Holistic sun care tips

These holistic sun care recommendations will help keep your largest organ safe so you can enjoy the outdoors with ease.

 

SPF

2 years old little girl using sun protection cream for skin care. Grandmother showing little girl how to apply sunscreen. Grandmother and daughter enjoying summer holiday on sea beach together.

SPF stands for sun protection factor and is a universal measurement used to determine how long sunscreen will protect you from the sun. For example, assuming the average person went in the sun for 20 minutes without sunscreen, they would burn. SPF 30, when used correctly provides protection for roughly 10 hours (obviously varies on skin type, your location and other factors).1

Sunscreen should be non-negotiable. However, we’re well aware of the harmful toxins in most store-bought sunscreens. A holistic brand we recommend is called Simply Zinc Sun Whip by Cyberderm. This sunscreen was designed by two doctors looking to provide people with a safer sunscreen choice. It absorbs well into your skin and doesn’t leave any greasy residue! Special thanks to our friends at The Green Beauty Collective for introducing this to us. 

 

H2O 

It should come as no surprise to hear that hydration is a key factor in staying healthy while under the sun. Not only should you bring hydrating drinks and food with you, but it’s crucial to be hydrated before you head out. Check out our hydration hacks for more info. For more in-depth hydration tips, read our Healthy Hydration blog post written by our in-house Holistic Nutritionist, Kari Fraser.  

 

Zen out

how stress impacts your skin, link between sun burns and stress

In some cases, prolonged stress can actually increase the chances of burning in the sun. One study conducted by the Journal of National Cancer Institute found that stressed mice were more likely to develop negative effects when exposed to UV rays, compared to mice that were not stressed 2. This is partially due to the chronic weakening of the immune system. When the body’s defence is compromised, free radicals have more of an opportunity to attack because the body’s guard is down. UV rays are just one example of a free radical. 

Combat your stress by incorporating calming rituals into your everyday routines. These can include yoga, meditation, hiking, reading or simply going for a walk after dinner. Take it a step further and try identifying your stressors so you can counteract them with deep breathing, massaging your jaw or another action that naturally calms the body down. 

 

Foods that can help prevent sunburns 

tips for natural hair growthSome studies suggest certain antioxidants naturally found in whole foods, can help protect your body against sun damage. One particular study found participants who ate tomato paste and olive oil  had 35% less skin redness when exposed to UV rays compared to those who did not eat these foods.3

We also know that collagen is imperative to healthy skin! And, do you know what your body needs in order to absorb and synthesize collagen? Vitamin C! 4,5 Lucky for you, one scoop of our PureFood C contains the same vitamin C content as 20 organic lemons! 

Learn more about Vitamin C for collagen production here, and try making our Collagen Cacao Smoothie!

 

 

Know your body

Everyone tolerates the sun differently. If you burn easily, limit your exposure or regularly rotate from sitting in the sun to finding a shady spot under a tree or umbrella. Hats are also a great idea and are crucial to protecting your head, face, ears and neck. It’s easy to lose track of time when relaxing in good weather, so get into the habit of setting a timer or an alarm to avoid falling asleep, or just to limit exposure. It’s also helpful to avoid the sun in peak hours (12:00-4:00 pm). 

 

oops… I got burned, now what?

Your body needs moisture. Vitamin E is a great way to replenish your skin so it can heal.

Here are a few things to rub on your skin when faced with a sunburn: 

  • Shea butter (Raw, unpasteurized)
  • Lotion that contains green tea extract 
  • Lavender oil

Avoid putting anything on your skin that contains nasty chemicals, alcohol, perfume or anything else that could irritate it. 

 

References:

  1. http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/magazine/2015/05/what-does-spf-stand-for/index.htm
  2. https://academic.oup.com/jnci/article/97/23/1760/2521498/Chronic-Stress-and-Susceptibility-to-Skin-Cancer
  3. http://whfoods.org/genpage.php?tname=dailytip&dbid=344
  4.  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18505499

  5.  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK21582/