When Ultraviolet radiation (UV) rays from the sun wreak havoc on our skin, over time it can cause sunburns, wrinkles, premature aging, and cancer, and reduce immunity against infections. Special skin cells spread a dark pigment called melanin through the skin to tan it, protecting sensitive underlying cells from the sun’s destructive tendencies. Natural plant extracts and a variety of essential oils can help protect against the harm UV rays can have on your skin. At The Laughing Tree Organics we infuse many of Natures little miracles into our products to help neutralize the effects of damaging UV rays. Here are just some of the amazing benefits natures botanicals can have on your skin this summer!
Aloe Vera: This ancient natural skin care herb protects the skin’s immune cells against the damaging effects of the sun. Fresh aloe vera may be applied after any type of sun exposure. It’s anti-inflammatory, moisturizing, emollient, and antimicrobial actions make it especially useful for helping to prevent sunburn damage.
Coenzyme Q10: Also known as ubiquinone and CoQ10, this enzymatic co-factor penetrates into the viable layers of the skin and markedly counteracts damaging free radical activity (oxidation) caused by the sun. Good for the skin in a number of ways, CoQ10 is also a powerful antioxidant that counteracts damaging free radical activity caused by the sun. In fact, Italian researchers found that melanoma patients had abnormally low levels of CoQ10 compared to those who were free of cancer. A 2006 study also showed that when applied topically to the skin, CoQ10 protected skin cells, suppressing the UV radiation induced inflammatory response. Researchers concluded that the ingredient in topical skin care products could provide enhanced protection from inflammation and premature aging caused by sun exposure.
Green Tea: Whether applied topically or consumed as a beverage or dietary supplement, green tea is a premiere skin protectant. It protects against direct damage to the cell and moderates inflammation, according to research from the Department of Dermatology, Columbia University, New York. Studies suggest that the catechins in green tea are some 20 times stronger in their antioxidant powers than even vitamin E. Men, women and children need to position this super shield on their side against the ravaging effects of the sun.
Calendula: Much of the healing properties of calendula are because of its high levels of carotenoids (vitamin A like compounds). This miracle herb has been used clinically for skin conditions including sunburn, psoriasis and dramatis. It may also be used as a homeopathic remedy at doses consistent with that kind of therapy.
Carrot-seed essential oil: is especially beneficial to sun-damaged skin and is even used to treat pre-cancerous skin conditions. The beta-carotene it contains has been proven to protect against ultraviolet-induced skin cancer.
Rosemary: Rich in antioxidants, rosemary helps protect from free radical damage, and also helps tame inflammation. These two properties make it perfect for sun-protection purposes, as it’s the free radical damage from the UV rays that we want to avoid.
Lavender: If you’ve looked around at natural sunscreen formulas, you’ve probably noticed lavender mentioned several times. It not only has a lovely scent, but has been found in studies to inhibit the generation of the type of free radical that causes much of the damage from UVA/UVB radiation. It also helps protect against cancerous changes—in one study, applying lavender oil reduced skin tumor incidence by 33 percent.
Sunflower seed oil also is a good source of beta-carotene, which has shown in studies to help make skin less sensitive to the sun.
Walnut extract: Looking to get a little tan while you’re in the sun? This may be your best bet. Walnut extract has been shown in studies to be very effective as a self-tanning sunscreen agent. It has compounds that react with the keratin proteins in your skin to form colored compounds that protect you from UV rays.
Want to create your own added protection with natural herbs and botanicals? Try this simple and easy to create natural sunscreen. Learn more about DIY natural sunscreens at the Simple Life Mom Blog.
Simple Sunscreen Oil
You can also just create an oil to put on your skin.
- 1/2 cup fractionated coconut oil (doesn’t harden below 76 degrees F)
- 10 drops myrrh essential oil (add up to 40 drops for higher SPF)
- 5 drops carrot seed essential oil
Combine all ingredients and keep in amber jar (to help preserve oils). Apply over all exposed skin. Reapply often.
Read more at http://simplelifemom.com/2014/05/12/homemade-natural-sunscreen/#UqJbsQuiaQa4wewE.99