Summer is finally here! And so are the bright and burning rays of the sun. Beautiful tan looks healthy, but unfortunately tomato red skin seems to be more common year after year. Besides the look and feel, burnt skin is also a health risk and can develope skin cancer.
It’s not easy to avoid the sun, and not necessary if you protect your skin by applying sunscreen. By protecting from harmful radiation from the sun sunscreen reduces your risk for skin cancer, premature aging and sunburns. Wear it regularly and you can enjoy the sun and get a nice tan.
A cooler weather is not an excuse to skip sunscreen. I did that and the result was catastrophic. I went for bicycle trip near the ocean wearing shorts and a long sleeve shirt but no sunscreen. Obviously back of my hands and front of my thighs got burnt. Not a nice experience. But now I do remember to add sunscreen every time I go out.
Always use a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF 15 or higher. When the weather is getting warmer the sun is getting stronger, so don’t leave your home without protecting your skin. SPF 15 filters out approximately 93% of all incoming sun rays, SPF 30 keeps out 97% and SPF 50 keeps out 98% of the rays.
Check that the sunscreen you choose protects your skin from both UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays are the ones that cause premature skin aging and wrinkling, and suppression of immune system. UVB rays burn the superficial layers of the skin, and plays a key role in developing skin cancer.
Conventional sunscreens often have different kinds of toxic chemicals. Natural sunscreens are usually made of minerals which reflect the sun’s rays rather than absorb them like chemical sunscreens. You may find the natural sunscreens a bit thicker in consistency and whiter than conventional ones. They may take longer to apply and fully rub in, but you will get the convenience of conventional while feeling good about the products you are using on your body.
When choosing your sunscreen, look for these:
- Mineral sunscreens with Zinc Oxide and/or Titanium Oxide
- Naturally scented sunscreens with essential oils such as coconut oil, lavender or green tea
- Paraben free
- Eco-friendly recyclable packaging
Below you can find some natural sunscreens which are available at Anni’s Vital Shop.
JĀSÖN® sun care products provide the broad spectrum protection you need to protect you from the sun’s rays. The formulas are non-greasy and absorb quickly and all of them are biodegradable. Award winning and the best sun cream for natural beauty. For all the family, babies (earth’s best) kids and face.
With safe, non-toxic UV-filters and a blend of antioxidant-rich green tea, rosemary and edelweiss, you can naturally protect your skin from the sun with Green People sun lotion. It is marine-friendly, natural sunscreen with broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection, free from harsh chemicals and artificial fragrances, suitable for sensitive skin and in prickly heat.
Lotion, pump spray or continuous spray, P20 sun protection gives you up to 10 hours reliable sun protection with just one application. P20 is very water resistant and easy to apply. No added fragrance, colourants or added preservatives.
Derma Sun provides the whole family with waterproof protection against sunburn and possible skin discolouration. The Derma Sun line protects your skin from the sun’s UVA and UVB rays and meets the new EU recommendations for optimal UVA and UVB protection. It is pure and effective sun protection – without any self-tanning ingredients or other unnecessary ingredients.
Danish Mellisa sunscreen with UVA and UVB filter. Contains organic aloe vera and avocado oil. Free from perfume and titanium.
Sun friendly foods:
- Red & orange fruit and veggies
- Green tea – try this!
- Fish rich in Omega-3
- Dark chocolate – try this!
- Coffee with caffeine – try this!
If your skin already got burnt, use Aloe Vera!
Photos by Tiina Arminen