Originally published June 21 2009
Protect Yourself from Too Much Sun
by Sheryl Walters
(NaturalNews) How exciting it is as summer season approaches. The days are warm and flowers and trees are in full bloom. We venture outdoors for family outings and create great memories we may look upon during the cold winter months that lay ahead. If there is anything that can put a damper on a beautiful summer, it is getting sunburned. Everyone has experienced it at one time or another in their life. The flaming red and sometimes blistering skin can create excruciating pain. Over the past decade or two, tanned skin has become so popular. You don't dare venture to the beach glowing white. That being said, there are many dangers involved with tanning. Skin cancer is a very real result of being in the sun too long.
Here are some helpful tips when going about your summer days. Be sure to wear a natural sun block when going outdoors. There are wonderful products available today which are made from 100% natural ingredients. Included in the list of natural ingredients might be wild pansy and green tea. Read the label carefully before purchasing a sunscreen to insure that it is all natural. Be sure you lather your children as well as yourself and reapply the lotion about every hour and a half. This is especially important after swimming. Stay in the shade as much as possible. Use protective gear like hats and sunglasses. Studies show that our eyes can be damaged by the sun and cause cataracts as we age. Even on cloudy days, there is still a chance of getting burned. Avoid being outside between the hours of 10:00 and 3:00. This is when the sun is at its strongest.
Just in case you do get too much sun this summer, you may want to try these natural remedies. You'll be surprised at how well they work. Fill a spray bottle with vinegar or the juice of a lemon mixed with water and mist your skin. This is especially helpful as the mist hits your skin and you don't have to rub it in causing more pain. Be careful not to get it in your eyes. Continue misting as much as you desire for relief. Another remedy would be to apply the gel from an aloe plant. It contains many of the proteins and minerals that your skin loses when you burn. Another way to overcome the pain from a sun burn is to use tea. The tannic acid in the tea helps take the sting out of the burn. Sitting in a bath of cool water with 3 or 4 tea bags will be soothing. Stay hydrated. This cannot be expressed enough. The more water you drink the faster you will heal.
Summer can be a fun and exciting season of the year. Be respectful of the sun and enjoy making memories that will last a lifetime. Take care that your memories do not include suffering with a sunburn. Love your skin by protecting it from overexposure as you have a safe and happy summer.
About the authorSheryl is a kinesiologist, nutritionist and holistic practitioner.
Her website www.younglivingguide.com provides the latest research on preventing disease, looking naturally gorgeous, and feeling emotionally and physically fabulous. You can also find some of the most powerful super foods on the planet including raw chocolate, purple corn, and many others.
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