Going Green at the Beach? Use Natural Sunblocks

sun bathing sinaiSun bathing in Sinai is like asking for trouble if not adequately screened from the sun’s UV rays.

Beach season is now beginning in Middle East countries sharing beach fronts on the Mediterranean and the Red Sea. Along with problems like beach littering;  and increasing and even record high summer temperatures in the Middle East due to global warming (?), those who love to sun bathe have to protect themselves adequately from the sun’s dangerous ultraviolet rays.

Various commercial sunscreen preparations, while claiming to provide good protection against the sun’s harmful rays, also contain ingredients which may be harmful in themselves to the skin as well as other parts of the body. These ingredients include Octinoxate  which can cause acne, skin rash, inflammation of hair follicles and skin irritation; as well as allergies and dry skin.

Another potentially harmful ingredient in commercial sun screen preparations is oxybenzone which is said to penetrate into the skin and result in the increase of free radicals under the sun’s strong illumination. With this in mind, consider using a number of natural ingredients for protection against the sun. Here are a few that are said to be very beneficial:

Green tea: This wonderful natural product contains flavonoids such as epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG)  which help prevent skin inflammation, reduces signs of aging (age spots), and may even help cure skin cancers. It does this by neutralizes major free radicals in the skin caused by the sun’s ultraviolet rays. You can apply a formulation under your natural sunscreen.

Silymarin, or “milk thistle” contains flavanolignans (collectively known as silymarin or silybin), flavonoids and other compounds that are good against free radicals and promote healthy skin. Silmarin is also good tor healthy liver function which ultimately affects the condition of your skin; especially against skin cancer.

Proanthocyanidins made from grape seed extract and pycnogenol are very beneficial for cardiovascular health, and provides protective antioxidant effects, improved eye health, and anti-inflammatory action in the skin which helps retard skin aging. Proanthocyanidins are also found in red wine and natural grape juice and are excellent for reducing varicose veins and improving arterial circulation.

Curcumin, a very old antioxidant and mentioned in my previous article on medicinal plants and herbs helps to prevent skin cancer while reducing skin inflammation. Due to its yellow color (it’s used a lot in food dishes) a colorless version called tetrahydrocurcumi is available and is said to lighten skin “aging spots”.

Rosemary, another common herb used often in food dishes, contains antioxidants and and helps protect the skin against UV sun radiation which causes skin cancers.

A number of vitamins, including vitamins C, D, and E help the skin maintain protection against the sun. Vitamin E  prevents the formation of free radicals in skin tissue. Vitamin E is a fat-soluble fatty acid and is found in a number of vegetable oils, including corn and soy bean oils.

By checking out stores selling natural skin products, preparations can be found that contain most of these ingredients. Or you can simply make your own sun screen preparations (see Karen’s recipe here —> on organic sunscreen). The best protection is simply not over-exposing your skin to the sun during the summer, especially between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm.

Photo via DODO

More about climate issues that affect sun radiation exposure and using natural remedies:

Israel’s Beach Season Opens With Litterbugs
Killing Marine Life With Your Sun Screen
Record High Summer Temperatures are also Scorching the Middle East
Boost Your Natural Immune System With Medicinal Plants and Herbs

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  1. budi says:

    cucumbers, tomatoes can also help restore the balance of oil on oily skin, so the face is always fresh and natural.

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