Being outdoors with warm weather is so appealing. However, we must be mindful of the rays from the sun and the risks of sunburn and damage to our skin. Many of the everyday lotions for protection contain elements that can be as harmful as the sun itself. Elements like Deet are known to be dangerous and should be avoided. By the way, everyday protection from the sun’s rays is a year-round task, albeit less intense than the spring/summer playing at the parks or tanning at the beaches. However, there are safe sun screen elements that effective as well. Here are the top 6 ways to not get burnt’ the natural way!

1. Safe sun exposure can occur without sunscreen, if done in the
following ways:
Get into the sun before 10:00 a.m. Stay out of the sun, without
protection, from 10:00am to 3:00 p.m. Being in the sun for no more
than 15 minutes at a time will deliver the 10.000 IU of Vitamin D
health benefits of sun exposure.

2. & 3. below are mineral-based sunscreens that physically and safely
block the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays. This barrier sits on top
of your skin. Simply follow product instructions for effective
Several of the larger skincare companies now offer this safer
alternative to skin protection in the sun.
Zinc-oxide based sun-screen lotion
Titanium-based sun-screen lotion
Both of these powerful and safe sunscreen elements are found
separately or in combination for some natural-based sunscreens.

4. Sesame nut oil
Applying sesame oil on your skin each day can help protect your skin
against the damaging ultraviolet ray of the sun. This oil can also
be used to treat sunburns or help repair damaged skin.

5. Sun protection rich fruits,vegetables and other nutrients: provides a listing of 12 nutrient-rich, anti-
inflammatory nutrients that boost your skin’s natural sun
protection, also guarding the skin from sun damage. The super foods
citrus fruits
flax seeds
green tea
leafy greens
red grapes

6.Sunglasses with UVA & UVB protection
This protection is essential for protection of the eyes in the sun
and has been aptly referred to as ‘sunscreen for the eyes’!

Bonus Tips:
– Camoummile tea
When you get too much sun and have red and tender areas, there is a
solution. Just brew a cup of tea and after cooling, place in a spray
bottle and spray over the affected area for relief.
– Hat
Wearing a hat in the sun will help to reduce heat build-up and ward
off heat rash. It will also serve to keep cooler with the direct heat
off the head and face.

So, go ahead and have “fun in the sun” year-round!