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post #41 of 54
I'm getting browner and browner myself. I am spending over 4 hours per day in the sun, and we have a far more intense sun in Alaska, being that we are so close to the arctic circle.
I have even started putting coconut oil on my face, and my complexion is getting better everyday.
post #42 of 54
: this is so cool!
post #43 of 54
You ladies are more then welcome to pass my article on to others.
I would prefer you just put my initials with it, rather then my whole name.
Not sure I could handle the flame throwers just yet, LOL!
post #44 of 54
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Originally Posted by BetsyPage View Post
Well, within 1-2 days of burning a bit earlier this week, my redness faded considerably, and now I just have a very light tan. I never get *very* dark, but I have tan lines, woo-hoo!

The weird thing... my skin LOOKED red, and felt maybe a bit itchy, but didn't actually HURT.
I second that slight itchy feeling when I got a wee bit pink at the beginning.
After spending all day outside.
I was brown the next morning.
I am wondering what will happen next year, when I will have been free of industrial oils for two full years?
post #45 of 54
PaulaJoAnne, I think you did a wonderful job on your article. The only thing I noticed was one spelling error.

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As you ponder these things, start cleaning your stove and vents.
When you are done, through out the toxic cleaners you used. You will never need them again.
Change through to throw Spell check doesn't catch these things b/c they are not really "misspelled."

Also, thanks to the lady that mentioned zinc. I'm going to look into this.
post #46 of 54
I am so glad you brought this to my attention. DH is actually kinda agreeing with me, that my burn time has changed and i have tan lines. i love it when something that doesn't involve chemicals and pills and lotions works! we aren't crappy oil free, it is in the processed foods we occasionally eat, i even noticed sunflower oil was in my dried fruit from TJ's

So, my question is about the smell. I really don't like the smell or taste of coconut, unless it is shredded in a cookie. do you think adding tea tree oil to it would alter it at all (for topical purposes, not cooking!)? i noticed when i was using the two at the same time the tea tree overpowered the coconut, and i like TTO very much. i made the fudge mentioned above and it was good, i think i will add mint to it to negate the coconut taste. the kids love it.
post #47 of 54
Well, I use refined from tropical traditions and it doesn't really smell like anything. But yes, adding eo's topically in your co is fine. I have a little unrefined that I am trying to use up and put my black pheonix alchemy lab perfume oils in it and massage THAT all over my hair and body. I smell great all day!
post #48 of 54
I am assuming that unrefined is better than refined so am trying to stick with that. I have refined that i use for cooking but figure the more processed the less effective.
post #49 of 54
This coconut oil thing rocks! I assume though, for people who are all of a sudden trying CO w/o a long term change in healthy oil consumption the CO wouldn't work very well. I am happy that we have been staying away from the processed oils for awhile, and now the addition of CO topically (and more conscious consumption) is allowing me to be out in the sun at 3pm without burn. Compared to the past reality of getting a debilitating sunburn at 4pm, 3pm w/o problems is a dream! I still have my hat and long sleeve white shirt for the peak hours of course.

The only thing I can't figure out is powder makeup w/ CO on my face. I wear makeup maybe 4 times/yr (haven't for months) and haven't tried it yet w/ CO, but how will my powder foundation (Aubrey) work when it takes 1/2 hr for the CO to really soak in? Anyone have experience with powdered foundation soon after application of CO?
post #50 of 54
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Originally Posted by sedalbj View Post
The only thing I can't figure out is powder makeup w/ CO on my face. I wear makeup maybe 4 times/yr (haven't for months) and haven't tried it yet w/ CO, but how will my powder foundation (Aubrey) work when it takes 1/2 hr for the CO to really soak in? Anyone have experience with powdered foundation soon after application of CO?
I have no idea, but am watching for others to answer. What I'd like to know simply is how to keep ANY makeup from sliding right off my face when I am outside and sweating, lol!
post #51 of 54
I have never tanned without burning in my life, and just last week I was out for an hour in direct sunlight without burning! I don't know if it's the CO, but since I have yet to fully adopt a TF diet, and CO is one of the few changes I've made, I'd say it's definitely possible!
post #52 of 54
We are burning less, too. My red head is the one I worry about most. I took her back to Hawaii when she was a baby and only used CO (not good quality. Just what was sold at the local store b/c I did not want to risk traveling with CO) on her and a hat and we were out a lot. Never even got red. Now I make a sunscreen from coconut oil my midwife/herbalist told me about and it's working really well for us!
1 c coconut oil
1/2 oz chaparral tincture
1/2 oz Oregon Grape Root tincture
I sometimes add beeswax to make it more portable. I've also added lavendar EO b/c my girls HATE the smell of the chaparral. Anyway, that's our usual sunscreen, when I feel compelled to use one. Now, we did burn at a lake last year, so do appease dh I use "regular" sunscreen for extended days near water. But even that burn healed really quickly.
post #53 of 54
My first "non-burn" experience was yesterday. ODS had a Little League game and there was not a cloud in the sky. I applied CO liberally on myself. I applied California Baby sunscreen to my kids. We were all red yesterday after the game, but by morning mine has faded into a nice tan. The kids' shoulders are all still red. I'm sold! CO it is!

I have never, not once, tanned in my entire life. I have always burned and faded back to white until today. It's quite amazing.
post #54 of 54
We went bike riding on Friday and were out way longer than planned during the hottest part of the day (11-4). I've previously gotten sun burns bad enough that have produced quarter-sized blisters all over my body, especially here in Colorado. Anyway, Friday I was pretty pink when we got home, but I had a nice tan by Saturday morning. The only part of me that is still a little pink is the place where I usually wear my watch, so it hardly ever sees the sun...but even that is not too bad. I eat some CO, but not tons, but my saturated fats intake has gone way up and the veggie oils intake has gone way down in the last few months.
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