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Your Step-by-Step Guide to Natural Suncare and Self-Care

Written by: Angela Kim



Time to read 5 min

Have you noticed an anti-SPF trend spreading on TikTok? Influencers are advocating "natural" alternatives for UV protection and sunscreen.

In this blog, I’ll debunk the trending SPF myths, provide essential sun-kissed lifestyle tips, and share a daily plan—designed to keep you healthy, productive, and glowing from dawn to dusk.

I also unveil my coveted skin-loving vitamin D-rich Salmon Stew that will stun you and your loved ones! It’s super simple and delish.

Why the Anti-SPF Movement is Gaining Traction

Claim : Sunscreen causes cancer.

Fact : No scientific evidence supports this claim. On the contrary, the American Academy of Dermatology and other health organizations strongly advocate for the use of sunscreen to reduce the risk of skin cancer. Concerns exist about the potential health risks associated with certain chemicals.

Some sunscreens contain chemicals like oxybenzone and octinoxate, which may cause hormonal disruption and negative environmental impact. Opting for mineral sunscreens with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide can minimize these risks while still providing protection.

Savor Beauty's SPF 50+ Radiance Sun Milk offers an effective mineral sunscreen option.

Claim: Drinking water prevents sunburn.

Fact : Hydration is essential for overall health, but it does not protect the skin from UV damage. Proper sun protection involves using sunscreen, seeking shade, and wearing protective gear like hats, sunglasses, and UV-protective clothing to shield your skin.

Claim : Sunscreen blocks all vitamin D production.

Fact : Studies show that sunscreen use does not significantly decrease vitamin D levels. To ensure you get enough vitamin D for bone health and immunity, here are some tips while protecting your skin:

  • Short Sun Exposure : Spend about 10-15 minutes in the sun a few times a week without sunscreen to allow your body to produce vitamin D.
  • Dietary Sources : Include vitamin D-rich foods in your diet, such as fatty fish (salmon, mackerel), fortified dairy products, and egg yolks. (I share one of my favorite recipes below!)
  • Supplements : Consider vitamin D supplements if necessary, especially during the winter months or if you have limited sun exposure.

Why is Sunscreen Important?

Sunscreen is a topical product designed to protect the skin from the harmful effects of the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays. There are two main types of UV rays, and at Savor Beauty, we simplify it to help you quickly recall their different effects:

  • UVA : Think "A" for Aging. UVA rays penetrate deeply into the skin and are responsible for premature aging, including wrinkles and age spots.
  • UVB : Think "B" for Burns. UVB rays primarily affect the outer layers of the skin and are the main cause of sunburn.

A  broad-spectrum sunscreen  protects against both UVA and UVB rays, making it essential for maintaining healthy skin. By applying sunscreen daily, you’re giving your skin the love and protection it needs to stay youthful, radiant, and healthy.

What’s the Difference Between Chemical and Mineral Sunscreens?

  • Chemical Sunscreens : Absorb UV rays and convert them into heat. They contain ingredients like avobenzone and oxybenzone.
  • Mineral Sunscreens : Act as physical blockers that reflect UV rays away from the skin. They use ingredients such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.

Mineral sunscreens, like Savor Beauty's SPF 50 Radiance Sun Milk, are often preferred for their gentler impact on the skin and the environment. They provide effective protection with fewer risks of skin irritation and environmental harm.

Create a Suncare and Self-Care Routine

Using your Savor Beauty planner, schedule your sun care and self-care activities. Planning these moments ensures you’re prioritizing both your skin health and overall well-being.

Morning :

Start your day with intention by planning outdoor activities like exercising and watering the garden when the sun is less intense. Incorporate sunscreen application into your morning skincare routine, treating it as an essential step for your skin's health. 

Write down these activities in your planner the evening before, as studies show that planning ahead can reduce stress (and stress wrinkles 😉) by having a plan in place! 

Afternoon :

When scheduling your afternoon, think about the times you'll be out and about. If you’re running errands or driving, make sure to keep your sunscreen in your bag and wear a floppy hat as an extra measure of protection.

Jotting down a reminder in your planner ensures you're always prepared and protected, no matter where the day takes you.

"This planner has helped me create a system/ritual that I love and integrates well into the rest of my life!"

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Evening :

In the evening, indulge in after-sun care rituals that nurture your skin after a day in the sun:

  • Hydrate : Use products enriched with aloe vera and hyaluronic acid to soothe and hydrate your skin. I can't live without the Hyaluronic Acid Serum in the summer! 
  • Cooling Therapy : Take cool showers to calm the skin and reduce any inflammation. You can mist your skin with the Lavender Toning Mist throughout the day to keep the skin peaceful and refreshed. 
  • Moisturize : Apply a rich moisturizer to replenish lost hydration and repair the skin barrier, such as the Radiant Rose Collagen Cream

Vitamin D-Rich Salmon Stew Recipe

I've been making this yummy vitamin D-rich salmon dish that I adapted by Simply Recipes by Elise Bauer—it’s super easy and delicious! 

Including this in your evening plans in your Savor Beauty planner not only ensures you prioritize your nutrition but also adds a delightful culinary experience to your self-care routine.

Vitamin D-Rich Salmon Stew

Prep time


Cook time

3 hrs 10 mins






For the marinade:

  • Cloves from 1/2 head garlic, peeled, crushed, and minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 3/4 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 tablespoon sweet paprika
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper seasoning

For the stew:

  • 1 1/2 to 2 pounds salmon, cut into 2-inch pieces (largish bite-sized pieces)
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 onion, sliced
  • 1 large green bell pepper, seeded, de-stemmed, and sliced
  • 2 medium tomatoes, sliced
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 (14-ounce) can regular coconut milk (not light)
  • 1 large bunch fresh cilantro, chopped (1 to 2 cups), divided


1. Marinate the salmon: In a medium bowl, combine the garlic, lime juice, coarse salt, sweet paprika, cumin, black pepper, chili pepper, and lemon pepper seasoning. Let the salmon marinate in this fragrant paste for at least 2 hours. The longer it marinates, the more flavorful your stew will be.

2. Layer the ingredients in a large pot: Coat the bottom of a large covered skillet or Dutch oven with a couple tablespoons of olive oil. Add a layer of sliced onions, then a layer of sliced bell peppers, and then a layer of sliced tomatoes. Place the marinated salmon pieces on top of the vegetables. Start layering again with onions, bell peppers, and tomatoes.

3. Top with cilantro, coconut milk, and olive oil: Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Add about half of your fresh cilantro on top. Pour the creamy coconut milk over everything. Drizzle generously with olive oil (several tablespoons) to add a rich flavor.

4. Cook the stew: Bring the mixture to a gentle boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and let it simmer for 30 minutes to an hour, until the vegetables are tender and cooked through. Serve hot in individual bowls, garnished with the remaining cilantro for a fresh, vibrant finish.

This nourishing and flavorful salmon stew is perfect for a healthy vitamin D-rich meal, Enjoy!

angela jia kim

Angela Jia Kim, founder of Savor Beauty and author of "Radical Radiance", lives in New York City with her teen daughter, mini golden retriever, and philanthropic partner. She embodies a radiance lifestyle through mindful skincare, Kundalini Yoga, mat Pilates, and chakra cleansing rituals. 💞