Taming the Wolf

The ups and downs of life as an early 30s career girl trying to balance the various demands of life, including fibromyalgia. autoimmune and dietary issues. Somedays I succeed more than others, but it’s an adventure…

Sun Protection August 8, 2010

Filed under: lupus,Skin care — jwz1978 @ 11:48 am

I am a sun goddess.  Well, I like to think that I was in a former life.  As it is, I am far from a goddess, but I do love the sun.  I love the warmth on my skin, I love not looking like a ghost.  However, the sun does NOT love me.  The sun sensitivity that many with autoimmune issues have hits me hard.  I burn in like 2.2 seconds (sometimes, I think I get red just THINKING about the sun).  I get the rashes and all that, and in general, too much sun makes me feel cruddy.  But I love boating, and so I’ve found ways to manage the sun.  I wear a lot of big floppy hats, I should buy stock in SPF 100 spray, and I found shirts like this rashguard from Athleta.  If you are sun sensitive, this is well worth the investment.  It is unbelievably lightweight, and despite being longsleeved, does not make you hot, even on 90+ degree days.  Air moves right through it, but it has sun protection built into the fabric.  And, right now, it’s on sale!  If you use the code “Hang 20” through today, you get an extra 20% off.  Well worth the investment for anyone with sun concerns who loves to be outdoors.

P.S.  This is the one I love, but they have several other types on sale too!


Natural/Organic Bath & Beauty Products March 16, 2009

Filed under: Natural,Organic,Skin care — jwz1978 @ 8:11 pm
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The one thing that came out of my meeting with a dietitian last week that seemed truly aimed at helping me deal with inflammation issues was her suggestion to switch over to organic and natural products to the largest extent possible  To a certain extent, we do that already with our food, but there are definite steps we can take to do that even more and we’re going to try to do that even more.

While at the makeup counter today though at the mall, I got thinking that if the switch to organic/natural was good for me in terms of what I put into my body, that wouldn’t the same be true for what I put ON my body?  Which had led to me thinking about organic/natural bath, beauty and makeup products.  But I have no idea where to begin.

I have super-sensitive skin, but I hope that will be less of an issue with fewer ingredients.  But is there a difference or one I should prefer organic vs. natural?  What are some good brands that are not horribly expensive?  I was looking at Origins and Pangea, but have not used either before.  Does anyone have any suggestions or input on this?  Thanks!