How To Prepare Your Skin For The Hot Summer


Once upon a time, the sun has become our biggest source of energy and health. Currently, the situation is little different. In recent days, we know the overexposure under the sun's rays is potentially dangerous for our skin, and the gradual wish to have a better suntan is replaced by healthy tanning routines. How our biggest organ - our skin is ready to adopt and transform the sunlight to be with healing power, depends on several factors.

As whiter, your skin is, as more sensitive it is. This does not mean people with dark skin should not be cautious to their sun protection. Different individuals have different types of skin, and some of them think their sun protection is reliable if they buy a sun lotion with the highest SPF. In most cases, these creams create a thick white covering on the skin, which prevents the healthy sun rays to enter into our body. If we undervalue our natural body needs of the sun vitamin - D vitamin, this could be a reason for many unhealthy conditions.
Our sun protection begins not only with our sun oils and creams but also with our nourishment and diet.

Our food as a sun protection.
It is less known that we can amplify our sun protection if we increase the consumption of  A, E, B and C vitamins. Fortunately, summer offers many fruits and vegetables rich in these vitamins, and we can take our daily dose of them from tomatoes, melons, cucumbers, citrus fruits, cranberries, etc.
If our body receives enough quantity of zinc and calcium microelements, we are less prone to sun allergies. Preferably, we should consume more nuts - walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds, and dairy products, in order our skin to be with a better sun protection.

We know, better sun protective creams contain carotene, which is an antioxidant - naturally found in carrots and all yellow, orange and dark green fruits and vegetables. By adding them to your menu, your body will increase the sunscreen naturally.
Also, our UV- sun protection will be more effective if we consume food rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which excellent sources are flax oil or seeds, and seafood.
If you don't want to smear strange perfumed chemical creams on your skin, here are some natural sun protections, which you can find in your kitchen or beauty store.

Which are the best natural oils for sunscreen?
If you are looking to wear your suntan for a long time, do not allow the solar rays to burn your skin. Whether you have a light or dark skin, it is not healthy to stay under the sun without high SPF. Most of the plant oils have SPF, but some of them are with a higher factor.

Carrot Seed Oil - 38-40- SPF
This is one of the most popular plant oil, contained in many cosmetic products for sun protection. In addition to its high sunscreen characteristics, carrot oil can heal and refresh your skin. It is rich in vitamin E and many antioxidants, which stimulate new skin cells' growth and protection from cancer. With the typical orange color and earth scent, it is not pleasant for everyone. That's why you can mix it with coconut or cocoa oils, to prepare your natural sun lotion.

Red Raspberry Seed Oil- SPF 28- 50 SPF
If you need a luxurious and sweet oil, which can moisturize and protect you from the sun's rays, raspberry seed oil is the one. It has an anti-aging effect that can reduce your wrinkle appearance and increase the collagen production. Besides the high quality of vitamin A and E, it is rich in phytosterols and essential fatty acids, which have an amazing effect on the body health.

Wheatgerm Oil- 20 SPF
This oil is packed with vitamins- A, B, D, E, minerals, and omega-3. Also, it acts freely in prevention, by protecting the skin from the solar rays. Easily absorbed, wheat germ oil is often used in cosmetic products for dry skin and anti-aging programs. In addition, it can eliminate freckles and dark spots on your face.
There are many oils with low SPF, which are proper for sun protection, too. Mostly it depends on their quality and origin:
  • Cocoa Oil - 15 SPF
  • Coconut Oil - 8- 10 SPF
  • Shea Butter - 6- 8 SPF
  • Avocado Oil - 4- 10 SPF
  • Jojoba Oil - 4- 6 SPF
  • Corn Oil - 7 SPF
  • Olive Oil - 3- 8 SPF
  • Sunflower seed Oil - 5 SPF
When we use plant oils as a sun protection, it is not only about the higher SPF, but the plenty of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, that we receive. Also, they could be a good sun care for children.
Think about your skin care as a way to protect, heal and nourish your body, and decide is it necessary to feed it with modern sun lotions.