According to Ayurveda, the best way to protect your skin from the sun is by following a holistic approach that includes both internal and external methods. In Ayurveda, it is believed that the health of your skin is directly related to the health of your internal organs. So, it’s important to nourish your body with healthy foods that are rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, such as fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and seeds. These foods can help boost your body’s natural defense against UV radiation and free radicals.
Sun damage is occurring when we are not even thinking about it – when we are eating lunch outside, driving in our cars, or simply walking down the street. For everyday situations such as these, Ayurveda recommends using natural sunscreens, such as coconut oil, sesame oil, or almond oil, to protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun. These oils contain natural SPF properties and can help moisturize and nourish your skin at the same time. Many chemical sunscreens use synthetic ingredients that were originally derived from plant sources, such as carrot seed (said to have an SPF of 28-40) & cinnamon, so why not go directly to the source & experience everyday sun protection the natural way?
In addition to using a natural plant-based oil as your base, here is a basic list of beneficial essential oils for natural sun protection that will help get you started on crafting your own skincare defense ritual for the long summer days.
• Helichrysum has the ability to heal the skin quickly, reduce inflammation & relieve pain, all great actions when you are dealing with sun exposure.
• Sandalwood protects from the sun’s rays & cools hot, irritated skin.
• Lavender is antibacterial, soothing & has a mildly moisturizing effect on the skin. Its antibacterial properties will help to heal sunburned skin more quickly.
• Geranium helps soothe inflamed skin. It is also known by doctors to be an anti-cancer agent.
There have been discussions on the safety of using natural oils for SPF protection. Please note that we are encouraging people to use all natural oils & essential oils for everyday sun exposure, like driving in the car or going for a walk. If you are spending extended time in direct sunlight, such as on the beach or on a boat, consider your sun & skin protection options wisely.
And as aways, don’t forget to hydrate – Drink plenty of water and apply a moisturizer or hydrating lotion to your skin regularly to help prevent dehydration and maintain its natural barrier.
Overall, following an Ayurvedic approach to sun protection involves taking a holistic approach to your health and well-being, and incorporating natural remedies and lifestyle changes to promote optimal skin health.