Hoorah for summer! If you’re a parent, your kids should now be off school and if you’re not you should still be feeling the summer bug right now! Some of us will be getting ready to go away too, and whether that is in the UK or somewhere a little warmer, it’s more important that ever to make sure your skincare regime is in tip top condition. Here are some tips on how you can protect your skin this summer.
Of course, we advocate an all natural skin care regime this summer. And why not? If you use natural sun screens, you will not only be protecting your skin from harmful UV rays, but you’ll be eliminating unnecessary chemicals in and on your body too. What’s not to love? So go natural!
- For essential minerals titanium and zinc, which act as a barrier to block UV rays. Chemical sunscreens will absorb these rays and then neutralize once in the skin.
- Natural sunscreens sit on top of the skin rather than being absorbed, so you don’t need to re-apply them regularly.
- Natural sunscreens cause less irritation to the skin because they contain less allergenic ingredients. So they are much kinder to the skin overall.
- Natural sunscreens will help to protect the skin whilst at the same time as soothing and nourishing. This is in contrast to chemical laden products as they tend to clog the pores.
And while natural sunscreens actually help to soothe and preserve the skin, the products you normally buy in the shops may actually cause damage instead. So if you want to go natural, look for these ingredients in your sunscreen instead:
- Avocado oil – this helps to protect and soothe the skin.
- Sesame oil can protect from up to 30% UV rays.
- Cocoa butter will prevent the skin from drying out, and help it to stay moisturised and soft too.
- Vitamin E is fantastic in the fight against sun damage and combats free radicals too.
- Aloe Vera has soothing and healing qualities, and it also promotes the growth of new cells by stimulating the skin.
- Tea tree oil is as an antiseptic germicide and gives essential nutrients to damaged skin with by encouraging blood flow to the capillaries.
- Green tea and grape seed oil are both high in antioxidants to help protect skin cells.
- Tocopheryl acetate, a source of vitamin E and a natural alternative to harmful parabens- preservatives associated with breast cancer, skin allergies, and irritations.
Avoid chemicals where you can
So in your bid to get an all natural sunscreen, there are some chemicals that you really don’t want on your skin. Look out for
Octyl-dimethyl-para-amin-benzoic Acid (OD-PABA)
and avoid at all costs!
Treat your skin
For beautiful summer skin, it needs protection from the sun. But it also needs some pampering too! Stock on up your coconut oil, apple cider vinegar and aloe vera to moisturise, soothe burned skin and cool.
Here’s a quick recipe for a soothing aloe vera mask. You need:
- 2 tablespoons of fresh aloe vera
- 1 tablespoon of macadamia, calendula or avocado oil,
- Few drops chamomile essential oil.
Simply mix all ingredients together and apply to the face after a day in the sun.
To prevent against dried out summer skin, apply coconut oil underneath your sun screen, and again after showering at the end of the day. And for a quick miracle worker, make sure you apply your apple cider vinegar gently to areas that have been affected by sun burn. Hopefully there will be no need though, as skin protection should be your number one priority this summer!