From day to day it is getting warmer outside and most of us love to stay in the sun – at the beach, in the mountains or just on the balcony. The sun makes us feel happier, healthier and fitter, but it can also cause sun burn, skin allergies, dermal cancer and eye conditions. Thus, my today’s article is about proper natural sun protection.
Many people are stressed by the sun. It is therefore important to adapt slowly at increasing sun radiation. You need to be sensible to the extend of sun radiation that your skin can tolerate and to when it is time to protect from the sun.
To be able to prevent sun burns and more severe results of extensive sun exposure, you should know your type of skin. Also, a sun hat, sun glasses, a longsleeved t-shirt and a kind of natural sun protection should always be at hand, when you are outside on a sunny day.
In case you received a sun burn, try to find an aloa vera leave. It contains moisturing substances an numerous antioxidants that are effective in curing sun burn and insect bites.
Sleeping hormone melatonin – sun glasses can make you tired
Melatonin regulates the circadian clock. The sun reduces melatonin release over the day, which is reactivated over night. Also, melatonin acts as an antioxidant and protects you from solar radiation.
It has been shown that sun light also stimulates the retina and induces the production of the happiness hormone serotonin, which in turn regulates the melatonin balance in the body.
Natural sun protection
Green tea seems to show good sun protective properties. Currently, there are several studies ongoing to look particularly into the polyphenols that are present in green tea in terms of protection from UV radiation – both via oral and topical administration.
Black tea gel has been tested on healthy subjects under artificial UV Radiation towards ist sun protective properties. It has been shown in this study, that all subjects that used the black tea gel on their skin were unaffacted by the Radiation, while those without any substance on their Skin recognized reddening after being exposed to the same dose of UV radiation.
Lots of vegetable oils are capable to protect your Skin from solar radiation, if applied topically. This is a list of different vegetable oils and related SPF:
- Hemp Seed Oil – SPF 6
- Macadamia Oil – SPF 6
- Sesame Seed Oil SPF 4
- Shea Butter – SPF 4
- Jojoba Oil – SPF 4
- Coconut Oil – SPF 2
OK, these oils do not provide SPF 50, but I personally think, that if you’ll need that intense sun protection, then you might be safer not to go into the sun for such a long time or wear appropriate, protective clothes.
Interestingly, Vitamin D itself, which is produced under sun light influence appears to show good anti-skin cancer properties. In a 5-year-study skin cancer incidence could be reduced by 77% through regular Administration of a combination of Vitamin D and calcium.