Sunlight and the Skin: Part 2
Here is the anxiously awaited part 2 of guest blogger Juliette Scarfe’s Vitality Series: Sunlight and the Skin. In the conclusion, Juliette gives you some phenomenal natural recipes to combat the dreaded sunburn which has affected most of us. If you have any special tricks to deal with sunburn or sun damage, feel free to leave a comment below using your Facebook profile.
Sunlight and the Skin: Part 2
by Juliette Scarfe
Top Tips and Natural Sun Protection
Our bodies are incredible and have inbuilt protective mechanisms to deal with the sun’s rays. To prepare the skin before intense sunshine, consume vitamin B6 every day for one week.
Natural sun-screen protection comes from plant oils and fats such as coconut, eucalyptus, jojoba, and shea butter. I use Zinc oxide and red raspberry seed oil in my Sun Serum as they are powerful, natural protectants against UVA and UVB damage. Zinc oxide is a mineral sunblock, reflecting UV’s away from the skin, before it can cause damage to the epidermis.
With all burns, it is crucial to get the heat out of the skin, using a bath to immerse your body, as soon as you feel a tightening or tingling sensation. Stay under the water for a minimum of 15 minutes and ensure that the whole body is submerged.
Remember that wet and oiled skin absorbs more sunlight, due to the ways that the rays bend through aqueous liquid.
Stay out of the sun between the hours of 12pm and 3pm as this is when the ultraviolet light is strongest.
To reduce and neutralize the oxidative effects of sunlight, take vitamin C (2000mg) and vitamin E (1000iu) immediately after exposure – they are both potent antioxidant nutrients.
During the summer, Mother nature naturally produces green leaves high in chlorophyll and brightly colored fruits and vegetables, high in phytonutrients and flavonoids to support our bodies to process the effects of the sun. Increase your intake of summer salads, juices and fruit smoothies and pure water, to reduce the effects of oxidization on the skin and the body.
At Home Solutions for Sunburn
Here are my favorite home remedies that may provide relief from mild sunburn:
Apply chilled aloe vera and coconut oil to your entire body to make the skin more supple and nourished. Both aloe and coconut absorbs UV radiation, supports skin microflora, harmonizes the healing process and accelerates epidermal repair.
Do not use synthetic ingredients on your skin, this will increase inflammation and cause cellular damage – stay away from any product that claims to cool the skin – they are extremely toxic.
Stay out of the sun for two whole days and cover up in light, white clothing, even if your symptoms have subsided and there is no external evidence of sunburn.
Tea can assist recovery – elderflower or yarrow are used by herbalists as a diaphoretics to induce sweating and epidermal recovery.
Apple cider vinegar – this is one of the most effective topical treatments. Vinegar can be applied as a compress. Soak clean natural fibre towels in 50% pure water, 50% apple cider vinegar solution. Wring the towels and apply on the affected areas, avoiding contact with broken skin and the eye area. Alternatively, add the solution to a clean spray bottle and spritz over the body every 30 minutes.
You should be drinking 1.5 to 2 litres of pure water a day (this can include herbal teas). While in the sunshine, this needs to be doubled as you will lose three times this amount from the body. Heat and dehydration will lead to illness and even death, so make sure you are hydrated before, during and after sun exposure – hydrate your skin from within to accelerate epidermal recovery. Avoid any beverages that have a diuretic effect, including alcohol, tea and coffee.
Skin Repair Recipes:
Alkalizing Bath Soak
Handful of bicarbonate of soda
Two handfuls of Pink Himalayan Salt
Handful of organic oats
Contents of two green teabags
10 drops organic lavender oil
Add all the ingredients under running water to disperse and soak in lukewarm water for not less than 30 minutes. This bath is extremely effective as your body absorbs vital minerals and nutrients transdermally and is alkalized to accelerate repair. Inflammation, tightness and pain will be reduced.
After Sun Serum
50ml avocado oil
50ml coconut oil
25 drops of organic lavender oil
Add the ingredients to a glass bottle and shake well, store out of direct sunlight and apply liberally after showering and before bed.
Cooling Body Spritz
Tbsp Green Tea
Tbsp Cucumber Juice
Tbsp Witch Hazel
Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
225 ml pure water
Add all ingredients into a glass spritzer bottle and shake well before use. Store in the fridge and use liberally every hour.
About the Author
Juliette founded Bare Skin Beauty in 2008, with the aim of redefining the concept of beauty and empowering people to feel confident and radiant in their own skin. Natural beauty flows from inner health.
Currently studying Nutrition and Anatomy and Physiology, Juliette seeks to educate and enlighten through her writing, encouraging us to eradicate toxins and consciously reconnect with our bodies. Believing “we are what we absorb” and that her unique Skinfood skincare can nourish, balance and repair the whole body.
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