The first rays of spring are finally here and with them comes the need to think about sun protection. While everyday sunscreens will protect you from UV radiation, they often come with harmful chemicals. Instead, there are natural alternatives that, together with our tips and tricks, will protect you from head to toe and allow you to bask in the sun.
TIP 1: Vitamin D
Protecting yourself from the sun means exposing yourself regularly in order for your body to create vitamin D. This may seem counterintuitive, but you produce vitamin D thanks to sun exposure. It is the same vitamin that helps protect you from the sun. That's why it’s time to take spring walks, have coffee in outdoor cafes and gardens, or start a springtime running routine – all in moderation.
TIP 2: Clothing and Accessories
Another protective feature is relatively simple: the right clothing. The most protective fabric against UV radiation is cotton, so avoid synthetic clothing on particularly sunny days. Pair cotton clothing with accessories that will protect your head, ears, shoulders, and neck, the most sensitive areas that are susceptible to sunburns. A hat, light scarf, and sunglasses should be staples in your wardrobe.
TIP 3: Physical Filters
Not all filters are alike. While synthetic filters can enter the body, physical filters remain on the skin and reflect UV radiation like a mirror. They are composed of zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. Both of these filters are suitable for use, but we recommend avoiding nanoparticles, which can enter the body. Although the specific risks are still unconfirmed, it’s unclear whether mineral filters are as safe as nanoparticles. That’s why we recommend sticking to tried and tested mineral sunscreens that do not contain nanoparticles. Ideally, natural suncare should also contain aloe vera extract, which has moisturising, regenerating, and cooling effects on the skin. It will protect your skin from drying out in the sun.
TIP 4: Avoid the “Frying Hours”
Frying time is typically between 11 and 15 o'clock, and is the most dangerous time to expose your skin to UV radiation. You can still sunbathe outdoors to get your desired tan look, but it's enough to sunbathe for half an hour each day. You will not get significantly more tan by sunbathing all day. On the contrary, you run a risk of accelerating ageing and damage.
TIP 5: Start from the inside
A healthy body is your best defense. Yes, your body can protect itself from UV radiation, from the inside. Drinking green or matcha tea and other foods high in antioxidants can help protect you from free radicals. Foods that contain carotenoids are also helpful, such as watermelon or organic tomatoes. Walnuts and chia seeds are great for building natural defenses as they contain omega 3 fatty acids. There are many other ingredients to add to your diet, but it’s also important to consider what you shouldn't eat. Processed foods and sugars can promote inflammation – therefore, replace them with whole foods, such as fruits and vegetables.
In our portfolio, you will find our favourite suncare solutions, like Biosolis, an entirely natural and certified organic skincare. Because we are primarily concerned with your health and well-being, we recommend gentle, natural sunscreens made from mineral filters, which are suitable for children, adults, and even those with even the most sensitive skin.