As BBQs, swimming, gardening and recreational adventures ramp up for the summer season, consider what this extra outdoor time means for the largest organ of the human body—your skin! Since warm weather is right around the corner for much of the country, the Non-GMO Project has reached out to the skin experts for ideas on how to keep your skin in love with summer. Companies of Non-GMO Project Verified skin products share some of their favorite tips to having the healthiest, happiest and non-GMO summer skin possible.
Apply Enough Sunscreen and Reapply Often
In order for sunscreen to be effective as advertised, the correct amount must be applied. Approximately a teaspoon size amount is needed to adequately protect the face, ears and neck. Using less than the correct amount drastically reduces the sunscreen’s ability to protect the skin and the SPF claim will not be met. It is imperative to reapply sunscreen often, at least every 80 minutes during long periods of sun exposure. It is wise to reapply after any water exposure, sweating or towel drying. Applying and reapplying often will give the sunscreen the best chance to perform effectively.
Choose Broad Spectrum Zinc Oxide Protection
Donʼt let the term ʻBroad Spectrumʼ on the label make the sale for you; look deeper. Zinc Oxide is the only ingredient that physically blocks the entire range of UVA & UVB. Zinc Oxide sits on top of skin and is not absorbed like other ingredients. It is also not a skin irritant. Look for Zinc Oxide percentages to be over 18% and the only active ingredient.
Discover Coconut Oil’s Many Talents
Coconut oil is more than a tasty cooking ingredient. It’s also good for makeup removal—especially around the eyes where skin is the most delicate—and replenishing skin cells in the epidermis. As an added bonus, it also helps battle wrinkles!
Love the Shade
It’s important to limit direct sun exposure, especially between 10 AM and 4 PM, when the sun’s rays are strongest. Even on an overcast day, up to 80 percent of the sun’s UV rays can penetrate through cloud cover. For best protection and comfort it’s best to stay in the shade.
Get an Undercover Agent
Wear clothes that protect your body. If you plan on being outside on a sunny day, cover as much of your body as possible. Wear a hat. Consider using an umbrella for shade. And don’t forget to protect your eyes with quality sunglasses that offer maximum UV protection.
Defend the Skin You’re In
Sun exposure is the primary cause of skin damage and premature aging caused by weakened, damaged cells, described as free radicals. To help defend your skin against damaging free-radicals and premature aging, we recommend our antioxidant-rich Daily Defense SPF 18 and BB Beauty Balms with SPF 30. Better than ordinary facial sunscreens, Andalou Naturals facial sunscreens with Fruit Stem Cell Science act like supplements for your skin, working inside and out.
Renew, Repair, Regenerate!
Antioxidants are nature’s secret weapon against premature aging caused by sun damage. Antioxidants effectively neutralize free radicals by donating one of their own electrons to mend and stabilize the weakened, damaged cells. These stable antioxidant nutrients act as scavengers, helping to prevent and reverse cellular tissue damage. Fruit Stem Cell Science is a highly concentrated and effective dermal delivery for cell-saving antioxidants.
Get a Good Tone!
Toners work to rehydrate dry, dull summer skin and restore your skin’s natural pH level. Spritz our Gentle Toner onto your face and neck to refresh and invigorate, after cleansing or taking a dip in the ocean!
Hydration for Health
Drink water! Our bodies need water to thrive, and our skin needs water to keep it hydrated, supple, and full of nutrients. Four to six glasses a day, especially with the summer heat, and your skin will thank you!
Make Friends with Shea Butter
Unrefined Shea butter is one of your skin’s best friends. In recent clinical trials, Shea Butter was found to help to protect skin against climate and UV aggressions, prevent wrinkle formation, soothe irritated and chapped skin, and moisturize the epidermis. Shea Butter also enhances cell regeneration and capillary circulation, which helps prevent and minimize stretch marks, inflammations, and scarring. For direct application to the skin, take a small amount in the palm of your hand. Rub your hands together to warm up the butter until it is smooth and liquid. Then, apply to your skin. If you are concerned about an oily feeling, use only a small amount or apply the Shea Butter before going to bed. Shea Butter absorbs quickly into the skin, but there will be a few minutes that it feels oily.
Cook with Red Palm Oil
Its common knowledge that one of the most important things you can do for your hair and skin is eat a healthy diet and drink sufficient amounts of water. The hair specifically requires fat soluble vitamins A & E to nourish the roots and scalp. Red Palm Oil is not only very high in vitamin E, but also in beta carotene. When consumed, beta carotene is converted by the body into vitamin A. One tablespoon of Alaffia’s Non-GMO Project Verified Red Palm contains 170% of the daily value for vitamin A!