Sunshiny Day Spray
Tamanu (Calophyllum inophyllum), Calendula infused in Organic Olive oil (Olea europaea), Pomegranate oil (Punica granatum), Hemp oil (Cannabis sativa), Avocado oil (Persea americana), Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)), Manuka (Leptospermum scoparium), Marigold (Calendula officinalis), Patchouli (Pogostemon cabin)
This effective Sunshiny Day Spray may be applied as needed depending on the length of time in the sun and exposure to water. It may also be beneficial for sunburns.
Application Suggestions (see Essential Oil Usage):
Shake well, spray into palm and apply to skin that will be exposed to UV light. For the most benefit, reapply every hour or two. (3% dilution). Avoid the eyes. We suggest that Sunshiny Day Spray be applied frequently or at least every couple of hours and before and after swimming. We make no claims as to it being water-proof or a sun "screen." We offer it as a skin-nourishing and safe alternative to toxic sunscreens.
Our Sunshiny Day Spray is formulated with high-quality components, and the testimonies show it offers effective protection against burning when out in the sun for lengths of time. Included in this blend is our Tamanu (Foraha) oil, which is not refined and has a rich vegetable scent. It is antibacterial and good for burns, insect bites/stings, eczema, wounds and is safe internally. Natives have used Tamanu topically for thousands of years to promote smooth, healthy skin.
Essential oils cannot be expected to provide sun 'screen' effects, however they do have properties that are beneficial and desirable when combined with skin nourishing carrier oils and used on sunny days.
Tamanu nut oil has some measure of DNA protecting properties. Of carrier oils tested, Tamanu showed the most potential for sun protection. In his Skin Care Series, Robert Tisserand suggests up to 5% in a product (although the study was invitro, not performed on humans). It has a significant preventive effect on DNA damage caused by UVA radiation. Tamanu is 35% of our Sunshiny Day Spray.
“Cytoprotective effect against UV-inducted DNA damage and oxidative stress: role of new biological UV filter,” by Said T, Dutot M, et al, published by European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences.
Calendula infused oil in Olive Oil is soothing to the skin. While olive oil has no sun 'screening' effect, when olive oil was applied after UVB exposure, it was shown to protect against DNA damage and the development of tumors. (Tisserand Skin Care Series, 2014)
Pomegranate seed oil has UVB protection properties. UVB waves penetrate to the the epidermis (outer layer of the skin). When applied, it has been shown to inhibit and reduce damage to keratinocytes after UVB exposure.
Pomegranate fruit extract inhibits UVB-induced inflammation and proliferation by modulating NF-κB and MAPK signaling pathways in mouse skin (PubMed article).
Hemp Seed oil contains all of the essential amino acids (in the ideal ratio of 3-to-1) and other benefical nutrients including magnesium, zinc, and vitamins B-6, E and carotene. It's anti-inflammatory and skin regenerative properties make it an excellent choice to use in our Sunshiny Day blend.
Epigenetic control of skin differentiation genes by phytocannabinoids
Avocado Seed oil contains antioxidants that may help rebuild collagen, repair cell damage caused by free radicals and improve the look and feel of your skin.
Lavender essential oil is sometimes referred to as the “universal” oil because of it’s soothing aroma, calming effects on the nerves, amazing remedy for burns and wounds. Many feel that it can decrease the pain of a sunburn and promote healing.
Manuka used at 10% significantly improved epidermal thickness and collagen density (protection) after UVA/B exposure.
Topical Administration of Manuka Oil Prevents UV-B Irradiation-Induced Cutaneous Photoaging in Mice
Patchouli study showed that applied topically, Patchouli helped skin elasticity recover after UVA/B exposure. It also showed positive support for epidermal thickness (anti-aging) after UVA/B exposure. (Tisserand Skin Care Series, 2014)
Marigold study showed that Calendula Oil cream had good sun-protection activity and suggested its use in sun protecting formulations.
Mishra, Ak, A. Mishra, and P. Chattopadhyay. "Assessment of In Vitro Sun Protection Factor of Calendula Officinalis L. (Asteraceae) Essential Oil Formulation." NCBI. Journal of Young Pharmacists, Jan. 2012. Web. 8 June 2012.
Consumer Reports Warning on Spray-On Suncreens (of the toxic sort - titanium dioxide is mentioned)
Sun Exposure: Cancer Cause or Part of the Solution? by Elyn Jacobs
Dr. Elizabeth Plourde explains how commercial sunscreen use actually increases cancer risk. She also talks about how different kinds of sunscreens can cause other problems. Click here to watch her interview.
Foods and Nutrients that Boost your Skin’s Antioxidant Protection Against UV Radiation
Antioxidants vs. Sunscreen: Which Works Better? by Mommypotamus
1. I burned my forearm and decided to try the Sunshiny Day spray on it to calm the pain and redness. It was very soothing, and there was a noticable differnce in the redness very quickly. - Lindsay
Avoid contact with the eyes and other sensitive areas. Essential oils are both lipophilic and hydrophobic. Lipophilic means they are attracted to fat— like the membranes of your eyes and skin. They are also hydrophobic, meaning they do not like water. Applying a carrier oil will create another fat for the essential oil to be attracted to other than the membranes of the eyes or skin. Tisserand suggests: "With essential oils, fatty oil has been suggested as an appropriate first aid treatment, though the advantage of saline [eyewash] is that the eyes can be continually flushed, and this is less easy with fatty oil.” We are not aware of a case where essential oil in the eyes caused permanent injury or long-term discomfort, but if you feel concerned, please call your health care provider.
Tisserand, Robert; Young, Rodney, Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals, Elsevier Health Sciences UK 2nd Edition 2014.