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Best Natural Products for Sun Protection and Sun Damage

Summer is here, and in full swing. To celebrate, I teamed up with iHerb to pick out my fave pre and post-sun favourite natural products and remedies from their site to share with you. Here's what I've selected for my most recent haul:

Natural Suncare from iHerb

Pre-Sun Essentials

Sunscreen and sunblock is my #1 way to protect from the sun, following of course: a hat and some shade. I also try to keep covered up during the peak sun hours (from 12 - 2 PM) since I have fair skin and tend to freckle and burn.

When that's not possible - because, you know, summer involves things like going to the beach - I'm lathering on my sunscreen and sunblock essentials, ranging from SPF 30 - SPF 40.

What is SPF anyways?

Sun protective factor, or SPF, is a rating of how long sunscreen will protect your skin from ultraviolet rays. For example, when a sunscreen is labeled "SPF 30," this means that 1/30th of the UV rays will reach the skin. Most experts recommend using sunscreen or sunblock with an SPF of 30 or higher to ensure you're adequately protected.

What I'm loving at the moment are these three products: Babo Botanicals Daily Sheer Sunscreen for Face SPF 40, Devita's Solar Body Moisturizer SPF 30 and Goddess Garden's Sport 30 SPF Spray.

Natural Suncare from iHerb

Babo Botanicals Daily Sheer Sunscreen for Face SPF 40

This is a great product for young ones, and that's why I also love it for me - it's great for the face and for sensitive skin. The formula is non-greasy and sheer. So long as you rub it in correctly, you won't see any white glaze (which can be the issue with some mineral sunscreens). It contains a unique combination of clear zinc oxide and titanium dioxide as physical barriers to UVA & UVB Rays while also containing Aloe, White Tea, Avocado and Jojoba Oil which are powerful soothing and moisturizing ingredients.

Devita Solar Body Moisturizer SPF 30

This super light moisturizer is also a 100% natural mineral sunscreen. It's the perfect all-over body sun-ray blocker and absorbs after a few quick rubs. It is non-greasy, and super light. You do not need too much to get the job done. The mineral sunscreen has non-nano particles (it's made with pure micronized zinc oxide) so it sits on the skin to protect you, while still light enough to not leave a white film. Careful not to apply too liberally, or you'll have some of the mineral sunscreen rolling off. This is a gentle, physical mineral sunscreen that is skin and ocean friendly.

Goddess Garden Sport Spray SPF 30

Goddess Garden has a huge assortment of products when it comes to suncare, but I picked up the sport spray for a few reasons. While I love the Devita for the daily outings, if I'm going to be swimming or spending time doing activities outside, it's nice to have something that holds its own in the water. This one protects for around 80 minutes before needing reapplication (even with swimming and sweating). The spray is also really handy for quicker application. Again, it is non-nano, and uses no chemical sunscreens, but rather Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide and red-raspberry seed oil. This one is especially useful for the active lifestyle types. Do note, you will need to rub in the spray to make sure it's blended before heading outside.

Why is natural sunscreen better?

The unnecessary and often harmful chemicals found in sunscreens and sunblocks can be absorbed into your skin, potentially causing long-term reactions and allergy flare-ups. Furthermore, research by the Environmental Working Group suggests that some chemicals in common sunscreens and sunblocks are endocrine disruptors, which can interfere with certain hormone processes such as the thyroid! For this reason, focus on ingredient's first and find mineral sunblocks that aren't absorbed into the skin.

Post-Sun Natural Skincare

Natural Suncare from iHerb

Ok, so sunburn is one thing, but I'm also about just plain-old care for post sunned skin.

For sunburn, my go to is both pure aloe vera and/or calendula.  Aloe vera is probably the most popular post-burn antidote since it's cooling gel can give some instant relief. It has an ability to both soothe and heal burned skin. Calendula, on the other hand, is is a golden orange flower that naturally contains antioxidants. It has been used for many years to soothe and nourish skin damaged by the sun.

Calendula for sun damage

Herb Farm's Calendula Oil hand-harvests their marigold (calendula) flower while in full bloom, and then extracts and concentrates it into cold-pressed, certified organic olive oil. Because it is already mixed with the olive carrier oil, you can directly apply onto sun damaged skin to help heal most skin conditions, even especially slow-healing wounds, bruises and other cuts -- and of course, sunburn.

I also love Real Aloe Inc's Gelly,  which is quite pure (especially from a shelf-product, as the plant is obviously the most fresh) and soothing. I love that Real Aloe's gelly is organically grown in California.

Best Rose Water Hydrosol

My other fave for soothing well-sunned skin is Heritage Store's Rose Petals Rose Water. This has been a long-time favourite product of mine, and a super wonderful budget buy.  The most potent and pure rose water I’ve tried to date. I LOVE this product. It is great for soothing the skin, and it is so refreshing.

To all my lovelies, you can get $5 USD off on your iHerb order for first time orders using this link - and it doesn't matter where you live, iHerb ships to over 160 countries (and is Google trusted & translated in 10 languages)!

Happy summer!

xx

K

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