Here at Grassroots Harvest, we love the summer! But we admit strong UV rays can be overwhelming sometimes, especially for our skin, one of the most exposed, sensitive body parts. When temperatures rise to extremes, that’s when the sun is the strongest. That’s why we need to take extra steps to protect our skin and prevent sunburn as much as we can.
Prevention is Key
When it comes to skincare- there are thousands of skin remedies that soothe inflammation and burning available on the market. What matters most is how you prep your skin and how you prevent sunburns/inflammation. This is especially important during the summer when the UV rays are at their strongest. Then, they can cause damage to our skin, from inflammation and discomfort, to more serious issues.
Learning how to prevent sun damage before its onset is something we’ve heard about, but not many know how to do. Let’s take a look at how you can block all those damaging UV rays before they reach your skin!
1. Wearing protective clothing
We know during the summer everyone wants to wear as little as possible due to the heat, but the sun waits for exposed skin to burn. The best way to avoid sunburns is wearing sheer, long-sleeved clothes to shield from the UVA, UVB, and UVC rays.
Being well-hydrated during the heat is an excellent way to protect yourself (that also means your skin) from the sun. Drinking enough water also regulates your internal body temperature, to maintain the balance in your body that often gets thrown off when it’s too hot. So, make sure that you’re drinking at least 8 cups of water a day in summer. If water tastes too plain, then feel free to add cucumbers, lemons, mint, or any other addition!
We’re saving the best for last – sunscreen is the most important element of protecting your skin. You should wear sunscreen every day, even when it’s not hot outside! The reason behind this is, even when the weather isn’t hot and sunny, UV rays are still present and can damage your skin barrier. Always make sure to apply sunscreen to your face, neck, and ears. Add arms, and legs to prevent painful sunburn during summer!
4. Aloe Vera
In case you do get a sunburn, have some aloe vera in your bag or at home. Aloe vera has anti-inflammatory properties that really help soothe and calm the skin from the painful sunburn.
These 4 are the most helpful tips we have on preventing sunburn and protecting your skin during the summer properly! But we’d like to pay extra attention to how another ingredient can help protect and soothe your skin barrier – CBD!
CBD’s Incredible Properties
According to a study done in 2002, hemp seed oil absorbs UV-B and UV-C rays. This means that CBD oil can in fact act as a nice addition to your skincare regimen in the summer. Apart from that, CBD oil also contains SPF of its own – the number is 6. While this number of SPF is not enough to protect skin, CBD oil can still serve as a fantastic ingredient that can be used during the summer.
CBD is also anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, meaning that it’s a good remedy for sunburn (along with aloe vera). This is because CBD soothes the inflamed cells on the surface of the skin and helps blood flow in the area.
One way to protect your skin in summer is to make your own sunscreen with a few drops of CBD. You can even mix it directly on your skin! The sunscreen serves to offer SPF that is high enough to block UV rays from penetrating the skin, while the CBD oil soothes and enhances the effect of the SPF. This ensures that the skin will stay well protected and retain its moisture and health.
Of course, it might also be a good idea to use CBD oil more regularly during the summer – whether you like applying it on its own or in the form of face masks, CBD can really help you keep your natural glow and avoid the discomfort associated with sunburnt or dry skin.
Although exposure to the sun is healthy and frequently recommended as a form of natural healing, protect your skin during summer because it is extremely important. The skin might be the largest organ on our bodies, but we need to protect it properly, especially when it’s exposed to extreme temperatures. All the studies that have been done on CBD point to the fact that this ingredient can be highly beneficial for our body, which means that adding CBD to your summer skincare routine is probably one of the best things you can do for your skin – apart from drinking water and staying in the shade!