Have you ever doubted the effectiveness of standard sunscreen? Ever wondered what the products contain and how healthy they are for your skin? As a rule, it’s a good idea to do your research to find a safe and effective product and to complement your traditional sunscreen with some natural sun protection. Not only will these natural solutions offer you additional protection from the risk of skin cancer, but they will also benefit the general health of your skin.
4 natural additions to your sun protection
1. Natural Skincare.
Coconut oil has been proved to have an SPF of around 4 to 7 and will also add moisture to your skin. Shea butter also hydrates and boosts UVB filters. You could also use a natural vitamin E extract on your skin. Not only does it offer protection, but it can also reduce the length and the depth of wrinkles. Aloe Vera is the mother of all-natural preventive care. It will relieve your skin before and after being in the sun.
2. UV protection through a healthy diet.
Many healthy foods contain ingredients that offer UV protection. Healthy oils are great; omega-3 from fish such as salmon and tuna or oils from coconut, olive, and sesame will all improve the health of your skin cells. Make sure to get your antioxidants from dark green vegetables like kale, cabbage and broccoli. Lycopene and beta-carotene, two other antioxidants, are found in red and orange fruits and vegetables, such as bell peppers and carrots.
3. Smart and healthy lifestyle choices.
Changing your daily routine can limit your exposure to UV rays; avoiding going outside around midday when the sun rays are strongest is a good start. Clothing also offers great protection, especially tight-woven fabrics in dark colours. These are all preventive measures you can take that don’t even require you to spend too much money. This is the combination of frugality and caution.
4. Natural after-sun care.
The most popular after-sun remedy is Aloe Vera. Not only does it help the skin’s healing process, but it also feels soothing and reduces redness. Plain yogurt containing probiotics feels great when applied cold and will help to restore the skin’s protective layer. Potato peels are also anti-bacterial, and you can try some cold black tea for removing heat from your skin and for repairing sun-damaged skin.
What are my best bets on natural sun protection?
When considering natural sun protection, it is important to see the limitations. SPF 4 from coconut oil is nowhere near high enough for a day in the sun, but it can offer additional protection and, of course, other benefits for your skin. A healthy diet benefits your entire body, and you can often find soothing after-sun care in your fridge. We want to emphasise that regular application of sunscreen is a must. If you want to keep up with what natural there are to protect your skin, just follow IONIQ on Facebook and Instagram.