Summer weather comes with an abundance of sunlight, cold drinks and trips to the beach. But it’s also easy to get sunburned at this time of year. But we expect that. Winter weather is where we can get hit the hardest because we don’t expect the sun to burn us, but it still can. But there’s no need to fear the sun. We, in fact, need it for the production of vitamin D. However, excessive exposure to harmful UV rays can lead to skin damage and even cancer.
Being vigilant about sun exposure is necessary. When staying out in the sun for long periods of time, always make sure you protect your skin with the right clothing and sunscreen. There are a number of sunscreens out there, and these can help prevent sun-related damage. But many of these are packed with toxic ingredients.
Fortunately, certain natural oils offer a level of protection from the sun. These have nowhere near the high SPF levels provided by specially formulated sunscreens. But they can be combined and applied to the skin to form a defensive barrier. The oils need to be frequently reapplied and are ideal for days when the sun’s rays are not too intense.
1. Rice Bran Oil
Historically, rice bran oil has been used in Japanese culture to brighten and soften skin. It has an SPF of 2-4 and contains gamma oryzanol, a compound rich in antioxidants. Applying this oil before sun exposure blocks the transmittance of UV rays through the surface of the skin.
2. Avocado Oil
Thanks to its high level of monounsaturated fats, avocado oil forms a barrier over the skin and protects it from external damage. It naturally has a high SPF of up to 15. The oil can also help soothe the pain and inflammation related to sunburns.
3. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil contains heath fatty acids which make it an excellent full body moisturizer. It is a highly versatile oil with moisturizing and soothing properties. It has a natural SPF of 4-5 and is packed full of antioxidants. Apply it to your skin and hair before heading out into the sun to prevent damage.
4. Red Raspberry Oil
Red Raspberry oil is a natural vitamin-rich oil that offers a high SPF of up to 50. Regular application reduces inflammation and keeps the skin young. It has a thick consistency and can be applied directly to your skin.
This winter, don’t forget to continue to protect yourself as if it were summer. Be smart about your exposure to the sun’s rays. Before you head out for a day in the sun protect yourself with the right clothing and natural oils. Your skin will thank you for it!