Homemade Products for Sun-Damaged Skin

Treat overexposed, sun-damaged skin by keeping it well-moisturized and using these three super-simple, all-natural recipes.

| August 2015

Whether you have sensitive skin or just want to build a natural skin-care regimen, Jessica Ress’ book, 100 Organic Skincare Recipes (F+W Media, 2014), will teach you how to nourish the body with oils, herbs and other organic ingredients. This excerpt offers a few spa-quality recipes for sun-damaged skin.  

You can purchase this book from the Mother Earth Living store: 100 Organic Skincare Recipes.

The sun’s rays are getting stronger every year, and overexposure to UVA and UVB ultraviolet rays is one of the leading causes of premature aging, wrinkling, age spots and, of course, skin cancer.

Sun exposure is often accompanied with wind and water, an extremely drying combination to the skin. We all know it’s best to not overdo it when it comes to the sun, so before you head out, protect your skin by slathering up with a sun protection lotion stick, wear a hat and stay out of the sun between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., when its rays are the strongest.

Although a suntan may look like a healthy glow, it’s your body’s primary defense mechanism against the sun. The best thing you can do for overexposed and sun-damaged skin is to keep it moisturized and feed it with high levels of antioxidants both in the foods you eat and the skin-care products you choose.

Help your skin combat the drying effects of the sun by moisturizing before and after sun exposure with a calming antioxidant skin quencher. If you overdo it, use the healing skincare products in this chapter for gentle relief like a soothing sunburn bath and our recipe for Cucumber Rose Sunburn Relief. Get that carefree, endless summer style any time of year by using this Beach Hair Spray for naturally texturized, super-cute surfer-girl waves to complement your healthy, glowing skin.

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