|The Lost Herbs
||Natural Skin Care Tips for The Summer!
Summer is the season when fun beach days are synonymous with skin sun damage. So, when the sun gets hotter and humidity increases, it is time to step up with your skin care regimen. The goal is to keep skin healthy, hydrated, and protected.
Most of us tend to reach for store-bought bottled sunscreen, balms, or creams to last us a season. But, these products can be expensive and their chemical and synthetic ingredients can lead to more harm than good.
Luckily, you don’t have to go too far from the garden if you want safer, cheaper, and more effective skin products. Plants contain active molecules beneficial for the skin but without the harsh ingredients of commercial cosmetic products. In fact, plants were a staple in ancient beauty practices because of their effectiveness.
Each plant has different functions for your different skin care needs. Here’s what you should look for in looking for natural summertime skin protection.
UV rays and pollution are environmental aggressors you cannot avoid. Even when the day seems drafty, remember that behind the clouds is the sun hiding. As cliché as it sounds, a cloudy day can still cast harmful UV rays that damage your skin.
Antioxidants play a role in reverting the effects of these skin stressors.
They are substances that protect the skin from oxidative damage caused by free radicals from UV and pollution.
When taken internally or externally, antioxidants combat skin aging and promote overall skin health.
The most important sources of antioxidants are Vitamins A, C, and E, as well as flavonoids and phenolic acid. These substances are the potent antioxidant powerhouse that leaves the skin nourished, and protected and fights premature skin aging.
Proper skin care comes from the inside, so if you want a youthful glow, topical applications may not be enough.
The best and basic step is to load up on antioxidants through a high-quality diet. The best source comes from dark, leafy greens and many types of berries. Blueberries, raspberries, elderberries, and other wild berries are rich in antioxidants.
Carrots, sweet potatoes, spirulina, and other fresh herbs and spices are also beneficial for skin health.
Among them, curcumin that comes from turmeric is the most potent source of antioxidants. It is often consumed as a tea, used as a spice, incorporated into other foods, or applied topically for the best result. The medicinal herb lemon balm has also been shown to have an impressive antioxidant profile.
Most plants contain antioxidant properties, some more potent than others. These are due to the phenolics present in all parts of the plant – from its roots to the tips of its leaves. Even the pigments that make the blueberries blue and raspberries red have antioxidants that protect against oxidative damage.
The role of antioxidants is to freeze or neutralize the free radicals. Free radicals are the unstable atoms that damage the cells resulting in ageing and many diseases. Introducing ample antioxidants in the body produces electrons that bind and eliminate these free radicals. The chain reaction provides a protective layer on the skin to ward off damage and boost the overall immune health.
Sunscreen products are a must, summer or not. It gives the skin protection against the harmful UV rays that are often the cause of premature ageing. Fortunately, you can also get its benefit from natural sunscreen found in plants.
Many plant oil offer sun protection. Sesame oil can resist about 30% of UV rays. Coconut, peanut, cottonseed, and olive also makes an excellent natural sunscreen.
Raspberry seed oil is a promising option for a sunscreen that can potentially block UVB and UVC radiation. UVB and UVC are the radiations that can cause sunburn and eye damage. Although it does not offer much protection against UV-A, which causes skin cancer, it is packed with antioxidants and skin-supporting essential fatty acids. Raspberry oil can hydrate the skin without clogging the pores.
Here are some easy-to-grow and popular herbs you can find that bring great benefit to the skin.
Sunburn isn’t the only skin concern during the summer months — insect bites and stings are also a bothersome reality. If you would like rapid, soothing relief, my All-Purpose (First Aid) Salve is outstanding for relieving the pain, swelling, and itch of mosquito bites and bee stings. It is also helpful for bruising, minor bleeding, and diaper rash. In my family, we use it for cracked hands, feet and lips as well. It is antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory. To stave off infectious illness during summer and beyond, use a Q-tip to coat the inside of your nose with the salve. It works wonders!
Herbal tinctures are a terrific addition to your summertime routine as they help to keep your skin in top health from the inside out. And soothing bites, stings, and other skin irritations during the hot summer months couldn’t be easier with my All-Purpose Salve, which is packed with organic and/or wildcrafted healing botanicals for rapid relief.
I hope you find these tips helpful. Wishing you a bright and joyful summer season!
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"Herbal tinctures are a terrific addition to your summertime routine as they help to keep your skin in top health from the inside out." How do you use the tinctures? Add them to an oil? Or just apply on the skin?
A natural sunscreen article that doesn’t even mention astaxanthin?? One of the strongest antioxidants known for protection against UV rays? Yet somehow cottonseed oil (barf) a byproduct of conventional cotton production and extremely high in pesticides gets on the list. How? Has anyone ever seen organic cottonseed oil? I’ve actually read the opposite that ingesting vegetable oils (soy, canola, corn, cottonseed…) increases sunburn by weakening the cells and increasing inflammation in the body. I do cook with coconut oil which you also mention.
Do you have a sunscreen recipe you can share with me please
Love your way to teach how to maintain our health safe. Thanks
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