side effects, but they are good side-effects like toned, hydrated, and nourished skin.

It’s a No-Brainer

Now that you know how hand sanitizers work, and all about the ugly side of them, will you make the switch?  I’ll bet that you will.  You can purchase Hazel Berra Hand Sanitizer at www.kaiyanaturals.com along with many other great products that we developed to keep toxins out of your body.  It’s really a no-brainer.

If there is anything that you would like me to talk about feel free to reach out to me either here via email: kedric@kaiya-naturals.com, on twitter @kaiyanaturals, or on Facebook @kaiyanaturals.  Also  please, please, please share or comment on this article.  Seriously, I’d love to hear your feedback in the comment section below.

Stay Natural,

Farmer Ked

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  This is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.  For educational purposes only.

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The 411 on Endocrine Disruptors

 

Remember the moment you first heard the term “endocrine disruptor?” Me either. I If I had to guess, I would say it was sometime in the last five years or so although endocrine disruptors are much older than that. Before you can fully understand what an endocrine disruptor is, it’s important to understand the endocrine system and the plethora of functions it does for the body.

endocrine systemThe endocrine system consists of ten (10) separate glands:

  1. Hypothalamus
  2. Pineal Gland
  3. Pituitary
  4. Thyroid
  5. Parathyroid
  6. Thymus
  7. Adrenal
  8. Pancreas
  9. Ovaries
  10. Testes

These ten glands work together to produce hormones that get distributed throughout the body via the bloodstream. Are you hungry?  That’s the hormone ghrelin giving you hunger pangs.  Are you full?  Thank you leptin.  Sleepy?  Melatonin is singing you a lullaby.  Is your hair falling out?  Damn you, dihydrotestosterone!  Menopause is causing hot flashes?  Increase the estrogen and progesterone stat!  Remember puberty?  You can thank ghonadotrophin for those awkward years.

This is a very delicate system.  A small change in the amount of hormones floating around can have a very big effect on your body.  Disrupting this delicate endocrine system (endocrine disruption) can have some very dramatic effects. Just check out, some of the hormones[1] that the hypothalamus produces:

    • Anti-diuretic hormone (ADH): This hormone increases water absorption into the blood by the kidneys.
    • Corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH): CRH sends a message to the anterior pituitary gland to stimulate the adrenal glands to release corticosteroids, which help regulate metabolism and immune response.
    • Gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH): GnRH stimulates the anterior pituitary to release follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH), which work together to ensure normal functioning of the ovaries and testes.
    • Growth hormone-releasing hormone (GHRH) or growth hormone-inhibiting hormone (GHIH) (also known as somatostain): GHRH prompts the anterior pituitary to release growth hormone (GH); GHIH has the opposite effect. In children, GH is essential to maintaining a healthy body composition. In adults, it aids healthy bone and muscle mass and affects fat distribution.
    • Oxytocin: Oxytocin is involved in a variety of processes, such as orgasm, the ability to trust, body temperature, sleep cycles, and the release of breast milk.
    • Prolactin-releasing hormone (PRH) or prolactin-inhibiting hormone (PIH) (also known as dopamine): PRH prompts the anterior pituitary to stimulate breast milk production through the production of prolactin. Conversely, PIH inhibits prolactin, and thereby, milk production.
    • Thyrotropin releasing hormone (TRH): TRH triggers the release of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH), which stimulates release of thyroid hormones, which regulate metabolism, energy, and growth and development.

Even though the hypothalamus is about the size of an almond, it is considered the most essential gland in the endocrine system because of all it does (i.e. maintain your metabolism, body temperature, sleep cycles, immunity, etc.). Since each gland plays a vital part in managing the well-being of the whole body, you can see how an endocrine disruptor isn’t something you want to welcome into your life. And yet, you are surrounded by them. They are literally everywhere.

Many items from plastics to cosmetics to detergents to food to toys, etc., can contain (and often do contain) an endocrine disruptor.  Simply put, an endocrine disruptor is a chemical that interferes with endocrine system. There are many endocrine disruptors such as:

  • genistein and daidzein;
  • diethylstilbestrol (the synthetic estrogen DES);
  • dioxin and dioxin-like compounds;
  • polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs);
  • DDT;
  • triclosan,
  • bisphenol A; and
  • pthlates.

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A few that are often found in cosmetics and skin care products are Triclosan, Pthlates, and Bisphenol A (BPA). Triclosan is added to many consumer products such as soaps, toothpaste, and body washes to reduce or prevent bacterial contamination. Phthalates, which are estrogen mimics, are plasticizers used in many cosmetic products to dissolve ingredients, moisturize skin, and provide flexibility (as in nail polish). BPA is an industrial chemical used to make polycarbonate plastic and epoxy resin. Studies on animals have shown that triclosan alters hormone regulation. Pthlates have been shown to trigger what’s known as “death-inducing signaling” in certain cells and BPA tricks the body into thinking its estrogen, but it isn’t and the body doesn’t know how to process this synthetic estrogen which is why BPA has been linked to many issues (i.e. breast cancer, reproductive problems, obesity, early puberty and heart disease, etc.).

In 2003/04 the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), found detectable levels of BPA in 93% of Americans six years and older[2]. Additional testing regarding the toxicity for BPA only resulted in “negligible”, “minimal”, and “some” concern ratings. That means neither “concern” nor “serious concern” came into consideration after their testing which is one reason why BPA continues to be made and used.

At this point you may be wondering why chemicals, including endocrine disruptors, can be found in everyday household items. The reason is there is no required study on the toxicity of chemicals being made and even though the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) of 1976 was just recently amended in June 2016 [3] it is unlikely it will make a huge difference…yet. It is, however, a step in the right direction especially with the following changes[4]:

  1. Mandatory requirement for EPA to evaluate existing chemicals with clear and enforceable deadlines;
  2. New risk-based safety standard;
  3. Increased public transparency for chemical information; and
  4. Consistent source of funding for EPA to carry out the responsibilities under the new law

When we talk about testing chemicals and endocrine disruptors, it’s important to note that simply studying one does not account for what happens when many come in contact with your system. “For example, estrogen mimics in cosmetics demonstrate no adverse effects on their own… Yet, when more than one estrogen mimic is present, toxic health effects have been verified (i.e. several studies show that breast cancer cells multiply more quickly in mixtures of estrogen mimics than in exposures to the individual chemicals alone (e.g., Payne et al. 2001)[5].”

You probably skipped over the above reference. I don’t blame you; they’re boring. Just be aware that the above information on estrogen mimics that was cited is from 2001. The idea of questioning how endocrine disruptors affect the body isn’t a new one. And yet, the Toxic Substances Control Act was just amended. Take a gander at this FDA consumer update about triclosan which states: “Triclosan is not currently known to be hazardous to humans. But several scientific studies have come out since the last time FDA reviewed this ingredient that merit further review.” Sometimes, when I realize stuff like this I want to jab a pencil in my eye. Seriously.

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At least our hormones aren’t disrupted!

Endocrine disruptors are in my clothes, furniture, lotion, soap, shampoo, lipstick, shaving cream, perfume, and my deodorant. They’re in baby products and toys, and painted on my walls and folded into my carpet. So how do you avoid endocrine disruptors? Should you live in the woods, make your own tools, food, and clothes from what you gather, and have no contact with the outside world as if you are in an episode of Naked & Afraid? Well that certainly is one way to go, albeit a severe one. Here are a few tips from the Environmental Working Group’s the “Dirty Dozen Endocrine Disruptors and How to Avoid Them[6]” article:

  1. Avoid products that simply list added “fragrance,” since this catch-all term sometimes means hidden phthalates.
  2. Find phthalate-free personal care products with EWG’s Skin Deep Database: ewg.org/skindeep/
  3. Go fresh instead of canned to avoid BPA
  4. Say no to receipts from retailers because thermal paper is coated with BPA
  5. Avoid plastics marked with a “PC” which stands for polycarbonate or that have a recycling label #7 on them.

WPA and Chickie Gold
Additionally, I can tell you that endocrine disruptors are not in our skin care products. Also, we use BPA-free packaging and make our products using ingredients free of endocrine disrupting preservatives, stabilizers, etc.  We are doing our part to make the world a healthier place.  You can support us and forge ahead in your journey to being a healthier person by buying our products by going here.

Stay Natural,

Farmer Ked & Jessica

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  This is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.  For educational purposes only.

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[1] http://www.endocrineweb.com/endocrinology/overview-hypothalamus

[2] https://www.niehs.nih.gov/health/assets/docs_a_e/bisphenol_a_bpa_508.pdf

[3] https://www.epa.gov/laws-regulations/summary-toxic-substances-control-act

[4] https://www.epa.gov/assessing-and-managing-chemicals-under-tsca/frank-r-lautenberg-chemical-safety-21st-century-act

[5] Reference: Payne J, Scholze M, Kortenkamp A., 2001

[6] http://www.ewg.org/research/dirty-dozen-list-endocrine-disruptors

 

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In Season Foods That Your Kids Will Eat – August

Let’s face it, kids can be picky.  Getting the thumbs up on boring food is sometimes difficult.  Sometimes getting them to try something new is even more difficult.  Making it all healthy…don’t even get me started!

Well, I’m here to make life a little bit easier with some recipe ideas that feature in season produce.  Eating food that is in season is great for your kids because it is packed with more nutrients, like vitamins, minerals, and anti-oxidants, that their growing bodies need.  It’s good for Mother Earth, too.  In season produce is usually grown locally, and isn’t shipped across the country.  Now that’s doing your part to reduce pollution.  Finally, it’s good for your wallet since it’s usually cheaper!

So, what’s in season in August?

  • Blueberries
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Almonds

Of course there is more, but we’ll just focus on these for now.

Blueberries

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While blueberries may not be packed with vitamins and minerals they are full phytochemicals.  “Phyto-what?” you ask.  Phytochemicals are chemicals that have protective or disease-preventive properties.  You need all the help you can get keeping your kids from getting sick.  Am I right?  Blueberries are full of anthocyanidins, flavonoidsresveratrolanthocyanins, and ellagic acid.

While you can probably just put a handful of blueberries in your kid’s palm and they’ll chow down on them, here’s a couple of recipes that will add a twist.

Blueberry Grilled Cheese – I don’t think this will even make it out of the kitchen.  This looks so good you’ll probably just eat it yourself and let your kids fend for the scraps.

Blueberry Lemon Baked Oatmeal – This is easy to make ahead of time and served for breakfast on a busy morning.  Just be sure to make enough!

Summer Fruit Salad – This fruit salad is not only made with in season blueberries, but a host of other in season fruits that your kids will love.

Sweet Potatoes

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With a name that starts with the word “Sweet” you can’t go wrong with this totally awesome tuber.  High in fiber and filled with Vitamin A this root vegetable helps to regulate blood sugar and is good for bone and vision health.

Check out these great recipes for kid-friendly dishes to sneak some sweet potatoes onto your little darling’s plate.

Roast Chicken and Sweet Potato Mac-n-Cheese – A long time staple of kids everywhere, Mac-n-Cheese comes to life in this recipe.

Sweet Potato Casserole – My grandmother makes this every Thanksgiving.  There’s usually a fight over it.  If you want your kids to ask for sweet potatoes all year round just have them try this.

Oven Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges – Add sweet potatoes to any meal with this healthy version of french fries.  Have you ever known a kid to turn down french fries?!?

Almonds

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Full of unsaturated fats and Vitamin E almonds are natures way of telling you “It’s good to eat fat”.  The Vitamin E is necessary for growing muscles and red blood cells.  Unsaturated fats helps kids develop a healthy nervous system and can even make them smarter.  What more reason do you need to include almonds as a regular item in those packed lunches?!?

Deluxe Almond Butter & Jelly Sandwich – Your kids will go crazy for this awesome alternative to a regular, boring PB&J sandwich.

Almond Butter Banana Sushi – Introduce your kids to this twist with no fish.  I’m about to go into the kitchen and try it myself!

Almond Rocks – Simple to make and sure to be eaten before you can say “Let them cool before you…” this recipe will be a household favorite.

Enjoy these recipes all August long.  Be sure to check out some of our great all natural skin care products.  Our White Petal Aloe Moisturizer uses the power of almond oil give you soft and supple skin.

Stay Natural,

Farmer Ked

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  This is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.  For educational purposes only.

All Natural Sunburn Relief – Part 2

In the last installation of this article we talked about what a sunburn was and what to do to help your skin deal with the damage.  If you haven’t read that article yet, click here to read it first.

Now that you’re all caught up let’s talk about why our skin peels and/or tans.  We already know that a sunburn is your skin’s inflammatory response to damage caused by too much exposure to UV radiation.  The reason that UV radiation is so bad is because it can damage your skin’s DNA and cause your skin cells to do all sorts of bad things, including turning cancerous.  Ya, that’s bad news!

If you have light skin, then your skin will start to produce melanin.  This is so that in the future your skin will be able to absorb this UV radiation before it can damage your DNA.  This is what gives you that golden tan you’re looking for.  If you have dark skin, then your skin is producing melanin even without this stimulus.

If your DNA has already been damaged then your skin cells will commit cellular suicide in order to prevent from becoming cancerous.  This is called Apoptosis.  This is what peeling is.  (Ya, kinda freaks me out, too.)

0768443df78a102ac74471856c2d023dI know what you’re thinking.  How are you supposed to get the proper amount of sun exposure that you need to produce Vitamin D and stay healthy, without burning?  Ok, so maybe you weren’t thinking that.  But I’m going to address it anyhow because a Vitamin D deficiency can lead to:

Before going out you’ll want to moisturize your skin.  Hydrated, nourished skin tans better.  Use a natural moisturizer like White Petal Aloe Moisturizer for Sensitive Skin.  Be sure to drink lots of water also.  Moisturizers can’t lock any water in if there’s no water in your skin in the first place.

Next, you’ll want to apply sunscreen.  Your skin can be damaged even if you don’t burn.  Think of SPF as a multiplier.  If your skin can handle 10min of sun and you use SPF 10, then your skin will be able to handle 100min of sun.  How strong of an SPF you apply depends on how fair your skin is.  The lighter your skin the higher the SPF.  Everyone should use an SPF of at least 15 no matter your skin color. In fact, according to New York dermatologist Anne Chappas you should wear an SPF 50 for any outdoor activities.

Turkey-BakiniIt is important to move.  Like a rotisserie chicken in the oven you’ll want to expose as much area to the sun as possible to get a more even tan.  For best results, tan naked and be sure to expose areas that never see much sun, like your underarms.

Finally, limit your exposure.  Your skin will darken for up to 48hrs after sun exposure so you don’t need to stay out until you see your tan.  You’ll run the risk of burning and peeling.  Depending on your complexion start with 15-60min of exposure.  Gradually increase exposure by 5-10min at a time.

If there is anything that you would like me to talk about feel free to reach out to me either here via email: kedric@kaiya-naturals.com, on twitter @kaiyanaturals, or on Facebook @kaiyanaturals.  Also  please, please, please share or comment on this article.  Seriously, I’d love to hear your feedback in the comment section below.

Stay Natural,

Farmer Ked

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  This is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.  For educational purposes only.

All Natural Sunburn Relief – Part 1

It’s summer and you know what that means.  Sunburns!  Whether it was from a nice day on the beach, the pool, or just spending too much time outside, a summer and sunburns go together like wine and the morning after.

I’m sure you know the effects of a sunburn, but what exactly is a sunburn?  I’m glad you asked.  A sunburn is your skin’s reaction to an overdose of ultraviolet radiation.  This overdose causes your skin to take actions to repair the damage, and to protect itself from further damage.

The first thing that your skin does is send in A LOT of blood to the affected area to remove damaged cells and start the healing process.  This is why your skin turns red, and also why it swells.  It’s called the inflammatory response, and it is here to help.  An important first step as soon as you realize that you have a sunburn is to take a bath in cool water for twenty minutes.  Don’t make it too cold, either!  You may be tempted to empty out your freezer of all its ice and dump it into the water.  Don’t.  Just fill your bath with cold water and take a soak.  Don’t use soap or try to clean yourself.  Just fill it, soak in it, and ruminate on what you would have done differently had you known you’d get a sunburn.

The next thing that is going to happen is that your skin will start to feel tight.  This is because its losing water since the delicate system that keeps moisture locked in has been damaged.   What you’ll want to do is to apply a layer of pure Aloe Vera gel to the sunburn.  This is because is has proven healing properties that are incredible for sunburned skin.  It has anti-inflammatory,  antiseptic,  antipruritic (relieves itch), anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties.  It’s the anti-inflammatory and antipruritic properties that are what we are really after here.   Be sure to test out the Aloe Vera gel on a small patch of non-sunburnt skin first.  Some people are allergic to it and the last thing you want is an allergic reaction on top of a sunburn.

317e9d134fb71ccd0feb0d8a7adca19a16e8ec031b051205e1882890278813a0Although applying a layer of Aloe Vera will do wonders for you, it won’t help your skin lock in the moisture it is losing.  After applying the Aloe Vera gel it is now time to apply a natural moisturizer, like White Petal Aloe Moisturizer for Sensitive Skin.  You’ll also want to drink a lot of water.  As your skin loses water it will pull water from the rest of your body to compensate.  This is why you’ll sometimes get dry-mouth when you have a sunburn.

Now, just rinse and repeat.  You’ll want to reapply Aloe Vera gel and moisturizer a few times throughout the day.  You can check out this video to see how you can apply Aloe Vera gel straight from an the plant.  After a few days will come the next stage.  This is where your body tries to protect you from further damage by either peeling, or darkening.  We’ll talk about that in the next installation of this article.  Until then, use sunscreen!

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Stay Natural,

Farmer Ked

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  This is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.  For educational purposes only.