TLC IN A COLUMN
"YOU ARE THE SUNSHINE OF MY LIFE.."
I bet your skin is glowing now you are slapping gourmet goodness on it since last month, but what about protecting it from the sun?
...and what about protecting your skin safely with natural products?
Does doubling up on sun protection factor (SPF) actually double your protection?
And what is best for your kids?
Well firstly experts recommend we should cover up with a minimum SPF of 15, however with kids we should give them an SPF of 20 or more.
Remember though, that no matter what sun screen/block you use, it will never be 100% as a client of mine discovered recently gaining a deep tan despite using factor 30 throughout his whole holiday!
In fact, SPF 15, when properly applied, protects you against 16 out of 17 (or 93%) of UVB rays. Check out these facts:
SPF 4 75% protection - 3 parts out of 4 (25% UVB gets through)
SPF 15 93% protection - 6 parts out of 17 (7% UVB gets through)
SPF 25 96% protection - 24 parts out of 25 (4% UVB gets through)
SPF 30 75% protection - 32 parts out of 33 (3% UVB gets through)
So, anything above SPF 25 is minimal, & is usually a marketing tool to take advantage of customers' understanding of what the protection ratings actually mean.
There are many plant extracts that can naturally help protect the skin from sun damage, e.g. cinnamon extract, ginger root extract & edelweiss; check out the suppliers at the end of this feature.
Covering up in shirts, hats is helpful too, but remember that the sun's rays can get through lighter materials.
For kids & particularly sensitive folk, use a sun lotion all over & then cover up.
Some of these beach tents can offer some protection, but use a sun lotion too as some UVB rays can still penetrate.
Ensure any pram or push-chair covers are good quality too & come with adequate information on their ability to screen the sun. Some babies have burned because the parasols do not offer adequate protection from the sun.
It is best to use a minimum of 22-25 SPF for kids. Green People have formulated a children's sun cream especially to suit their skin.
Eating plenty of tomatoes can also decrease sensitivity to the sun...but do not rely on tomatoes alone.
A good lip balm with sun protection is a good idea too to prevent your lips drying out & keep them kissably soft.
A great after sun lotion is to use olive oil (so long as you haven't burned). Pop 20 drops of lavender into 50ml of olive oil to soothe & protect your skin, & rub all over.
And if you get caught out occasionally (like I did over Easter!) & do burn, again 20 drops of lavender in 50ml cream or aloe vera gel is extremely cooling & soothing. Apply this as often as needed until the burning is healed.
There are many cooling spritz sprays on the market too, which can help cool you down if you are still hot from a day in the sun come sundown. My TLC range offers cooling Blush!
Finally, remember to keep well hydrated whilst in the sun & also when you come in out of it. That way you can enjoy the sunshine of your life safely, with less chances of getting sunstroke.
If you need any of the above supplies, check out my site www.tlcinabottle.co.uk or pop down to Half Moon. Country Store in Bond Street, Redruth also has a selection of sunshine goodies.
Next month, your natural first aid kit to see you through the summer or take on your hols.
Have fun in the sun & be well,
Nicolle Mitchell I.T.E.C., CThA
Holistic Health Therapist & Practice Manager
THE LITTLE MASSAGE CLINIC
THE PENVENTON HOTEL & HALF MOON SALON
TEL: 01209 203230 OR 711686
DISCLAIMER: we do not diagnose or guarantee cures. We aim to help people make informed choices about their health. Any changes in lifestyle, diet, medication, supplementation or remedies, should be taken with your GP's or health professional's support.