It’s the perfect time of the year to cool down at the beach or by the pool! There are so many fun outdoor activities you can do in summer like going for a bike ride, playing beach volleyball, sailing, playing golf, playing tennis, jogging on the beach or simply soaking up the sun’s rays. By letting the sun’s rays shine on your bare skin for about 10 minutes when the sun is high in the sky, will help you get your fair share of Vitamin D. As you may know, Vitamin D has numerous health benefits for keeping not only your bones strong, but your entire body healthy. There are numerous studies that show that sun exposure can help elevate your mood, lower your risk of both breast and colorectal cancer, and even protect you from melanoma!
Though sunshine can be quite good for you with limited exposure, you do need to protect yourself for the most part to avoid sunburn and damaging your skin. If you’re doing an activity outside you probably already think to pack the sunscreen, but also be mindful when you’re driving, under an umbrella, shade or hat that doesn’t block all of the suns rays, out on the water or fishing with reflections coming up from the water surface, or if you are in part shade. Sunscreen is simply a necessity if you live in Australia, but there’s a balancing act due to the chemicals in your usual sunscreens.
If you’re someone who likes using natural solutions and products then try the following recipe for sunscreen using 100% pure, Young Living therapeutic grade essential oils. Combine ½ cup of V-6 Enhanced Vegetable Oil Complex or organic coconut oil, 4-5 drops of myrrh, 4-5 drops of carrot seed, and 20 drops of lavender essential oils, and mix well. (All can be ordered by following the instructions in the ‘Order by Phone’ section.) Place the mixture into a dark-colored bottle. Apply the sunscreen every few hours throughout the day, especially if you have been immersed in water. Obviously, if you decide to try it, please be sensible and trial the mixture for your skin with small doses of sun exposure.
Even if you dutifully apply sunscreen onto your skin, there are times when you can still get nasty sunburn. It can often be on those difficult to reach places such as your back or maybe you just missed some spots like your ears or the top of your feet. Maybe you just needed to reapply more than you realised. That’s the tricky thing about sunburn isn’t it? It often shows later! Fortunately, 100% pure, Young Living essential oils can provide some support. Young Living has also developed a product called ‘Lavaderm’ with lavender essential oil to have a ready to go formula to support skin health. It’s a great spritz for summer days as well as supporting skin health after sun exposure. Here are three key essential oils to support skin health.
1. Lavender essential oil
Mix a few drops of 100% pure lavender oil and purified water, and spray it on your sunburn. It can support burnt skin and help keep your skin from peeling too. You can also add a drop of Young Living lavender essential oil to a teaspoon of aloe vera to double the soothing action. In addition to soothing burns, lavender essential oil also doubles as an antiseptic to help prevent infections on broken skin. When using this particular oil, please note that it is generally safe for children above two years of age.
“Second year in a row for me – just recently got back from vacation in Martha’s Vineyard in MA & was out in the sun. I used sunblock & got burned anyway. When we went back to the house after taking a shower & my skin dryed off, I whipped out my Lavender bottle & put a few drops in a squirt bottle & filled it with water. I just sprizted all the areas that were burned, especially on my face. Well to follow it up that evening before going to sleep I took a little bit of Young Living Tender Tush & gently rubbed into everyplace I got tan. Believe it or not, little or no peeling of the skin whatsoever. I am sold on these products. It’s always fun to test them out and find out that they do work!”
– Alicia Warwick, http://www.oil-testimonials.com/essential-oils/273/lavender-oil-used-on-a-sunburn
2. Frankincense essential oil
Frankincense has been shown to help with numerous skin ailments, and sunburn is one of them. Simply add a drop of frankincense essential oil to a teaspoon of water or aloe vera and gently dab it onto the burned area. Frankincense essential oil can also work wonders on skin that has been over-exposed to the sun for years by helping to lessen the sun damage. However, this blend must not be used on infants and very small children.
“I have fair skin and can burn rather easily if I don’t pay attention when I’m out in the sun. When my skin begins to look a little pink or over exposed, I use a solution of Lavender, Frankincense, and Elemi oil with water and spray it over my skin to help support rapid recovery. Works every-time!” – Fletcher Watson http://www.oil-testimonials.com/essential-oils/2439/oils-i-use-for-sunburns
3. Peppermint essential oil to battle the heat
If you often feel your body temperature rising with the heat, you may be prone to suffering from heatstroke. To keep your body cool during hot days (especially if you’ll be out in the sun), you can turn to 100% pure peppermint essential oil. You may place a drop or two on the back of your neck, your wrists or the bottom of your feet. You may also diffuse the scent into the air to help uplift your mood. Since hydration can be an effective weapon against heatstroke, add two drops of peppermint oil into your water along with a teaspoon of honey for a refreshing summer drink.
“I did a really stupid thing and allowed myself to get really sunburned. I applied aloe gel and lavender oil frequently the first few days, but it continued to really hurt. I was thinking about how I could get the heat out of the burn and I remembered reading that peppermint oil could reduce a fever. I decided to try peppermint oil on my sunburn and also applied the aloe gel. I was amazed at how quickly it took the heat out and I finally got a good nights sleep. It was like having an icy cloth on my burn for 6 hours!” – Rachel Collins http://www.oil-testimonials.com/essential-oils/260/peppermint-oil-and-a-sunburn
A Few Final Precautions
The Australian sun is intense so always carry and apply sunscreen when you are exposed to the sun. Whether you’re on your morning jog, going off to work, or spending some time at the pool, an even coat of sunscreen on exposed areas is essential to protect you from sunburn or skin damage and early aging. Also be wary of using citrus essential oils when you’re going out into the sun as they are photosensitive and can create discolorations in your skin. I’ve had personal experience of this because I wear Young Living’s ‘Joy’ blend as a perfume and forgot about the photosensitivity. The skin discoloration faded after about 3 weeks.
Use a natural sunscreen if you can to reduce the skin’s absorption of chemicals. When you’ve got sunburn on any part of your body, it’s also a good idea to keep it away from the synthetic chemicals in some cosmetics like lotions and colognes as this may irritate your skin.
This summer let 100% pure, Young Living therapeutic grade lavender, frankincense, peppermint and Lavaderm be your friends and always have them close at hand in your bag. With that said, I hope you enjoy your summer in the sun while staying protected and sunburn-free!
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