It’s summer and that means fun in the sun! with all are local beaches, parks and summer festivities it is important to keep in mind our skins sensitivity to ultra violet rays. If you have done your research you may already know that store bought sunscreens have a compilation of unhealthy chemicals and additives. These absorb through the skin and make their way into our bloodstream that can cause anything from hives to totally immune system breakdowns. There is some good news!
Through increase your consumption of B and C vitamins, all of which are depleted when your body is regularly exposed to solar rays, will assist you in protecting your skin naturally. Indulging in fresh summer fruits and vegetables from a local farmers market will assist your body in creating natural sun protection! Some excellent sources of vitamin C are tomatoes, green peppers, cantaloupe, strawberries, broccoli and collard greens, as well as citrus fruits and juices. Foods rich in vitamin B include raw milk, bananas, tuna, salmon, spinach, peas eggs, liver, poultry, wheat germ, and dried brewer's yeast. Replenish your family by packing a fruit salad or garden salad rich in the vitamins your body needs to keep the sun fun!
In The Complete Herbal Guide to Natural Beauty, Dian Buchman suggests applying sesame seed oil alone as a tanning aid. If you have access only to whole seeds, grinding a handful of them in your blender or nut grinder and add a few drops of water to make a milky fluid. One quarter teaspoon of witch hazel or ethyl alcohol can be used as a preservative, or you can just label the bottle and keep it refrigerated. Sesame is the polyunsaturated nut oil "which most fully absorbs the ultraviolet rays of the sun".
Ms. Buchman also mentions that a combination of sesame oil, anhydrous lanolin, and water can be used as an effective tanning cream. Simply melt 1/4 cup of the lanolin in the top of a double boiler, then immediately blend in 1/4 cup of sesame oil and 3/4 cup of water. This mixture can also be stored in the refrigerator in a clean, labeled container.
Another natural sun remedy consists of peeling and mashing one large cucumber and straining the liquid through cheesecloth, add 1 teaspoon each of rose water and glycerin. You should be able to easily locate these items at a local pharmacy.
Drop a handful of fresh mint leaves in a blender containing a couple of tablespoons of water, add 1/2 cup of sesame or coconut oil, 1 egg yolk, and 1 tablespoon each of wheat germ oil and lemon juice. You might want to put in a drop of peppermint oil for extra fragrance before blending the ingredients. Once again, keep this suntan lotion refrigerated.