Natural Sun Protection: Harnessing the Power of Herbs

Preventing sun-damage is key. Wear protective clothing and sunscreen whenever you are outside. Even though we may not be at the beach, or even lying in the sun, almost 75 percent of the damage is caused by the sun as we walk on the street or ride our bikes or drive a vehicle with the windows down. Special skin cells distribute a dark pigment known as melanin throughout the surface in order to tan the skin, protecting the sensitive cells beneath from the sun’s destructive effects.

According to research conducted by the Department of Immunology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, this ancient natural skin-care herb can protect the skin’s immune cell against the damaging effects of sunlight. Aloe vera can be applied to the skin after exposure to any kind of sunlight. Aloe vera is especially beneficial for sunburn prevention due to its anti-inflammatory, moisturizing and antimicrobial properties.

CoenzymeQ10 Also known as CoQ10 and ubiquinone, this coenzymatic factor penetrates the viable skin layers and counteracts the damaging free radical (oxidation) activity caused by the sunlight.

The Green Tea is an excellent skin protector, whether it’s applied topically on the skin or consumed in the form of a drink or dietary supplements. According to research conducted by the Department of Dermatology at Columbia University in New York, green tea protects the skin against direct damage and reduces inflammation. Green tea catechins are 20 times more powerful antioxidants than vitamin E, according to studies.

This herb is used in clinical practice for sunburn and other skin conditions, even though it has not been studied scientifically. This herb can also be used in homeopathic doses.

According to dermatologists, sesame oils reduce the burning effect of the sun by 30 percent. Aloe vera, olive, coconut, and peanut oil, and even aloe block about 20 percent. A dilution between 3 and 6 percent of Helichrysum (also known as immortelle) is effective in sunscreen. A new sunscreen made of amino acids from sea algae is being tested in Australia.

Carrotseed Essential Oil:is particularly beneficial for sun-damaged and pre-cancerous conditions. Its beta-carotene content has been shown to protect skin against UV-induced cancer.

This oil has many healing properties. This oil is used to treat respiratory infections, inflammation, arthritis, and muscle pain. It can also be used for liver issues and drug withdrawal. Most commonly, it is used to treat skin conditions because of its ability to stimulate new skin cells. It is used in the treatment of acne scars, weathered and dry skin, and mature skin. Massage oils and herbal oils are excellent for sensitive skin, inflamed, and aching muscles.