With summer activities in full swing, many of them outdoors, it is important to remember to protect your skin from the damaging effects of the sun. Some exposure is beneficial, and can cause your skin to produce Vitamin D. Vitamin D helps muscle strength, blood pressure, immune system, and keeps bones strong. It also improves mood, protects against melanoma, and relieves seasonal affective disorder. The best time to obtain good UVB rays, the Vitamin D producers, are at midday.
When your skin starts to feel hot, dry, or begins to redden, it is burning. To protect yourself from sunburn, wear a wide-brimmed hat, moisturize skin before going outside, limit sun exposure, and include antioxidants in your diet. You can sunburn, even on a cloudy day. If you do indeed burn, use these natural home remedies:
- Aloe vera
- Coriander oil
- Green tea
Be sure to drink plenty of water and avoid abrasive contact with the skin.
Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the U.S. There are a couple different forms, with melanoma being the most deadly. Prolonged and repeated sun exposure and sunburn puts you at risk for these cancers. Sunscreen is very important to protect yourself. Sunscreens with SPF 15-50 are good; wearing clothes protects at a level of SPF 15. There are many chemicals in sunscreens that contain toxins. Opt for natural alternatives with sunflower oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil, shea butter, and eucalyptus oil.
Mercola MD, Joseph. “How to Treat Sunburn Naturally.” Health. Mercola.com, 2 Jun 2014. Web. 19 Jun 2014.