Summertime is swiftly approaching!.. & with that comes longer days filled with lots of opportunities for fun in the sun. It is the perfect season to soak up Vitamin D, which helps to make our bones & teeth strong; but the increased exposure to UVA & UVB rays can be harmful to our skin if not protected properly.
As local Nevada County herbalist, Kathy Keville, mentions in her book “Aromatherapy”, UVA rays are responsible for harming our collagen & elastin, which give our skin it’s vitality & flexibility. UVB rays are responsible for sun burn & are strongest midday. Both UVA & UVB are the culprits that contribute to premature aging of the skin & skin cancer.
If you think about it, 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, we recommend sourcing your sun protection from earth based ingredients rather than chemical sunscreens. Many chemical sunscreens use synthetic ingredients that were originally derived from plant sources, such as Carrot Seed & Cinnamon, so why not go directly to the source & experience everyday sun protection the natural way?
Here is a basic list of beneficial essential oils & base oils to get you started on crafting your own skincare defense ritual for the long summer days.
1. Essential Oils for Skin Protection
Helichrysum has the ability to heal the skin quickly, reduce inflammation & relieve pain, all great actions when you are dealing with sun exposure.
*Our Vata Serum is formulated with the power of Helichrysum.
Sandalwood protects from the sun’s rays & cools hot, irritated skin.
*Sandalwood is utilized in many of our products including our Pitta Aromatherapy Spritzer, Pitta Facial Serum, Pitta Cleanser & Mask, & Purify Serum.
Lavender is antibacterial, soothing & has a mildly moisturizing effect on the skin. Its antibacterial properties will help to heal sun burned skin more quickly.
*Lavender is used at PAAVANI in many herbal formulations. Experience its many benefits in our Body Oils, Aromatherapy Spritzers, Ear Oil, Loose Leaf Teas & Skincare products.
Geranium helps soothe inflamed skin. It is also known by doctors to be an anti-cancer agent.
* You can experience Geranium in our Vata, Pitta & Tridoshic Serums, Tridoshic Aromatherapy Spritzer, Vata Cleanser & Mask, Pitta Toner & Tridoshic Body Oil.
Use Frankincense to combat premature wrinkles brought on by sun exposure & protect your skin’s cells from mutation, a.k.a cancerous cells.
*We use Frankincense essential oil in our Pitta, Kapha, Tridoshic & Purify Serums to maintain the long term health of your skin.
Carrot Seed is said to have a SPF of 28-40. It regenerates & detoxifies the skin, which are both excellent actions after time in the sun.
2. Oils with Natural SPF
Raspberry Seed Oil, SPF 20-50
Wheatgerm Oil, SPF 20
Macadamia Nut Oil, SPF 6
Sesame Seed Oil, SPF 4
Coconut Oil, SPF 2-8
Olive Oil, SPF 2-8
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. The best way to determine your unique skincare needs is through direct experience.
This summer at PAAVANI, we are going to do exactly that- discover through direct experience the effectiveness of an all natural sunscreen for everyday use AS WELL as for more extreme cases of sun exposure. We promise to follow up with you on our results.
In the meantime, we wish you all a happy & full beginning of summer!