Summer is almost here and with that comes long days at the beach, fun at the pool, playtime outside, and so much more. Summer is filled with activity and excitement. But with all that fun and rest, comes the sun. Some people have very fair skin and want to protect it from the harsh rays, but still enjoy time outside. Others have a history of skin cancer and want to help cover themselves the best. There are plenty of ways to protect your skin, but using harsh chemicals, including the ones found in many sunscreens can do more harm than good. Here are some of the best natural ways to protect your skin this summer.
Try Carrot Seed Oil
Some estimates show that carrot seed oil has an SPF of around 30. While the jury is still out on exactly how long you can wear it before you need to reapply, the carrot seed oil is incredibly nourishing to the skin. It’s anti-aging, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and has compounds like limonene and beta-pinene which offer protective benefits to your skin. When you’re looking at natural options for your face and body, give carrot seed oil a try.
Use a Tinted Sunscreen
Another excellent option is to use a tinted sunscreen that uses more natural ingredients. In lieu of wearing your typical foundation, which doesn’t always provide protection from UVA and UVB rays of the sun, you can use a tinted sunscreen option. This helps you get a lightly tanned look, without needing to stay out in the sun too long. For those of you who need extra protection because you have sensitive or very light skin, but you also want to have a little makeup, this is an excellent solution.
Tinted sunscreens come in many different skin tones and help to provide great sun protection while also giving you a healthy-looking glow. They are also beneficial for protecting your skin against harmful blue lights. One of the things that many people don’t realize is that sitting in front of your computer can also impact your skin health. Blue light can cause eye strain, it can age skin more quickly, and it can even interrupt your sleep. Even if you plan to be indoors working on a computer, a tinted sunscreen can help protect your skin.
Wear a Hat
Hats are so underrated. But a wide-brimmed hat can provide tremendous protection from the sun when you’re heading outside. Use it when you’re gardening, when you head to the beach, and even when you go for long hikes. The intense sun exposure can not only give you sunburns, but it can also damage cells, making them precancerous or cancerous. When you wear a hat coupled with a skin protectant, you’ll help keep your skin looking fresh, healthy, and youthful.
Avoid Sun During the Intense Hours
Do you know the worst times of day to be out in the sun? It’s around 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. during the summer months. This means you either need to be extra diligent to put on sunscreen and skin protection, or you need to stay inside or under a porch. The intensity of the sun makes it even more dangerous to people with fair skin who are more prone to burns and can easily blister. By staying indoors during this time and wearing sunscreen and putting on sunglasses at other times, you can be sure to give your skin the best care possible in the summer months.
Nourish From the Inside Out
Some people are able to heal very quickly from sunburns. And while some of it is genetics, the other part is diet. People who eat a diet high in antioxidants, collagen, and other important nutrients are able to heal their skin more quickly. Your skin is the largest organ in your body, so it would only make sense that you can impact it from the inside out. That way, your body can more easily mop up free radicals that are formed from the sun damage, it can repair blistered skin more quickly if needed, and it will have all the building blocks necessary to create new, healthy layers of skin. Staying nourished and hydrated during the summer will improve your skin health.