Sunlight is a wonderful thing! It heals the body and provides us with much-needed Vitamin D. However, too much sun can be harmful, especially for virgin skin.
Are there natural skincare remedies for sun exposure and damaged skin? And what can we do if there is a suspicious lesion? Don’t panic just yet, as you have options!
First, you should be familiar with the ultraviolet (UV) light scale and consult a weather app to find out the UV values at your current location:
*UV index of 0-2: Low means minimal risk of sunburn.
*UV index of 3–5: Moderate means a moderate risk of sunburn in 30–45 minutes.
*UV index of 6–7: High means a high risk of sunburn in 15–25 minutes.
*UV index of 8–10: Very high means a very high risk of sunburn in 15 minutes.
*UV index of 11 or higher is extremely dangerous, with damage occurring in less than 10 minutes.
Remember, the sun is usually hottest between 10 am and 4 pm.
What are the natural sun protection options?
A natural sunscreen is best, with less impact on oceans, coral reefs, and aquatic life while on vacation. Depending on the duration of UV sun exposure, the required amount of natural sunscreen, the frequency of application, and the duration of the formula you create or purchase will be determined. You should reapply sunscreen every 2 hours, especially after swimming.
There are „natural“ sunscreens on the market, but be mindful of the ingredients as many contain added chemicals. You can also create your own. I like the following ingredients: zinc oxide, shea butter, olive oil, coconut oil, vitamin E, aloe powder, beeswax, eggplant extract, and your preferred essential oil as a fragrance, as long as you stay away from citrus oils. If you go into the water with this homemade version, you may need to reapply afterwards.
When purchasing a natural sunscreen, make sure it provides at least 7% zinc oxide or more for protection against UV rays. The FDA recommends a sun protection factor of 30–60.
I’ve been burned… What now?
If, like most of us northerners, you’re not regularly exposed to high levels of UV sunlight, your skin is more sensitive. Also, consider yourself more susceptible to skin cancer when you see these high UV values. Remember to protect your largest organ, as repeated intense UV exposure takes a toll over time. Also, protect the little ones :).
Provide immediate relief with a completely natural aloe gel, not with green dye but with real active ingredient. You can also find large aloe leaves inexpensively at the supermarket. Once the burn has subsided, try repairing exposed skin with rosehip and vitamin E oils. Apply them until the skin inflammation has completely cleared.
Natural options for lesions and skin cancer
If you discover or suspect unusual moles or spots, get them examined immediately. There is much to know about skin cancer, which I won’t go into detail here, but I just want to say that there are three types: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma (considered the most serious). Non-melanoma skin cancer diseases make up the majority of skin cancer diagnoses, with about 80% being basal cell carcinomas and 20% squamous cell carcinomas.
If you have any of these abnormal growths, consult a doctor. Sometimes it’s just a good idea to have your whole body examined as well.
There are two natural options your doctor may or may not inform you about for treating non-melanoma lesions. The first option is iodine and the second is Curaderm, which is derived from eggplants, although not readily available in the US.
According to Dr. Simoncini, all skin cancer diseases are caused by the Candida fungus. He suggests fighting the fungus with baking soda. He also has a skin cancer protocol with iodine, which you can read about here.
Finally, there is a clinical study on Curaderm titled „Topical treatment of malignant and premalignant skin lesions with very low concentrations of a standard mixture BED composed of solasodine glycosides“, which states that all lesions treated with Curaderm regressed.
There are options, but the best advice for natural skincare against sun exposure is always prevention. Enjoy the much-needed sun, but cover and moisturize your skin… naturally 😉
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