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It’s no secret that the skin needs serious protection from the sun and its dangerous UV rays. However, certain sunscreens can actually do more harm than good, especially when they are full of dangerous man-made chemicals and ingredients that can’t be pronounced. Luckily, nature provided plenty of natural sun protection options that can be used to prevent sunburn, skin damage and premature aging. Here are some of the best ingredients to try for natural sun protection without unwanted chemicals.
Recent studies have shown that both external and internal use of green tea can help prevent sunburn and the development of skin cancer. Place the tea directly on skin or drink at least two cups of green tea a day to protect skin from the sun.
Lavender has recently begun to grab attention through studies as a possible cancer treatment. One study found that lavender was able to reduce the appearance of skin tumors by 33 percent. This may be because of its ability to stop the development of certain types of free radicals, which are the main culprit behind serious skin damage. If these aren’t reason enough, the smell of lavender in a homemade sunscreen is heavenly.
Some flowers have great natural properties that help protect the skin, including helichrysum flowers. Specifically, they have regenerative qualities along with anti-inflammatory properties that will help to heal sunburnt skin as well.
As long as a high-quality product is used, vitamin E can help to improve skin health overall and protect it from the sun. Apply the oil daily to help smooth rough skin, improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and prevent serious skin damage.
Oils are great for your skin in general but there are some that can help to block dangerous rays from the sun as well. For example, sesame oil blocks up to 30% of all UV rays. This particular oil is also full of beta-carotene, which will help to make skin less sensitive to the Sun in general. Other great contenders include peanut oil, olive oil and coconut oil. There are also several homemade sunscreen recipes that include avocado oil and tea tree oil.
Rosemary is great for the body overall, thanks to its high levels of antioxidants. These antioxidants help to prevent the excess development of free radicals in the body, which is the main concern when it comes to sun damage. It also helps to treat inflammation, in case the skin has already been irritated from unprotected exposure.
Here’s a great natural ingredient to try because not only will it help protect skin from dangerous UV rays, it also helps to develop a healthy tan by reacting with keratin proteins in the skin. It is possible to get a summer glow without putting skin health at risk.
With so many natural ingredients available to use as sunscreen, there’s no reason to use dangerous manmade products that could be causing more harm than good. Experiment with any of these ingredients today to start protecting your skin naturally.