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Natural Ways to Protect Your Skin From the Sun

Girl trying to protect herself from the sun with her hand

Cucumber, aloe vera, lemon and oil for a sun protection mask

 

The sun can be hard on us and our skin, so we have to be careful to protect it well. The importance of sunscreen in our daily skin care routine is undeniable. Regardless of the type of skin, you have you need to use sunscreen every day and not only during the summer.

However, commercial sunscreen can be quite an unhealthy option. Usually, these products contain a lot of chemicals, preservatives, perfume and even petroleum derivatives.

 

Woman putting sunscreen

 

The sun is still an important source of vitamin D, so blocking it completely is not a good idea either. Not more than thirty minutes of exposure a day can help us recharge with this vital vitamin. So, a little dose of sun is good, but we still need to be careful about over-exposure and sunburns.

Here are a few natural ways and ingredients that help protect your skin from the sun, but are also good for its overall health.

 

 Red Raspberry Seed Oil

Raspberries and the oil made of them

 

If you decide to make your own sunscreen at home you might use red raspberry seed oil as a base. It is among the best oil sunscreens which is said to block the UVB rays and can reach an SPF from 28-50, not bad for an all-natural oil, right?

 

Carrot Seed Oil

Carrot seed oil

 

Carrot seed oil is another excellent ingredient for DIY natural sunscreen. It is harder to find, but it has about 40 SPF and some good carotenoid antioxidant which is very beneficial for the skin.

 

Sesame Oil

Sesame seed oil

 

This popular seed oil blocks a good 30% of sunlight, letting you enjoy the sun longer. it also protects you from burning. Apply it often if you plan to stay out longer.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil

 

Many people wonder can coconut oil be used as sunscreen? It blocks 20% of the rays. However, that’s not enough to keep you covered for long. It is better to use it to keep your tan and get short exposures of about 30 minutes. Coconut oil is known as a great moisturizer which helps with inflammation and soothes blemishes on the skin.

 

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera oil

 

Aloe vera is great to use after sun exposure. It soothes the sunburned skin but it can be used beforehand too. It blocks 20% of the sunlight just like coconut oil.

 

Other Oils

Different kind of natural oils in small bottles

 

There are many seed and nut oils that offer some resistance to the sun while still helping with vitamin D production. Some of them are shea butter, peanut oil, olive oil, avocado oil, macadamia oil, hemp seed oil. However, they may not work so well as the one listed above. Their SPF is lower and work in shorter periods of sun exposure.

If you want to ensure you give your skin the best sun protection always check the labels of the sunscreen products you use. Many companies are offering healthier sunscreen options. You can also make your own sunscreen with zinc oxide powder or beeswax and some healthy oils.

Take in the benefits of sunlight, but with care to your skin! Choose the healthiest options and enjoy the sun.

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