Mother Nature’s Sunscreen: Aspen Trees

On a recent visit to Aspen, Colorado, I learned something fascinating about Aspen trees, those white-barked, tall, skinny trees found in cold regions like Colorado and Alaska. The side of the tree that faces the sun “perspires” and gives off a white powder coating (called bloom) that can be used to wipe on the face as a natural sunscreen for the skin. In the past, Native Americans used this powder for sun protection.

Since it is unlikely that you have an Aspen tree growing in your yard, be sure to protect your skin during the day with a good SPF moisturizer. But… if you’re ever out in the woods going for a hike and need additional sun protection, look for an Aspen tree! According to Mother Nature and me, sun protection never goes out of style!…

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    Do you really think that First nations people needed sunscreen? They spent their lives outdoors. I also question the efficacy of aspen as sunscreen, what level of uv protection do they suspect it has. This would be useful information to include in your article.

    Posted By: Claude  | 

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      Every skin type needs sunscreen regardless of their skin color and tone. I have no clue as to what SPF number it has as that’s determined by the FDA. I do know that the more that is applied on the skin, essentially the SPF protection would be higher.

      Posted By: Renée Rouleau  | 


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