SUN SENSE PROTECTION
is much to be learned from the natural world around us. Nature has provided us with an
abundance of highly effective raw materials perfect for the care and feeding of your skin ."
Today, sun worshippers still throng the beaches in search of a bronzed look. Outdoor activities put many people in the sun's rays for hours at a time. Although a little dose of sun every day is actually healthy, too much leads to an uncomfortable burns and causes skin to thicken and wrinkle prematurely. Take precautions to protect yourself from direct exposure to both UVA and UVB radiation with sensible sunning .
Sun protection at any age is important to prevent short-term and long-term damaging effects of sunlight. Sunscreens are an important part of a sun protection regime and should be used in conjunction with other sun safety steps for optimal sun protection.
Overexposure to sunlight can result in painful, red, sunburned skin. A bad burn can cause serious consequences like skin cancer later in life. Long-term overexposure can cause wrinkles, freckles, age spots, dilated blood vessels, changes in the texture of the skin that make skin look older, and also provoke various skin diseases and create precancerous and cancerous lesions.
Although sun avoidance is becoming increasingly more desirable, outdoor occupations and lifestyles make total avoidance impossible for many individuals. The regular use of sunscreens represents a practical compromise in this regard. Sunscreens prevent the formation of squamous cell carcinomas in animals. In humans, the regular use of sun care/sunscreen has been shown to reduce actinic keratoses, solar elastosis, and squamous cell carcinoma.
There are many different brands of sunscreen available. They are classified according to their active ingredients as some products contain chemical filters, some contain physical filters and some contain both. The chemical sunscreens (methoxycinnamate, padimate-o and the like) and physical sunblocks (titanium dioxide and zinc oxide) have been found to generate free radicals when exposed to sunlight, which then can attack the nuclei of your skin cells and cause mutations. That´s right: they can cause skin cancer.
Furthermore, sunscreen chemicals have been found to pass through the skin and mimic the effects of estrogen, which may disrupt the delicate balance of the body´s natural hormones. Fortunately, there are alternatives to these potentially harmful chemicals.
Natures Sun Protection
Nature has provided us with an abundance of highly effective raw materials perfect for the care and feeding of your skin. Organic plant oils and herbs provide concentrated, easily absorbed nutrients that protect against environmental elements and premature aging by supporting healthy skin function, fostering balance, and accelerating healing.
natural suntan and after-sun products are found in abundance at natural foods stores. From
avocado oil to botanicals such as Aloe Barbadensis , Lavandula Angustifolia flower and Chondrus Crispus , these ingredients soothe and protect the skin.
Suncare products containing naturally extracted Carrot Oils quickly produce a beautiful golden tan and better protect the skin against the damaging effects of UVR than chemical sunscreens alone. Carrot Oil is a golden coloured extract from carrots with extraordinary skin protection and conditioning benefits derived from the high quantities of oil soluble carotenoids that it contains. In addition to carotenoids, Carrot Oil contains other powerful antioxidants such as tocopheryl which enhances skin immunity and help heal a sunburn.
The aromatic lavender flower has natural antiseptic and astringent properties that folk healers recognized centuries ago. Applied topically, lavender can soothe and protect sunburned skin and possibly prevent infection in blisters that often accompany more severe sunburns.
Some plant oils contain natural sunscreens such as Sesame oil which resists 30 percent of UV rays. A valuable moisturizer and skin conditioner that is rich in Vitamins A and E. It is high in health promoting antioxidants which protect from sun and air pollution and also a natural reflector of the sun's harmful rays holding a natural SPF. The vitamin E content of the avocado makes it an effective moisturizer for sun-damaged or dry skin. Other benefits of vitamin E include protection against ozone damage and decreased erythema or redness to the skin after sun exposure.
Aloe Vera is
included in many natural sun-care products for its soothing and healing qualities. Known
as the burn plant, the gel from aloe is believed to stimulate skin and assist in new cell
growth. Use it to relieve sunburn, blisters or as a moisturizing sunscreen and pogostemon. Cablin is used for its reviving and stimulating properties that help improve circulation and soothed skin .
1. Planning outdoor activities for early morning or late afternoon. Ultraviolet rays are most intense from 10 am to 3 pm .
2. Wearing a hat, long-sleeve shirt, long pants and sunglasses when outside for long periods of time and apply sunscreen to exposed skin.
3. People at higher risk for skin cancer (outdoor workers, fair-skinned, light-eyed individuals and people who have already had skin cancer) should apply sunscreens daily.
4. Apply a sunscreen before every exposure to the sun, and re-apply it frequently and liberally, at least every few hours, as long as you stay in the sun.
5. Highly reflective surfaces such as water, sand and concrete can cause considerable sun damage by intensifying its effect on skin cells.
6. Keep young infants out of the sun. Begin using sunscreens on children at six months of age, allowing only moderate sun exposure.
7. Teach children sun protection early.
How To Apply Sunscreen
1. Shake well before use to mix particles that might be clumped up in the container.
2. Be sure to apply enough sun care gel . As a rule of thumb, use an ounce (a handful) to cover your entire body.
3. Use on all parts of your skin exposed to the sun, including the ears, back, shoulders and the back of the knees and legs.
4. Apply thickly and thoroughly.
1. Be careful when
applying sun care gel around the eyes.
1. Be careful when applying sun care gel around the eyes.
2. It is a good general rule to apply a sunscreen very liberally. Anyone who skimps would not receive full protection. The sunscreen should be applied about a half hour before going outside to allow time for the sunscreen to soak in and take effect.
3. A little label reading and common sense can steer you through the sunscreen confusion to products that nourish your skin, boost your natural defenses against sun damage and keep you glowingly healthy.
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