My hubby, Gary and I, had a blast teaching a summer skin care class this past Sunday at CycleOm in Little Italy.
He whipped up a batch of our yummy Tropical Coconut lip balms and I shared my juicy summer skin care secrets with the attendees.
I didn't want to leave you out of the loop, so here are my best sun care secrets so you can try them at home too...
1. Mother nature is incredible at providing natural sunscreen protection. Here are a few examples:
- Shea Butter SPF 4-6
- Coconut Oil SPF 4-6
- Almond Oil SPF 5
- Red Raspberry Seed Oil SPF 25-50
- Carrot Seed Oil SPF 35-40
You'll be happy to know that my lip balms contain shea butter and almond oil, making them a natural SPF 4-6.
2. Be sure to stay away from these specific essential oils in the sunny summer time.
If they contain the chemical bergaptene, you might end up with phototoxicity (burned in the areas you apply the oils):
- Orange essential oil
- Lime essential oil
- Grapefruit essential oil
- Lemon essential oil
- Bergamot essential oil
Be sure to avoid the sun, and tanning beds, for up to 12 hours after using these citrus essential oils on your skin so you don't get burned.
3. Look for these two champion ingredients when you pick-out your next bottle of sunscreen:
- Titanium dioxide
- Zinc oxide
These are the only two sunscreen ingredients that sit on the top layer of your skin (non-nano).
They won't seep into your bloodstream and disrupt your hormones like the other ones do.
4. Here's a list of some delicious foods that protect your skin naturally:
- Citrus fruits: Contains Vitamin C which reduces the potential for sunburn.
- Carrots: The Beta carotene protects skin from free radical damage.
- Green tea: Contains catechins that prevent sunburn inflammation and long term UV radiation damage.
- Almonds: Contains Vitamin E which repairs skin from sun damage.
5. A whopping 80% of the population is deficient in Vitamin D. Here are some great ways to get your D in naturally...
- 15 minutes in the sunlight without sunscreen. Try to go out in the early mornings or later in the afternoon when the sun is less intense.
- Supplementation might be necessary if your Vitamin D levels are below 12 ng. Talk with your doctor about what dose they recommend. It can range from 600-2000 IU's depending on how deficient you are.
Here are the symptoms of Vitamin D deficiency:
- Muscle weakness
- Chronic pain
- Sweating and elevated body temperature
Foods that contain Vitamin D:
- Egg yolk
- Milk (fortified)
- Cereal (fortified)
- Yogurt (fortified)
- Orange juice (fortified)
Cheers to your healthy and protected skin. Have a beautiful week!