Sun Season Survival —What You Should Know Before Stepping Out

Is the sun good for us or bad for us?

Answer: All of the above

Fact: Sun exposure increases the risk of skin cancer.


Fact: Melanoma is on the rise faster than any other skin cancer.

Fact: More than 90% of all skin cancers are caused by sun exposure.

Fact: Three quarters of the US population has Vitamin D deficiency.

Fact: Sun exposure helps us turn cholesterol into vitamin D.

So, WTF?

If you’re now confused and frustrated, I don’t blame you. While I may not be able to give you all the answers to the question you now have, I can at least help you make a list of questions you should be asking your doctor or dermatologist.

Consult your physician:

  • How much sun exposure is safe for you to have.
  • How’s your vitamin D level?
  • Get your moles checked once a year.

Vitamin D benefits:
Vitamin D is essential for strong bones but there is a plethora of diseases vitamin D deficiency can affect such as allergies, asthma, cancer and cardiovascular disease.

It is true that we need Vitamin D to keep us healthy and the sun does provide us with this essential vitamin, but sun exposure can increase our risk for deadly skin cancers as well as the number 1 reason for accelerated aging of the skin.

Sunscreen is only one step in protecting yourself from sun exposure. Don’t get me wrong, a certain amount of sun exposure is good for you but we tend to over do it and we also forget about the amount of exposure we get from our daily routine.

Protecting yourself:

Discussing the sun exposure vs. vitamin D topic with your doctor will put these topic on his radar if it’s not already. Being proactive about your health is important as no one knows us like we know ourselves.

Be good to yourself and make the call.

DIY Dry Shampoo Gets you out of a Jam in a Jiffy!

birdy-DIYdryShampooDIY dry shampoo is one of the easiest recipes you can make at home with the best results.

There are times in life that you are on the go and you need some quick fixes.

DIY dry shampoo is an unsung hero in the get-ready-quick category. And the brilliant thing about it is there’s lots of ingredients to choose from that will do a sufficient job.

Some also say it’s better for the environment. The damage shampoo creates starts when it washes down the drain.

I much prefer my handmade version over the store bought varieties that leave my hair feeling dirtier and the gunk left on my comb is a pain to wash off. Fun sucker!

If you want to skip a trip to the store you probably have ingredients you can work with in your cupboard. All of these ingredients are going to work great for you but you can tweak your recipe as you get to know it and make it in a larger batch to have around.

DIY dry shampoo can get you out of a jam or work into your routine.

It’s great if…

Recipe suggestions using my favorite ingredients

For light hair and blondes

  • 1 Tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 Tablespoon arrowroot

For dark hair

  • 4 Tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 Tablespoon arrowroot

Before substituting from the list below consider your environment and cleanup. For instance, cornmeal will give you a great shine but most of this will come out of your hair and where does it go? Does it leave a mess behind to clean up?

If cornstarch and arrowroot aren’t available to you try substituting the following:

  • Baking soda
  • Rice flour
  • Cornmeal
  • Oatmeal


  • Use an old powder container and apply by shaking it
  • Use an old jar and apply with makeup brush or fingers

Skip the talcum powder
I will admit, using baby powder for my DIY dry shampoo in my teenage years was a lifesaver. But these days the dangers of using talcum powder are worth considering as it’s widely known as a carcinogen. A lot of these “rumors” are often unsubstantiated by pure research but the American Cancer Society breaks it down in this report. After reading this article, in my opinion, I’d say skip it. There are lots of great substitutes out there and no reason to take the risk.

How to use your dry shampoo

  • Shake onto hair or add little bits with your fingertips and tousle hair lightly with fingers to spread it around the scalp.
  • Start with small amounts and add more to repeat if needed.
  • Lift sections of hair if needed and shake more on at root of hair.
  • Let it sit for a minute and then shake it vigorously with fingers and turn your head upside-down if you need to.
  • Brush or comb out and style. If it leaves white behind keep brushing and tousling at root to pull ingredients of your scalp.

If the ingredients aren’t on your shelf you can find them all at the grocery store. For the best price per pound check out your local natural food store—they may have it in bulk.

Have fun experimenting with your DIY dry shampoo recipe. If you have any ingredients you love then please let me know. I’ll always give you the credit!