Natural sun protection

Did you know that you can choose a variety of natural products to protect yourself from the suns rays? You’ll find everything from natural and organic sunblock and lip care to products to shield your body from the inside out. Take a look at some of our favorites and tune into Everyday July 29 to see us chat about them!

Natural Skin Protection
Coola Organic Suncare Collection offers a variety of organic-focused suncare products including classic and mineral based lines. Patented Oleosome Technology, derived from eco-certified organic Safflower and rich in moisturizing Vitamin E, enhances sun protection and helps time-release actives, resulting in 75% less actives!

Natural Lip Protection
There are various natural lip products that provide great protection for your lips while you are playing outside. Alba Bontanica makes a very emollient natural lip care stick with SPF 25 that glides on easy and stays on. Also, make sure to check out Badger Lip Tint and Shimmer that feature natural ingredients like organic sunflower olive oil,  beeswax, castor oil and mineral sun protection complete with a natural looking shimmer. Finally, for super dry summer lips, check out Bodyceuticals Calendula Lip Balm. Calendula flowers have been used since ancient times to heal and nourish the body and help protect against burns.

Natural Sun Protection Options for Hair
While it’s great to wear a hat to protect your hair from the sun, sometimes that’s not always feasible. Also, long hair can extend outside your hat and go unprotected. Thankfully, it’s easy to make your own natural sun protection leave-in conditioner by utilizing oils that contain natural SPF. Products like Shea ButterJojoba OilCoconut Oil and Sesame Oil help seal in moisture and protect hair from the rays. You can make your own special blend and a little goes a long way. If you have colored hair, check with your colorist about the best products for you. We have done some experimenting and found these oils work good with our colored hair, however, there are many different types of color so double-checking is always a good idea.

Internal Ways to Protect Against the Sun
Dark Chocolate
Studies have shown that dark chocolate contains antioxidants and flavonoids that help protect skin from sunburn and skin cancer. The key is to get a very dark chocolate—at least 70% cocoa content—to get the most benefit.

Vitamin E, A and C
Many people don’t realize they can help protect themselves from the sun by taking vitamin supplements. However, combining vitamins C and E helps prevent sunburn and makes the negative effects of the sun less severe. Also, vitamin A is great tool to help heal skin from sun damage. The important part is to purchase high-quality vitamins that feature targeted nutrients that your body can easily absorb and utilize.

Teas
Green and black teas also offer sun protection benefits. In fact, as far back as 1991 researchers have demonstrated that feeding green tea extract to mice helps protect them from ultraviolet light-induced skin cancers. Also, a study at the University of Arizona found that drinking iced black tea with citrus peel provided a 42 percent reduction in skin cancer risk.

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