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Summer’s Best Suncare Tips

By Jennifer Cheng, June 24, 2011  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Jennifer Cheng
This summer, sun worshipers are heading in droves to beaches, waterparks and nearby pools for the sole purpose of relaxing and soaking up the gorgeous sun. While it’s fun to get out there and bask in the sun’s warmth, it’s remarkably less fun dealing with some of the consequences of being in the sun for too long. Check out our helpful suncare pointers before you throw on your sunnies and grab some rays! Why Care About Suncare? According to the American Academy of Dermatology, being in the sun too much can cause sunburn, freckles, skin texture changes, rashes and dilated blood vessels. Exposure also increases the risk of skin cancer and is the cause of 90% of wrinkles. How to Select Suncare
  • Be SPF smart. SPF numbers refer only to protection from UVB sun rays—those that cause redness and burning—not from UVA rays (“aging rays”) which damage collagen and elastin as well as skin structure.
  • Get the best block for your buck. Mineral-based (physical) blocks reflect rays with minerals such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide that immediately provide UVB and UVA protection.
  • Go beyond protection. The sun is hard on skin, so choose suncare that not only protects, but nourishes with high levels of nutrient-rich ingredients. Some—green tea, soy, milk thistle, caffeine, carrot oil—can offer protection, too!
  • Hone in on your needs. At Whole Body™, we offer a wide selection of suncare to suit all ages and skin types.
Feeling the burn? Go natural!
  • Peppermint oil, calendula oil or St. John’s Wort extract supports a cool feeling and a healthy inflammatory response; add drops to lotion or a cool bath.
  • Witch hazel or green, white or black tea (brewed and cooled) contain tannins for promoting healing and a healthy inflammation response.
  • Aloe vera gel (undiluted) soothes and promotes healing; look for high percentage in products.
  • Cucumber juice or rosewater is soothing.
  • Vitamin E oil, avocado oil or diluted lavender essential oil promotes healing.

One last tip: Sun lovers can benefit from more vitamin C. Like other antioxidants, it protects the skin from free radicals formed from sun exposure. It also aids collagen production to help keep skin smooth and firm. So eat more C-rich foods or add vitamin C drink powder to your summer water bottle! Get more ideas from our Be Good to Your Whole Body pocket guides, in-store or in pdf.




linda Goodman says ...
Can you suggest the best sun blocks for children with good uvb and uva protection?
06/30/2011 7:42:09 AM CDT
Maggie P says ...
If you happen to get a sunburn, the burn can progress from a first degree burn to a second degree burn. An application of apple cider vinegar will help the burn from getting worse.
07/18/2012 4:13:21 PM CDT
Nancy Lindstrom says ...
I am looking for aloe and sugar cane drink by Jayone Foods
04/07/2013 6:00:23 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@NANCY - Our products vary between locations. I would encourage you to reach out to your local store directly to see what they have in stock!
04/10/2013 4:41:20 PM CDT