- 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.
- 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.