Summer is an amazing time to enjoy the warm weather, be outdoors with nature and experience the world after a long winter of being indoors. However, it is also important to practice good skin safety skills. Things like the sun rays and chemicals from sunscreen and swimming pools can take a toll on our skin, as well as allow harmful toxins to be absorbed into the body. I’m including a few ideas for protection you can do before swimming or being out in the sun, as well as some things you can do after activities to detox and heal any damage.
Protect from the sun
Here are a few natural ways to protect yourself from the sun if you are looking for ideas other than or in addition to sunscreen:
Protect from Chlorine and other Chemicals
- Limit your time in the sun
- Wear Lightweight clothing and a hat
- Coconut Oil mixed with Lavender, Helichrysum, Myrrh, Roman Chamomile
Let’s face it,one of the main ways to swim in a swimming pool and be safe from bacteria is to swim in chlorine. However, this isn’t the safest on our skin and bodies. The good news is that there are a few simple things you can do to lessen the amount of chemicals that are absorbed when you swim.
Tips for after the activity
- Rinse first before going into the pool. This simple step does more than to rid your body of the dirt and oils, it will also fill your cells up with fresh water so they aren’t as quick to absorb the water from the pool.
- Use the coconut oil and essential oil listed above. Not only will that combination help to protect your skin from the sun, but it will also offer a layer of protection from the chemicals in the water.
Once you come in from swimming or playing outdoors, drinking a large glass of water, with or without a drop of essential oil added, will help to flush and rehydrate your body. Make it a habit to drink fresh pure water, after every activity.
If your time outdoors resulted in a skin discomfort, here are a few things from your pantry that can help:
- Cut a raw potato and rub it on the burn
- Make a cool spritzer ahead of time using green tea and spray it on. You can also keep the bags in the refrigerator and lay them on your eyes for quick relief.
- Skin a cucumber and blend it up to make a nice cool pack to rub into the burn
- Use a cottonball to rub Raw Apple Cider Vinegar over the burn. Don’t do this if there are blisters, but for the redness, this will remove the sting for about 15 minutes.
- Rub coconut oil and peppermint essential oil to cool the burn and release the heat.
Spritz on the following Sun Relief Blend: