How to prepare, protect and repair your skin from the sun with natural products?
Do you love spending time in the sun? Do you often get sunburns or acne because of it?
This happens to everyone. The sun may be essential for its source of vitamin D, but too much exposure to it can cause harmful effects to your skin.
Needless to mention that excessive exposure to sun rays can result in very serious health conditions such as skin cancer. But a lot of other skin related problems are caused or aggravated by the Ultra Violet rays emitted by the sun: sunburns, acne, premature aging, wrinkles, freckles, and discoloration.
Now, how does the sun affect my skin?
The ultraviolet rays emitted by the sun penetrate into the deep layers of the skin, causing damage to skin cells and genetic material. The melanin is here to protect you skin against ultraviolet radiations. But it is only present in the outer layer of the skin, and if the UV rays reach the inner layer, they can cause cell damage or cell death. This is why people with less melanin are more prone to skin diseases.
What is the best way to stay safe from sun damage?
There are some good organic sunscreens that will help you protect yourself from sun damage. You can find some recommendations at the end of this article. But it is also possible to use natural products for sun protection and repair. They will give you great results and do not have any side effects.
So, here is everything you need to know to prepare, protect and repair your skin from the sun using natural products.
Preparing the skin for sun exposure, naturally
You should start preparing your skin from the sun a week or two before exposure.
Get used to the sun
If you are lucky enough to live in a place with some sun already, try getting your skin used to the sun by exposing it 5-10 minutes every day.
Drinking plenty of water is a solution to hundreds of health and skin related issues. When it comes to sun protection, the first thing that you should add to your routine is to drink at least 6 glasses of water every day. Because dry skin is more vulnerable to UV rays. Drinking plenty of water will keep your skin hydrated, moisturized and protected from UV rays. By drinking plenty of water, you also help reconstructing your skin’s protective layers, preventing UV rays from reaching the inner layers. So make sure to keep a water bottle with you whenever you go out and stay hydrated.
Consume Vitamin E and Carotene
Consumption of foods rich in Vitamin E and Carotene is another amazing way to prepare your skin for exposure to the sun. Due to their antioxidant properties, these foods can increase your skin’s protection against the UV rays. Make sure to add sweet potatoes, apricots, tomatoes, peas, and nuts to your diet.
Protecting your skin from the sun naturally
Here are a few oils that can be used for sun protection and that are totally free from any toxic ingredients.
Carrot Seed Oil
This oil is equivalent to an SPF (sun protection factor) of 10-15. It will prepare and protect your skin from the sun, will keep your tan longer, and is also an amazing moisturizer.
Red Raspberry Seed Oil
Red raspberry seed oil is another amazing natural alternative to sunscreen as it is equivalent to an SPF 25-50. Although it is strong, make sure to renew the application often.
With antioxidants that help you protect your skin against sun damage and a protection equivalent to an SPF 4-5, coconut oil is an amazing alternative to conventional sunscreens. The protection is very low, so make sure to use it when you are already very tanned or at the end of the day when the sun rays are weaker. We have added this to our list because it’s easily available and everyone can get their hands on it.
Repairing your skin from the sun
If you haven’t protected your skin enough from the sun, try out these natural ingredients. They will help you repair your skin after sun damage.
Sunburn, acne, dull skin? Aloe vera is here to the rescue. The major content of aloe vera is water, and the rest of it are vitamins and minerals. This will have a great effect on your skin. Just cut an aloe vera leaf, extract some gel with the help of a knife and apply several times a day for 15 to 20 minutes before you wash it off. You can also buy aloe vera gel. Make sure to choose a product that has a high concentration of aloe vera, ideally higher than 95%.
Just like aloe vera, cucumber contains a high concentration of water, along with important minerals and vitamins. We all know how refreshing it feels to apply cucumber on our skin. Due to its refreshing effect, antioxidants and natural analgesic properties, it is an amazing ingredient to cure sun damage. Just peel a cucumber, grind it, make a paste and apply it several times on your skin.
Due to their pain relieving and refreshing properties, potatoes are also used to treat sun damaged skin. Potatoes contain starch that helps the skin get rid of the stinging sensations due to sunburn. You can either cut slices of it and rub it on your skin or you can peel it and grind it to make a paste.
To make sure you fully enjoy your summer, here are a few tips to stay healthy and energetic:
- Avoid the sun in the middle of the day. From noon to 4 PM, try to cover yourself with clothes or stay in the shade
- Wear sunglasses
- Wear a hat
- Avoid sunlamps and tanning beds
And if you prefer sticking with market sunscreens, here is a brand that I like to use, as it has good scores on the EWG database. Plus, it smells delicious and is very easy to apply.