It’s that time of year again. Correction, it’s been that time of year again. When the sun is blazing and you can’t leave the house without your sunhat and a healthy layer of sunblocking cream slathered over your skin. Or for those of us that wear block all year round… we’re just upping our numbers. I go from a 15 to a 30 personally.
As is typical, I just made my summer batch of sunblock. Eeee! I know! The summer sun has been doing it’s thing now for weeks and I’ve got a mild tan to prove it. For those of you that haven’t used a mineral sunblock, you may be surprised by the sheen of white that appears on your skin. This is literally the zinc oxide or titanium dioxide creating a physical barrier, scattering and reflecting UVA/UVB rays. THIS IS GOOD.
For those of you who would like to try your hand at making a batch, here’s a pretty good recipe. If you want to make it vegan, sub in .6 oz of candelilla wax for the beeswax. You can find most of the oils, butters and wax at Mountain Rose Herbs, and the zinc oxide at Essential Depot. Not all of us have the time or the wherewithal to make our own, for those I’ve chosen these two vegan sunscreens. I like these because they have understandable ingredients and they’re not padded out with a bunch of extra (sometimes harmful to skin) stuff, they apply well and they WORK! I only posted ones that I’ve personally used…
My favorite of the bunch. Goes on smooth without too much of a white overcast and doesn’t feel heavy or greasy. The ingredient list is great too!here and a cool read about plant oils and their natural SPF’s.
It's been 75 years since President Roosevelt enacted the executive order which allowed the U.S. military to exclude any and all persons from an area after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Although no single racial or ethnic group was mentioned in the order, hundreds of thousands of Japanese-Americans were forced out of their homes and moved into camps.
I recently interviewed my grandfather about what life was like as a Japanese-American post World War II. I hoped to gain insight into a part of my heritage which I’ll never experience first hand but am saddened by. It's impossible not to see parallels being drawn between the recent travel ban and past U.S. anti-Asian policies. I can't help but feel anxiety for how the current administration seems to be playing to the fears of a bigoted populism and what can be done to counter it.
Not just your potato’s best friend, this fresh and woody herb promotes hair growth and stimulates blood circulation. The fragrant oils in the rosemary leaf also dissolve excess and clogging sebum in hair follicles to balance oil production without over-drying. Make your own herbal tea hair rinse with fresh rosemary or apply hair oil with the essential oil.