Here in Australia, we’re celebrating the winter solstice – an astronomical phenomenon that occurs each year in June as the Earth orbits the Sun. It is the shortest day of the year and the longest night; and the point at which the earth begins her long, slow turn towards the light.
From today, the days in Australia and the rest of the southern hemisphere will continue to get longer as the Earth continues to orbit the sun, getting closer to the Sun each day until it reaches the December summer solstice.
The solstice has been observed for many thousands of years, as long as people have marked time by the skies, and it’s a wonderful time of year to retreat inwards and reflect on the wonders of nature.
Many traditional cultures used winter as a time to slow down and reconnect with the natural world. It’s a great time to gather friends together for a hearty, warming meal to recognise and feel part of this ancient tradition.
At LITTLE URCHIN, we celebrate beautiful skin in every season. Whether that means retreating indoors for a warm bath (don’t forget to slather your skin afterwards with our Natural Daily Moisturiser to nourish, hydrate and replenish) or getting out in the invigorating winter air for a challenging hike, or hitting the ski fields. For these activities we recommend our Natural Sunscreen and Natural Tinted Sunscreen to protect from the elements, and our Natural Daily Moisturiser to replenish your skin afterwards.
Because we’re experiencing the shortest day of the year, it’s the perfect time to catch the late sunrise and early sunset – ordinary (but extraordinary!) phenomena that we can take for granted, if we forget to pay attention.
It's certainly alarming to consider that toxic chemicals are not only readily available off the shelf, but promoted as safe-to-use (ugh!)... ...
BUT we know knowledge is power, so we wanted to share a list of commonly used sunscreening chemicals and why you might want to kick your reliance on them