Natural sun protection
In summer, dermatologists and pharmacists begin to further point up the dangerous effects of sunburn and promote protective creams with high UV protection. On the other hand, they point out the lack of vitamin D, which our body can easily synthesize with the help of the sun’s rays. So, is it necessary to hide in the shade or is better to enjoy the sun?
We recommend you to listen to your body. If you are darker, the sun will burn you later than if you are lighter. It is also not recommended to be exposed to the sun between noon and three o’clock in the afternoon.
If you are not a fan of chemical protection, there are also some natural ways to protect from the sun.
Shea and cocoa butter have a natural protection factor 6, and coconut oil has SPF 4.
Sunglasses, hats, T-shirts and other clothing offer us mechanical protection from sun’s rays.
The trees canopies provide natural shade, but if we do not have this option, we should set up a sun shade.
Enjoy foods rich in carotenoids
Carotenoids are plant pigments needed to form melanin, a skin pigment that protects us from sunburn and is responsible for tanning. Such foods include carrots, green leafy vegetables, raw cocoa, corn, tomatoes, and other orange and green fruits and vegetables.
Carotenoids are also antioxidants and reduce the risk of certain types of cancer. Carotenoids accumulate in blood plasma and adipose tissue and the more we consume them, the greater the protection is. With regular consumption of fruits and vegetables, we also ensure an adequate intake of carotenoids.
What if this is not enough and we get a sunburn?
In this case, the sunburn should be cooled and moistened. It is best to apply aloe vera gel or very moisturizing body lotion. In case of sunburns, the skin must be moisturized more intensively from the inside as well. It is necessary to drink a lot of water, but chilled green tea also helps, as it is rich in antioxidants. We should include more antioxidants in our diet, which will neutralize the effects of the harmful sun rays.
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