Safely Enjoy The Sunshine With These Skin-Protecting Products!
Summer always seems to start early for us. We’ve already seen the temperatures rise and a few fierce storms pass through. It’s going to get much hotter which means we’re going to be exposed to more UV rays from the sun. Getting out in the sun is incredibly important for your health as we use the sun’s rays to produce vital Vitamin D and uplift our mood, but there’s a balancing act. Too much sun can lead to painful sunburns and eventually even life-threatening skin cancers. Worry not, you can still play in the sun all summer long with responsible planning and a handful of bodycare products and supplements…
Niacinamide Has Impressive Protective Effects Against Ultraviolet Damage Caused By Sun Exposure
Niacinamide (also known as nicotinamide) is a form of vitamin B3 that has been shown to reduce the number of skin cancers. In a randomized controlled trial performed in Australia (published in the New England Journal of Medicine), the risks of basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma were significantly reduced — by 23%.
“Reduce the risks of certain skin cancers by 23 percent!”
Patients were given 500 mg twice a day. No safety issues were reported in the study, and niacinamide is in fact the preferred form of vitamin B3 by many due to its non-flushing nature compared to nicotinic acid (niacin.)
Some Sunscreens Can Cause More Harm Than Good!
Sunscreen is arguably the most important tool to combat photo-damaged skin, but some carry their own risks. The FDA has so far determined that only two ingredients are safe and effective for sun protection: zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. For 12 other ingredients, the FDA has said there isn’t enough data to determine whether they’re safe. In particular, the FDA raised concerns about the substantial skin absorption of a common chemical sunscreen ingredient- oxybenzone, its potential to affect hormone levels and the increased absorption susceptibility of children.
Active ingredients in sunscreens function as either mineral or chemical UV filters that keep harmful rays from the skin. Each uses a different mechanism for protecting skin and maintaining stability in sunlight. The most common sunscreens contain chemical filters. These products typically include a combination of two to six of the following active ingredients: oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate. Mineral sunscreens use zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide.
Lab studies show that some chemical UV filters may mimic hormones, and physicians have reported sunscreen-related skin allergies, which raises important questions about unintended human health consequences from frequent sunscreen application. Nature’s Outlet carries safe, natural, and effective mineral sunscreens from companies like Alba. They’re available in different strengths and forms for all ages.
Got Burnt? Soothing 99% Pure Aloe Gel To The Rescue!
If you’re out in the sun a lot, it’s almost inevitable that you’re going to get a little burnt. Aloe has been used for generations to soothe irritated and damaged skin, but nowadays it’s difficult to find a product that’s not full of fillers and chemicals. When it comes to aloe, the more natural the better because the last thing you want to do is put a bunch of chemicals on raw, peeling skin.
Nature’s Outlet carries Lily of the Desert Aloe Vera Gelly, which contains 99% aloe and minimal preservatives (just enough to keep the aloe from turning brown in the tube.) It’s great for healing and protecting damaged skin. Aloe vera has been known as nature’s moisturizer for thousands of years, and Lily of the Desert’s 99% Aloe Vera Gelly instantly cools the skin while hydrating at least 3 epidermal layers!