As human beings we all yearn for the feeling of the heat of the sun against our skin: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 12 months a year. Winter and summer.
In the winter we flock to southern climates such as Florida or Australia to thaw out our stiff, frozen bodies.
In the summer we pack up the entire family and head to the lake, beach or backyard and enjoy that short summer season.
I bet you can feel it right now…..the warm breeze against your skin and the smell of flowers stimulating your senses, catapulting you into overdrive as you start planning all your summertime fun: beaches, barbeques and spectacular outdoor birthday bashes.
As our “spaceship” planet earth rotates closer to the sun during the summer months, our skin is exposed to a more intense dose of UVA and UVB rays for a longer period of time. And that can turn summertime fun into Summertime NO FUN, if not thought out ahead of time.
Below are 7 Sunseeker Solutions that you can do to enhance and protect your skin, so you can enjoy all your outdoor activities this summer (and winter) while still be loyal to your health and wellness protocol.
1. Seek Unprotected Sun
That’s right. Go for it! Go out in the sun. Crave it. Sunshine is good for you as long as it is a moderate amount of time. On average, 20 minutes a day of unprotected sun is what the experts are saying is a safe healthy dose.
However, like all good things, there is fine print to be aware of when determining how much unprotected sun is too much or too little including time of year, which continent you are on, ethnicity and what patch of skin you are exposing.
For more details on how much sun, check out what the Vitamin D Council has to say on optimal times in the sun. Sunshine is a natural way to stimulate Vitamin D in your own body, which we know to be an essential ingredient for your bones, optimizing health and preventing disease.
Next, after your designated amount of sunshine is up, it is time to add your most important layer of defense.
2. Slather on the Sunscreen.
After your unprotected sun, it is time to slather on the sunscreen to protect your skin from dark spots, wrinkles, crepey skin and skin disease. However, not all sunscreens are created equal. Remember, your skin is the largest organ of your body. Whatever you put on it gets absorbed into it.
For sunscreens, you have a couple of choices. Natural and chemical. What is the difference between chemical and natural you might be thinking?
Well a chemical sunscreen typically uses chemical ingredients, some of which creep into your skin, to block the damaging UV rays of the sun on your skin.
A natural sunscreen typically uses natural minerals to reflect the light away from the surface of the skin.
I recommend natural sunscreens and the sunscreen I recommend is called Sunology.
Rather than use chemical ingredients, Sunology uses Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide, both natural barriers against UVA and UVB.
Besides that Sunology contains hibiscus based VitaOlafera, a special complex which clinical studies have shown actually nourish the skin and help to decrease the appearance of wrinkles! Imagine that, a sunscreen that protects your skin and make you look younger at the same time!
3. Drink up! Keep hydrated with water.
Water is the elixir of life. According to H.H. Mitchell, Journal of Biological Chemistry 158, the brain and heart are composed of 73% water, and the lungs are about 83% water.
We need water to survive.
Water keeps your skin hydrated giving it the plump look of youth. Extra exposure to the sun overheats the body igniting your natural cooling system, perspiration, to kick in, depleting internal moisture, leaving your skin looking tired and weathered. Not to mention leaving you feeling exhausted. So drink up!
4. Blueberries and Raspberries? Say Yes!
Time to load up on the Anti-Oxidants. A good diet is essential for glowing skin even in the best of days. Exposure to intense summer sun puts an extra stress on your body and causes those free radicals to go into overdrive. Have an extra bowl of blueberries and raspberries every day to load up on the anti-oxidants to help keep your skin looking its best this summer. As an added bonus, berries also help to boosts your internal sunscreen.
5. Soothe the Sizzle…
One of my best natural treatments for your face after a day, week or month in the sun is a Lemon (rich in vitamin C in fact more than an orange, alphahydroxys and anti-oxidants) and Aloe Vera (also anti-oxidant rich) face masque.
Not only does Aloe Vera help with soothing sunburn, it also acts as a protective layer on the skin and helps to keep in moisture. Plus Aloe Vera moisturizes the skin without giving it a greasy feel.
Lemon juice combined with Aloe can act as a natural remedy to soothe the sizzle by cooling the burn and may act as a disinfectant to prevent the dry, peely skin from being exposed to too much sun.
Here is my recipe:
Take the meat from the inside of 1-2 aloe leaves, put in blender, combine with juice of half lemon, mix until combined. Apply with soft bristle brush… leave on 20 minutes, wash off with warm water.
6. Cover UP—shirt, hat sunglasses
"Sun protective clothing is a must", says the Skin Cancer Foundation.
Always wear a hat. Preferably one made with tightly woven fabric. The wider the brim, the more fashionable, but also the more protection. The brim shades your face, ears and the back of your neck.
Long Sleeve Shirts over a bathing suit offer the best protection from the sun and are also feminine and sexy.
Sunglasses are also a must. The right ones with 100 % or total UV protection are necessary for protecting the delicate skin around the eyes as well as helping to protect your EYES from the damaging long term effects of the sun. And lest we forget, a must have fashion accessory for the beach, the BBQ and the birthday bashes.
7. Don’t forget the lips! Lips need protection too.
The skin of the lips is naturally thin, thinner than the skin on most of your body and get sunburned, wrinkled and weathered faster.
Stay away from the lip glosses when you are in the sun as they can act as a mirror, attracting the sun to your lips. And if you use lots of lip gloss, that might be the reason why your lips are always so dry in the summer time and crepey when you get older.
For this reason, I recommend lip balms as part of your summer regiment. Lip Armour by All Terrain, is loaded with Jojoba, Coconut oil, Cacao Butter Vitamin E and Peppermint. And lets not forget the zinc oxide. It protects from UVA and UVB with at 28 SPF. With Zinc as the natural active ingredient, no wonder Lip Armour is such an all time favorite.
Another favorite we love is Buddha Balm, another chemical free sun block Lip Balm that is 100% natural, plant based containing Shea butter, sea buckthorn oil, and Vitamin E. It also comes in flavorful flavors such as Crushed Mint Pineapple, Burnt Sugar Fig, Mandarin Orange Ginger and Lychee Pomegranate.
BONUS TIP 1: For sun damaged, dry stressed out hair, use the Aloe Vera/Lemon face masque we talked about in point number 5. Add more Aloe Vera to the mixture to use on your hair. You will add moisture and shine back into your hair.
BONUS TIP 2: Keep in the shade. And when you are out in the sun, try to keep away from the most harmful times of the day, usually around 10am to 4pm.
Would love to hear your comments!
Until Next Time