Boost the Protecting Power of Your Sunscreen
Protecting your skin from sun damage is not something to shrug off and save for later.
Jyotsna A. Saonere Suryawanshi, Department of Pharmacy lecturer at Government Polytechnic, states that, "Exposure of skin to sunlight and other atmospheric conditions causes production of reactive oxygen species, which can react with DNA, protein and fatty acids, causing oxidative damage and impairment of [the] antioxidant system."
You can experience sun damage regardless of your age and skin tone. Read on for ways to help keep your skin sun-safe using natural oils.
Prevent Sun Damage
Start your morning with a cleansing face wash to remove impurities and excess oils released during sleep. To add natural UV protection and improve skin health, use one or more of Red Raspberry Seed Oil, Pumpkin Seed Oil, Carrot Seed Oil or Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil as a base layer to promote healing and act as a buffer. Then apply a natural sunscreen as a top layer to give you complete broad-spectrum sun protection.
The Science Behind the OilsNumerous studies support the claim that certain natural oils have sun-protecting qualities. One study, published in 2016 in the International Journal of Pharmacology Research, used in vitro and in vivo tests based on four oils, one of which was Carrot Seed Oil. According to results, "the SPF of carrot seed oil was found to be 19." This SPF is a strong start, and the healing properties can encourage new cell growth.
Another study, published in 2011 in Pharmacognosy Reviews, supports using seed oils as sun protection. They state, "Herbal sunscreens are rapidly replacing modern sunscreens containing UV filters due to associated side effects with UV filters. Also, there are plants available that have given indications of protecting themselves from intense heat and UV radiation from the sun, and they are interesting for researchers."
Protect your skin from sun damage by using these oils and benefit from their fantastic naturally-occurring nutrients.
Red Raspberry Seed Oil has vitamin E, essential fatty acids and antioxidants.
Pumpkin Seed Oil has minerals like magnesium and zinc, vitamins A and E, antioxidants and essential fatty acids.
Carrot Seed Oil has carotene, vitamin A and antioxidants for anti-aging.
Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil has vitamins A, B, C, E and K, essential fatty acids and anti-inflammatory properties.
Avoid blending with photosensitive oils such as lime, bergamot, orange, lemon, grapefruit, angelica and tangerine. These oils counter sun-protecting properties of the seed oils and leave you more susceptible to sunburn and sun damage, in as few as 5 minutes. Use these particular oils at nighttime, and never apply them before going outside during daylight hours.
Did You Know?
FDA regulations generally don't allow sunscreens in cosmetics, since they would need to be marketed as a drug. However, sunscreens can be used in select cases, such as color additives, as long as clearly labeled and approved by the FDA.
What You Should Know
- Anyone can get sun damaged skin, regardless of age or skin tone. If the skin around your eyes become damage its a good idea to remove your natual eyelash and use eyelash extension for a couple months while your skin naturally regen.
- Some natural oils contain UV protection that protect skin from sun damage.
- Apply natural oils as a base layer to boost natural sunscreen protection.
- Carrot Seed Oil contains carotene and antioxidants which protects skin from UV damage and repairs already damaged skin.
- Pumpkin Seed Oil, Red Raspberry Seed Oil, and Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil also contain UV protecting properties and repairing nutrients.
- Avoid bergamot, angelica, or other citrus essential oils before going out into the sun as it can cause serious burns.
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